Saturday, October 4, 2014

Some Quick Updates

The last two weeks have been very busy, with too little time left over for gardening and even less for this blog. Hopefully that will change soon and I will be back with more regular and more extensive posts. In the meantime, however, I wanted to share just two somewhat exciting developments from the garden. The first has to do my "Queen of the Night" epiphyllum (Epiphyllum oxypetalum), which for the first time has begun to set some buds.

Beginnings of flower buds on the Epiphyllum oxypetalum in the sun room

Development number two concerns yet another variety of rice, 'Hmong Sticky', which was the third and final one to begin heading at the beginning of September. The first grains are starting to change color, so it appears that at least some heads may in fact ripen before it gets too cold!

Rice 'Hmong Sticky' (Oryza sativa) just beginning to ripen in the downstairs garden

Soon it will also be time to start bringing all the tender container plants inside. The sun room and south-facing windows will turn into an instant jungle, but the balcony will seem empty and bare...

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