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Last Gasps in the Garden

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These cucumber, strawberry and green bean flowers will never go to fruit.  It is way too late in the season, a lot of rain is due in just a couple of days.  Not long after that our first frost will occur.

In the meantime, these plants are doing their very best to propagate themselves, in the remote chance that global warming is imminent and there will be no winter!   Okay, I know plants do not really think like that, but I do know these are example of plants that will keep on flowering until the last bud dies on the vine.

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Yellow Succulent Flowers

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Yellow Succulent Flowers

I have a half dozen succulent plants along the front border of a long bed next to the driveway. Sure do wish I knew their names, but I believe that most are probably in the sedum family.

About five years ago, I visited a local art festival on the last day near closing time and saw an older woman selling succulent plants. While chatting with her, I learned that she had sold plants at art festivals for many years, but now she was retiring and this was her last show. She assured me the particular plants I was looking at would grow year-round out-of-doors, as they flourished in her very Northern California yard. Did I get lucky that day!? I would give a number of plants a new home, and start learning about growing succulents.

This is the first one to bloom. The spikes of yellow flowers are about three inches high, and are a beautiful cut flower in a very small, or mini, vase.  There is a photo of these flowers in a wood-fired mini-vase posted on www.facebook.com/SusanRodenPottery

Another Mystery Plant

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Another Mystery Plant

While I am on this mystery plant theme, I have another one. This is a more recent addition to the flower garden, and I just misplaced the name tag. Perhaps I planted it and thought it died, when it was slow in getting established.

The flowers do not resemble regular flowers, as they are green. But it is definitely interesting looking.

I have no idea how bit it might grow – which could be important later, as it is near a hydrangea. I’ve moved so many plants – just add it to the list of winter gardening projects. Yes, we do get some snow most winters. But we also get a warm week in January or so, most years. If I’m around, it is a very busy week in the yard.