Archive for the ‘Flowers’ Category

My baby crabapple tree went to a good home

I’ve decided to cut the air-layer and pot it up after my last post on my crabapple, considering that the tree was dormant, and was probably the best time to make the cut. Plus, I was a little concern about the mother tree due to beetle grubs ate a lot of the roots.

It sat there for a couple of months, and finally both the mother tree, and the new air-layered tree’s leafing out, and even throwing out flowers. The mother tree appears to be in good health, but I don’t see any suitable branches for another layer for a fellow gardener who’s wanted a white flowering crabapple for a while, so I decided to give away my first successful layer.

It’s sad to see my baby tree go, but I’m sure it will be a good home!

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Crabapple

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Soft pink and red strawberry flowers

The Sweet Rose and Sweet Pink strawberries have started flowering ~ The photo didn’t capture it, but the Sweet Pink have soft pink flowers, and the Sweet Rose have red flowers. Very different from the standard white strawberry flowers ~

I have grown a pink flowering type before, but it was a different shade of pink ~

Can’t wait for the strawberries ~

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Water to plants

Since we have moved, I now have a tap in the backyard. That’s probably something a lot of people take for granted, but previously I had to go outside to the side of the house to turn the tap on, then throw the hose over the fence to water the garden and my pot plants in the backyard. (Seriously, I don’t know what the building designer/architect for that townhouse complex was thinking?!) It is now so much easier that I’m watering my plants more regularly. It helps that my son is now a little older and okay for me to be out of sight for a little while and also there’s lawn in the backyard for him to play in while I water the plants. The down side is there’s no rain water tank installed in this house. Oh well, I guess there’s no perfect house, especially rental.

Anyway, since the plants are watered more regularly, I can really see their changes. Their leaves looks a lot better, and even start flowering either for the first time, or much more profusely. Namely, the port wine magnolia flowered for the first time, the Lots A Lemon flowered profusely with its perfumed blooms attracting lots of bees, and the wisteria which struggled to push out one raceme the year before, failed to flower last year, have produced four racemes this year ~

It shows a little regular watering goes a long way ~ Even chlorinated town water ~

Wisteria with four racemes

Wisteria with four racemes

Airlayering Crabapple follow up

It was October last year when I attempted the airlayer on my crabapple, and in that post I was planning to update in a couple of months.
Well, I did check in a couple of months, but I did not feel that there were any roots forming, so I did not post a follow up.

As time went on, one of the airlayer “bag” fell off, the ziplock bag opened and some of the coir fell out, and the only one left intact was the bubble wrap one so I did not have high hopes for them. I’m planning to repot my crabapple, so I went and removed what’s left of all the airlayer bags, and discovered there were roots in the bubble wrap one!!!

The coir in there was dried, and I’m not sure how long they’ve been dried for, and whether the roots are alive or not. So I wrapped it with clear thick packing plastic this time with fresh potting mix. Hopefully more and stronger roots will form in spring, and then I’ll try to cut this off.

Lessons learnt:-

  • If the airlayer “bag” stay intact, there’s a chance there may be roots.
  • Try not to use bubble wrap for better visibility and ‘feel’
  • Use sticky tape to tape plastic film close around the trunk
  • Do not use sandwich bag ties, they’re too short and difficult to work with
  • Do not use plastic cable ties. The piece of plastic I tried to wrap around the trunk this time round keeps slipping out of the cable tie
  • May need to water the airlayer “bags”

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    Remains of the airlayer bags

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    Showing dried coir medium

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    Roots!!

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    Wrapping it up again

  • First sign of warmth

    Prunus don’t normally flower well in Brisbane since our average chilling hours/units is only about 300. I have bought a couple of Prunus Mume (Ume, or Chinese/Japanese apricots/plum) seedlings about 4 or 5 years ago, but they have not yet flowered. Although I must admit they’re grown in pots and are severely neglected… just like everything else in my garden really…

    However, a few seedlings I pricked off the lawn under flowering peach trees at a public park three years ago has been in flower every year since August 2012. Yes, they flowered in later July/early August, just like my peach tree at my parents’ place. They flower every year at the first sign of warmth, it’s not long now till the wisteria will follow ~

    All of them really need to be repotted before they start leafing out. I just hope I can get around to it this year ^^

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    The peach flowers in my garden this year

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    The peach flowers at a public park this year