Although the true roses are ending, the winter roses (Helleborus) are starting to come out. About 4-5 days ago, the first of 'Jacob' appeared. I liked it so much that I bought a couple more. This is the first plant I bought, and it began blooming about this time last year.
'Jacob' 2 has a few flowers opening. 'Jacob' 3 had a battle with spider mites this summer, and although it survived, it is not blooming.
'Nell Lewis' is a few years old now, and these are the first flowers on it.
I don't have any of the new flashy colors in Hellebores. The original white are still my favorite.
Despite the four inches of snow we had, some of the roses hung in there and are still blooming. I thought they might be freeze-dried when I saw them, but nope. Still fresh. Still fragrant.
There are still a couple of flowers left on 'Iceberg'
There's a few on 'Bolero' which still has crispy edges like it did all summer. Sigh. To take out all of them, or not.
Another rose I've been debating removing are the two bushes I have of 'William Shakespeare 2000.' Such miserable plants. Of course, despite the snow and nightly freezing temperatures, there is this one gorgeous, perfect, fragrant bloom.
'Old Blush' has a few flowers hanging on.
'Falstaff' has a bud, but not particularly happy.
'Bishop's Castle' has a few amazingly nice flowers, which have a different fragrance than in the summer.
I don't know if this flower on 'Alnwick Castle' counts, but what the heck.
This is the third growing season for my apple trees. 'Goldrush' is the only one that has produced any apples of significance, and it is the first year for it to produce. I had one or two apples on my 'Calville Blanc d'Hiver' and on my 'Ashmead's Kernal' but the birds got to them before they ripened. Maybe next year. They got a few of the 'Goldrush' also.
I don't know if the apples will be the same every year, but 'Goldrush' so far has been tart and honeyed (the tart is said to mellow with storage) with very yellow flesh as the name would indicate. I baked one into an apple pie (mixed with store-bough 'Granny Smith'), and the result was more like a potato than an apple, in that they were rather solid and potato-like when cooked, the bright yellow flesh stood out in the pie in contrast to the Grannies, and the flavor was rather bland. I might try again after the apples age a few weeks.
Bulbs are always a bit of a surprise to me. I know that I planted it, I know that it bloomed last year, but frequently I am preoccupied with other things in life, and even though I am occasionally looking for it at their time of year, when a flower pops up it can be a bit unexpected. This is especially true of those bulbs that don't put out leaves before they put out flowers. I looked to see if this cyclamen was alive a few weeks ago, and saw nothing. Today during some garden cleanup, I was pleasantly surprised to see this. Now I know it really is fall.
I've had this cyclamen for a number of years. It never gets big and impressive, like I've seen in photos. In the old house, it didn't even put out flowers some years. But it was one of the plants that I remembered to transplant to the new house, and it seems to be surviving if not spectacular. It is still a pleasure to see it poking out in the fall. In another month, I'll see if the Crocus speciosus survived from last year.
I've got a new camera for travel. After researching for days, I got the Panasonic DMC-LX100. It's light. It's quick. It's been critiqued as being a good substitute for a dSLR when traveling. I may not know how to use the camera as well as my trusty (and HEAVY) Nikon D700, but I was comparing shots today.
The old camera is much, much better at capturing color accurately, and has better control over DOF. The Bolero photos show that the iHDR setting on the new camera is better at capturing shadows (but not necessarily the highlights), although this looks like it may just be a matter of metering. The old camera is much better at macro. So the new camera will stay what it was intended for, a travel camera.
Bolero is finally doing what it is supposed to do.
Growing along with dahlias (taller white flowers), Trionfo Violetto beans, and casa blanca lilies (which apparently HATE it here).
The thrips have subsided slightly (still some damage evident), and the
plants were given a bit of nitrogen, which is apparently what they
Although these versions of roses are not native to New Mexico, roses are embedded in the culture of New Mexico gardens, and I will always think they belong. Somehow, they just look right, especially when combined with plants adapted to this climate.
Yep. It's time for the Zephranthes. I'm finding that it's not actually true that the rain brings on the blooms. It's been raining every few weeks for the past few months, but they haven't been blooming until now. I suspect that the rain only triggers bloom during the late summer bloom season.