Viewing cheerpeople's Garden Diary: 2009- 2/15/10
happenings in my little garden world
Thursday, February 18, 2010
boiled mimosa puddica is sproutingYep literally boiled them in the microwave and so they are sprouting in less than 10 days instead of 30. Weird.
Basil is sprouting on the same schedule.
I can't believe my good fortune but I was able to glue gun the shattered Ukranian easter egg that tumbled from the cupboard. It takes a careful look to find the cracks. Apparently I am better at this than all the kings horses and all the kings men.
Germinators mtg tonight.
BS last night was slow and 2 hours seems sooo long.
The lamp art is challenging. The thing is still wobbly despite spending an hour with the nice guy at true Value getting nuts, couplers and a threaded piece. Turns out the original support bar was bent. Gene going to hack saw it off today.
Konjac is growing 3/4 in/ day.
It may get above freezing today. Everything is under snow. It's hard to see where the raised gardens even are.Taking co-workers out for lunch with my B_day certificate to Candlelight from Emma.
Found out it will cost $8024 per kid to keep them in their school if we move 2.3 mi down the road effective 2013. That's $56,000 to finish. Christian school is actually cheaper $8,000 for 2 kids and the bus only $200/yr.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
so daves sold out just like GW. A trend I guess.We will see how the new mngt does things soon enough.
If you build a free web site for gardeners they will come. hmm. so why do so many others suck and no one comes?
Basil is starting to sprout, or was it sens. plant?
Calla white giant was banished to the basement with rot.
scale was treated for the third time on the string of pearls and this will not cure it. I wonder if I can soak it in alcohol.
Somethings on the scented geranium. splotchy. Not sure what it is. It is not growing well either.
After a year the oxalis haven't filled in to 4 pots very well. That was a mistake to spread them out that far. It refuses to bloom at work but they bloom at home.
Garden club later this week. first time at the school.
I found this 1920's lamp art and built this garden/ vertical accent yesterday.
There are over 70 real glass crystals! Dye cast metal. need to find a longer rod for outside placement. Broke some pieces off. Oops. Can see what the weather does to it before i put it all out.
T couldn't find quiz bowl on time with the GPS.
S surprised mom with flying in. She didn't even tell me!
K and I had a fun time shopping in Lyons and Homers for lunch. Valentines movie was ok. New book about K. Hepburn from Thompson. I don't even have to drive back to return it there!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
review of this time over past 7 years2003 (Seems 2002- 2006 were my plant trade thru the mail and wintersowing years. Experience is a teacher and neither were cost effective so I moved on.)
picked up a plant trade in CA with Brian ( easter)
Lost frozen flooded WS containers
INstalled library garden so making plans. and took care of it for the next 5 years.
2004 was still an idiot trying to Wintersow 105 containers.
Wind storm destroyed lattice and 2nd bench from Menards. Menards refused to replace it.
Tried seedlings under saran wrap inside. Discovered this causes dampoff.
unstaked the birch tree.
Giant hosta trade of S and S from chicago in march cost $20
2005 (Seems this is the point were I started spending more on gardening items for myself and less on trading postage. Also found some local connections, which helped with problematic online ones.)
arch started. Cost $50 posts and $70 cedar part. INstalled in April.
Got load of mulch
Put grape vines on porch. Can't believe they are still standing.
Berms were" a thought"
Went to QC garden show, where Dessa stood me up. Learned online friend are not like real ones.
gave a talk at polo to 8 on plant labels
Found out D. Hall was sending me canna thx to JJ
2006 shiloh had his first ride out of pen
Moved and killed some allium
Gift from trav daylily deni/ trades seem over tho.
$170 on water feature (stone) that was cracked
.then got a replacement... then reglued and replaced pump
2007 ( seems 07 and 08 were my co-op buying years- then I moved on to purchasing online myself. These were the years where I brushed shoulders with big business with Proven winners, Ball seed co. and the datura. I think I developed into a more mature gardener. Started refining my tastes and deciding what parts of gardening I should pursue -like lilium- and what to drop -like canna and volunteering.)
first co-op lily $28 sent some to mom.
GW seed trades not panning out
Amerinova going to try again with my cuttings.
Traded Rick in CA in april
powerpoint talk on seeds at MG in mt carroll
Helped pot stuff at Long's in march
Went to QC garden show- not worth it but K liked ducklings in Mar.
Completed last bend of berm and planted it all with grass and angelina
2008 second co-op lily $78 plus. another entry says I spend $210
Planned island bed for lily. Planted by April.
Too sick and bad forecast so skipped MAdison garden thing.
still had Viola canceling
Last year to volunteer at library garden
Noticed angelina was dying off berm
First and last live plants with co-op incl jap iris. in April
Bought GBOP at Lowes for $21 in April
lost back row of asparagus seedlings over the winter
2009 ( a more relaxed phase of gardening labor as I didn't make any garden expansions, and quit growing a number of tropicals. More direct buying and selling via C.L. A good year for local plant buys via the MG's. Stopped freecycling plants.)
gave up on angelina/grasses in the berm and planted reliable performers. Tossed most flag iris, and some siberian iris.
ordered lilies bloomingbulb.com $100 including america series and regal and also oxalis.
Failed at lily hybridization indoors and gave up, 3 successes outdoors- 2 hybrids from leftwood ( one was a fridge start) and dwarf asiatic open cross from here. All these successful crosses were planted outside as ungermin. seed in spring.
Botrytis infects liliesin 2009. I beleive I brought home an infected plant in 2008. By the looks of things in 2010 it killed many in just 1 season of noticable infection.
moved chinese silver grass to line garden perimeter
got free cheap garden accents like bird bath and pillar
trying ceramic pot flipped left outside for winter., cement lion also ( both did fine)
discovered Sevin doesn't take out Jap. beetles. and 'over the top' doesn't take out crab grass
divided good heucheras
no garden expensions this year either
selling plants agian $80 so far
adding a lot of dark plants
discovering voles dig many holes but only use a few
watering with new sprinkler
the plants are blooming 2-3 weeks ahead of last 2 year's schedules. Not sure what this means
last year to wait til sat to go to polo plant sale with K. Go friday! She didn't even go!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
time lapse plant danceshttp://plantsinmotion.bio.indiana.edu/plantmotion/movements/...
Friday, January 29, 2010
hort professor website[HYPERLINK@sharepoint.cahnrs.wsu.edu]
looks like a good one!
amaryllis is budding out. they don't need 50F cold period after all. Stupid web info-
68F (basement) is just fine.
consignment shop appt wasn't an appt at all. They wanted to keep my laundry baskets and have me drive back. Weird. Well april ( last fri) is the last day to collect any check. I guess I don't collect unwanted clothes ever. 2 of 8 purchases shrunk. SO my per item top costs were $5 rather than $3.50. Not so good......Remeber to allow an extra inch beyond current clothes sizes for this problem in all cotton items.
Monday, January 25, 2010
it's monday. A few snow flakes.Get rid of all bitterness,
as well as all types of evil behavior.
Instead, be kind to each other,
forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
— Ephesians 4:31–32
If it's true and it's harsh I guess it still isn't ok.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Voles are well known connoisseurs of the bulbs you plant in your garden, but which bulbs are most likely to get chomped? Researchers at Cornell fed bulbs to voles to find out. Tulips were the only bulb with no resistance to voles, but hyacinth, crocus, corn leaf iris, dutch and dwarf iris, onion and squill weren't much better.
Showing better resistance to voles were painted arum, camass, glory-of-the-snow, autumn crocus, crown imperial, Persian fritillaria, snowdrop, and grape hyacinth; showing the most resistance as a group were paperwhites and daffodils. The authors of this paper also reported that autumn crocus may have killed seven voles in the study.6
Friday, January 1, 2009
what a great year it was and 1/1/10- looks cool too!I have so many things to be thankful for. I prayed them outloud at bed time prayers... and my dtr fell asleep before I was done!
Thank you Jesus! Last year was the most painful physically, and now I am pain free, tho different on both issues. Thank you Jesus.
I ordered batteries with a company I found thru amazon. My camera battery doesn't hold a charge after 300-600 recharges. Replacement was almost half the value of the Canon camera if ordered at Walmart! On line it was a knock off for only $12. I also ordered the funcky solar rechargible batteries I need for my outdoor cordless solar lights. Seems they also need replacement after 600-900 charges! Couldn't find a regular radio shack one to fit the opening. Turns out the key word to order these slightly smaller AA is called "flat top". As it turns out it is a special kind of battery with about 1mm less of 'nipple' on the end. I didn't know there was a special name for this style of nicad battery. Well now you know too. About 1.75$ ea on line plus shipping. The lights were $20 ea. So in theory even at these cheaper prices, in 10-20 yrs I will have paid as much in batteries as I did for the thing in the first place. Hmm. Food for frugal thought.
