Update on Epiphyllums

I have been MIA (missing in action) for almost three weeks. I don’t know why I was gone from blogging. I think I just needed a little break from working so hard in the garden and on blogging. I just reached my three years anniversary of blogging this August. I think every year when I am prompted by WordPress to renew my plan I seem to stall a bit trying to figure out if I should do one more year. I do this every year, asking myself if it’s worth continuing. I have a very small number of followers and I don’t have a lot of time to invest in learning about WP and all its functions to attract more visitors.

Lately, I feel like I have been stretched to the limit trying to do everything my heart desires ALL AT ONCE. Yes, that’s how I do things. I feel tired from trying so hard. Anyway, WP took the decision away from me and automatically renewed me for another year! I will say though I am ALLOWING them to do that because I didn’t cancel it. I decided I could go for another year again and see how I feel next August. Who knows maybe I’ll try another platform.

Anyway, I think one of the other reasons I didn’t blog because my garden is a bit drabby these past few weeks. The summer heat has been pretty hot and scorched my grass and flowers. Many of my plants are struggling to stay alive so they didn’t produce a whole lot of flowers like years before. I do have a few flowers to share but I will save them for last.

I do want to show you my epiphyllums now though. Last September I talked about my epiphyllums.  This post is an update on them now.  I don’t expect them to flower yet since they have not outgrown their pots and they are fairly small.  I hope by next spring they will flower.

They are all still in the previous containers as I heard that epiphyllums will likely bloom if their roots are tightly packed in their containers.  They are gangly and one of them toppled a couple of times. I know this post would be better if it was a before and after format but for some reason I cannot set WP to let me post pics side by side. I don’t have time to figure it out.

There was some damage to the branches since I had to leave them in the hot, hot sun for a few days in February.

Overall, they are doing fine. New growth here and there. I can’t wait to see what colors they are because I bought one of those “surprise” mix on Ebay. 

Below are some of the flowers blooming right now.

Morning glory tree
Picasso calla lillies
Alstroemeria “Ariane”

These beautiful, buttery yellow daturas are so cute! I grew these from seeds early this spring. I love the double layers and delicate edges of the petals. It is only 10 inches tall and it was already flowering.

Datura “Ballerina Yellow”
No ID lily
Verbascum “Artic Summer”

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you have a nice weekend wherever you are. Here, in Southern California we are expecting hot temperatures of 90+ Fahrenheit.


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