Thursday, July 21, 2011
Propagation attemptsThis morning I was outside hooking up the new soaker hose to the existing soaker hose in the flowerbed. Ran water for at least 45 min. since no signs of rain anytime soon. It is supposed to reach 100 degrees today but we have 98 % humidity out there. Although it is only about 80 now, the humidity is unbearable. I decided to experiment with propagating portulaca and also the beautiful Martha Washington Geranium. Trying both ways, soil and in water. Making a note of that here so I can tell how long each takes and if successful. Portulaca is in the succulent family so it should have no problem propagating in soil. Never tried it in water so we'll see what happens. I am trying both methods today.
Fed Bayer all in 1 rose food on the clematis and rose bushes.
Need to plant out several final wintersown plants..campanula I think.
Sprayed the Malva Zebrina plant as its leaves have been eaten up but notice it starting to bloom yesterday. Used Bayer Insect spray.
Will sow some more marigold seeds as well as Velma's shasta daisy. She was moved to a private group home on Tuesday, a few miles from here. Louise and I went to visit yesterday and she knew us right away but told some "tall tales" that I'm sure aren't true. Will try to visit her more often.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Flowering VincaSince I cut back the columbine, the bed by the living room window is so bare so I purchased the last 11 Flowering vinca plants of Titan lilac variety/color and planted them in that bed to add color. I am hoping I can find some more of same color elsewhere to fill in the rest of the bed. There are some larkspurs bloom in their first year, a garden phlox that I transplanted is almost the same color as the vinca, white scabiosa that was wintersown last year and the color from dwarf fairy candytuft and coneflowers and some snapdragons. It is in high 90's and supposed to be 100 or higher the next 3 days. I was outside planting those vinca plants yesterday morning at 6 am..but the gnats and mosquitoes were terrible. Watering all the front flowerbeds, and even let the hose run in the tree the mutual planted out front last year. Today, I will turn the soaker hose on in the back flowerbeds.
Monday, June 6, 2011
New blooms this week6/6/2011 The California poppy seedlings have two or three blooms on them. These are planted in garage flowerbed, in front of shasta daisies and clustered bellflower plants. I also have noticed a few blooms on the Calif. poppy seedlings by the sunroom door flowerbed. CF seem to be all yellow blooms so far; I have seen them more of a golden/orange in seed catalogues on online.
This morning, I was out cutting down the Becky shasta daisies and coreopsis
"Sunray" plants as they were way too tall and had flopped over so bad that I had to buy 32 in. wire fencing to hold them up. Will replace them with shorter variety. It's about time for the BES to start blooming so they will provide color in same area as well as in rose bed area. The liatris probably will be blooming within next few weeks too.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Mystery plant identified!The mystery plant in front of my oriental poppies that my neighbor insisted it was Calif. Poppy because she had lived in Calif. for 40 yrs. and recognized it. It popped one bloom today and immediately I knew what it was...Rose campion and immediately made a metal plant marker for it. I have another mystery plant and I think from the look of the leaves, it may be same thing. That one is in HOS so it's still too hard to tell. I must move that rose campion in the Fall to back of border. I know I got some nice amount of seeds from seedmoney(Gardenweb member). Will have to send her an email thanking her again for the seeds.
I still have the following to plant out. Dug up several yellow Iris bulbs/plants to make room for my Russell lupines and still have a pot of blue lupine to plant out. Need to find out how tall they grow.
Went down to the LW community gardens and gave away a brand new box of MG tomato food that we bought last year by mistake. We've never raised tomatoes. Offered it to Asian lady who was working in her garden plot that was beautiful, full of asian vegetables. She said her tomatoes were in another plot she rents, in next row. She offered to pay me and I said No, it was a gift for her. I asked her if she could use some flower seedlings that I grew and didn't have room for and she said she doesn't grow flowers, only vegetables. Said there is a table where people put plants they don't want for people to take and she invited me to come to the Garden Club meetings and told me to call the President and she would be able to tell me more about the Garden Club and what they do, etc. There were not many people working in their garden plots at the time I went down there, but they may have been out there earlier when it was not so hot. Since this is a holiday weekend, some may be having company or gone away. I put in a call to the President of the Garden Club. Had to leave a message. I know several people in the club so will see what theirs is all about.
Maybe if I get my flower beds established this year, I could try to convince Lloyd for us to rent one plot and I could use it for flowers as a trial area. He would not want to plant many vegetables. he likes those white icecycle radishes and garden lettuce, maybe one tomato plant. It would give him something to do and we could meet some new friends/gardeners.
He probably won't go for it but he needs something to occupy his mind, give him some exercise.
