Pomegranate

16 (2)My little pomegranate tree is starting to fruit. This is a dwarf variety, good for growing in planters. It does best in zones 7 through 11. The tree reaches a height and width of approximately 3 feet.

 
 
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First Pineapple

1 (3)This morning I got to harvest the first pineapple from my yard. I had bought the plant over when I moved here a year ago. When it changed colors from green to yellow, I knew it was ripe. I have six other pineapple plants, in different stages of development. It takes approximately 2 years to grow a pineapple. This fruit can be easily grown in a container as well, because the roots are shallow.

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We have a Contest Winner!

01edFirst of all, here are the herb names:

  1. Parsley (Curly Leaf)
  2. Sage
  3. Chives
  4. Mint
  5. Rosemary
  6. Basil
  7. Oregano
  8. Parsley (Flat Leaf)
  9. Dill

I must say I had great fun with the WHAT ARE THE 9 HERBS? contest. I’ve posted all the comments/entries on the original webpage post, so you can go back there to see what everyone said. I did receive additional entries via email…from the folks who covertly peruse social media sites but don’t dare make a comment online. You know who you are, you people that are in hiding out there! No one guessed all nine herbs correctly but a couple of people came very close so I am calling it a tie and am giving them both plant presents.

And the two winners are…. Ryan (@ryanelberson) and Julia (travellingbanana.com)! Ryan got the most right: 7 out of 9. Yay Ryan! He didn’t exactly follow directions; he posted the answers on Instagram rather than on the website, as requested, but that’s okay. Instagramers aren’t known for their propensity to follow directions, so he’s forgiven. Julia guessed 6 correctly. There were a number of other people who guessed 6 properly but she was the first. Julia’s originally from the UK and is currently residing in the same area code as me, so she gets her present hand-delivered if she wishes! Ryan, I’ll track down in Instagramland.

Thanks to everyone who entered and those of you who cheered the rest of us on.

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Thanks Jorge

Parsley
Parsley

Potted plants require more attention than those that are planted in the ground. The soil dries out faster and needs more fertilizer. When I’m in town it’s not a problem to frequently water the containers, but when I’m travelling it is. My friend Jorge came to the rescue this weekend and kindly helped me set-up a drip irrigation system for the potted plants. From a main line, we put ¼” lines into each of eight planters, and connected the main line to a timer. It is summer now, our rainy season, so we set the timer to water twice a week. In the winter, I’ll change it to three times per week. Now that I’ve got the hang of this, I think I’ll set up a system for the planters on my front porch too…

 

 

 
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Lemon Flowers for Ileana

20 (2)My potted Lemon Tree is covered with blooms and the bees are happily flying from flower to flower, helping to pollinate them. I was going to plant the tree in the ground but the small Meyer Lemon is doing so well in the planter that I decided to leave it in there. This variety is known for thriving in containers. The fruits have a sweeter, less acidic flavor than the more common Lisbon or Eureka lemon varieties commonly found in the grocery stores.

In Every Plant Has a Story I talked about how my aunt Ileana had given me this tree as a Christmas present back in 2013. I always think of her when I look at it. These fragrant flowers are for you, Ileana.

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WHAT ARE THE 9 HERBS?

IMG_0268 (4)This is my friend Jayne Robinson’s Herb Garden. Isn’t it fab that she can grow so much in the corner of her balcony! I’ve numbered each herb. How many can you guess?! Send me a comment with the numbers and names and I’ll let you know who the first is to guess them all… or at least to guess the most right!

PRIZE FOR THE WINNER: if you live close to me, I’ll hand deliver a live herb plant; if you live far but in the U.S. you get a gift certificated from Home Depot  to buy an herb; if you don’t live in the US, you get amazing praise & adulation from all the gardening enthusiasts in cyberspace! Just LIKE this post and/or FOLLOW me and send me your best guess. I’ll keep the comments private until August 12, then I’ll post them all so you can see what everyone said. Don’t be shy, give it a go

 
 
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