Six on Saturday – Spring Surprises

I am joining the SOS crowd again today, reflecting on discoveries in my garden this week. Above is a Graptosedum succulent, gifted to me by a friend. I did not realize they flowered – but there it is.

One of my favorite discoveries, Mystic Blue Salvia. This one was planted March 2021 and has been flowwering ever since.

My first Dahlia sprout. I planted Labyrinth tubers about 10 days ago, did not read the directions about not watering them..then stopped. I figured I had rotted the tubers, but no! Hoping for some cut flowers, these are planted in grow bags.

Sugar Baby watermelon that faked me out. I have these in grow bags and put an old teak ottoman next to the bag to grow the melons off the ground. Not realizing they would go through the slats. Now I have to figure a way to support the fruit as it ripens. Thinking a mesh sling might do the trick.

New crop of radishes almost ready to eat.

New flush of flowers on the Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera)

My spring wonders for this week. To see more wonders, visit

Happy Gardening!!


29 comments on “Six on Saturday – Spring Surprises

  1. pbmgarden says:

    That melon is cute with a mind of its own. A full year’s bloom from that salvia–very nice.

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  2. I love the Spring radishes! You’ve reminded me to get some seeds in our plot!

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  3. Rosie Amber says:

    The escaping melon made me smile. I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to water the Dahlia tubers either. Some of mine are coming up, others aren’t, oh well we live and learn.

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  4. fredgardener says:

    Place one or more bricks to support the baby watermelon while it grows. It will soon touch the ground. Mine was 25cm in diameter when mature.
    However, there won’t be much sun down there….
    I saw some Justicia in Portugal and I wanted to take a cutting back but I had nothing to keep it… Never mind ! Will try from seeds later.

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  5. Your watermelon made me chuckle. Are your Dahlias planted in the ground and will they come up every year?

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  6. Roguegarden says:

    The watermelon and radishes look quite promising. I have never seen the Mexican honeysuckle before – lovely.

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  7. Everything is looking so promising! And what a nice friend to gift you the Graptosedum – did it come in that pot?

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  8. Cathy says:

    Love the melon! Perhaps a bit of pea netting strung from the wood underneath it? So nice to see the radishes as well – my Salvia (we had it as ‘Mystic Spires’) are huddled in pots in the greenhouse at the moment – just shooting new growth. I do love them – if we had your temperatures it would be great to see them flowering continuously!

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  9. Cathy says:

    It is nice to see your salvia flowering so nicely… mine are only just starting to send up new shoots. Doesn’t the melon need sunshine to ripen? I have never grown melons and just assumed they are like squash. Your radishes look good. I shall start sowing mine soon. 😃


  10. tonytomeo says:

    Does ‘Sugar Baby’ watermelon get too heavy for the vine to support? The slats seem to be close enough to each other that the vine should not be pulled down and through.

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