I wrote an article on hardy fuchsias for Westsound Home and Garden a few months ago and during my research, I got really hooked on these plants. I always like to grow a few plants before I write because I like the first hand experience. Before I moved west, I was only familiar with the annual types of fuchsias. How limiting was that! Here are a few more in bloom today.
I went away for one day this week and the crows must have known I was gone, because when I returned and did my morning rounds, I saw the tell-tale signs under the early fruiting cherry tree. Grrrr! They take one bite out of a cherry then drop the rest. Plus there was a mess of green leaves covering the grass. Time to spring into action. Now my strawberries and blueberries are covered with bird netting. Soon I will need to cover the grapes also. It is so ugly, but if I expect to get any fruit, it must be done. I also put flash tape around to startle the birds before they even consider landing. The last thing I want is to see would be birds tangled up in the netting.
I love my roses, I love my fuchsia, but the blooms that make me smile today are cherry blossoms in my yard. Come on bees!
Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time!