Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Well fall is hereFall is here. Now it is time to get to work and put all the plants in for the winter. I thought I would make the roundup so I could trade and give things away but, I won't be making this time. I am going to have to do something with all these Iris bulbs. I have had some casualtys this summer but for the most part, most of my plants have survived. I will have to root some of them after I cut them.
My Candle Tree, you know, the slow grower, is about 4 feet tall now. I am gonna have to put it in a large pot. Oh, it has a baby!
My next projects are to get a functioning compost heap going, and, to get my raised beds ready to plant for next spring. I am also going to start on my herb garden. It is getting so hard to find basil. My biggest problem is finding room for the plants indoors.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Up date for my gardens.Since I last posted,.I lost the purple sheild. It was beautiful and doing just fine one day, then. the next morning it was dead. My Heuchs are doing not so good with soaring temps. One has died and the other one almost died,but it has new growth coming up now. I found that the purple sheild and the heuchs are not heat tolerant.
It is a touchy situation with these hot temps with the tropicals, even under the tree. I am tempted to bring some of them in.
Meanwhile, the grass hoppers have just about stripped my roses and irises.
On the better side of things, my begonias are thriving, I have managed to keep the pink splash alive. The caladiums are still hanging in there. My candle tree, which is supposed to grow slow is growing like gang busters and it has a baby tree as well.
I need to go and fluff the soil and let it airate. However, it might rain today. I sure hope so. I will take rain any day.
My geraniums are in full bloom, they are lovely, as well as my crown of thorns. My peppers get buds, but the grasshoppers eat them before they can turn into peppers.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The transitionSadly, over the last ten years, I have just about given up on the prospect of growing anything short of weeds and wild flowers in my area. Although I enjoy the wild flowers, I still like to grow other plants as well, and sometimes mix them up. As far as the soil, it is incredibly hard and sad to say, I feel it for three days at least when I try to dig, hoe, or till. That is not even to say anthing about the time and exspense of amending the soil to where anything could survive. Then, we have the exposure to the elements. It is pretty brutal out here in the summer, there are not many trees or wind blocks, and there is not a lot of shade either.
The inside of my house is not much better, the light is dim, and there is not much space where the windows are, which, I am currently working on that.
Well, finaly my elm in my back yard has gotten large enough to create quite a patch of shade- to filtered sun, perfect! Now, if I can just control the pests and my cats, this might possibly workout until I can build my long-time awaited greenhouse, or facsimily there of. So far, I have started out with some Caladiums, Begonias, Coleus, Dianthus, Geranuims, Ferns, Pink Splash, Oyster plant, Plumbago leadwort, Hosta, Torenea, and Coral Bells. Oh, and Crown of thorns, and Habanaro pepper plants. (these are in the sun).
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