Spring is nearly over, but these shrubs are just begining.
This hot pink carpet rose was a gift to my mum for mothers day many years ago, she had it in a hanging basket on her front patio & it rewarded her with a continuous display. Mum & Dad have since moved to a "Lifestyle village" where only native plants are allowed. I score the carpet rose & a gardenia, which I have repotted & I think they are all very happy. I just love hot pink flowers!
These 3 gardenias are so happy this year & I know why! WATER!
Im very very stingy with my watering, liking mostly drought tolerant plants, which these are definitely not. They have always struggled, wilting, dropping their buds, and one year they lost all their leaves, I thought they had died, but no, it rained & little green shoots pushed through. so end of spring 2010 I repotted all three into self watering pots & have made a (very) concerted effort to keep the water up and although its paid off I cannot believe how much they guzzle. They only get the morning sun, but already Im watering them every second day, wondering if its worth it, then I go out the back door & am knocked over by their intoxicating scent. Some people arent that keen on the smell, but I sure am, so will keep with the spoiling & hope all my other plants arent feeling too neglected when the gardenia decides to showoff & force its scent upon us!