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I often say I'm a pot gardener 'cause I live in the land of pure caliche and rocks, so it's containers or raised gardens. I do both. Here's a few of my current ones starting with group of C&S I just got.
I pinched of budding blooms last week, and I think I'l take cuttings. I looked bac through my own plant files and found that every year I'm drawn to that dramatic color combo of lime and raspberry. Here in the middle of all the dull green cedar (junipers), I look for strong color or white, to pop. Sylvia
Yikes I somehow erased what I was writing, if it comes through double, sorry.
Blossom, I love the one in the foreground in the deepest burgandy with the showy thin lime edge. Are all those cuttings, and in soil directly? I've alway grown coleus because they rmind me of my mom, but I'm so not knowledgeable. I'm a bit of a by darn and by golly grower.
I had a tremendous pot last year of one I got in a gallon can in Houston and I kept pinching it and it bushed out beautifully at the front door. I wasn't successful at keeping cuttings of it going. I'll see if I can find a pix. Even after it bolted while we were gone one weekend it stay lovely for another month or so.
Cuttings of coleus are easy.. you snip, dip and put in soil... I take my cuttings and dip them in rootign hormone.. thenpoke the cuttings in cell flats and put them in my GPS.. (um, thats my lil glorified potting shed of a greenhouse.. if you click on to my handle you will see a series of GPS threads then go to one and you will she my lil greenhouse!)
Anyway, eazy peezy! just dont forget to water them and I do them all year round. Did a huge pile of them in my livingroom in the winter under lights!
That Kong of mine y'all helped ID, has holes in lower leaves, but no bugs I've seen on early am checks. That coleus is too funny, I planted four and three took over in descending size from the direction of the am sun they get. There's papa bear, stunted poor baby, mama bear and big brother.
my honey dug the holes... and filled it with rocks & dirt... really packed it down with another smaller post... I was standing next to him and he packed them so hard I could feel the ground shake standing next to him... think they are down 3 feet... they aren't going anywhere
I did a photo bucket thing once. It went inactive for a short time and the next thing I know, ALL MY PICS disapeared.
The best thing for storage is a memery stick. Get some software where you can make albumns, enhance your pics, title them etc and put them on a stick.
I use PhotoImpression4 wher I can do a lot of neat stuff to the pics. It has capture so I can take and make a contact sheet like this... I make contact sheets for mapping my gardens.
Example: My garden at the back porch.. it has all of these flowers in it.
Im going to take these later and make a collage how the garden is laid out so I have better mapping.
My gardens are big and it has taken me literally years to take photos of all my "babies"
I have them mapped on paper.. but the papermaps get ratty and so as I get them done on the puter, I will be also able to print the maps and correct them as I add or delet plants! Been a huge undertaking!
well thanks 1 ...
I can be encouraged... here's more of the roof aspect of it there... the sod is from this firm that makes it for Yankee Stadium.. so I thought the marble bases were an obvious choice...for stepping stones..
Gordon, I also saw your pics on "too many plants". You have a wonderful outdoor room there and the plants are so beautifully layered and arranged. All that's needed is a plate of nibblies and a glass of wine and closed eyes to take in the scents. :)
what's to get... it's a garden... it grows food sometimes.. mostly it's flowers and atmosphere... sure... come on by... there' complementary beverages..here's another photo
That's 180 * panarama across the front at night..from the left... the harbor.. lower manhattan center and downtown Brooklyn right side
yes.. it needs water..after I water.. it's about 100 gallons of ferts disolved in water to feed them..
I read an interesting bit on trees transpiring water.. that you could lean a ladder aganst a big maple tree.. and you could carry buckets of water up the ladder.. and throw the water into the air at the top.. and the tree would give off more water in the day day than you could carry up in buckets and dump..
the small co-op here actually uses more water in the winter than the summer.. I don't know who abuses the water in the winter for them...
My coleus container.. w/ basil..a tomato is just off to the right .. I always think of triming them both back.. but this year I did it early.. to keep them somewhat in bounds.. 3 or 4 of the planters house basil.. I'd like to make 52 packets of pesto for the freezer.. from my basil.. garlic... olive oil.. and grated Parmisan cheese.. and have one a week till next year...
