BB - Dave is no longer an Admin here and has no admin rights for the functions of this site. He has gone on to other things, sorry, but your request has fallen on deaf ears, or at least just fallen on mine.
Nice spring photos to cheer me in all this snow, thanks, Dianne you are on your way to arrangements galore!
Afraid we got a long way to go here BB. It will be April before all of this melts and the almanac is calling for even more between now and then. This is the first day I have been to work since 2/4/10 - Everything has been closed including the roads.
Well, we know of someone else out that way too. Said he would have to hike home three miles if he could even get to the nearest town he lived in to be even that close to home. The country roads are a mess. HOpe your power stays on and you got all the provisions you need to make it to when you thaw!
OMG if we had any more provisions, I'd weigh a ton. I spent last week making cherry pies, roast turkey, homemade bread, chili, spaghetti, sweet rolls, man oh man!
Our SIL had to hike 5 miles in the snow last weekend, they live on the eastern shore and almost never get snow and they got a couple feet, They don't have but about 2 plows in their county and nobody has 4-wheel drive, he got stuck at 3 in the afternoon and didn't get home walking until 8:30 that evening and he did walk in a blizzard and snow drifts waist deep and all he had on was his uniform, no boots, no gloves no hat and just a lightweight jacket. What a great story he can tell his children about the time he hike home from work in all that snow!
Well,got up this am expecting to see that nasty white stuff on the ground but it either missed us or hasn't arrived yet. Their even yammering about possibilities of winter pricip for next Mon. and Tues. Somebody go find that stinking groundhog boot him into next year.
They're strictly a winter annual down here. They're a short (12") chinese delphinium that are more heat tolerant, so they usually bloom until early July for me. You can plant seeds beginning in October for late winter/early spring blooms. They're mixed in with some "Imperial Giant" Larkspur flowers that were started from seed in November.
Larkspur seeds are "smart" here. Most flower seeds will germinate right after you plant them, regardless as to whether its the right time to sew them. I planted my larkspur seeds last year in late September and it was apparently still too early/hot. I left them alone and then they surprised me and germinated in November when it was cooler. I've made many mistakes at sewing seeds at the wrong time of the year down here. This was the first time I observed a seed that just simply waited until the weather was just right. I planted some more of the same larkspur seeds in November and they immediately germinated. Anyway, it seemed kind of interesting to me.
I'm hoping to get the delphiniums:d.nudicaule"Fox",d.cardinalis,d.zalil and "Kissed by Chocolate" to survive long enough to bloom and produce more seeds and this year I'll start them in the fall instead of winter.
Like your choices Patty. Had to look them all up and you picked some nice unique colored ones in yellow, orange and chocolate brown/white. Would love to grow the tall Delphinium but it isn't gonna happen in my climate.
I can see you giving them a try in Zone 8. Living in Zone 10, I'll try things listed up to Zone 9, but rarely things listed as Zone 8 being the maximum. The only exceptions would be something that grows and blooms fairly quickly from seed. That might be something I could work with during the 6 cooler months.
Ok, I got the mess in the kitchen under control...finished pruning, cleaning and watering the plant stands and finished poking cuttings.. What a job! Now all I need is a carpet shampooer for where I spilt dirt on the rug... gads one mess leads to another!
My gardening is still indoors... except I did kick out thos red spider lilies.. hope they dont get froze and not grow later.
I tried to suck the dirt out of the carpet...dint work.. I left a horrible trail between rooms.. what a mess! Well, I got the carpetpooer on order. LOL!
Im not heppy with the baby sunroses on the bottom of that stand.. they got weedy looking. I took cuttings so maybe after those rangy monstors get chucked outside, they will revive. They are kinda brown looking.
You would be amazed how many plants are actaully on that thing! LOL! Theres spider plants, mums, coleus, a petunia, the baby sunroses, a hoya, impatiens, 2 flat of cuttings,
a basket of polkadots, sweet potato vines, a basket of vinca, and a basket of chocolate mint...and I think two purple passions...and three cans of I dont remember what the heck are in those! Some bulbs.. I think patty sent them.. Oh yeah, thats right, they are , they are mystery bulbs.. I better remeber to mark them pots they are bulbs!
