I’ll tell you, if it’s not one thing happening to my courgettes, it’s another!
The snails devoured three of Mr. Courgette’s leaves the night before last, so I made an executive decision and planted him into his new home in the corner of the raised garden bed this evening. It could be slugs, but I’ve never seen one here, and I’m blaming snails, since they’re all over the inside of my compost bin and I found one climbing up the inside of my bathroom window today.
It’s good to transplant your plants at dusk or on cloudy days, so they don’t go into transplant shock.
Yesterday would’ve been ideal, but the rain was too heavy!
He looks pretty happy now, out front. And I can now tell the difference between the male and female flower buds that are developing! Pretty exciting.
You may recall I planted Ms. Courgette out on a Thursday evening, and then she was plantnapped sometime on Friday night/Saturday morning. Let’s hope the plantnappers are content with only one of my courgette plants!
In other gardening news, my chameleon rose has three buds opening now! They always look so cool — sometimes they’re salmon-pink, sometimes they’re yellow-tipped with a rusty-red color. I wonder if this is due to the acidity of the soil (like with some varieties of Hydrangea) or the temperature at the time of the bloom? I’ll have to look that up.
My bowl of thyme sprouts hasn’t done too well — most of the sprouts died off after a few of them were mysteriously plucked out of the soil a few weeks ago. I think I had them in too much direct sunlight, so I’m replanting some seeds in the bowl tonight.
It’s the same with my mini Greek basil has pretty much all died off in that rectangular dish I planted them in! My other smaller terracotta pot of it seems ok, but not sure what happened there! I have more of those, so I’ll replant that, too.
Overall, everything is looking really green! I’m going to have to start eating that lettuce I have in the front beds because they’re going crazy now! Salad time, here I come!
And I have a question for you, dear readers! We’re going to play a new game today called Name That Plant:
Do any of you know what kinds of plants these are? (click for bigger view)
The bottom two pics are of the same plant — it’s very large, and I call it the deadly plant, because those spikes can really take an eye out. I think it must be distantly related to the aloe plant.
Little baby deadlies are popping up inside that container, so I’m going to have to spread the danger to other folks, soon. Anyone in Chch want a baby deadly plant?
If any of you could shed some light on these plants for me, you’d be a rock star! I mean, you’re already a rock star for reading, but like mega super Justin Bieber star status (I know he’s not a rock star, but still).
That’s the first and hopefully last time I mention him on my blog. I promise.