Well, I got quite a bit done in the yard today, although most people who saw it wouldn't know it.
First I potted and repotted some of the plants. I potted the cauliflower...
...and a yellow pepper plant.
I bought this plant because it was so large and had big leaves. It was the biggest specimen of them all. And then one of the cats (Shotsie, I'm sure) chewed up the leaves while the plant waited on the lanai to be planted.
And I repotted the tomato plant that was potted in some horrible soil the other day. (Do NOT buy the Timberline potting soil at Lowe's. Users on the forum suggested I try Jungle Growth brand instead, and they were absolutely right-- that is a great soil!)
The tomato plant came with two small fruit already on it, and now there is another.
I swear that the Eggplant has also grown in the two days that I've had it. This is after I potted it a couple of days ago...
..and this is today.
I also checked on my other little red pepper plant, which was so horribly neglected during the move and has mostly died. This plant has been around for about a year now. I spotted a tiny little pepper trying to form on it...
I am also trying to grow a pineapple plant. We'll see how it turns out, and whether it rebounds. It took me awhile to figure out what I was doing with it, and I could never get roots started in it, so I just planted it.
I've heard others have planted a pineapple top directly into soil and succeeded in getting it to root, so we'll see how it goes.
I also have this pitiful little strawberry plant which has never successfully done anything-- including growing. It has stayed tiny. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. It says to keep it moist, but maybe I'm keeping it too moist?
My Patio Orange Tree is still doing very well. I can't wait until it decides to flower. I think that it is probably 3 or 4 years old now.
I also repotted my hibiscus that I just potted the other day using that horrible potting soil. It has really wilted since I potted it the other day.
I hope that it rebounds now that I repotted it with Jungle Growth potting soil.
I also repotted my ficus seedling that I dug out from under the ficus tree. It had really wilted after potting it the other day, and I determined that this may be due to the heavy soil. So today I repotted it with a starter mix. We'll see whether or not it rebounds.
However if it doesn't rebound, I may have another one. I'm not sure whether this one is a ficus too, but I spotted it today growing in a pot of snake plants on the deck.
I also got a splinter under the nail today.
I haven't been able to get it out yet. It's still there. It'll probably have to come out on its own.
I also moved my seedlings to the front foyer, since they seemed too exposed outside and I don't have a good sunny window in the house.
I'm trying to start carrots, leeks, bush beans, bibb lettuce, romaine lettuce, cilantro, rosemary, and chives. We'll see whether or not I succeed in starting them and raising them to the point when they can be potted. It's so hard to keep them watered, they dry out so quickly.
But that's not all I did today! I also did a lot of weeding. I weeded the bed around the mahogany in front of the shed.
This pile of weeds is just from that little square:
I didn't even know that there were ferns in that bed until I accidentally started pulling them up with the weeds.
Also while pulling weeds from this bed, I looked down in my hand to find a tree that I had pulled out.
I don't know what it is, so I potted it to give it a chance to reveal itself to me, so that I can determine whether or not to keep it. Who knows. Maybe I'll find out that it's just a really big weed (as big around as my index finger).
I pulled lots of weeds from the grass, too. I would reach in and pull out two handfuls of weeds from one small area. I have areas like this throughout my yard.
Unfortunately by pulling out the weeds, I'm pulling out the only green in the yard, and sometimes leaving behind dirt instead, since the weeds are about the only green in the lawn!
Then I started on the hibiscus bed, which started out like this...
...and ended today like this.
By the time I finished today with weeding, I had a large yard bag full of weeds.
Oh, and in case anyone has noticed the branches piled up, I thought that I would explain that I am storing up some of the larger wood for a "dead pile" back behind the shed.
I wanted to create a dead pile to give a home to frogs and lizards and snakes and such. Unfortunately I don't have any really big wood to put in the pile-- just some larger branches.
While out today, I also got a couple more pictures of my blooms.
The bougainvillea by the fence continue to get prettier and prettier.
The boug by the shed is much bigger and fuller than the other two, but it also doesn't have the blooms of the other two.
The Angel's Trumpet continues to let loose with a barrage of blooms.
I can only imagine what it might do with some attention. Right now it is so leggy and pitiful.
And the mango continues to get big blooms.
So it was a pretty productive day in the yard, but there is still LOTS to do!