My relative gave the kids these solar plastic butterflies on a stake. They change color as they glow. Cool. If you go to farm and fleet you can see some similar there. We've had them now for 3 summers. I have left them out all winters too to keep the battery going. This year one broke a wing and another broke the stake. I glued the wing... anyway expect only about 3 yrs life span on those.
I'm looking into learning sculpture to keep entertained this winter.
My treadmill is a godsend. My weight stays constant. My clothes fit all year. Every other day is a goal and now I learned not to do it before bed as I can't get to sleep. I feel old when those rules start applying to me!
Got a book on crock pot recipes. Tried a 4 # chicken in it yesterday. Started frozen,1/2 c water, a few vegs and spices. and got the packet out of the cavity by 3 pm. put it in the oven rubbed with spices to crisp the skin the last 30 min at 375. It was on high and went from 10- 6 pm. so 8 hrs total. Worked out fine like a rotisserie chicken. ( that oven part was my idea!)
Some house plants need water every 2-3 days. Esp. my cooking basil and the aptenia ( ice plant) I'm shocked as I used bigger pots this year. bummer. The 'giant white' calla is down to 1 leaf now. Jackson said it looked like celery! The papyrus is pissed that it was demoted from the S winter during 4 weeks of christmas tree. It shows yellow at the top.
Watered the basement cattail and potted plants. started germ test on my special castors. Maybe I should sell those on ebay if they are viable. Today put dirt bags on teh dracaena and maybe I can break it down into 3 plants if it roots. The plant looks bad now that it went out in this weather twice.
In the past year the string of hearts has grown 4 ft.( More if my husband hadn't broken it by knocking it out of the window) In contrast, the string of pearls only grew a foot in the past year and is more care now that I've found it to have tiny, tiny scale.( smaller than the head of a pin) I've treated it 3 times and the whole thing is sticky from those suckers. Yuck. I'm ready to try a topiary for the string of hearts to make it go up instead of just down. Both plants were purchased the same day. Hearts gets my vote, not pearls.
It's been 20-30 degrees and windy. So plenty of snow- 8 inches? for sledding. The girls had lots of laughs with photobooth.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
christmas evethe sun is going down. It's rained inches over the snow and ice. It's coming down sideways. Walking outside is unpleasant. K and I fed the horses cookie cereal and combed them out in the shed.
I think I have strep. I don't think we are going to get to church or the lights in this and with this. I hope I can swallow christmas dinner.
Did not find the kids a kitty for christmas.
We lost power for a while. The internet has been off as much as on and they didn't come out to fix it as promised.
it was nice of Tu to call
mary and joseph would have been traveling today if jesus was born in the month of dec instead of a summer month that they think is more historically accurate.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Decluttering traditions and the regifts -for ladies onlyThis is going to be brillo pad harsh. I'm more about function and transparency then frills and fiction.
Tis the season of tradition and regifting ugly, useless gifts.
Time to just say "no" girls!
When you are given that special regift that says "I thought of you when I thought about whether I should freecycle or goodwill this ugly useless gift" first be sure to thank them, and write a thank you note. And in your heart of hearts be grateful. But the next step is often screwed up. So listen closely. Just say no to regifting it. Get rid of it. You are not going to want the next person on your 'to do' list to have to be in the same position you are now. It is ok, in these frugal times to declutter your life of useless gifts by way of the trash can. I know those 2 facts might do war in your soul. It's ok. It's for the greater good. I'm giving you permission.
Secondly, let's let go of traditions that are senseless. Why do women send last years clearance rack cards to each other with nothing but a signature? I guess that's fine if you in a business relationship, or writing an inlaw you dislike. But with women who you are wanting to retain as BFF? or FF? or someone who used to be FF but the F part has faded away. Seriously, what are you trying to convey? "I want to cross you off my to do list." or "I just want this done before I go have holiday fun." "I need to declutter my life of you, but let's pretend otherwise."
I once witnessed relatives at a reunion frantically signing cards and passing them out to save postage. I was dumbfounded. These were women who rather than connect, opted to waste their time like this. I'm still baffled by it. Is it just me?
Christmas cards made sense during the pony express age, or the telegraph age. I wasn't alive back then and I doubt you were either. However, as women, we've spent many an hour continuing this tradition. There are more efficient ways to connect and retain friends these days. Find one. Shorten you list. I give you permission. It's for the greater good. Do you really want your daughters to be in your shoes: doing frantic things every Christmas for their whole lives, because we can't end silly traditions? You have my permission to change this. Be strong.
I would or could go on to say how men are smarter than women, how they don't engage in either of these silly traditions. I could mention how they used to wear heels, makeup, and wigs, and... how they have changed this. How they are no longer encumbered with the makeup touchups, sore feet and lack of exercise opportunities from wearing heels, or itchy, hot scalps from wearing wigs. I could, but I won't. I think you get then idea.
Oh sure, I suppose you could say I'm wishy-washy on this. You could point I did wear a black leather miniskirt this year. It was $2 at goodwill, and I just looked hot -hot -hot in it, but afterwards it went back to goodwill. Leather, isn't all that comfortable to bend in, and sitting in a miniskirt is an art in itself. I don't know any men, that would go to that level of discomfort to look hot hot hot. On the other hand, I wanted to know I still had a hot factor. So, perhaps men are smarter than women, but we can change that, I think, at least.. ...one card and re-gift at a time. The leather miniskirt is totally your option.
Monday, December 14, 2009
kalanchoe starting to bloom againafter being a lovely mothers day gift
it summered outside in shade
got dug up and brought in
and now starting to bloom with many buds to go
Monday, December 14, 2009
'apple blossom' amaryllis from last christmas clearance rack$1.50 at walmart last year. bloomed then.
Looks like it is sprouting after summering outside, hangin' out in the basement for awhile and then getting potted up- dumped over ...and potted up again.
Friday, December 11, 2009
the zz plant just had a growth spurti think I started this from 3 leaves 3 yrs ago.
this bright green growth I'm holding is a new shoot that got this tall very quickly.
The plant grew another shoot this size at the same time.
Friday, December 11, 2009
the only scented geranium to survive going out- to-inis citronella.
All the fancy ones died. NOt sure if I want to continue to collect these if they are going to have to stay indoors all year.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
said goodbye to grandma pearl tonightShe's 98 and she's moving to MI. Her hands don't write anymore, and her ears don't work with a phone.
My real grandmas are gone, I adopted Pearl about 30 yrs ago. I even asked her if she thought I should marry my farmer man. She's quite a powerful woman of prayer.
I'll never see her in this life again. It's sad. It's hard to say goodbye. Not so for Pearl, who thinks she's moving just North of Morrison, and that we'll see each other real soon.
In the next life, she'll see her husband and.. when I see her, she'll have her own hair, teeth, and see without glasses, and hear without a hearing aid. she'll move about without assist and without a walker. I'm getting teary as I type.
Bye Grandma Pearl.
Friday, October 30, 2009
day light change this weekend. Mud continues.rain mud wind, found a gap in the weather to dig up and have now potted some more lily yesterday. I picked the ones that bloomed the shortest time. If they survive then I will bring the pot up on or near the porch in bloom and then when done its ugly stems can finish the season elsewhere. This is my plan anyway. I amended most of the pots with vermiculite and compost and some soil.
I'm also trying a pot above ground. I have plenty of OT 'honeymoon' as they multiplied x 4 in as many years- so I can stand to lose a pot of it if this fails.
I'm very disappointed with the expensive lilygarden bulbs that are doing so poorly for me. Quintessense was very disappointing in height, brief bloom time, and now rotting even tho I amended it with turkey grit and fertilized it...AND my most expensive lily bulb purchase so far. See the lily diary for details.
Took houseplant pics. See that dairy.
still not sure if the orange scented geranium are alive. I see no green. The fish in the papyrus pot died.
Carpets got cleaned.
he went to a parent teacher mtg
Sunday, October 18, 2009
moved 2 white henryi to behind dwarf orange asiatic and PSneed to label it.
cut some castors but not sure that they ripened.
had our first tea part. K got a kitty. can't recall the name but that cat was loved then hit by a car at christmas.
talked to sarah today and briefly mom yesterday.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
allium thunbergii makes it 181 blooms this yearwhat a great year.
And what a fine time to cleanse my palate of some tropicals that underperform here.
Pots are in the shed. Pressure washer did some clean up.
have a seed trade coming eventually. and a few more to pack into envelopes.
all the tomatoes are used up but I'm still digging onion and leeks as needed.
found gardenerguy.com videos today.
horses are getting bags of apples.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
FloppersJust made a short 6 pic album on this photobucket.
