Just before sunset today I walked around the garden and shot all the hibiscuses that were in bloom. I have been planting different varieties of hibiscus at my place down here for almost 2 decades. Here are some of them:
This is very similar to the Agave's they have down in Arizona and so forth that usually flower about once every 25 years... I'm used to them being called 'century plants'. I remember seeing them when going hiking in the Sedona area.According to my cousin who is an expert horticulturalist down here in South Africa, that stalk is the plant's flower. He says the plant only flowers once every 20 years and then dies shortly afterward.
Nice selection!I just planted a bed of mixed lettuce and made the other beds ready for the tomato plants to put in when the weather gets warmer. May also plant swiss chard.
MMMmm swiss chard is best when you harvest after a frost. Gets so sweet!Nice selection!
I grew swiss chard in containers last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Grows really easily and you can either continually harvest smaller leaves with reseeding every so often, or let them get big and harvest less frequently. My few pots produced plenty and were easy to care for. I highly recommend chard!
Those numbers are the N-P-K ratio representing the Nitrogen(N) - Phosphorus(P) - Potassium(K) content in the bag/container. Each number represents a % of the total weight of the bag. So a 100lb bag with NPK of 5-3-4 contains 5% Nitrogen, 3% Phosphorus and 4% Potassium, or 5lb of N, 3lbs of P and 4lbs of K. The total weight of NPK in this bag would then be 12lbs with 88 lbs of filler.Is there a particular version(?) of fertilizer that you're supposed to use? I see numbers on the bags like 38-0-0 and whatnot. Any real difference?
It's not too late to fertilize. The best times to fertilize are fall and spring. Make sure you do not fertilize too close to summer (4 weeks). Grass likes to go dormant in the intense summer heat and fertilizing it would create too much top growth with too little root growth which leads to premature drying out and death. The best time to fertilize is in the fall when there is no crazy heat approaching and the grass therefore gets two growth cycles before the next summer heat comes.