November 20, 2008

My Olives Crop

Bubi supervising my olives crop
Bubi supervising my olives crop
I wish they were beads!
Olives are good, but harvesting them, while stretching on top of a chair to pull down the higher branches, can make your muscles really sore! I never got any muscles pain after "harvesting" beads! ;-)

I haven't been beading the last couple of days.
It's getting cold here, so the day before yesterday I had to bring all my tropical plants inside the veranda. Hopefully they'll survive the Winter.
There are a few picture Here.

Yesterday I had to harvest the olives from 2 of the 3 little olive trees I have in my yard.
Bubi thought they were pretty interesting, as you can tell from the pic.
More Bubi's pictures Here.

Now that I'm done with the yard work, untill next Spring, I will hopefully have more time for beading.
It's about time to finish Mauna Loa! I'm going to work on it now. :-)


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JennyWren on December 5, 2008 12:36 AM
Just commenting on your tropical plants here, Saby, instead of on the beading forum.  Several of them are flowering, including varieties I've never seen before.  Fascinating!  And that's a pretty impressive ponytail palm you've got there, too.  I can see one thing I'd change:  put the spider plant in either a plastic or glazed ceramic pot.  Terra cotta dries out too much and too quickly for them.  They love lots of water, high humidity and strong indirect light.  If you try to fertilize them you'll soon be overcome with giant, rootbound, mutant spider plants with thousands of babies.

Do you have an exhaust fan you can turn on for ventilation?  Skylights that open?  Perhaps if all you did was turn a box fan on low for half the day it would help; even if the air isn't going outside at least it's moving around.  Unless you have plants that don't like breezes, they should do very well with it.  Moving the stems and leaves of plants strengthens them and makes them grow sturdier, less lanky.

If you need specific information, try Daves Garden.  It's a HUGE website and at times it can be a bit confusing to search, but it's also chock full of information.  Look, I'm no horticulturist or anything, but I seem to have a green thumb and I learn quickly.  I've done pretty well with our little piece of land.  And even though you and I live in vastly different types of ecosystems, I may be able to help find answers to some of your questions (except about olives).  ;D

BTW, I absolutely love the photo of you holding Bubi and looking out the window at the camera.  It's very evocative.

Saby on December 6, 2008 11:05 PM

Hi Jenny,
Thank you so much for your comments! :-)
I'm a bit confused about the spider plants. I don't have any. Are you talking about the one in a bowl shaped pot on top of the grey shelf? If so, those are cymbidium orchids and are doing pretty well.
The only ones which seem to have a hard time with the high humidity and cold are the banana plants, the cannas and the plumerias.
Unfortunately there's no skylights to open, just the 2 windows you can see. 
I'm trying to turn the plants and areate as much as I can, but the weather has been really bad lately with lots of rain and no light.
Those poor bananas, cannas and plumerias are yellowing and getting rot spots. All I can do is cut off the rotten parts and spray them with an anti-meldow/rotting stuff.
Thank you for Daves Garden link. I stumbled on that site several times while searching for info about specific plants. It's a great source!
That pony tail palm is really precious to me because it belonged to my Mom, together with the cymbidium orchids...still surviving and growing after 22 years, or longer, can't remember exactly. If I didn't kill it yet, there's hope! ;-)
Bubi loves to stay on that windowsil and watch outside. :-)
Purrs and meows,

JennyWren on December 8, 2008 11:35 PM
Oh, okay, so those are Orchids!  My mistake.  I think you've done a lovely job with all your plants.  Keep up the good work!
Saby on December 9, 2008 2:21 AM

Yep, those are Orchids, but now you made me think about getting some spider plants! They'd do really well with all this humidity! LOL
Nah, I'm just trying not to kill them. I love plants, the problem is that I don't like gardening that much, it eats too much of my beading time in Summer! ;-)
Thanks again! I might bug you for some advice next Spring.

JennyWren on December 9, 2008 8:04 AM
You go right ahead and bug me anytime.  ;D

Mia Johns on November 26, 2008 10:01 PM
Yummy those look great! Make sure to share them with Bubi he looks interested. 

I hope that you guys have a great THANKSGIVING.

Saby on November 27, 2008 8:25 AM
They are unedible right now. They need time to cure under salt to remove the bitterness...then yes, they're going to be yummy! :-)

Oh yes, Bubi looks really interested, but picking up olives from under the furnitures is not my favorite sport. LOL

Happy Thanksgiving to you and James!

Lots of love and hugs,

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