Garden Journal - Time to clean up.

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Crassula Ovata

This is probably not the best time to join the challenge. My balcony doesn't look the best right now. But then again... it's all a cycle and part of growing I guess.

After the spring rush to bloom, most plants is just growing new stems and leaves with just some flowers here and there. There is a lot of cleaning up to do which I am delaying terribly :p

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I tried to grow some Dwarf Morning Glory as I was hoping they will be able to withstand the hot sun and give some shade to the plants under. That didn't work :p
They did bloom while I kept them more shaded. As soon as I put them in the place I was planning to they just died.

Pretty seed pods though :)

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Ice Plants need cleaning..

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And Kalanchoe that keeps blooming. Didn't know they can do that :)

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Below is my biggest pot that normally plant some annuals. This spring I decided to put my pelargoniums there. All was going great, they bloomed and looked nice and bushy until some nasty little butterfly decided to lay eggs there. The &^%%^$$ caterpillars eat the leaves and dig into the stems.
Well.. pelargoniums no more.
One is looking ok and maybe will survive.

Few days ago I removed the dead stems and some white flowers I sowed and now I dropped the rest of the Morning Glory seeds. If they grow - I will have some late fall blooms. If not, oh well :) I didn't know what to do with the seeds anyway.
They actually might like the cool of the fall more so lets hope something shows up. They are quite pretty.

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Now off to the prettier things:
I see the Oxalis triangularis is growing! Yay! It doesn't like too much sun and I do keep it in the most shady spot, but the summer sun still gets it at some point.

Oxalis goes dormant then and just regrows when it gets the conditions it likes more. It grows those thing rhizomes that stores nutrients when the plant goes dormant. I am actually planning to get a piece and plant it in pot to keep at home. I adore the dark leaves and I hardly see them in that corner.

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The pot is not used properly. I have some smaller pots in it with succulents that don't like too much sun. I will probably put Hibiscus there that I have growling from seed.
Eventually :)
But will keep the Oxalis so it can grow around it.

Those long steps is some wild Periwinkle that I regret getting. It is terribly invasive! As soon as it grows longer and touches another pot it roots there.
Maybe I should try to grow this one in those hanging pots that the Morning Glory didn't like :P

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Above another Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' starts to bloom right Next to Chrysanthemums. And now I noticed some quests on it!
See?
Damn!

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Few other plants are blooming or will bloom very soon.
This is Sedum spectabile. I have another one with darker flowers, but it has no flowers yet. This one I like more too.
I am tempted to plant this in the big pot after dead pelargoniums and let it me. It hardly requires any care and grows to a nice size bush.

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One of my stinky plants (Stapelia).
Any day now :)

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Below Crassula perforata with it's tiny flowers. This thing blooms twice a year! One of those plants that hardly needs any attention.

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Few mint will also bloom soon. They have amazing, tiny flowers!

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Cacti are going good. No casualties lately. The summer this year is not very hot and I think they enjoy it more.

This little Turbinicarpus Viereckii keeps blooming! Since spring. And will stop only when it gets cold and it is time to go dormant for winter. In about 2 months I'd say.

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Some are growing babies like if their life depended on it :p

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Lobivia

Some need to have dried flowers and pods removed....

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Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii

and some just look freaking adorable :)

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Mammillaria Gracilis Monstruosa

Here is a cool thing that appeared on a Sedum burrito stem. I suppose some wasp did it? It is there for about 2 years now and I don't want to cut that naked stem off, because of that little construction. It is not used anymore... but I like it.

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Well, if you know me you know that it not all the pots. But I think those are the ones that need some attention now, or deserve some attention.

The first image is my 8 or 9 years old Crassula Ovata. The plant looks like a tree with thick trunk. The leaves turn red in the sun and looks amazing!

Thanks @nikv for the tag and invitation :)
@ludmila.kyriakou and @violetmed care to join?
Here is the challenge post

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Shot with Nikon D5500 + Sigma 105mm lens
All photos and text are my own.



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Bang, I did it again... I just rehived your post!
Week 71 of my contest just started...you can now check the winners of the previous week!
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You really made growing of flowers a priority around you. They look good. And the flower you said it was glooming which you transferred, is it after transplanting it died or you didn't water it well

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I am not sure I know which plant you mean...

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I cannot imagine how you are growing all this! How about a shot of the whole shebang, or parts of it? Your close ups are spectacular though, so perhaps I will continue to be happy just with those. But I would like to know how much space you have to garden in. Judging by your posts, I imagine you have greenhouse after greenhouse.

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The whole thing is a mess now. Not really worth showing :)
I just have a balcony which is not very big. Most of the pots are cacti - those are small and don't take much space. There are also those plants that I have for a short time. Some annuals I grow just for one season.
Orchids grow at home.

I also show lots of plants from my mum's garden. That is quite big and she has TONS of different plants.

I'd love a greenhouse! :D

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I still think that the Oxalis is my favorite, but that Sedum spectabile is a close second! Why do you call the Stapelia a stinky plant? What does it smell like?

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The flowers smell like rotten meat (dead flesh if you like). It is the nastiest smell ever!
They attract flies as pollinators. My cat enjoys the flies :)

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Yes, that cute little piece of pottery comes from a wasp. Punish the periwinkles in the sun!

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I will! Nothing else wants to grow there :p

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