03 JulErodium reichardii 'Rubrum'

Erodium reichardii 'Rubrum'
Erodium reichardii ‘Rubrum’

Erodium is a close relative of the Pelargoniums and Geraniums. E. r. ‘Rubrum’ is a low-growing plant with tiny scalloped, hairy leaves. It likes to grow in the shade during the summer.

29 JunGreen On Green

Criminal tomato worm caught in the act!
Criminal tomato worm caught in the act!

Let’s just say the villain was dealt with. The pepper plant will recover.

20 JunMiracle Eggplants Grow From Brazilian Aji Pepper Seeds

These look like eggplant to me.
These look like eggplant to me.

One batch of new peppers I started from seed this year don’t look very pepper-y. I think they are eggplants. Very disappointing: I was expecting Brazilian Aji hot peppers.

19 JunCanna Seeds

Canna seed pods swell as they ripen.
Canna seed pods swell as they ripen.

I’ve decided to collect some canna seeds. The fertile pods become enlarged. When a pod is dry it is ready to pick. The seeds are dark round spheres. To grow them, notch the seeds with a file and soak them for 48 hours. Plant about 1/2″ deep.

Dry and cracked - pick it quick!
Dry and cracked – pick it quick!

19 JunNo Shortage Of Sweet Banana Peppers

Banana Peppers
The Banana Peppers are especially vigorous this year.

04 JunMore Glitter

White Glitter, a stellar geranium
White Glitter, a stellar geranium

White Glitter is usually speckled with random red spots. With the hot weather the flowers now show a wash of pink.

02 JunTricolor Exotic

Tricolor is a fancy-leafed zonal geranium.
Tricolor Exotic is a fancy-leafed zonal geranium.

“Where is the third color?” you might ask. The lovely brown ring has gone away for the summer. I especially like the way Tricolor lifts up its flowers on extra long stems.

02 JunPelargonium englarianum

Pelargonium englarianum
Pelargonium englarianum

Englarianum is so obviously a desert dweller. It seems quite at home here in Las Vegas! It is a very active bloomer. The bright pink flowers are about a half inch across. It is an upright bush with woody stems and very stiff crinkled leaves similar to the crispums. This is a rose-camphor scented geranium.

28 MayGolden Lemon Crispum

Pelargonium crispum 'Golden Lemon Crispum'
Pelargonium crispum ‘Golden Lemon Crispum’

Golden Lemon Crispum sounds like a tasty bakery delight, but it is in fact a variegated scented geranium. The leaves are bordered in yellow and have a lemon scent. The flowers are light lavendar.

27 MayCoral Canna

Coral canna flowers
Coral canna flowers

The coral cannas (I don’t know the “real” name) have burst into bloom. The flowers are speckled with deeper coral spots and there is just a touch of yellow at the center. The leaves are bronze. They grow about 3 feet tall. I grow them in a big pot next to the pool.

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