These bees might have been the most interesting attraction at the Bancroft Gardens on Tuesday. Here are some photo essays about the Bancroft Gardens that I published on the Bubblews social networking site:
While my grapes are flourishing in SoCal, my vacation garden up here in the San Francisco Bay Area is reduced to some herbs on the window sill and one Aerogarden 3 planter in the kitchen. Of course, the planter has "outriders" or whatever you want to call the little plants I put around the AG3 to soak up the illumination from those expensive grow lights and the attention that the plants in the grow holes get.
OK, I went away for a whole week (gosh!) and my friend called to say we had a nasty frost and all the plants are dead and brown. Poor waist_high fig cutting now 3 years old may be a goner, as it almost died of thirst when the automatic watering system went off last summer. Then it started leafing out and was hurt by a December frost. Then it started leafing out again and now this. I haven't even gone over to look.
Here, 6 miles away, the Camelias are opening up and looking gorgeous again and we have hundreds if ripe lemons.
I cut these twigs off a local mulberry tree which bore what I thought was particularly good fruit last spring. In October I took lengths about 8" long and removed all the leaves from them, putting the down end in a glass of water filled about 1/2 way to the top of the twigs, and leaving this in a not very bright place. About 6 weeks later, when I checked to make sure the water had not all evaporated, I was delighted to see little leaves starting to form about 1/4 way from the top.
So I cut off the top and drilled holes in the bottom of a SmartWater bottle, filled it with hydroton clay "rocks" stuck the twigs into the rocks, then nested the bottle into a larger bottle 1/2 full of water. will add a picture of my contraption when they start growing roots and leafing out some more.
This was how I started a beautiful fig tree a couple years ago. Mulberry trees are rather messy, so I am not sure how good an idea it is to try to grown one indoors in water, but it promises to be a fun experiment.
The Sprout Farm is my favorite way to grow sprouts. In addition to admiring the little plants, all I have to do is sprinkle seeds in the trays and then pour water in often enough so the reservoir does not run dry.