My garden and climate are not the friendliest for fuchsias. Not enough moisture, to start with. And to make things worse, I had them in a pot where they got no morning sun at all, but hot sun in the afternoon. Exactly backwards, as I just read in the Sunset Western Garden Book.
A month ago I replanted the hanging pot where they had been languishing, and I replaced them with begonias and lamium. The fuchsias I stuck in a temporary pot on the other side of the garden, thinking I might give them away – or something?
They revived and sprouted buds all over, so I brought them back to the table that I can see outside my kitchen window, and many times a day I look out at them and have watched the buds swell… until this morning when the first flowers opened. I really needed this extra bit of new life today!
Husband said the last post was heavy. It was definitely text-heavy. Sorry about that; I’ll try something different. What could be lighter than tiny leaves pushing out of the ground, and flowers in bright colors? Butternut seedlings at left.
I love the way the pincushion flowers contrast with the lambs’ ears.
A week ago– the mini-teepee where we planted Blue Lake Beans. Gus doesn’t look pleased to have his picture taken. Everything is growing so fast–look!
…. cute little bean seedlings just before dusk tonight.
Rhododendron blooms are about to open, above the recumbent campanula.
I should have filled the birdbath before snapping this photo. That’s oregano and lemon balm underneath.
Lamium carries all its own contrasting patterns and colors in itself.
And the next pic is of aloe saponaria, above calendulas and columbines.
Spring is bursting out all over!