I want to move some of the yellow creeping sedum in the back rose bed as a border. Also the marigolds got covered up with mulch so will plant more.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
What's blooming now?Weathermen promised a beautiful day today and he was right for a change. I started out about 6:15 am tying up more daffodils and weeding while I enjoyed my cups of hot tea and the quiteness and freshness of the morning. Saw where the Scarlet flax that I wintersowned this Jan. was in bloom, along with more orange poppies. I started putting down more mulch, pulled out a bunch of volunteer columbines..There will be many more in place of what I pulled out.
Sprayed Miracle-Gro plant food on the back flowerbeds in afternoon. Will put down more mulch after dinner when it is cooler.
Starting my liquid diet tomorrow in preparation for scheduled colonoscopy on Friday morning. Not looking forward to the preparation but needs to be done.
6/5/2011 This morning I went to get the newspaper from driveway and saw that I have a larkspur blooming. One beside it is laying down on grown, so will stake it somehow. Also found out that the Bee Balm has buds on it so it should be blooming within a week or less, depending on weather. In flowerbed by sunroom door, this afternoon, I saw where one of the Calif. poppy seedlings had a yellow bloom. Am curious if they will all be that color.
Looked like Bambi had started nibbling on the Oriental poppy pods as there are none on the plants in front flowerbed, unless they have already popped open and self seeding themselves. I cut the foliage of the poppies, all except one that still has its buds and a bloom on it. Clipped the pink creeping phlox. Planted the blue lupine with the others and David tall garden phlox by living room window, nearby other tall garden phlox.
Meeting Kathy Jentz tomorrow morning at Clubhouse ! for the Wellness Expo.
Next year I will need to order more plant supports. The poppy plants sure need to grow through them as well as the "Becky" shasta daisies.
Monday, May 23, 2011
What's blooming now?I have poppies that are full of blooms and Saturday, I noticed my first bloom open..it is orange. Yesterday I think another bloom opened. Today's there are a total of 3 open on that one bush and this afternoon another bloom opened on another bush, this one in front of the living room window. I have about 4 more plants and can't wait to see the rest in bloom. I took some pictures today. The blue flax plant started to bloom today. There were blooms on two plants before we went down to Home Depot this morning and when we got back home, one of the plants blooms were missing but you could see them on the ground in front of it. Okay, who's the culprit? While taking pictures of the flowerbeds in the back, I noticed that my pink campanula that I wintersowed in 2009/2010 had 2 blooms on it so I took a picture of it. It hasn't grown that much in a year so maybe I need to move it to another location and see if that will work. Will do some reseach first.
Bent a lot of the daffodil foliage down and tied it with garden twine to make the beds look better. The Jacob Cline bee balm may have to be transplanted elsewhere next year as it is looking out of place and like a weed. Some of the purple alyssum is blooming but they aren't very big. The "Becky" Daisies in the sunroom flowerbed are really tall, almost to the bottom of the window sill of the sunroom.
The ice plant that I dug up and potted up for Christiane is starting to bloom. I need to get them over to her soon.
Need to mark those orange poppies..I have a plant in front of the orange poppies that I couldn't identify but Velma said it is a California Poppy. I showed her my wintersown Calif. Poppy plants and she said they were all over the place in Calif. where she lived for 40 yrs. I remembered that the varieity of Oriental poppy that I wintersowed 2009/2010 was called "Brilliant" and it was red. I also have Princess Victoria Louise and Patty's Plum poppies that I WS this past winter. Will they bloom this year? We'll just have to wait and see.
Still some Wintersown plants to be planted into the beds. Some disappointments but I think a lot of it was so much rain during winter and early spring. Trying to find spaces for 80 plus seedlings has been a task. I tried to think of the height and what each seedling would be beside of to compliment its neighbor but toward the end, I am planting them where there is a space for it. I hope my larkspurs and lupines do well. Geum "Mrs. Bradshaw" is looking promising since it was planted into the flowerbed and we have had some good rains and sunshine this week. Tomorrow promises to be even better and hotter. I know one time it was 81 degrees at 2:30 pm. Bring on the hot weather. I'm looking forward to it.
The bronze mum was crowding out the wintersown seedlings so I cut it back and did cuttings and planted them all in one good size pot for the Fall.
I want to try to do cutting of Garden Phlox and some other plants.
My goal is to continue to keep up the updates on this garden diary as I have been laxed this past month. Too much going on and lots of seedlings to plant out and baby.
6/6/2011 The mum cuttings I "stuck" don't look that great, so I'm going to clip the tops off again and put them in filtered shade near the A/C unit and see if that will help. If that takes hold, that will be a full pot of bronze color for the Fall. Maybe I should pot up some more. Maybe there's a Fall plant swap coming up.
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