The snaps I sowed today when into the laundry room...I got ride of all but two of my green pepper plants...they kind of bit the dust, but two have some branching yet so maybe they will come on. Oh, I also potted up my three cannas.. those are with the snaps inthe black pots.
They still look good considering they've been inside all winter. I'll bet you're glad you got all that done. I think you got more plants on them stands than I do outside in pots by the pool.
My excitement, for the evening, was nicking a bunch of wild perennial lupine seeds (lupinus perennis) that came in the mail today. I heard they'll grow as far South as Northern Florida, so I'll give them a try and plant them in some empty space outside and try to ignore them.
I am sooo tempted to take my sweet peas and freeze them in an ice cube to scarcify them...Im no good at sharp hand implements. I need my fingers! LOL! Besides that , they will not let me play with knives or scissors.. unless of course that hound supervises. She can always run for help if I cut a finger off. Last time I did that though, she almost ate it.
I am soooo amazed I got all those cuttings off that one pot of impatiens! Too funny! Jsut wished they were pank!
Some of my coleus were huge leaves and they took up a lot of flat space on top of the smaller ones.. I hope they all make it. I am soo ahead with impatiens and coleus now! *G*!
LOL. Yeah I don't think the scissors would work too good at nicking seeds. It would look like bee bees flying all over the house when them scissors miss cutting through the seed coat. I just jam them next to the finger slightly under the fanger nail and chop chop.
the light shelves hub's built. There's one at the top but the bulbs burnt out,can't get the replacements(big ole long ones w/ one post) in this poodunk lil fy speck town so I'll have to pick up some on my next run to the BIG city. Can't get bales of peat here either so I see a trip in the near future.
Its hit or miss here. You gotta get taters in cold ground to start. 3/17 is tater planting day.. the ground here is still froze today.. so dont know if we willbe able to til or if Iwillbe poking themin to a weed patch.
If I get it done right I will get close to a thousand pounders of fries!
Yep, the Strawflower plants are out and about down here. Only two colors I've seen are yellow and white. Just planted some statice seeds about 10 days ago. It may be bordering on too late in the season, for here, but gonna try anyway. Just planted a few seeds.
Also got some easter egg radish... The hub reminded me, he said yano, he sez, the radishthat were he best was whe we cross bred the easter eggs with the white globe and then the white ones that came in the second generation were the sweetest best ever.
So I need to mixe the two packs and let them reseed some for next year.
We love them with Ranch dressing, they make a salad of them selves!
My poinsettia committed suicide back in January. I grow radishes in the vegetable garden every winter. Can usually plant and harvest them 3 or 4 times each winter since they mature so quickly. I made a salad with some buttercrunch and red leaf lettuce from the garden tonight. Tomorrow will probably have some swiss chard. Need to pick some because the leaves are getting very large.
Looks good. To be honest I haven't even heard of most of those things, or seen seed packs...I think. Obviously we must have a more limited selection of seed packs down here. They're probably gonna go on sale soon...I would think. Doesn't appear the retailers sold as many as they usually do as the displays are still very full and the growing season, for most of the stuff, is over for now.
They should come back as long as they're kept in a warm environment or dug up and replanted in cold climates. They're tropical but they thrive on part sun or filtered sun here. I've heard of Garnet Glow. Just planted a bunch of calla bulbs in containers in the past week (the ones I bought at Lowes). Also ordered a few more including a red and a black one.
Here's my monster sized Calla Lily plant. Have no idea the name of the variety.
We got all out grasses cut back but that is the extent of the gardening so far. Matter of fact there is one tall grass still buried in snowy ice and won't get cut for a few weeks yet.
I'd love to see a 6'calla!
No, they're not Peace Lilies. Peace Lilies are very common down here and readily available at any nursery or garden center. Peace Lilies also have blooms that are not fully enclosed and the foliage is thinner in nature. I was beginning to think my large calla could be a "White Giant", but I don't think so. It's not tall enough and the foliage is not speckled.
Nah. I meant just dump the soil and then fill them up when you've got stuff to put in them. LOL I didn't mean to just give them a hurl. That would be a funny sight. News alert. Flying baskets sighted in Blossoms yard.