Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Raspberry wine bee balm transplantsThe Raspberry wine bee balm definately needs thinning out; and my tolerance of the cold only allowed me to get a few transplants..and I had to come in. The outdoor thermometer may read but it is bitter; feels more like in the 40's. I had to come in, didn't get much accomplished. The cold weather triggers my Raynaud's and my fingers are hurting and I'm going to run extra warm water over them to get the oxygen circulating in them, easing the temporary pain. Maybe the wind will die down later today and I can try to go back out and shovel prune some more bee balm. I've run out of potting mix anyhow so that's another reason to stop.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Cleaning up the Wintersowing stuffThis morning, I hosed down the milk crates that I use to put the Wintersown milk jugs, let them air dry and stored them away in garage, using one of them to store large nursery pots in. Had to run a few errands in Rockville this morning but this afternoon, I drove to Good Earth to see if portulaca plants were available yet. Employee said not yet, maybe 2 more weeks, as they don't like cool weather, so I ended up buying 2 pkt. of double flowered portulaca seed and will sow them in Mom's old bird bath as I have the last 2 yrs. where they did so well, as they get the morning and early afternoon sun and are drought tolerant.
Couldn't resist a beautiful blue columbine plant, and a lot of other plants were calling my name and it was hard to resist but I did. Almost bought alyssum that they had there, and I thought to myself, no mine will grow now that I have it in ground. I'm thinking positive but wouldn't be surprized if they croak..such thin, spendley stems..Supposed to get cooler tonight although it is 75 now, but weatherman didn't say how cool. Might need to put some protection over the new seedlings I planted out.
Our new storm door that we ordered for the sunroom replacement door was delivered and installed yesterday and it lets in so much light and air. It the Anderson 3000 model. Today we took the proposal and required 50% deposit to Bel Pre Glassworks for our new glass shower door. Lisa said it would probably be installed in about 2 weeks. Once that is installed, we'll start thinking about replacing the vanity, lighting, and toilet and having Larry paint for us in there. Gradually the entire bathroom will be remodeled.
Volunteered to help tomorrow with Sunday's church bullentin for Easter Services, so I won't get to sow the portulaca seed until tomorrow afternoon or Friday. Need to keep my eye on any seeds in nursery pots so they don't dry up or squirrels don't dig in them. Black eye Susan seeds and Prairie Sun rudbeckia.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
DisappointmentI went to plant out some of the more developed WS containers and had a difficult time keeping the soil together when I planted. The soil fell apart in my hands and I had to literally take each sprout and plant it close to another and squeeze soil around it quickly and carefully. The stems of a lot of the plants seemed so thin, like they were spindely.. Wonder what causes that? Need to find out so I won't experience it next year..This year has been frustrating because the weather has been on/off. 70 and 80's for 3 days, then back to 30-40's..It has been frustrating to say the lease and I'm almost ready to throw the towel in next year on the Wintersowing project. Maybe I should just purchase the plants locally again. Won't have a lot more room. Need to decide what plants will go and what will stay, what can be transplanted elsewhere in the flowerbeds..I want to try my hand at more direct sowing this Summer/Fall.
While I know there is nothing we can do about Mother Nature..it doesn't help the frustration. Here it is my 3rd. year of WS, and I should feel more confident and relaxed. I thought if I didn't sow as many containers this year, it would avoid a lot of frustration when it came time to plant out. It has been just the opposite. I tried several brands of potting mix this year..Maybe I should have stuck to old Miracle Grow, as much as I hate it.
I liked the Fafard potting mix but couldn't find the same thing this winter. The last brand and what is in the Orange Homer bucket now is Hoffman's and I don't like it. I'd like to either plant some more perennials in the rose bed as that soil is a challenge..running into long root runners..We have amended that bed several times and the same for sunroom flowerbed..Maybe the daylilies will help. I am dealing with the hugh tree roots as well as fiberous roots from Azeleas. I have only one azelea that seems to survive and produce beautifully each year and it is now in bloom. Maybe I should try to root some cuttings of that one. The ones in the front flower beds don't do well. If they don't bloom well this year..they are history.
