June patio garden

Author: fraise

Sunday 10 June 2012, in Gardening

Spider nestling in succulent

Entering my fifth year in this apartment, there has been a lot of trial and error discovering which plants are happy to grow on my patio and which aren’t. Facing north, I get a good deal of indirect sunlight, and Nice has a Mediterranean climate, which translates to a lot of humidity, hot summers, and mild winters. Regular shade plants get a bit overwhelmed by the muggy heat, while plants native to the area don’t get enough direct sunlight. Succulents like the one above are quite happy, however, and they have been my steadfast garden companions for years now.

This spring I bought some Asian lily bulbs, since they like tropical sorts of weather and indirect sunlight, and just over a week ago, I decided to risk a storebought orchid, as the plants also do well in this type of climate. My first lily – I planted three bulbs, each has buds now – finally bloomed yesterday, and I’m tickled pink with how beautiful my patio is already. To think, several more blossoms will be coming soon!

Asian Lily


Panther preparing to pounce

Lily and orchid

7 responses to “June patio garden”

  1. Julie R Says:

    Is that kitty cute, or what? When we come to visit, I’m putting her in my suitcase.:-)

    Here in Nevada, I’ve killed everything I’ve tried to grow. The climate just fluctuates too much. Perfect example–last weekend it was in the 90s and we were in the pool; during the week is was so cold at night (in the 20s), that I had to turn the heater on. I surrender!! I’m just doing seeds, now, because I’m tired of wasting money on bedding plants. I’ve gardened for years, and never killed anything before. *frustrating*

    My dad had some phaleonopsis [sp] orchids that he planted in his backyard in Ventura County, and they grew allllllll down the side of the house, like a giant flowering weed. It was kind of cool.

    Bon chance!


  2. fraise Says:

    She’d bust out of a suitcase like an alien in a human chest! (haha… :o) )

    This is the first time I’ve killed so many plants too. I think it is also general climate change… here we’ve had crazy weather as well, much like yours, just instead of the 20s it’s “only” been down to the low 40s. A lot of seeds I planted in April died during cold snaps in May, which is unheard of here. Usually we can plant seeds in March and they’ll be fine!

    My orchid is a phalaenopsis as well! Hope it will survive, I found a good site online for orchid care. A lot easier than I thought, actually – had I not found the site, I may well have killed it out of good intentions, heh. Apparently they grow up trees in the wild, I can just imagine a wall covered in them, that would be gorgeous!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I have found gardening to be all about trial and error, and that’s just what I like about it. Things that do just fine one year die on me the next. Things that I thought I loved one year…not so much the next. I find it so relaxing and almost spiritual to dig in the dirt. The closest I get to the gods.
    Happy digging.
    Barb in Minnesota

  4. fraise Says:

    Barb, you might like this book: The Secret Garden: Temenos for individuation

  5. barbara snow Says:

    THank you for the recommendation – I’ll definitely check it out.
    Barb in MN

  6. Sharyn Says:

    Some plants are very toxic to cats, and I believe the lilies could be. I just returned two large plants to Home Depot after finding out how toxic they were!
    Just google them.
    That’s a great dress by the way, I could never manage to figure something like that out!

  7. fraise Says:

    Yes Sharyn, usually I’m right on Google when I get plants, but for these lilies, I didn’t. Turns out their flowers can be deadly indeed. Good thing the cats stay away from them, and I’m always watching. The flowers have fallen already and I had picked them up anyway, I suppose that’s good luck.

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