Disaster has struck the Old Glory garden: our chocolate vine has an advanced case of black spot.
Our poor sad chocolate vine
When I say advanced, I mean practically every leaf shows signs of it. Given that one of the things you’re supposed to do with a black spotted plant is to remove any infected leaves, I think the chocolate vine is a goner. I’ll have to rip it out and plant something else to cover the trellis.
Black spot living up to its name
I’m bummed because I never got to see it flower; last year it bloomed while we were staying elsewhere during our renovations. Actually, I really wanted to smell the flowers, since it gets its name from the dark chocolatey scent of its blossoms.
In other gardening news, I’m having mixed results from the bulbs I planted last fall. I had carefully selected a variety of plants that would work with our levels of sun exposure, wouldn’t kill Otto, and would flower between March and June. I had visions of this:
Evidently I planted them a bit too soon and our Nov/Dec were a bit too warm, so several of the bulbs sprouted leaves starting in, oh, December. On the bright side it gave us year-round greenery at least.
The Mr. Fokker anemones have looked like this since Christmas:
And here are what the wood anemones sprouted months ago:
In a complete reversal, it’s been unusually cold for the past month or so, which means all of the things which should be getting ready to flower in March are just barely beginning to show signs of life.
But, the dog’s tooth violets are coming along right on time, thankfully, looking like this:
And I’m not sure what these are, probably some sort of allium
At least the japanese apricot tree is still going strong
And the lime tree that lives in the living room looks like it might actually produce some limes!
A baby lime?