There is a fine line between leaning, flopping, and draping.
These fall bloomers do it all.
Monday, September 21, 2009
ultrasloggers and ducktapeThis is my favorite garden shoe. And that's saying a lot since my feet got so cranky my regular shoes have pricey inserts from the 'good feet store' I can fetch the horses in them and kick them off for barefoot horserides. When I'm outside I'm always in them. I have 4 pair!
If it means the difference between wading a cool river or missing out on the fun- these babies can be taped on!
I also learned that if you don't tape them on- you had better have someone real fast at rescuing them from disappearing downstream!
Monday, September 21, 2009
sleepy sunrisesthe days are getting shorter. I'm trying not to resent the end to another blessed summer but it's so hard to look forward to the un-garden months to come.
a 10 yr old took this sunrise pic with my canon powershot sd450 elph. Good job!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
seed collecting and garden clean upcollected zinnia, marigold, verbena.
already have been collecting lilium, daylily,delphinium ( those are expensive to buy!) and cosmos.
Made a list of what is coming inside this winter. Trying to figure out a water reservoir dish to fit the square pots I ordered from dayton hydroponics. The krylon isn't scratch proof on the new plastic pots so will have to treat them more carefully than I anticipated. I thought that was supposed to STICK!
Got some clear plastic to make an edgeguard for the windowsill. My husband averaged knocking one plant out of the windowsill per month. What a mess. Always involves opening a window without moving the plant.
Trapped and moved the ferrel cat to the other farm as it was frightening our kitty and coming in the garage to eat and run. It was not tame.
We are having our first rain today in over 3 weeks!
I might have found a thrip in a houseplant. Will have to watch more carefully.
Farrier came. $6/hoof. I figure since we grow our own hay the horse cost is about $1/horse/day for all expenses. It would be at least $2/horse/day if we had to buy hay. So horses can be less expensive than a cat or dog. And you can't ride either of those!
This is a hummingbird nest we found over a fast moving stream called 'chalk river' There are 2 baby beaks in there. The nest was no bigger than a juice cup.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
bringing in the tropicals and houseplants MINUS the bugsI read here last year about someone who soaks her orchids in Sevin before bringing them inside. I thought that was brilliant. I have problems with spider mites more than any other pest. Last year
I tried soaking via excessive spraying every plant in sevin a few times over a few days than I brought them in.
And...Last year was the best year I've had with less bugs! I also am tending to put the bug problem ones in the basement dormant ( alocasia) and the less buggy types in our house living quarters ( not the basement)
I have used bayer systemic in my pots ( intended for roses) but I STILL had spider mites plus the occasional worm etc. survive all winter ( 7 months!) in a pot. Sevin is better.
For midwinter bug battles I also use this stuff that comes in a spray-can that isn't deadly inside the house when bugs crop up on a 20 degree below day. It is called fertilome indoor/outdoor spray. That's more expensive then Sevin- so that's something I use in winter, not before the plants come inside. I tent the plant with a bag, spray and leave it for a few days. Don't do this on a sunny windowsill as you will 'cook' your aeonium and all the leaves will fall off!
Pest free plants for me include orange-green plant (chlorophytum) ,ZZ plant, scented geranium, and oxalis ( I like purple and it blooms all winter) and giant bird of paradise, a pink flowered type of iceplant that will bloom all winter, string of hearts and string of pearls.
Also papyrus did well soaking in water all winter- once I got the scale off it ( bought it infested) and boy that was time consuming... before i had Sevin and took all winter with alcohol and qtips! see pic- I used a coleman's cooler as the pot that the pots are submerged in. Other than the scale this plant did well as a houseplant all winter.
Oh and one more thing about Sevin. Make a fresh batch every year. Last years batch makes a sediment on the bottom on the sprayer and isn't very effective.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
sweet autumn is in bloomon this trellis.
See the pot of vaiegated cattail? Many treefrog are coming from the tadpoles in that!
From this view I count 18 types of plants still in bloom (excluding the obvious hosta and sedum)
For aug bloomers see my photobucket link in another diary. Many of them are listed there and still in bloom.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
sprayed spiders x 5 days and caterpillars x 1warmed up to 80 + and 19 days without rain. Had to water some pots.
collecting some lily seeds. Botrytis made most fail to set seed. Not sure if it can come back on the seed so will treat that with baking soda at planting time too.
Kitty is still free of fleas even tho the med. wore off. We have a yellow and white ferrel visitor that we caught and released. Caught an opposum too.
Gene sprayed the wild asters in the fence with roundup but before this mishap they were 4-5 ft tall.
chalk river crossing
Monday, September 14, 2009
it's 150 mi to go to 3 good storesgot a box that looks like a book.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
the sweet autumn will be in full bloom soona few are opening here on the arch.
Should make it smell nicer than the cattle pen.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
the tad poles are tree frogs!I was so excited to see this little guy. For 2 months I've wondered if these were leopard frogs or tree frogs. They aren't much larger than a tic tac- and they are tree frogs- hyla versacolor! Here is one climbing out of the container they were laid in. Home for a treefrog tadpole here is a half whiskey barrel with potted cattail and papyrus which has no aeration or filter. Basically just a pot with water and plants in it.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Got to ride in a 1931 Ford Model A RamblerIt had a rumble seat! and is a convertible- gets 18 mpg. Come to think of it that car is the same age as Regis Philbin!
Something severly damaged by smokebush.
I've found a yr old sprayer of Sevin doesn't kill spiders that have bodies as big as marbles. That's bodies not legs! Yuck. Will have to mix a fresh batch with a bit more kick. Good to know since I will soon be bringing the houseplants back in after soaking or spaying with Sevin.
kitty has found her own rumble seat by my windshield
Monday, September 7, 2009
just said no- to looking at garden stakes all year for 2 weeks of trumpet lily bTrying it in a pot- with the stake in the pot and moving it out of sight most of the year.
made more pesto. picked tomatoes for M and E and myself.
walked, biked, rode, sat, looked, enjoyed, pondered, dug, and weeded. A great day!
IN the pic- this is my pot in a pot idea which worked. The canna and crinum were placed in season in a pot. The pot stays in the ground, and holds open the hole, basically. Other finished plants were moved out of these pots. I need more large pots to make the hole part of this. Pot in a pot design.
Friday, September 4, 2009
green potatoes- are they really bad for you- ?This is my first year to grow new potatoes. I noticed that the ones that see a little sunlight start to turn green. I've heard that a green potato is a bad thing to eat- but I wondered why photosynthesis should be unhealthy. So I read up on that here-
Turns out it's not the photosynthesis that's bad but the development of a toxin called solanine that is present with that photosynthesis. Interesting- that's also a toxin present in green tomatoes. No wonder they taste so gross.
Also interesting is that fried food gets 100 degrees hotter than boiled food.
I don't fry. It stinks up the house. It probably stinks up the arteries too.
Good movie recommendation: Duplicity with Julia Roberts and the very hot Clive Owen. Kept me guessing. Could have done without the bedroom scene, myself.
I made a separate diary for the Datura story, here at Daves. I thought I better put it together before the pics got lost or the details forgotten. Look to the left sidebar for rivetting reading! Lol!
If anyone wants to drive over for some free houseplants before frost let me know. I'm limiting myself to 16 types of plants that are coming in this fall and the rest are getting the cold shoulder....
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
calendula are aphid magnetsDisgusting. But they are still blooming. It's a love- hate thing.
The jap beetles are on the canna but leaving the sandcherry alone so it has a few leaves on top now.
The EE don't seem to hit their stride til the kids go back to school, late Aug. Now with 45 night temps they might be frozen in place?
These conca d or lily are huge after 3 yrs. Here they are getting groped by the garden gloves. Notice the extensive lateral roots above the bulb. This was actually tying these 2 together and made it hard to pull them apart. I have no idea how baby bulbs get their stems thru such a thicket. I pulled off 10 babies. I had to move these meag bulbs as one quit blooming near the TV antannae. Not sure why. The bulb looks healthy and there wasn't a rock sitting beneath to starve it. Epsom salt helped remedy the situation this spring but... needed a shovel for a cure.
These are not self righting. They are growing at angles. So much for that theory.
Monday, August 31, 2009
The Datura Story- Chapter 8In time the datura plant grew a few small branches. In time the fair maiden tried to cut them and root them. Every one she tried, died.
At Proven Winners Euro finally the last 2 cuttings died. The staff had a few thoughts:
The plant had to be able to root easily for them to be interested. Her prospects looked "grim."
The plant might be able to root at a different time of year than winter.
to be continued-
Monday, August 31, 2009
The Datura Story- chapter 9With the end of winter the fair maiden took her special datura back out to the garden and tossed it back in the ground. It had been happy enough to bloom indoors, but she knew it would flourish back in her Illinois garden.
