Tough Cookies... Don't Give Up!Tuesday, November 09, 2010
It was so wonderful to see the returning blooms of my yellow Gazania. But the joy was shortlived as I discovered some mealy bugs on the newly formed buds... so sad. I had to discard them in order to save the plant and have to be contented with just three blooms.
The same mealy bugs love my Hibiscus buds also. It has been an on going battle against this 'joy killer' but for now, I just hope they won't attack the Desert Rose and Bunny Rabbit flower buds.
The flower bracts of my Hydrangea have taken on a 'blush' and slowly turning to green after flowering for two months. As for my new Cyclamen and my old Desert Rose and Dianthus, they are flowering amazingly well this week. These blooms however are not going to be as long-lasting as Hydrangea :-(
The missing Cryptanthus you see in the pic below has been eaten by a wild squirrel that visited my garden one day. Fortunately, the squirrel didn't gobble up everything but left me two leaves in the pot and probably some roots. I continued to water the plant like usual and was happy to see a little plant growing now!
In the past, wild squirrels have eaten my Ground Orchid tubers. Now I just hope it don't come back for my dwarf Ground Orchid!
I consider my Gloxinia a strong plant as it is able to thrive even when attacked (mildly) by white aphids. Also my hot garden has not been a deterring factor for the plant to re-grow and re-bloom.
Enjoy your garden blooms and may they all be 'tougher' than you can imagine them to be ;-)