Springtime roundup…


Sunday 12 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

After a strange winter, with storms and heavy rain for some three months, spring seems to have finally arrived. However, an April cold snap with high winds and jacket wearing daytimes has been the most recent surprise climatic feature we’ve had to contend with this past week.

There has been snow across the Anatolian Plateau, and even up on the tops of our mountains here in the south a few days ago – all very strange for a time of year when it’s normally time to pack the beach bag! We’ve had young transplanted cuttings struggle, lost quite a few baby chicks, and the veggies are well behind – not even any strawberry flowers yet! But here’s a few things I managed to snap this morning that are now doing okay, even if a month behind.




Yes, we had babies…!

The big old mummy cactus did us proud this year, with numerous offspring found once I cleared out all the grass and tall weeds from winter. A good result! 




Periwinkle seems to be one one the old faithful here. Impervious to both the cold (-7C, 19F) and the extreme heat (47C, 116F) that we see. It’s spreading well in three areas now, and to be honest I’m gonna just let it do its thing 🙂




I had some great cuttings from this shrub (or plant??) which were quite strong after two years. I therefore transplanted them all over the place in late March, hoping for some added summer colour. All was well until that cold snap hit and they may / may not have survived. Time will tell. It’ll be a shame to lose so much, but you can’t argue with good old Mother Nature. 




The white jasmine is beautiful again this year.  




The rose-beds have really loved the prolonged wet winter, and are probably the strongest and healthiest we’ve ever seen. How they cope once the temps rocket next month will be the test, but a strong start should help I guess. Here’s hoping for some decent flowers then!




Bottlebrush will be in full bloom soon, but again, quite late this year.





6 thoughts on “Springtime roundup…

  1. dayphoto says:

    I loved this tiny walk-about on your farm. It’s always interesting to see how people farm and what types of flora and fauna thrive.



  2. pattyalcala says:

    Beautiful pictures of all your colorful plants.

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  3. AnnetteM says:

    Congratulations to mummy cactus! Love the periwinkle – I think I have the same plant at the edge of my rockery.

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