The seeds she had kept in her fridge were planted in the garden. It was now time to see if the seedlings would show the cool variegation, or just be plain.
The seeds sprouted. The first leaves were green, but she was hopeful. The next leaves were green, then the next. By mid summer there was still no variegation on any of her seedlings. Saddened, she was no longer hopeful that this could be carried thru the seed.
Ball seed company in Chicago had also trialed the seeds outside that summer. They had the same results. Here is a picture of the seedlings at Ball. As you can see the leaves were all plain green.
to be continued with chapter 10
Saturday, August 29, 2009
The Datura Story - Chapter 4By the end of October the fair maiden asked Proven Winners Euro how it was going with the cuttings. She herself had been trying to root some in her cottage and found that datura are very hard to root. Look at all the chemicals she was trying on her cuttings.
She received a nice emial explaining how the cuttings at PW euro were doing. Only two of the 12 she sent were still alive. The greenhouse staff was finding them very, very hard to root as well.
The cuttings had to pass tests for viruses. The tests were extensive, looking for more viruses than she had ever heard of, and yet the cuttings passed! The variegation was not from a virus. The cuttings could stay in the greeenhouse with all the other nice Proven Winner Euro trial plants. Another name for this branch of PW is Amerinova.
Here is part of the emial PW Euro sent to the inquiring maiden:
"The good news is the Datura tested clean for all pathogens tested in the
Unfortunately, I have bad news to report in regards to rooting. Even
though the plants did defoliate after shipping, I held hopes at rooting
success. There are currently only 2 plants with signs of life.
We tried 4 groups of 3 cuttings each in:
Standard propagation mix-Sunshine #1, cuttings dipped in Dip'n Grow
Standard propagation mix-Sunshine #1, cuttings dipped in Hormodin 2
Performa liners, cuttings dipped in Dip'n Grow (double strength)
Performa liners, cuttings dipped in Hormodin 2"
The 2 surviving cuttings were both in Performa, Hormodin 2."
The maiden paid attention to the way the pros stick cuttings. She was impressed with their record keeping. She thought it a good idea that they tried 4 different methods to start the cuttings.
Here is a list of the pathogen tests that were run on the cuttings:
" PW Screen - Agdia - Revised Jan 2006 Euro Screen - Revised July 2006
AMV Alfalfa Mosaic Virus AMV Alfalfa Mosaic Virus
ArMV Arabis Mosaic Virus ArMV Arabis Mosaic Virus
BBWV 1&2 Broad Bean Wilt Virus CMV Cucumber Mosaic Virus
CVB Chrysanthemum Virus B INSV Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus
CMV Cucumber Mosaic Virus RMV Ribgrass Mosaic Virus
INSV Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus TMV Tobacco Mosaic Virus
NeRNV Nemesia Ring Necrosis Virus (detects ScrMV) ToMV Tomato Mosaic Virus
RMV Ribgrass Mosaic Virus TSWV Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
TMV Tobacco Mosaic Virus POTY Potyvirus Group Test
TRSV Tobacco Ringspot Virus NeRNV Nemesia Ring Necrosis Virus (detects ScrMV)
TSV Tobacco Streak Virus
TAV Tomato Aspermy Virus Other Tests Available at Euro
ToMV Tomato Mosaic Virus CVB Chrysanthemum Virus B
ToRSV Tomato Ringspot Virus TAV Tomato Aspermy Virus
TSWV Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus CbMV Calibrachoa Mottle Virus
POTY Potyvirus Group Test TRSV Tobacco Ringspot Virus
AnFBV Angelonia Flower Break Virus Oct-05 TSV Tobacco Streak Virus
Xcp Xanthomonas Campestris pv. Pelargonii
ToRSV Tomato Ringspot Virus
AnFBV Angelonia Flower Break Virus Jul-06
Discontinued Euro Tests (available at Agdia)
CERV Carnation Etched Ring Virus
CLV Carnation Latent Virus
CRSV Carnation Ringspot Virus
CaRMV Carnation Mottle Virus
CNFV Carnation Necrotic Fleck Virus
PFBV Pelargonium Flower Break Virus "
Wow, thought the maiden. They were testing for everything but a computer virus. Who knew datura could be so diseased? Certainly the greenhouse must be the happiest place on earth if everything in it is so perfect and healthy.
to be continued-
Saturday, August 29, 2009
The Datura Story - Chapter 5The winter winds raged, and the frosts came, but inside the house the fair maiden was toasty and warm. The special datura seedling with its unripe pod had been dug up and moved inside. It sat in front of the south window and was safe from winter. The maiden even rigged up a special florescent light and heater pad to keep it toasty at night and add additional lumens to the shortened days of winter.
There wasn't much left of the special plant. Everything that could be cut off and sent to PW had been cut off. They had asked for 20 cuttings, but their just wasn't that much plant material. The maiden had also tried 6 cuttings herself. Would what was left survive the shock of moving indoors, finish the pod, and make more cuttings?
to be continued in Chapter 6
Saturday, August 29, 2009
The Datura Story - Chapter 6Inside the pods the seeds were ripening. When they cracked open in November the maiden did a happy dance. Could one of these show the lovely variegation? The maiden mailed 80-100 seeds to Ball seed company as promised. There they were kept in the special seed vault for the winter. The seed vault had alarms and Halon fire suppressants, and was kept at just the right humidity and temperature. The maiden also kept some seeds, as back up, in her fridge. She was directed to store them in a closed container which also had powdered milk in it!
Here was the seed storage tips she learned that day from Ball seed:
"Regarding where to store the seed - cool and dry is best. The target is
40 F with 25 to 35 percent relative humidity. Don't worry too much about
getting it exactly right. Store your seeds in paper envelopes stored in
jars or other sealed containers. I suggest getting the smallest box of
powdered milk you can from the store. Put about two heaping tablespoons
of powdered milk in the bottom of a large jar, and then put the envelope
with your seeds in the jar and close the lid. The powdered milk absorbs
excess humidity. Put the jar in the refrigerator. Most refrigerators are
around 40 to 45 F which is just fine. "
The maiden could feel her brain growing. Virus, Sunshine mix, trial agreements, Dip n Grow, powdered milk...were words all floating around in her head since that special seedling had entered her life.
to be continued....
Friday, August 28, 2009
kwanzo has 18 petals.I counted them. Doesn't that make it a triple instead of a double daylily?
Friday, August 28, 2009
The datura story- Chapter 1A long, long, time ago, in a garden far, far, away (unless you live nearby), an ordinary double purple datura pod produced a very extraordinary seed. The fair maiden ;) who tended the garden collected her own seeds. Little did she know one of the seeds was going to send her on a journey of knowledge and friendship that would last for years to come.
For you see, the seed developed into a special variegated datura seedling. One which the fair maiden could not find on the internet. One which may have been unique in all the kingdoms gardens both near and far.
So the fair maiden, who did not own a digital camera, begged her sister-in-law to take a picture of it...to be continued
Friday, August 28, 2009
The Datura Story- Chapter 2The fair maiden posted at a seed forum that she might have special seeds to trade from this plant in the future. She asked, on the web, if this variegation was commonly seen or special indeed. She was met with many offers to trade her special seeds, but she did not accept.
Instead, she contacted a few seed and plant companies. Companies who had cool catalogs or email addresses.
She received a prompt and polite decline from Tony Avent of Plant Delights. She felt flattered to get an email from Tony himself, so it didn't quite feel like rejection. He was helpful. He suggested she talk to Waddick.
She received an encouraging email from Dr James Waddick, the 'inventor' of the only other variegated datura on the Market, 'Missouri Marble'. He even offered to help her get her stubborn cuttings to root. A trick he had to master before marketing his white flowered variegated datura. which eventually went to tissue culturing at Terra Nova, but let's move on...
She received an exclusive contract offer from Wayside Gardens. She learned Wayside is Parks. Both have very colorful catalogs, so it was a shocker to learned that they don't grow their own plants, but are more of a distribution center. She didn't sign, even though they had a fancy web page for just that purpose.
She received a nice phone call from a horticulturist with Thompson Morgan seed company. The horticulturist was very informative. She said datura are not actually annuals, they are short lived perennials. She said cuttings would not likely survive a trip to England where they would trial it. She said seeds would be a better option. She said she could send a helpful booklet by TM about how to hand pollinate a plant, and would send an exclusive contract if the maiden wanted to sign it. But there was a catch...
...If the maiden signed it, she would not be allowed to send the seeds to anyone else...like Wayside Gardens...
So the maiden pondered what to do....and waited for those first datura blooms to appear.
to be continued....