Tuesday, 4/3/2012 Before planting out, I soaked the WS containers at the suggestion of a gardening member on DG, and planted 2 jugs of Cherry Brandy rudbeckia, some of the royal carpet alyssum(purple) and there are about 4 more to plant out. Soaked the Prairie Sun nursery containers and same for BES that hadn't germinated..Some of them had become dry even they were enclosed in a plastic cleaning bag. Soaked them and will watch them closer to make sure they don't dry out. Have some lupines potted up in a qt. size pot, and think there are dwarf candytuft to plant out or more alyssum..
After Easter, I want to try to transplant some shasta daisies that I started last fall also forget-me-nots and raspberry wine bee balm, I'm going to shovel prune it and make an attempt to start it inside a pot to keep it from being invasive. Did plant the pot that I had started last Fall from seeds. Should have left it in its pot, cut out the bottom and then planted it.
Tomorrow I will hose down all the milk crates and put away a lot of the gardening supplies.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Planting out has begunThe last few nights saw temperatures drop to high 30'-40's..many people were worried and took action to cover up their tending seedlings/plants.
Today is beautiful, sunny and in 70's in front flower beds and 82 in back flowerbeds (due to morning sun).
I planted the 10 Phlox Subulata "Emerald Blue" that I bought from Good Earth earlier this week.. I left room in between for some pink ones (that is if I can find them at garden center) I'm also going to plant out some Calif. poppies that I wintersowed..They are getting too big for the milk jug and I've had same planted in the flowerbeds from last year and they have survived as has the pink creeping phlox from last year that I transplanted. The blue and pink creeping phlox will provide pretty color when in bloom next year and we will enjoy them this summer if they continue to bloom. The pink moss rose phlox out front are starting to show their pink buds..Those will need to be dug up in the fall and divided as they are starting to hang over the scallopped pavers on to sidewalk..Don't want anybody to trip over it and fall.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Dividing these plantsThe bronze mum in the patio container needs to be dug out and made into qt. size containers or smaller for Plant swap..or plant sale(SSGC). Larkspurs need thinning out before they bloom, so do Raspberry wine bee balm. Plant some Bee balm in front of living room window and in sunroom flower bed by blue bird bath. snapdragon could be thinned out. In the fall, move some of the moss rose (pink creeping phlox).
Direct sow liatris seeds.More shasta daisies(alaska for front of living room flowerbed)Could use some of the shorter daisies throughout the sunroom flowerbed by bird bath. Stop by Good Earth and see if the creeping phlox have come in yet. Ask them to reserve May night salvia. Qt. size.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Here's what I Wintersowed todayFinally started wintersowing my flower seeds today. Here's what I sowed:
2 California Poppy "Thai Silk Fire" variety (1 gal. jugs)
2 Rudbeckia "Cherry Brandy" variety(1 gal jugs)
2 Shasta Daisy "Silver Princess variety from Velma's plants(1 gal. each)
1 Chinese Forget-me-nots(1 gal jug)
Note: The Cherry Brandy seeds are very fine, as were the Forget-me-nots. I couldn't see where the seeds landed. Directions were to scatter them lightly because planted too close would make them be more spindly.
Used the NEW transparent duck tape. Not sure I'm going to like it as well as the tape I used last year and year before.
Trying Fafard complete container mix, which is for all types of containers. I like the feel of the mixture, so we will see how successful I will be with it.
This is supposed to take the place of the original potting mix. This is a Canadian product..
1/26/2012(Thursday,) I wintersowed 2 of Carpet of Snow alyssum( gal. size jugs)
2 of "Alaska" shasta daisies(gal.size jugs)
Decided to try sprinkling horticultural vermiculite on top of seeds(lightly) and pressing on top with bottom of 4 in. nursery pot .
Last 4 wintersown milk jugs...1(Dwarf Fairy Candytuft) 1(Raspberry wine monarda/bee balm) 1(Blue lupine) 1(Black-eye Susans) all 1 gal. jugs
Switched over from transparent duct tape to H/C tape that I used last year. I hope the transparent duct tape holds up till ready to open the jugs up. Seems like the roll either had less tape on it then the one from last year or I used more..
