So I had these osteospermum from the mystery flower shop and two of them turned out to be this weird pinched petal type that I wasn't so fond of, but I couldn't bring myself to murder them, so I moved one to a shady out of the way corner (first photo) and was thinking of what to do with the other one. The next day, the one I DIDN'T touch (it wasn't even near the one that was moved) went all limp and I thought it was going to die and save me the trauma, but then it revived and.... Its petals turned almost normal! Isn't that strange? It's like the flower knew it had to shape up or else!
This flower from the "blue flower mix" seeds I sowed (sew? what is the past tense of sow?) a year and a half ago is finally blooming. It's really quite pretty, but I have no idea what it is.
I saw nadeshiko (pinks?) for sale at the garden store the other day for 298 yen. These I got for free last year at the park. I was watching L playing on the swings and suddenly noticed all the older folk swarming over to the flower section with boxes and plastic bags, so of course, I went to check it out. The park was giving away nadeshikos. M was in the nadeshiko class at preschool so I brought some home and planted them. I cut off the dead bits and they looked rather pathetic all winter, but are doing well now.
This pink clover amongst the strawberries is quite pretty. We have tons of clover and I haven't learned to tell which are the kinds with pretty flowers and which to pull as weeds.
Orange osteos transplanted a week or two ago doing well.
The pink ones have survived and are flowering again after a fairly drastic late winter pruning fit.
These ones from the mystery flower shop I didn't like so much, so I transplanted them to a shady out of the way corner. I wonder if they will survive. I figure at least they are more attractive than the pipe, so I can't lose.
Dh mowed the embankment on Sunday, thank goodness, because the weeds were starting to go to seed. It's easier, anyway, if he does it before they are over his head. The neighbors have lovely cornflowers along the embankment that seem to self-propogate, but I am having trouble getting ours started. I finally started some seedlings and transplanted them. I hope they don't get washed away in the rain today.
Last year I pilfered seed heads from the neighbors down the way and spread them over our embankment every day on way back from the dog's walk, but only two actually grew, and in rather odd spots.
Yesterday I went to the garden center and had a major shock because their tomatoes were flowering. But when I looked more carefully at my cherry tomatoes this afternoon I noticed they have a few buds! This is Golden Currant
I decided to try out a delphinium this year to see how it does.
I think these are called babiana. I was beginning to think they were going to produce nothing but foliage, as all the others in the neighborhood started blooming almost 2 months ago, but finally they are producing buds.
Sunflowers coming up (elves blend)
These were part of a "blue flower mix" seed packet I planted last year. They have resown themselves. Lots of little blue flowers until they get done in by aphids.
I am originally from Hamden, CT, USA. I have lived in Gifu, Japan since 2000. We moved to this house on June 30, 2007 and started to work on the garden immediately. Our yard was a completely barren sand lot when we moved in. I am currently mostly a SAHM to our three daughters, M (6/2004), L (10/2006), and K (5/2011). I teach English to children two days a week from our detached house.