Friday, August 28, 2009
The Datura Story- Chapter 3The variegated seedling bloomed. It was the lovely double purple flower! The fair maiden had received a real kick-ass booklet on how to pollinate by hand from that Thompson Morgan hort chick. She'd recommend it to any newbie hybridizer.
Carefully she did her first hand cross ever. Methodically she covered the special bloom with mesh fabric to keep the bees away. Then when the hornworms invaded she covered the whole plant in mesh. When the garden club members toured the maiden was quiet. She had been advised loose lips sink ships and can cause ownership to be disputed.
Very slowly some seed pods formed. Too slowly as the harsh winter was about to frost the land. The maiden ran a hog farrowing heater matt and blanket out to warm the datura at night and uncovered it to sunshine in the daylight hours.
One day the phone rang. It was Rick from Proven Winners calling about her datura! He pronounced it datura like the 't' in 'tour' not the 't' sound in 'future'. The maiden had been mispronouncing her own plant! He wanted a call back! Nervously the maiden placed the call. While of the phone with her Rick was googling for a plant of her description. He found her post on the seed forum at GW. "Well here's one." he said. He paused while he read it, "Oh... It's you!"
The head of new plants, Rick, was very friendly. He patiently answered questions, even explained the other companies contracts. He said that PW Amerinova would take some cuttings.
He said it was ok if seeds were sent to Ball seed, as the PW contract is not exclusive.
Contracts were signed. One with Ball seed company/ Pan American Seed company, in Chicago. A contract was also signed with Proven Winners, which wanted plant material. Neither company was exclusive in their demands. Both of these companies had fantastic folks in charge of the new plants divisions.
These folks, Rick and Brian, had Ph D's in horticulture and were helpful and friendly. Both answered simple questions the fair maiden had, as she felt she was in a bit over her head. Neither company pointed out the maidens obvious shortcomings- like misspelling the word variegated in her email messages.
Patiently the Proven Winner folks told her how to take her first cuttings of her plant. They paid to have them over-nighted via Fed- Ex to California. The fair maiden hadn't picked up on the fact the Proven Winners Euro is really not the same thing as Proven Winners. Their plant selections are different. Her cuttings were actually going to the Euro part of this....
to be continued...
Monday, August 24, 2009
Ode to the bee that stung me-Why "bite' the hand that feeds you? And get out of my garage!
Thankfully my dtr reminded me to use meat tenderizer on it- which helped a lot.
That was Friday. Yesterday (Sunday) a swarm of honey bees descended on my garden and piled on each other for the night. The mass of bees slumped over my shrub. Today- by noon they have flown away. Thanks for leaving!
Monday, August 24, 2009
We tagged and released a monarch at the arboretumGot to watch and participate! They use stickers for tags. Didn't realize the ones that are tagged are the grandparents to the ones that will be back next year. Yeah- pretty short life cycle.
Actually this wasn't as fun as watching the bull riding at the fair last week.
Saw my first eastern swallowtail with the black and blue colors, my favorite local variety. I was told to grow parsley to see more of these.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
castor bean 'New Zealand Purple' 9 ft tall by Aug 19intricate bloom of castor bean (ricinus)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
castor bean in back'matrona' on the left and 'tropicanna' canna on the right. Castor bean comes thru any year- canna haven't even bloomed or gotten tall due to cool weather this summer.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
ligularia 'britt marie' is a fuss pot.Don't treat her like rocket ligularia- this one is in part sun with ample water and is doing it's best now-
I put my ring on the leaf just to show the size. The very green leaf is 'Orange Fizz' scented geranium. You have to get a whiff of this- amazing.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
balloon flower flops- tied up is no betterthis is a dbl. Dbl ugly.
I want to find the dwarf variety seeds.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
18 inch leaves on 'white giant' callait's been 3 yrs growing from a thimble sized bulb to making some baby bulbs but the leaf part now ( without petiole) measures 18 inches! It is hiding under a taller plant so the japanese beetles haven't skeletalized it.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
'sapphire blue' oat grassNever has a bad hair day. Puts up with my kitten pouncing on it, high wind, snow....Transplanted this whole thing with no die back this spring.
My favorite grass of ALL. Hard to find locally. Try hornbakers by Princeton.
I think that's where I found it.
Monday, August 17, 2009
great news in CASo many new believers. Did you feel the vibe in your soul?
almost 12, 000 in LA this weekend!
Read about it here Harvest.org - look up crusade link.
I love this church. I go when I can- but since I'm in IL that's not very often.
About me- a great weekend of staying home! Made about 10 cups of pesto with my basil. The jap. beetles are consuming it- so - it was now or never! Splattered myself, the wall and the fridge with green slime- pretty!
I'm trying to load the flowers blooming this month in the aug album in photobucket. As I'm not done with Aug. Go to photobucket.com and search for : cheerpeople. Look up album: sequence of blooms for Aug.
Listed a few plants on craigslist for rockford. Probably too late for much interest but as I'm not saving some of these from freezing- it's worth a shot.
Pictured is 'common sense' daylily a dbl in bloom today.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Lily catalog- some fact and some fictionI got another plant catalog from a company I won't name. Anyway, rereading thru it I was amazed at how much was fiction. I bought bulbs from that company that were supposed to be fragrant but aren't. I bought lilies because they claimed to be sooo tall, but aren't. Some of the blooms are tiny- yet the catalog claims they are medium sized blooms.
If you haven't been to my photobucket album and want to see the real lilies without any fiction there are 4 pages in the lily album. You can read the captions completely if you point the curser at the caption and wait a second or two. Or just do the slideshow and curser each caption.
I've done my best to put real info in the caption like height, real color, if they really are fragrant and when they bloom. The pics are untouched, no photoshopping. I've organized them on the order that they bloom- first to last.
There are also some pretty closeups of lilies and other things in this album:
'casa blanca' oriental: a late season bloomer that is fragrant pictured is here in a boring way. Most of my shots are not this boring!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I may be winning the war against myrtle spurge...... haven't seen any more come up for weeks.
I'd like to enjoy my garden after a 10 day vacation but - the weeds are all I can see! Jeepers!
I need to get the edgework done with round up again and must have at least an hour of hoeing and tugging.
Bloomingbulb.com is going to nicely refund a few bulbs that bloomed the wrong color after a phone call. My emial went unanswered for about 2 weeks, before I called.
The fireflies are still lighting up as is most of the contestants on Hell's Kitchen this season. The tadpoles aren't growing limbs yet. The elephant ears are just now sprouting or 1 ft tall and the kids are going to school next week- already- summer is about over! Sniff.
Am enjoying the tail end of lily season with 'Black Beauty' and henyri as my favorites in bloom right now. The hummers are less visible these days, maybe some are leaving. Nothing fragrant in the garden anymore.
The castor beans are finally tall enough to make a nice back border for my borderless garden ( see pic)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
the 85 foot \'bob\'s rock\' near Buena Vista, COI did it!
I climbed up there ( thx Ben) and rapelled back down. My highest and hardest rock climb so far. I didn't have good foot holds and hand holds near the top and thx to Ben's careful instruction I was able to push up then find them each time before I fell off the rock. Pushing up THEN finding the hold was a real leap of faith for me. I didn't look down once I got higher than 40 ft. I think I would have chickened out.
I was also allowed to go on the teen climb (about 35 ft) twice, on another day.
This day was the best- went from cowboy boots on the trail ride, to Ben's sticky rock climbing shoes, to the white water raft shoes issued at Noah's ark to raft the Arkansas. This year, thankfully, no one was ejected from the raft and Jeremy was skilled at manuevering us down the river.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
My lilies are infected with a fungus called botrytis
I got sad news on my lilies today. It looks like I have a fungus problem that may be like black spot is to roses. I wasn't wanting to work that hard ( roses) and so this saddens me. I am not going to spray them after each rain ( as some folks do) but am willing to put down baking soda in a 4 ft wide circle around ea plant in the spring. I have to burn the plant stalks too. sigh... The problem lives in the soil itself not on the bulbs but if I can get it in a new bed I guess I can get it any year thereafter....It must just live here in IL with me and my expensive lilies.
Had a few horse rides this week but I'm not into saddles ( they hurt) and 20-30 minutes is fine so I'm pretty sure I'll pass on the 6 hour ride offered the last day at the dude ranch!
I'm attaching a pic of botrytis in case you have any lilies.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
this is what STRESS looks like5 new jumbo bulbs were planted this spring. I was worried they has a virus but was told, (thx Darm) that this is what stress looks like. It is having a hard time adjusting and flowering within a 3 month period and so the flowers have this mottled appearance.
Darm advises cutting the flowers off.( I can stick them in a vase!) So the bulb will be less stressed.
Maybe the jumbo bulbs are not the best idea for spring planting.
