Six on Saturday – Learning Curve

One of the good things about gardening is the ongoing lessons learned. Above is my Jurassic Begonia (Begonia nelumbiifolia) undergoing Vivipary – defined as a precocious growth of offspring while still attached to the mother plant. I had to ask a botanist friend what this plant was doing. Evidentially, I can trim the leaf around this tiny plant and place stem in soil and it will root.

My finally pruned correctly Miss Alice Bougainvillea in spring flowers.

New bed in my front garden. Plant palette is Indigo Spires Salvia, Blue Daze Evolvulus, Yellow Callibrachoa, and White Pentas. Shrubs in background are Maui Red Ixora. Lesson learned here – I have tried several plants here, Florida lacks good groundcover plants – and the soil is not soil. So, I removed and replaced a wheelbarrow full, see below.

Yes, plants will actually grow in this. I am fearful the good soil is going to sink…

Lessons learned from SOS, how to make Nasturtium capers. Letting them rest in salt.

Starting the jar of pickles. I will add more as the seeds are formed. Thank you, Fred, a French Gardener.

That is my six this Saturday, welcome spring everyone and Happy Gardening.

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23 comments on “Six on Saturday – Learning Curve

  1. Vivipary is very interesting. Never come across that before.

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  2. The white bougainvillea looks very fresh and lovely against the warm peachy wall. It makes a great combination.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    ‘Miss Alice’ Bougainvillea has really grown – looks wonderful!

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    Nasturtium capers! I should have done this a long time ago. I used to sweep up a lot of seeds, and put them in jars just inside the railing of the planter box, for downtown shoppers to take. Of course, if I were to make capers with them, I would need to collect them while still tender and attached to the stems, rather than waiting for them to fall off.

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  5. Your Miss Alice bougainvillea is just divine and I love your new front garden. Funnily enough I was thinking of making a similar gravel garden in our front garden here in Sussex, England – a very different climate!

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  6. fredgardener says:

    Duplicating begonias is always a great time. These little baby plants that appear from the mother leaf are always a nice surprise.
    Super for nasturtium capers! ( I hope you have rinsed off the salt well before dipping them in the vinegar…) . Add the following as you go, wait for minimum a month (or more, they will be more tender) and keep us updated.

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  7. Vivipary is interesting. For our school Gardening Club, we cut up begonia leaves to start plants.

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