Friday, January 29, 2010

Fertilizer Friday - After the Freeze

Funny thing about the cold - some things really enjoy it, like our little peach tree.  It's deciduous, so it's bare as can be, except it has quite a few little blossoms that made it through the cold.  Here are two of them:
The giant ficus tree - the leaves stayed green but fell down.  Here is one day, January 16th:
and here's the next day:
and it kept on going.  It was kind of fun since we don't get to run and jump into piles of autumn leaves around here.  Then they all started turning brown and crunchy and you can hear the dogs and people wading through them.  Since the "wild" area at the end of the yards got almost totally devastated, we took that opportunity to clean it out.  It was just full of vines, wild grape and passion flower, and wedelia.  I found a passion fruit in there:
I don't know if the geranium is happy or not but it turned a beautiful color:
And the silly little poinsettia from last year or the year before is still thinking Christmas is coming - it's still working up its red.  Funny, they're supposed to be from the tropics and they didn't get hurt at all. 
I guess you just never know.  But we are certainly blessed to have it all, whether it turned brown, outright died, or is struggling through. 

To go see what else Tootsie has for you to see, please click on the Fertilizer Friday button to the right...I happen to know there is a wonderful post on Sage today - check it out.  Peace.  B : )

13 comments:

Lori Skoog said...

It must have been freezing down there for all those changes. I am always amazed when blossoms survive such cold temperatures.

By the way, you could always come up to Skoog Farm to play in the snow.

Darla said...

Amazing amount of leaves here. My poinsettia did great in the garden...until those crazy freezing temps arrived here in North Florida!

Ricepatty said...

As always your garden and your photos amaze me - beautiful!

Ms Bibi said...

I am so jealous of that poinsettia. I have problems to keep my alive through the holidays. I had to throw it out last week.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

That is a lot of leaves! It looks like what happened to the ficus I tried to grow in my house once, all the leaves just fell off. The peach blossom is so pretty!

RainGardener said...

I agree with Lori - always amazed when blossoms make it through a freeze. Great pictures. My poinsettia is all but dead too. Was going to throw it out but just haven't done it yet. LOL

Carla said...

Here, our roses perk up during the cold. The bushes (not the blooms). LOVE your header, did you do that yourself (like on a foggy window?), cool!!

Troy said...

You still have such life in your garden.

We have brown twigs, with just a few green leaves.

I don't think I have ever seen a passion fruit before, how fun, to be able to grow them!

Evelyn Howard said...

The third photo: like a green carpet!

Hootin' Anni said...

Wow....peach blossoms? What a gorgeous pink. And the carpet of fig leaves...amazing. But the poinsettia is making me downright jealous. Do you know how many times I've tried to save mine from year to year? And you have one that is thriving? Pfffft. Now, I'm P O'd at my brown thumb. [kidding]

Martha@Menagerie said...

That's one thing I miss about when I lived in Ocala for a couple of years - those crunchy leaves! What is it about hearing that sound that we like I wonder?

Everything looks great B :-)

Debbie said...

I love your poinsettia. I can get them to grow like crazy but never every turn red. You have the touch!

Tootsie said...

I can't even keep a Poinsettia alive in the house and you have one that survived some cold weather???? you have that touch!!!
great post today...thanks for posting to FF this week. I added the entries for the draw for you...and I hope you join me again

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