The picture is OT 'American Journey' which was only available as a jumbo size from bloomingbulb.com
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Lily reviews.We had another wind storm and the heavy blooming flowering lilies were a bit top heavy already. I wondered what disaster Id find this morning but things are still standing!...well the ones that stand normally. The leaners still lean! And on this topic I got to say, why trumpets? They all need staking, they are no taller than OT's as of yet, they are easier to kill, and they are no more fragrant. They do not multiply as quickly. I'm not buying a trumpet ever again, although I do pardon Trumpet Ortega because it is so darn lovely and fragrant.
Now lets talk about week stemmed lilies of other types. Leaners that don't snap but arch- citronella, king david, OT shocking? or whatever mine is. I need to figure out a better way to display this arch without having them reclining too far.
Not arching but meandering is henryi. All the OT American series bulbs I bought this spring are practically on the ground. Not sure if this will be fixed with another year of growing or if its a permanent flaw. Lastly, OT godzilla is week stemmed at the top and had to be staked at 5 ft tall.
Lets talk about petal shape. I like symmetry and some reflex. On downward facing blooms I don't like the- flippy -this -way- and- that edges to some petals. It's not organized like Pringles, its a free for all like Lays. Flippy ones are OT Godzilla, as well as 2 from the lily garden: OT leslie woodriff and dunyazade.
More attractive are the symmetry of downward blooming: sheherezade, black beauty, citronella, king david, red velvet, henryi, and eurydice- although you will have to forgive that last one for having very tiny though numerous flowers.
Lastly, the heights of the lilies claimed on-line doesn't seem to be happening in the second season and perhaps never? If this is the permanent height then the downward blooms can't be appreciated on- leslie woodriff (already on my bad list for being flippy) unless you are a midget or troll. Im just guessin you are neither. Here is a pic of what I mean- downward facing blooms on 2 yr old plants that- are in a raised bed- yet all I can see is the back of the flowers as they are too short unless on bended knee.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
on bended knee- downward lily aren\'t so bad-but, I'm on my knees enough...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Lily henryi is Hairy!If lily hair is akin to our own then the species lily henryi, from China, is the ZZ TOP of the lily world. I like the look, on lily not ZZ TOP. I also like the well hung appearance of Orienpet Scheherezade, but thats another entry.
Capturing my furry friends mugs with my canon elph on the macro setting was fun and I need to load them into a photobucket album.
I wonder if the other lily can credit henryi parentage for there scruffy appearance? I will have to ask Darm sometime.
the new macro pics are here-
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Scheherazade is well hungI never thought of myself as an anther kinda gal.
Turns out I am.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
garden tour here was fun and casual- everyone left with a plant or two...enjoyed Jim and his wife's enthusiasm, and I could tell Nancy was giddy to get that DL.
I think they were interested in the lilium when they could see them in person.
Made another batch of pesto. The lettuce is getting bitter so I'll be back to buying it at the store. Sweet corn is not all that good this year.
45 types of lily have bloomed so far so we are about done. Turns out lily regal is a species lily and both my species lily are from China.
Almost all the DL are also in bloom or done.
The blown over look of the garden is not self correcting, so V8 might help?
The japanese beetles are worse this yr than ever. They have even skeletalized a 'tropicanna' and my contorted filbert.
pic is 'American Bandstand' OT
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
altari has the right hair doLook at this pic. Orienpet Altari is on the left and just got out of the beauty shop. Orienpet Silk Road on the right, won all the awards but why?- isn't that a bit unkept looking?
All I can say is I'm mad for accidently trading out an Altari last year thinking it was a bulb of Satisfaction. Now I'm down to my last Altari.
I need a hug.
Monday, July 13, 2009
freeport tour and conca d or in bloomThe garden tours were fun and relaxing. Nice weather and M and I enjoyed an ice cream and rueben burger too. Wish I could add more than one pic- here's one of the water features there with koi. Had a nice sound.
Bought a clematis and jonquills.
Rockcut park beach was ok. KFC grilled was not. The gps in the van took us on thru surface streets the whole way! G finally asked me to shut it off!
From one spot I can see 16 types of yellowish lilies in bloom right now! Conca has started, honeymoon, futura, silk road... so fragrant from almost anywhere outside.
Tadpoles still have no limbs but I did see a tiny toad. Wonder if we'll get them by the 1000s again.
The jap. beetles are eating the sandcherry despite the Sevin applied 7/1. The calla are being consumed. I might shield them with netting for cut flowers. I wont be putting them in visible places anymore.
Tossed happy returns and a stella. The clematis by the bog is sorry. Not sure why, so bought the replacement.
Konjac is visible from far away at 1' now, and a few EE are almost out of the dirt.
A lady from church has offered to hire me for a small landscape project. Another wants to tour this week.
Kitty has fleas and K was exposed to lice so we did the shampoo.
Detassling starts 7/14.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
new potatoes (red) for dinner!Can't believe they are full sized potatoes. I could have dug them weeks ago I think!
The kids thought digging up these pink treasures was a blast.
Put zwartkop in the garden. Looks cool. See the color study in the july album
So many OT's bloomed today even tho it is 61 and raining almost all day.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
annuals going in by the hundredsPlanted a lot of annual phlox 'dutch tapestry' and salmon 'profusion' zinnia from my own collected seeds. Patching them in all over where the perennials have finished and the area is quite boring. Watered them heavily as vole runs are throughout the planting area. Decided to heck with the angelina zone and planted zinnia there as well.
Tadpoles have doubled in size. So fat! No limbs yet. They come to the surface for air so I wonder if the pot is too stagnant to support so many, or if this is normal amphibian behavior. I can't wait to see if they are tree frogs.
Said hello at GW group for the first time in months.
Have 1500 hits at tagged.com on a cancun pic in the last few days. The pic isn't even that good. I wonder why.
'Ortega' will be open this afternoon. How lovely, and for G's b-day too!
T ran kids 5 places yesterday. So glad he has a license!
Hauled a board 'bridge' with the 4-wheeler to cross a mud zone in the horse pen.
Garden tour this weekend. Aslo garden club next week. Not sure if they will have a speaker. If not I'm not going.
'Purple emperor' sedum is certainly superior to 'black jack', but it roots so slowly. Must take a year for good roots. See pic.
I see traces of Powdery mildew on the 'Prairie sunset'. If covered again this year they will be all removed. Enough is enough.
I gave away sedum at work, and basil. A. gave me a 'tiger eye'. How nice!
Think I will reduce the hummer feeders to just one. The big one is not as popular.
Next year- buy more tomato plants from the hippies. The seed grown stuff won't be ready before the lettuce has bolted.The seed grown ones are marble sized at best.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
the top 10% - the A list longest blooming perennials for me so far...
Of the 130 things that have bloomed so far I have only the following 12 that bloom 30 days or longer. Organized by which bloom first. 30 days unless otherwise noted. This represents the top 10% of perennials. 90% do not achieve this.
ruffles columbine in shade
k's pink columbine in sun
armeria- 43 days and still blooming
gypsophila- 45 and still going
salvia cardonna 45 and still going ( more color than may night by this time of year- see album)
transylvanica still going
ca. poppy still going
Have 2 places to go today but it seemed a good time to do miracle and bloom buster to certain plants first- in the rain.
Isn't "Landini with anything just gorgeous? The orange is 'Liberty Hyde Bailey'
Friday, July 3, 2009
tadpoles? how did they get there?daylily like stella and happy returns- might as well just toss.
Asiatic- named bulbs even- same thing. L did ask how to get here but didn't say which plant if any she wanted- so- well I'll see if stella survive the winter in pots above ground so that I will know how little effort to put into moving them when we move.
Tadpoles are in the water garden- so I guess the tree frogs did that!
K is now getting me bouquets of zinnia.
The hummers are still here.
Last few weeks we did the good feet store, chinese and the pool, this week we did Henry Zoo and beach.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
a garden is a great friendIt is blessing me with 73 different types of blooms this month alone!
thank you God for the blessings from above.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
first tomato, jap beetles, bad wind/rain stormFirst tomato, jap beetles, bad wind/rain storm...Only one of those things is a good thing! All the lily incl. non-staked are standing or leaning but none snapped!
I now have a 1:14 ratio, soon 1:15? why yes!
The walmart bag of 4 'centerfold' for $1 ea. turned out to be 3 centerfold and one worthless yellow. The 'Flame' calla I bought at least 3 yrs ago turns out to be yellow with a hint of red on the tip.
Jewel had clematis marked down to $1.50. I bought 4 jack and 1 hagley hybrid.
Took the kids swimming after church and a trip to Yen ching.
