Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy First Day of Spring!

With apologies to the East Coast, which has been getting hammered by snow this winter, and still is, our weather here in the PNW has been spring-like for a while. The first day of spring is celebration-worthy even so.

I thought I'd show off the single Lewisia that has survived in my garden. When I first installed the gravel garden, I planted a handful of them there in the ground, thinking it would be the perfect environment for these native, drought-tolerant plants. But all of the ones in the ground declined and eventually died, I don't know why. Perhaps the soil there isn't quite as well drained as I thought.

The only one that still lives is this one, planted in an old colander.








Happy First Day of Spring!

15 comments:

  1. It seems drainage is the key Alison :)

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  2. So pretty and good one Mark and Gaz!

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  3. It´s beautiful!! and it matches perfectly with that old colander. What a great idea!! happy first day of spring!!!

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  4. Lewisia didn't live long in my garden, just several seasons. Yours look wonderful! So many flowers and buds! It can mean two things: 1) the plant is happy, 2) the plant is not happy, it's thinking it will die and gives farewell gorgeous bloom! I hope, it'll live long!
    I like how you used a colander! Just this morning, I saw hanging colanders-planters in one of the magazines. What a good idea!

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  5. Gorgeous Lewisia. My experience with them is similar to Tatyana's - stay for a while, seem happy, increase even and then decline.

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  6. Pretty welcome to spring. I like that combination of the pink and the colander quite a lot.

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  7. We grow them in containers on the front porch under the rood overhang where they don't get winter rain. They come back quite well that way.

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  8. Isn't that funny, I have one in a colander, too. Yours beat mine in blooms though, you dirty dog. I absolutely love them.

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  9. The colors are exquisite. Do they have a fragrance -- that would be extra frosting on a delicious colander full of cake.

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  10. It's a gorgeous color. I've yet to meet anyone here who has kept one of these plants alive long even though they're readily available for sale here.

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  11. I adore that mix of pink and orange - beautiful! And I LOVE how you put it in a colander. You're so wonderfully creative! :)

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  12. I too had some a few years ago, one is still with me but I don't think the others liked our winter rain, in spite of the good drainage that they had.Yours looks very happy in its home, what a good idea!

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  13. Yippee! Spring at last. What a lovely Lewisia and a brilliant idea to plant it in a colander as they like perfect drainage.

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  14. What a wonderful arrangement! I love how you re-purposed the colander.

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