More eggs

Some years ago I planted Allium cernuum bulbs and loved the flowers but larger plants grew over them and they perished.

A year ago I decided to plant seed and keep them in a pot. This is the result of the second year of my half packet of seeds. They came up so well that I decided to plant the other half of the seeds this spring – but I forgot to stratify them with a cold period. The second sowing has not germinated so I better look after these bulbs!

They are also called Nodding Onion and you can see the family resemblance in the papery covering of the flower bud.

Of course I grow them to watch the bumblebees that love them.

I love her heart-shaped pollen load!

The pot stays on the steps so that we can watch the bees from the living room.

I noticed that my blue geranium was not looking too happy and I decided to release her from the pot. The temperatures are shooting up this week to 35 degrees Centigrade (95 F) so I am starting to reduce my pots if possible.

It was a bit of a struggle to get the pot bound plant out of the small top of the pot (bad design!) but as I struggled I noticed things falling on the earth!

I think these are lizard eggs. A number of years ago I found similar eggs and kept them inside in moistened vermiculite until they hatched – and they were lizards. This time I have just covered them with soil and hoped for the best.

At the moment the Philadelphus and the Linden tree are competing for most perfumed plant in the garden.

We have several Philadelphus in the garden, all very beautiful and all very perfumed but none of them attract the bees; strange.

The fledged Redstarts have flown the nest and we see them in the back garden but Kourosh noticed that a redstart was visiting the nest box again. On the first of June he tried for a photograph and found one newly laid egg!

On the fifth of June he tried to see if she had more eggs but – oops, she was in residence. On the eight June she has a clutch five eggs. They are a prolific pair as the last chicks had only left the nest a few days before she started laying again.

Our excitement this week was that our Melia azedarach tree has flowered for the first time. Kourosh planted seeds he had collected from beautiful trees we had seen flowering in Girona in Spain. We did not know what they were and it was only through help on this blog we found out what the tree was called.

There are not many flowers on the tree yet but it is a start.

23 thoughts on “More eggs

    1. Both the Azadirachta and Melia are in the same family but the flowers are a different colour. The Melia has blue flowers, the colour is more pronounced when the tree is bigger and full of flowers. The Azadirachta has white flowers, although I have never seen one. I do not think I will see the baby lizards again as they are very independent when they hatch and there are always many lizards in the garden. Amelia

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  1. janesmudgeegarden

    I love the photo of the bee with the heart shaped pollen sac. White cedar (Melia) grows very well here, and at the end of our street there is an enormous one, quite beautiful. Unfortunately the leaves can be severely attacked by caterpillars, and look quite sad by the end of summer. When they are in flower they are pretty and I also like to see the copper berries against a grey sky in the winter.

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  2. Malcolm Gillham

    Hi Amelia. You say that the temperature is rising into the mid 30s, so you want to reduce your pots. Does that mean it is difficult to keep potted plants in the hot summer (watering? stress?). Do you see potted plants more as a Spring display? Autumn? Thanks, Malcolm.

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    1. All of the above! It is difficult to keep small pots correctly watered and the roots can get too hot. Also the watering gets tiresome in the summer and I do not like to abuse the generosity of my neighbour who will water my pots if we go away. As we sit out on the patio it is a way of getting some colour close bye in the spring and I am trying with some winter flowering heather this year in pots. Up until covid I have been more sparse with my pots so I think it is a function too of how often you are going to leave them to themselves. Amelia

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      1. Malcolm Gillham

        Yes, I see myself going in the same direction. I potted up summer bloomers to have colour when our visitors are here, but now I see the challenge. I think a display of Spring annuals would be a great way to start the year. I’m also thinking about using more hardy succulents, which will survive neglect.

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  3. Such cool eggs, especially the lizards! I would be thrilled to find such a thing though lizards are very rare here. Also Judy hates lizards. I also have the nodding onion, it is a North American native. Yours look more purple than mine. Here they spread freely without help from the gardener.

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  4. Hello Amelia,
    How wonderful finding the lizard eggs, they look quite large. I think here in Wales we only have the viviparous lizard. I also have never seen any bees on our Philadelphus, though by strange coincidence I followed a link to Cally gardens, in Scotland, yesterday, and the new(ish) owner was extolling their merits as a bee friendly plant. He also mentioned the Allium as a being a favourite – it looks stunning,
    best wishes
    Julian

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    1. I should have put a coin beside the eggs but I was in the middle of replanting the geranium and a couple of other things and I did not want to take my boots off to go inside. Strange about the Philadelphus, it is either that it is a different variety which has more nectar or the plant is used in the absence of other better choices. If it was the latter I would have thought I would have seen some bees on it occasionally. I think that finding a place for the Allium is difficult – apart from in a pot. I have just found out that it is edible. Amelia

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    1. That is so interesting! I had wondered whether it had been a case of mistaken identity either of the philadelphus or the bees but I know you would not make a mistake. Our philadelphus are highly perfumed and it had always puzzled me why the bees did not visit. I will keep a more attentive eye on them here now. Amelia

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