Kitty is better althou not normal.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
too many bug bites with caprisSaw my first grasshopper :(
MY first OT is in bloom and the fragrance is heaven, and Euradice isn't dead it made 3 plants and all of it is about to bloom!
I'm on my 3rd page of plants that are blooming this month, incl 18 types of lilium so far. The lilies are ahead of schedule the tropicals are 1-2 weeks behind.
We have had so much rain. I wonder if that's why the calla lily are doing so well and the tamarix if flowering so heavily?
The largest konjac are showing their noses. Can't wait for the show to start!
I'm out of draino so that didn't do it, Neither did moth balls last year. And am now trying bird paste in the vole holes.
There is some yellowing on some OT some I'm putting down epsom there and where the sedum is rotting at the base in places. I'm still suspecting the myrtle spurge of poisoning the soil in one spot where growth of some plants like huskers and heuchera is painfully slow. So a little epsom there as well.
Kitty seemed sick yesterday but is coming out of it. She sniffed a ground squirrel. Walked right up to it! It ran away and then she gave chase but too late! Kitty joined me for a purr and pet on my lap this morning while I read my Bible. So nice and quiet before the kids get up. :)
One of the patients said HER arm exercises caused pain to run down her back into her scrotum! I laughed so hard when I heard that. Sacrum not scrotum.. LOL!!!!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
planting seeds and cuttingsPlanting out some fresh collected columbine, gypsophila repens, pulsatilla, armeria, and dianthus dwarf then it rained and hailed it in for me :)_
Hoed out mesclin, and spinach.
Dug in maynight both in pot and without to see if it makes a difference.
Tossed out the 'brown palace' heuchera by the steps.
You know we may have to move by feb 11 so that means digging out stuff by aug 10 and figuring out where to park it.
showed K where the cutting zinnias are. they will bloom within the week.
The lime and green stuff in basil mix is nasty. The neopolitan? taste fine.
Looks like the amnsonia hubrectii self sowed and is coming up from sown seed as well!
Looks like 'orange aster' 2 lavendars, and 6 stalks of N oat grass came up. None of the damp off russian sage, or ribes odoratum cuttings made it but 3 scented geraniums are still alive.
Konjac is on the move. A few hummers. Marna is coming for a visit on Sat.
Nice britt marie crawford leaves.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
measured my tallest perennials and put that under my list sectionI feel like the berm idea certainly does enclose the inner garden this year!
In fact cars can't even see me standing out there and I'm standing up! One asaitic 'Citronella' is 5' and may grow on before blooming. These delphs measure 4'9"
Wondering why my photobucket stats show a single pic of mine gets 50+ hits in a day and tracks to say myspace when I don't have a myspace page. Is someone taking my pics there? why? I can't seem to track this down further.
Gave Mary a calla lily, lily bouquet in show off her new work shelves. It was a hit.
watergun fight last night was fun! Helped me cool off for weeding.
Spinach has bolted and is done.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
rainy and 63F,CL guy a no-show. But Spencer is gone, and nobody misses him.
4 ' Thalictrum. Should I put it in berms? Besides lily, it is the tallest perennial right now, with 'Summer Nights' then next tallest thing. I'm squooshing the silver mound in the lily garden. Bad planning.
Maybe I didn't lose 3 Black Beauty, maybe I only bought 2. I can only find 2 plant tags. I did lose and have given up on the trumpet 'Summer Palace $3., Trumpet ' African Queen' ( not a great color anyway)$2.25 and Trumpet 'Copper crown' 3.60 'Asiatic 'Karen North' was replaced and died again. Rest in Peace.
I have 2 mystery lily coming up in places I did not plant them. It looks like all the lily babies I got in trade 2-3 yrs ago will finally bloom so I can decide if they are anything special. The only lily to survive in the wooden boxes infested with voles are Henryi and the orange asiatics.
Planted more basil and mesclun- last batch.
Got a $10 rug on the porch and used a $10 yoga pad on the seat of the swing. The 2 $15 boat cushions were a mistake as padding there.
The spurge appears to be gone from the grow garden but still alive by the porch- now all the dirt there will have to be removed as I dug it and sifted it all out once already. About 30 gallons of dirt. I will have to leave it a vacant hole all summer. Will have to plant the things that were going there elsewhere. Thank you Sunnybrook for selling me such a crappy invasive.
The clematis I cut down to 1 foot in early spring has made it to the top of the arch post and top of the porch. There is no point in keeping some vines intact as they are all winter killed and not greening.
Filling in more of the newest berm, var. physostegia, kelwayi, transylv, sundrops, foxglove (seeds), Pulled out the last grass to barely survive there ( graziella)
It's amazing how different things look last year compared to this year. I've moved half it! Well rain's stopped. I'm outta here.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Heated rooting thingy is full......just chalk full of sedum and sage, tree ( ribes) and scented geranium cuttings in straight non-sterile sand. Should probably peroxide it all.
Turns out Spencer is a girl! See pic. Supposed to be sold on Thurs.
Gene saw 2 raccoon in the garden last night. Caught a ferile cat with one white leg but let it go as it seems to take care of itself and not cause problems.
Need to ask Gene to mow the pasture so I can roundup the thistles.
The delphinium that was too shaded last year- has revealed itself to be the glorious blue purple color! One of the other delphs is making mutant growth (proliferation?)
Darm says the yellow topped OT lily is showing signs of micronutient starvation. He advises 3-4 heaping Tablespoons of epsoms and moving it when possible. He likes bone meal but I worry about the coons digging that up.
Haven't staked any trumpets and so far no breakage.
Updated my May sequence album in photobucket. May was a very good month. And no kicker windstorm at the end to destroy things! No horrid late frosts- really a blessing.
Here's the May pics:
Saturday, May 30, 2009
russian sage in new heated propagation chamberLet's see if they have roots in 2 weeks like Dave on the web. Used etoh on the clippers and root hormone and straight sand. Also trying one cutting of sedum 'Matrona' to see if this is quicker than outside prop.
Bye Bye fat raccoon- enjoy the king crab?
Let that be a lesson you garden-digger-upper!
I think all the stella will get pulled after blooming. Contemplating making that all sedum instead. Also moving all the heliopsis out of the inner garden sometime. Too much self seeding.
Watched geese fly over with kitty before 6 am. Lovely day for a SS meeting at church. Better get out there while I can.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thx Brian!Very generous of you and you got some great plants!
Hummers were back yesterday. Not sure why then go away for days at a time. Maybe they migrate on and others come along.
Moved some calendula and CA poppies.
Looked at vans.
Hackamore bit worked with Shiloh. Who would have guessed THAT would do the trick?
Thursday, May 28, 2009
cl guy coming outHe thought $40 of plants would suite his needs.
I think the following would allow for April til OCt blooms:
Johnny jump up- april
pumila iris -may
'Kelwayi', coreopsis 'early sunrise'/ salvia trans./Heliopsis 'Lorraine sunshine'- all june
Ligularia/ rudbeckia- july
Hosta 'claus'/ heliopsis summer Nights/ mum/ obedient plant -all Aug
allium senescens- sept
He could get all 14 for $42 leaving another $9 for 3 other hosta.
17 plants for $51- well we'll see.
Thinning some things to get the clump look.
Clematis 'muliflower blue' has 3 blooms. The yellow columbine is in bloom and 3 types of siberian iris have unfurled their glory.
Mysintis cyperus is not responding to herbicide and I dug and tossed another wagon load if invested soil. I do not think I will win this battle. I'm not sure what to do. It is also coming up in the other garden. See the pic of this invasive plant.
The CA poppies are in need of transplant. The muddy weather would make this a good day for it.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Thank you Jesus for the rainWe so needed it. I was out there with the hose for an hour but then a big storm rolled in and poured! K rode her bike in it and got soaked but happy!
Saw 2 toads and finally found the green tree frog.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
gypsophila repens looks stunningDid you know less than 2% of us are paid members? ( I'm not)
Did you know that if my calc. are correct this site generate $158000 in member dues from the 7800 who do pay?
Wow! That's a lot of flats of annuals!!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
po delivered priority in 5 days and gardenweb member got a bunch of free plantsThis years winner of a buttload of free passalongs was a Cathi from Aurora.
Freda got her box after 5 days. Good thing it was mostly sedum and semps.
Put more sedum acre and put 'Mission Bells' CA poppy transplants in the lily garden. Hoed out erygium.
Couldn't even give erygium away as a budding 1 yr old pass along- that's just how ugly it is. I'll be digging and tossing that whole patch. It doesn't look the round up is going to kill it.
Friday, May 22, 2009
PO lost trade box??It hasn't arrived in 4 days. Called PO. Did they charge more for the extra service of losing it? I swear I am so done trading thru the mail. What a hassle. I offered to repay her postage if it doesn't turn up. MY first daves mail trade might be my last- ironic since I spent hours making the trade page.
