Mosquito Plant In Bloom

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Last summer I planted this mosquito plant as a natural mosquito repellant.  I was surprise to see these little purplish white flowers popping up this spring.

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The plant itself doesn’t repel mosquitoes.  When crushed the leaves lend off a citronella (smells like lemongrass to me) scent that bugs, including mosquitoes and fleas, just hate.  Whenever I am out in the backyard near dusk, I rub the leaves on my neck, arm and ankle to release the scent and deter bugs.

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The mosquito plant is really easy to grow as it is part of the geranium family.  They also don’t require much water once established.  This plant is also very easy to propagate.  Just break off some of the new growth and either stick in right into the ground or in a potted container.  I have successfully grown new plants this way and would love to grow a row of these along the yard.

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Semi Dwarf Blenheim Apricot

This spring we replaced the Fuyu persimmon tree with an apricot tree.  It was sad to see our persimmon fail to make it this spring.  The root stock was trying to grow new shoots but the top was totally dead.

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Since we have limited space, we replaced it with this semi Dwarf Blenheim Apricot.  This variety is widely grown in the Santa Clara Valley.  Bay Laurel Nursery describes the Semi Dwarf Blenheim Apricot as an all-purpose, sweet, aromatic, flavorful apricot. Longtime No. 1 apricot in California.  Early bloom. Late June/early July harvest.

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Moorpark Apricots on tree.  Photo from Stark Brothers

Since I love apricots so much, I would love to plant the Moorpark Apricot.   At our old home the tree was really prolific and just kept producing fruits year after year.  Bay Laurel Nursery describes the Moorpark as a longtime favorite apricot of connoisseurs for its exceptionally rich flavor and aroma.  And I have to agree!  Supermarket apricot never come close to homegrown or fresh picked apricot.