This has been a weird Spring. Many people have reported on the Spring Deficit experienced this year. Everything from people feeling more moody due to the extended SAD we’ve been subjected to throughout September and October (where is the sun?!) to business experiencing a down-turn in revenue (you try selling ice creams in the middle of a freezing cold, wet and blustery day that goes on for weeks!). Neighbourhood plants have been very confused too – never knowing from one day to the next as to what season it is. My garden (such as it is at the new house) is a bit hit and miss, with things that should be flowering NOT flowering, and things that should have stopped flowering STARTING to flower.
But, as of this last week, Spring appears to making some effort to show up. We’ve had some lovely sunny days and temperatures have started rising. My garden is responding to the warmer conditions and beginning to look a bit more colourful and I, in turn, have been whinging less and dressing more like someone who lives in Australia, rather than a native of Antarctica. My beautiful pelargonium is finally in flower – isn’t she a stunner? I’ve had this plant for years and have had many cuttings from her, all of which have flowered prolifically. She’s actually a little more purple than the picture shows, and I think she is a Spanish Angel, but don’t quote me on that – the label disintegrated a long time ago!
As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been busily re-potting a lot of my poor plants that have been very neglected during my move (and the months preceding it, if I’m honest). Even my cacti were feeling a bit sad and unloved. I re-potted them and in a matter of days they started to look happier and less, well, dead. My little bunny cactus is much more sprightly looking now (if a plant can be sprightly!). He is an off-shoot of my original cactus from a few years back, and is only a couple of inches high. Adorable.
My much-loved aloe is doing really well (he never lets me down even when I treat him badly and forget he exists) and is even sprouting a flower spike, which I take to mean he is happy. I have given him a bigger pot and he is going great guns. If he could smile, he’d be giving me a big, toothy, cheeky grin. Possibly a wink and a “How YOU doin;?”
He’s just that sort of guy 🙂
I even have a couple of sad little lemons starting to develop on my potted lemon tree. It desperately needs feeding but I keep forgetting…
My white geranium is blossoming too. Love a nice pristine, white flower. I also bought this one at the same time as my original bunny cactus, and it has been a regular healthy bloomer ever since. I love geraniums – they are essential in a low maintenance garden. So pretty and prolific and easy to take cuttings from. They don’t die very easily, which is a bonus when you’re a black thumb kind of gardener like me.
The aeonium cuttings I pinched from my rental unit are doing nicely too. They are all in flower and just so pretty. I’m glad I managed to salvage a few pieces when I moved out – they are such great plants and so easy to look after and keep alive! Plus they grow so quickly and are very water-wise.
Also in my garden area, but not something I have potted or grown myself…this little guy. I believe he is an Australian Jumping Peacock Spider . Isn’t he cute? I didn’t get the best photo because he was so teeny-tiny and my camera is pretty rubbish. Also, because he wouldn’t keep still and kept leaping about (as jumping spiders do). He is about 5mm long and has a bright red and blue pattern on his butt. The blue is hard to see in this picture, but it is very striking. I love jumping spiders – they’re awesome. I’ve never seen one like this before – or maybe I just haven’t paid attention (more likely). I hope he is good at eating mosquitoes…
So, Spring has sprung and is working its magic, not only on the garden but on me as well. I just function so much better in the warm weather and get a lot more done. I think my house is going to be pretty hot in Summer, so I may be regretting those words soon. Until then, I am happy to see the sun shining every day and feeling its heat in these old bones.
Hope your day (or at least your heart) is full of sunshine today 🙂