Sunday, January 22, 2023

The Back Garden in January

Viewed From the Back Porch/Steps

This year, along with the front garden, I want to take monthly photos of the back garden, too.  I might pick and choose various plants and areas to feature in each post.  Not quite sure how it will evolve!

This is the new mint plant that M gave me as a gift; I know that mint is supposed to be very invasive, but, I've managed to kill mint plants in the past!  In any case, M planted it in a planter to keep it contained!

New Mint Plant

Nearby, there is another planter with various plants growing in it - some are gazania seedlings.  Some are weeds.  And then, there's this cluster of seedlings - I am not sure if they are papaya seedlings or passionfruit seedlings.  I have a suspicion that they are passionfruit seedlings if only because the papaya seeds I put in two other containers have not spouted yet!  At least, I am hoping that they are passionfruit seedlings!  Just exactly where I'd plant them if they are passionfruit seedlings, I don't know, but, I'll worry about that, later!  


Seedlings: Passionfruit or Papaya?

Next to that, there is Lois Lane Mango (the white stuff in the pot is Epsom salt or magnesium sulfate/sulphate, being used as a soil conditioner/fertilizer) and the pineapple top that I am growing and some flowering bulbs that M planted (I need to ask him again what they are):

Lois Lane Mango, Pineapple, and Flowering Bulbs

The trellis has the passionfruit vine growing on it on one side; on this side, there is a lemon grass plant in the blue pot and an aloe vera plant (another gift from M) that has sent up a flower spike!  

Aloe Vera Plant and Lemon Grass Plant


Directly in front of the back steps, the snow pea seedlings and lettuce seedlings are growing in their mesh enclosure:

Snow Peas and Lettuce

And behind them, the three tiny celery seedlings are growing:

Celery Seedlings

Way in the back, behind the garage and in front of the garden shed, there are some gazanias growing, scattered about here and there, mixed in with other plants - these are plants that seeded themselves from a few plants that I had planted years ago and the pictures are not of good quality, but it gives an idea of what's growing in this area:


Gazania

Gazania (mixed in with the iceberg rose and curry leaf plants)

The star of the garden, even now, is the peach tree:

Peach Tree (and Mama Cat bottom left)

It seems to think that spring has arrived early and is trying to flower and leaf out, already!  

Peach Tree Branch

 Hope you enjoyed the quick tour of the back garden.  

12 comments:

  1. It is time for me to prune the fruit trees in the yard so they hopefully will bear more fruit. The squirrels would love to have additional apples.

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    1. It's very kind of you to make sure that the squirrels will have plenty of apples, Anne! :D One of my neighbors has hung foil pie pans from his fruit trees - I am assuming to deter squirrels or birds. Not sure if they work or not!

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  2. You have such a variety in your back garden I hope all the seedlings do well. I'm envious of the fruit you are able to pick direct from your garden, all I have is a cherry tree and I usually leave the cherries for the birds.

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    1. Thank you, Eileen. I love being able to pick fresh fruit from the garden! I'd love to have a cherry tree, too, but, I haven't tried growing one. I'm sure the birds enjoy the cherries you so kindly leave for them. :)

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  3. You have a nice variety in your yard with a mix between flowers and things to eat.

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    1. Thank you, June. I'm leaning more and more towards having mostly edible or useful and water wise plants in the garden, but, there are some ornamentals mixed in there, as well. :)

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  4. Very beautiful! I love mint plants! My aunt and uncle had it growing in abundance in their backyard when I was a kid and I just loved the smell!

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    1. Thank you, Mandy. I'm looking forward to being able to pick a few mint leaves to add to meals. :)

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  5. Thanks for the tour. Lots to see there. For a moment I thought that the Epsom salts around the celery seedlings was snow! I see Mama cat was doing a Dancer, getting into the photo.
    We are having such crazy mild weather at the moment. Yesterday was an easy drive to church, where I enjoyed singing in the choir, and in the afternoon I spent rather too long playing on the laptop. We should have gone out, but it did start some kind of precipitation and it was easy to be lazy.

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    1. My pleasure, Bushlady. Yes, the Epsom salts do look a little bit like snow, doesn't it?
      I'm glad you are having some mild weather, although it is probably an indication of climate change! I'm glad you were able to relax in the afternoon, yesterday. :)

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  6. I am glad you are now including your back garden in your monthly photo shoot.
    Things are looking good with all your seedlings and your potted plants too. It all looks so lush in the long shot! I am hoping for a drought free year for your area. A year without major weather events will certainly be welcome to everyone.

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    1. Thank you, Debra. I wish I could take some panoramic photos (probably not able to do so with my cell phone, though) to get a better over view of the garden. But, yes, there is actually some grass growing, after the rain! Imagine that! What I'm reading is that with climate change, we will be experiencing more wild weather events - colder/wetter winters and hotter/drier summers, etc. We shall see. I wouldn't mind a wetter summer if that can be arranged! :D

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