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Gardening Notes: Traditional Planting

The pansies in the shady pot by the bedroom door weren't pretty anymore. They got an aphid infestation and I didn't notice in time. Today I took them out and replaced them with a very traditional bedding scheme: an outer ring of English daisies Bellis perennis and an inner ring of dusty miller Senecio cineraria. The daisies are a deep pink, cultivated variety of the little white daisies that you find in most lawns. Dusty miller is a traditional silvery foliage plant with deeply cut, felt-like leaves.

The pansies that used to live with the French lavender I replaced with a perennial -- Siebold's stonecrop Hylotelephium sieboldii. Wikipedia informs me that it's named after the German physician and botanist, Philipp Franz von Siebold. He had a fascinating life, including an eight-year-long stint in Japan that ended because he was accused of spying. He introduced a number of Japanese plants to Europe, including the now ubiquitous hardy shade perennial, hosta.

While I was at Lowe's I found the mate for the obelisk that I've got the mandevilla trained on. It's a black, conical obelisk with a little bird on top. I've installed it in the pot that houses the bougainvillea and the cyclamen. Hopefully the bougainvillea will be happier now that it has something to grown on. It certainly looks better. You can also appreciate the cyclamen better now that it's not buried under big bougainvillea leaves.

Unfortunately it has both aphids and white fly. The obelisk made it easier to spray the undersides of the leaves with soapy water. Hopefully it helps. I sprayed everything while I was at it. That's the beauty of only having a balcony with 4 pots -- I can deal with everything at once.