Got 3 knat bites yesterday.
I decided to get rid of the lily of the valley on the N-side of the house. They don't hold up in a vase very long and they don't smell enough to notice unless an inch from my nose.
Garden club gave away cuttings of frosty morn, matrona, and black jack! Things I spent good money in trade for in the last years. Good things come to those who wait! I think the local plant sales from MG's can easily replace any trade needs....desperate as they are at times :)
I gave away the divisions of 'September sun' hosta that I was asked to do by the ptown guy that gave it to our group last summer.
Monica came over for a few more freebies.
Someone is coming from Aurora for free plants this weeknd. Hope I'm worth the drive.
The may garden is lovely. Camassia,allium, columbine, and armeria blooms replace daffs, snowdrops, and grape hyacinths. Bigger and better!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
$8 perennials..seems to be the norm at the cheapest places. 3-4 inch pots $4-5
Sold a lig to Debbie for $3 as the store wanted $12+
The voles/moles have really done in the Purple orange garden. Penstemon husker's red is almost dead there. Only globemaster is left to bloom. Allium 'round and purple' died as did all the schubertii. I'm trying draino to rid these rodents. The black hole trap still hasn't caught anything.
I moved the toad lily then something dug it out in the night and left it atop the ground.
It is a nice 78 degree windy day, with sunshine.
I repotted the water plants and crinum.
I'm trying roundup on the goldstrum and eryngium.
Darm says columbine does not play well with lilies. They are in bloom now but I think they are too much hassle in the inner garden- and will not be replaced there when their short lives are over.
Monday, May 18, 2009
mail trades are doneI promise myself not to spend hours packing anymore trade boxes this summer. I swear it was hours jamming 22 plants in a box. I repacked it twice! The plants are just too big this time of year. Early May is the latest I should send. I will also have to set a limit on the number of plants I will send. I think 12 is a reasonable amount. The PO charged me $14.65 to send a large flat rate. Postage is outrageous. Think I'll quit trading altogether now.
Gave plants to my MIL and more to Monica yesterday. All were extras in search of a loving home.
Sold a large EE to Jude for $6 but thru in a hosta.
Still digging out purple lysimachia and myrsynitis spurge. Aaargh!
Had a baltimore oriole visit the hummer feeder. Never seen one before.
The ribes is done blooming so I cut it back and am trying to root those cuttings. The dianthus should make the porch smell nice later this week.
Haven't got the water garden together yet.
One tomato is bouncyball size.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
just got freda\'s stuff planted.put wind guards on most. Storming last night and 39 later in forecast.
69 and windy today and I'm off!
Well I'm done- the local plant sales and all lined up trades are done.
Look like Pan Am seeds guy is done emailing.
Nothing from CG lately.
Now things just need to grow. I'm putting some houseplants out now and some in June.
Will pack Freda's on Sunday.
The oxalis bulbs are in leaf now from bloomingbulb.com
I think I'm looking at some loses in the lily garden. Looks like 2 out of 5 black beauty are up. Did Karen North die again?
Some things however are mulitplying like crazy esp. those that are less special, like the one that is not orange electric, the cancun, the okla city...
I can tell henryi from the asiatic and the asiatic has vertical stripes!
the ribes still smells nice.
If the roundup with 3 mo residual works should be good on the berms until 8/10.
I would put preen out there but the castors aren't up yet.
That trimec is death on the purple lysimachia sprouts with repeated application.
I guess I can wait and plant these tulips out in the fall.
Nothing in the water garden is sprouting.
It is light jacket weather again.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
shook a gray tree frog out of the vine yesterdayWe were both startled.
Accents getting redone-pics
Got all bulbs in.
Monday, May 11, 2009
The hummers are here early!One looked for the feeder than buzzed me in the face. "Put it up, woman!"
A trade box from freda is going in the mail today.
Still losing soil ( a wheelbarrow full at least) to that darn mysinitis cyperus spurge ( from hell itself)
Not even round up or trymec can kill it.
Rearranged garden accents.
It's too late to stain the arbor .Stain is spotting the plants/pavers below- will have to wait until after frost now.
Sandcherry is blooming (pic) but the redbud has aborted its blooms and is leafing instead:(
I'm sick of fighting with Shiloh for the shanks. I'm switching to a D-ring bit TODAY.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
plant sale fultonannabelle hydrangea 3 roots for $2
chartruese color spirea $3
2 russian sage
foam flower -tiarella
10 eyed hosta 'sunpower' -$7
R and T ea gave me funds for a plant for mom's day.
so my total is $14!
Did I mention Marna traded me a rose coreopsis?
Bought a diff. kind of round up with 3 mo. residual. also some butterfly nets.
Sevin killed 80-100 worms on one columbine alone. Gross.
no hakone areola anywhere I looked today.
Joe stopped by so of course he had to take a little tour.
I Cut mirror for the bottom of the cement leaves. Looks cool.
I am finally winning over the darn purple loostrife. The spurge is making new sprouts however. Grrr!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
think I heard frogs/ found a toadSounds of spring?
Horses are shedding out their winter coats.
Moving invasives out as they pop up.
First in person trade with Dave's member set for lunch tomorrow:)
Sweat shirt weather swings in and out with cold windy wet weather.
Bringing accents out of the shed.
Planting cold season seeds. Putting wire screen over for weather protection.
Not sure if tiger eye suckers are alive?
Trying to bury small asiatic bulbs that are laying on the surface.
Maple seedlings starting to sprout in the gardens again:(, but I think my larkspur headache days are over:)
Enclosed the backside of the planting garden.
Trying to get some stuff on trade list.
Potting up perennials for portable-potted-perennial-program.So far 1- columbine 2 may night (june)3 silver mound (july)end with 7-asters (sept- oct).
Will add poppy (may) delphs (june) stella de oro ( june), siberians (june) asclepia ( july) rocket(july). could also do annuals.
If this flops I'll have less extra perennials!
Took extra aster to work as give aways
Sunday, April 5, 2009
oh and one more thing- maybe twoMy dave's paid membership has ended.
I'll be starting my echeveria leaves to root today and started about 20 african violet leaves friday.
Thinking about restarting the zz plant new leaves in the same pot. Wondering if stripping them off will be noticable in future?
Trying to start cuttings of russian sage, curly willow in back of orange purple bed.
grown Asiatics are inches under and not really sprouted even down there so far. the baby orange ones are sprouting by the hundreds however!
No asparagus sprouts so Gene still has time to burn the ditch.
He moved one boulder which is still askew and hasn't time to fix it. Sigh....
PLanted onion sets for red onions yesterday both shallow for onions and deep for green onions.
Can't wait for basil so sprouted some inside!
Looks like I won't have to grow martagons much longer. they got moldy in the moist baggy and peroxide appears to be killing their sprouts.
That really does it for me. No more hybrizing lily. No more crosses. What a huge waste of time and haven't learned much other than how to fail. The 3 OT crosses that are forming a second leaf are hardly big enough to plant out in june. The largest bulb is the size of a red hot. And the leaves are not a healthy green. Not planning on pampering these all summer. They better be tougher in June and after than they are acting now.
Marking bulbs with blue tiles as they pop up. Deciding hoops work for disappearing plants and tage for those that stay obvious.
Foldgers lid tags are breaking down after 3-5 yrs. No more hanger wire out there as it's too flimsy and invisible. Pencil is outlasting the sharpie for overwinter miniblind tags but most are uprooted and blowing by spring. Need to do something better there....
Saturday, January 31, 2009
potted many baggied started seedlingstrying again- this time with 15% bleach drench as kick off.
Darn damp off has finished off almost all the previously potted ones!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
first true leaf- OT x OT cross liliumseems not to be growing much.
in S window with light for night time heat
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
lily seed newsAct II x Conca d Or - Act II pollen on CdO pod
Potted all mentioned here 12/15
first true leaf has appeared even tho the seedling is only 1 inch tall and was being kept in the dark ( top of fridge, bagged pot) for the last 2 weeks. We thought it was hypogeal! Darm now says it is is epigeal so it has been returned to the light 1/06
I have 2 seedlings they other has no leaf yet.
Otega x Quintessensce- O pollen , Q is pod parent
1 1/2 inch under lights no leaf 1/06
AQ x Henryi?- Henryi pod parent
2 inches, hooked at top like a shephards staff.
1 left- fell over this week. Darm suspects damp off. Neem sprayed on1/06
Will set up light in S. window for more growth but not so cold it kills them like last time. This pic is a month old
other seedlings no green left- probably expired. Bagged on fridge. One with damp off. sprayed with neem.
One unpotted germ seed left bagged in dark.
No hypogeal germ. yet.- unless the ?expired ones are.