Late, but…

I took a day off of work today to bring my mom to a doctor’s appointment. Before we left, I had the chance to check out the back garden, which I hardly get to see in daylight since the days are so damn short.

I turned the compost in our new Smith & Hawkins BioStack Composter, which I won at a city composting workshop, and can definitely feel the heat being generated. I want to get another one, so if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to get rid of yours, I’ll take it.


Compost
Compost

I dreaded seeing the Coleus pots and, yup, they are all pretty much dead. The poor things. I should have move them into the patio, but there’s just not much room. I walked around the garden to look for more potted casualties, and found that the other plants are actually doing fine, including the Avocado, Lemon Grass and Solanum pyracanthum. Just to be safe I moved them to an enclosed area along the house wall.

Solanum pyracanthum
Solanum pyracanthum

Lemon Grass
Lemon Grass

I found some Sugar Snap Pea seeds that I collected in late spring, and I decided to plant them along the two empty trellises in the vegetable garden. I know it’s late, but I’ll see if they grow.

I found some bulbs (Allium Christophii and Bronze Beauty Dutch Iris) that I bought a few months ago and forgot about (bad me!)… I don’t know where to plant them, so I’m putting them in 1 gallon pots for now. I also found some other Dutch Iris and Spring Star Flower bulbs that I dug up from one of the beds and also planted them in 1 gallon pots.

Bronze Beauty Dutch Iris
Bronze Beauty Dutch Iris

I checked the coleus cuttings that I took about 2 months ago and noticed that they finally have roots. I planted those in 4″ pots and place them in an enclosed shelf in the patio.

Potted Coleus cuttings
Potted Coleus cuttings

I snagged one of them from Home Depot’s floor. It was labeled “Cache”, but the other Coleus were also labeled Cache, so I don’t think that it’s actual name. I’ll call it “Unknown Coleus Cache” for now. I got the other five from my co-worker, Purr, as thanks for helping install a flagstone pathway. I also don’t know the names, but know they are from White Flower Farm. For now I’m calling these “Unknown Coleus from Purr”.

[Added Dec. 12] The Unknown Coleus from Purr are Black Magic, Peridot, Bronze Pagoda, Garnet Robe and Rattlesnake.

I also took photos of our Shallots and a Rosemary plant that I’ve had over 16 years.

Shallots
Shallots

Rosemary Flowers
Rosemary Flower

The whole Rosemary plant
The whole Rosemary plant

  • All very nice! I have rosemary envy… ours dies every couple of years, so I take some cuttings and bring indoors every year. I hadn’t realized how complex their flowershapes were.

  • I love Solanum pyracanthum…I grow it on our parking strip every year and from my “office” window I can see people stop and gawk at it as they stroll by. A real tourist attraction, that weird little Madagascar eggplant! :b Half-hardy here so I bet it grows into trees down where you are.

    • It definitely is an attention grabber. I heard it being called ‘Porcupine Tomato’… is it also known as Madagascar Eggplant?