Thursday, September 20, 2012
Propagation obsessionMy new beautician has a green thumb..beautiful way with plants and this morning as I pulled into her driveway, I spied some fuschia colored ice plant growing in the brick flower box by her front steps and I asked her if I could have a few sprigs of it and when I left, she walked me outside and gave me enough that I was able to fill 2 (3 in. round pots). I also took some cuttings from my own dusty miller and yellow mums and potted them up too. Have a Drs. appt. this afternoon but hope to be able to do some more planting out of my plant swap donations..
May have to dig up some more coneflowers to make room for more daylilies in garage flowerbed. Must get the new Rozanne hardy geranium in the ground..It has really grown a lot since Bernadette sent it to me, also the Frans Hal daylily.
Planted both the plants that Bernadette sent me in Hydrangea bed on side of house..Bernadette also sent me some Rozanne seeds so I hope to get them planted soon or maybe wait till Jan/Feb. to wintersow them.
Monday, September 17, 2012
The big haul from SallyG's plant swapA great time was had at SallyG's plant swap on Sat. 9/15. Delicious food, great friends and wonderful weather. Sally's back yard is shady and perfect for a gathering of friends.
I felt like it was Christmas when I unloaded my goodies..Ruby and John were so generous with daylilies as was Holly, Gita, and SallyG..SSGardener(Terri Kim)shared her cactus mixture, made from Al's recipe..off Gardenweb.com that everybody swears by..also gave me a chocolate chip ajuga, Holly shared a burgundy glow ajuga plant too. Paul, a newbie who was a delightful person bought me cuttings he'd taken of Persian Shield that I had wanted. Unfortunately taking them and other things to my car, I had a mishap and the cuttings landed on Sally's driveway, as did the ajugas. I scooped up as much soil as I could and put it back in the pots but when I got home, I only had two tiny pieces of Persian Shield. Guess the other cutting is still on Sally's driveway along with the soil I couldn't scoop up..Chantell and Coleup shared cuttings of Holiday Cactus with me. I potted them up the first thing this morning..This evening I planted in the side flowerbed Mary Todd daylilies, shasta daisies that were from here, and Donnerville gave me a gaillardia plant..thought to be "Goblin" variety.
Speedibean(Susan) is also a newbie and it was indeed a pleasure to meet her and Paul(UMD-Terp). Speedie bought a bunch of hanging pots for me and this beautiful hanging container..but I need to buy a new liner for it before I use it. It is beautiful and maybe instead of hanging it up, I can buy one of those black wrought iron stands and use it just as a planter..I've seen examples of this idea in gardening magazines. Oh yes, Holly and Gita both bought daylilies for me..in the red/wine colors..SallyG gave me a Frans Hal daylily. Now the job of planting everything. After we came home from church yesterday, I started potting the daylilies that were given to me in a plastic bag up temporary till I could get them planted in my flowerbeds..I think I'm going to have to get rid of some other plants to accommodate the rest of the daylilies or transplant some other plants to another location. Hopefully by end of week I will have everything planted and off the breeezeway. That should make Lloyd happy.
The Rozanne hardy geranium plant that Bernadette from Oregon sent me has grown so much since I potted it up and as fast as it is growing, I probably will need to plant it in the flowerbed by week's end.
Supposed to get rain tonight(hopefully)..
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Making room for the new plants from plant swap on 9/15/2012Yesterday I cut all the foliage off the last hydrangea that I'm going to get rid of.. That will leave me one more and that is the plant that does the best for me..must be in good location.
Mr. Bower and Cathy came right before they were heading home and dug the hugh rootball up for me and prepared the area for planting. I bought 2 bags of Bumper Crop soil admentment this morning at Good Earth..It probably took them 30 min. to do all that and he only charged $20 but I gave him extra because he always trys to accomodate me when I call..The rest of the Fall maintainance can wait till early October..
Pulled a lot of those darn thistles out of the flowerbed in front of living room window. They seem to thrive in that bed..Pulled other weeds and watered the side and front flowerbeds. Will water the back ones tomorrow and get together all that I'm taking to plant swap. Still have to put some labels on and marked the ones that have been promised.. Washed the inside and outside of coolers Laura had borrowed after the June 29th. storm which left them without power for 5 days. She also bought all the suitcases the kids had used for their trip to Greece to visit their Greek grandparents..I put all the suitcases inside large contractor bags to keep them clean till they are needed again. Two of those large suitcases, we had never used I don't think.
When we put the coolers back I put dryer sheets inside them and also the suitcases.
Feel good about how much I managed to get accomplished to day. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day too.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Daylily interestRec'd from generous persons at the Fall plant swap hosted by Jill Nicholaus on Sat. 9/10/2011 in Frederick. Rec'd Mary Todd(Yellow) daylilies from John and Ruby from Crozet, Va. Gitagal from Baltimore area gave me Frans Hal, also two others, one is orange and the other a mauve. NOID on those and John and Ruby also gave me one Hearts Afire. Ruby says that they have over 700 daylilies on their property. She posted pictures for me to see and they are beautiful while in bloom. John does all the gadening outside, while Ruby does the house plants.
I planted my Mary Todd daylilies yesterday and today I will plant the others. The Hearts AFire is already in a pot, as is the orange one. I planted the mauve one, so today I get the Frans Hals. I think those will go in the Sunroom flowerbeds or at least in the back flowerbeds, but I need to amend that soil and transplant 3 garden phlox to the front flowerbeds before I can plant them in the flowerbed, so will pot it up temporary.
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