Might try my hand at direct sowing in March on certain seeds(candytuft, black eye susans, zinnia, snapdragons.
3/19/20 Planted 12 Prairie Sun Rudbeckia today in 4 in. nursery pots covered with Glad Press&Seal wrap, held tight by rubberbands around edge of pot, holes punched into for air/and for rainfall. DO NOT ORDER FROM PARKS AGAIN! Supposed to be 25 seeds in pkt. There's no way there was that many between the 2 pkts. I planted. Lesson learned the expensive way.
3/19/2012 Planted 15 (4 in.Pots)of BES seeds that were from 2011..from my plants..Had to change seed starting mix to Hoffman because I couldn't get anything but MG..and I hate MG..drove 10 miles for Fafard potting mix and when I told the employee who appeared to be a boss/supervisor what I wanted it for, he discouraged me from using that Fafard container mix..said they quit selling the Espoma organic seed starting mix last year. Guess it didn't have any "spiff or bonus money" attached to it or they had some complaints..I know of another good nursery about 20 miles from here that I can get what I want..They sell everything. Maybe somebody that is in the business will read this and make an opinion or suggestion what they sell where they work and what they prefer to use. I think a lot of people use Miracle Grow because it's less expensive but it is too heavy and has a lot of junk in it for me.
Bought some Rocky Mountain blue columbine seeds and Yellow spotlight columbine seeds at that garden center/nursery today. They have a gift shop to die for..I could spend lots of money there on things for the garden, house decor, household items, figurines, Vera Wang purses/accessorties..All kings of stuff..but I resisted. It was hard though..
I found out that my favorite garden center has a book for request and I had asked for Emerald Blue creeping phlox when they came in. She has a few that came in today and will have more later this week(qt.size)that will be easier for me to manage and plant. I asked her to mark down May night or Cardonna salvia. She will call when these come in. Sure saves running all over for what you want.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Germination recordsWent outside to check my WS milk jugs to make sure they were still good and moist, as we have had some really nice weather. I spied germination in two of the carpet of snow alyssum..Yeh! I think tomorrow, I will set the jugs into a pan so I can bottom water the potting mix..
Note: Mother Nature was looking out for me. We had rain the next day or day after so I didn't have to bottom water.
I will double check the wintersown containers after church on Sunday. Hope I have some more germination showing.
2/10/2012 Just check my WS containers..showing signs of germination on my dwarf fairy candytuft and california poppy.
2/24/2012 Checked on my WS containers,,Cherry Brandy is starting to appear and I think I saw one sprout of Alaska Shasta daisy. It's cloudy, damp and supposed to rain today but all I felt was a misty feeling; hardly that
2/27/2012 Looks like there might be only a few that aren't showing germination so far..one is lupine and the other Bee Balm. Will check for approximate germination time it takes for those.
3/7/2012 Checked on my WS containers, saw one sprout of Blue lupine, still no signs of Bee Balm, black eye susan, and1 Silver Princess shasta daisy. The next few days are supposed to be nice, it's in the low 60's now but a bit breezy. Cleaned up the old bird bath to prepare it for painting but need a calm day unless I do it inside the garage. Will see what tomorrow brings. It's terracotta flat color now but I plan to spray it with Krylon indoor/outdoor gloss paint..True Blue color. Saw this in several of my gardening magazines. Should be pretty and add color to the flowerbeds this Spring/Summer. It's old and cracked and can no longer hold water, so I used it for 2 years as a planter for portulacas. Maybe I'll plant something different in it this year, who knows?
3/19/21 I just went and checked on the royal carpet alyssum that I sowed in 3 in. pots just on 3/15 and I was shocked to find I have germination in all the pots..I just removed the Glad Press&Seal and rubberband and they are good and moist and I'll have to watch them carefully that they don't dry out. Can't believe they germinated that quickly. I hope the squirrel or deer doesn't get into them. I bought some cayenne pepper to ward off the squirrels but I'm afraid to put that on them with the sprouts so tender. It's going to be 70's all week and the day I planted those was 81 or 82 degrees. I am totally shocked..Now how do I keep them alive?
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