Helpful Note :... I used to put the pesto in a baggie and roll it up... ..but in useing it i'd have to heat it up to melt it... which changes the make up of the grated Parmisan cheese in it... then I got the ,for me.. ground breaking idea.. the next year I put the pesto in a baggie as before... but press it flat and stacked this way in the freezer... filling up the baggie.. when I open it to use.. it's about like a 5" x 5" thin sheet of frozen pesto.. I just drape it over the pasta... and it instantly melts ready to eat...
Most of my planters are now 2" or on this one 1 1/2" builders foam from HD or Lowes.. cut and screwed / glued together .. and covered with an acrylic stucco..
OH Blossom.. I have a bit of superthrive in a foliar spray. the brug folks talk about.. with molasses and beer... ST >> Seaweed and epsom salts..Tea tree oil, MG and some other things... I try and use once a day early or late...
There you will have to scroll to about midway through it..., but look for the photos of pots I am holding up on a blue background. All the photos with those containers that I am talking about were the plants that I put in that basket and a couple others and that cost me 25c each at my local hardware this spring! Names included...!
The basket as of yesterday was doing awesome and I dare say I did get my moneys worth and then some. I am hoping I might be able to propagate most of them as the baskets get a bit more fuller and dare I start snipping at them! Or hopefully overwinter the basket in the house. Well its a thought anyway. I will have to take a new pic of it for you.
Hopefully my events of this week will not kill it as I might not be able to water it and the heat is on.
Gordon your flat pesto idea is genius! I'm all about easy, and when we cook, it's often pasta or fish. I used to put pesto in old timey plastic ice cube trays and I'd dump them out as needed, but your way would thaw so much better, thanks.
This yummy little plant was given my by a friend out of their garden, The frog and I ponder what it is.
bbubbles, hope you got to relax and didn't work too much at the lake.
The salvia you gave me perked right up in the ground, glad I didn't pinch it down.
The brug threw two huge blooms and is massing up leaves so I'll see what's next...that's the fun of it all.
I picked up some cute little pots to drill at Goodwill, see my Drilling Pots for Dummies thread.
All the coleus I bought with you are doing well, as are the begonias.
Good to hear! I took some salvias to the lake to plant...probably deer food by now. We had a great time, came home sunburned, tho. This rain has been great! I think it was the first time I've not squirmed by the second day to go home so I could water pots!
The rain has made Rock Rose and asst. salvias creep back up in the crushed glass in front of my courtyard wall. Going to have to dig 'em out. My big pots are starting to lean...
Well... Jane Marie.. That sounds like fun... it's great sleeping weather up there in the evenings.. you just wake up so early up there.. with the sun and birds..
WELL .. I do make all of the containers.. out of treated wood... cedar or redwood...and more recently out of 1 1/2 " or 2 " foam.. with an acrylic stucco finish... great for weight and insulation.. I do buy the smaller ones.. the plastic I have ..some are ancient.. so a $40 pot in 10 years cost $4 a year... and it's still working just fine... and sometimes has a moss patina.. increasing it's value.. [ to me anyway ] clay pots will also last forever if they are taken care of... and the nurseries always give you a pot with everything you buy.. so these I reuse.. store .. or throw away.. folks here throw out dead plants in their pots... so there's some from there... and reusing other objects
and items... for potting gives me some more...
the pots are the start though.. soil..
plants... fertilizers and something to kill the pests... additives and blooming potions... and the increased time and effort you'll have to spend to care for this pot.. is always greater than the price of a pot.. the pots are cheap although it surely does add up enmass.. I am somewhat reeled in myself.. by the lack of space and weight of bigger pots.. as every addict knows... it's scarcely the price of the item.. but the expected joy that has us buying more.. and you don't sound like a pot a holic...
oh I love pots,,, it's the hubby "look" i dont love!!!! I'm always on the look out for something different! I saw a pig pot in NC...and I didn't buy it and I have been kicking myself ever since!!! makes me mad i tell ya..LOL
okay who's up for the sleep over ..roof top...fondue right???
JMR...Oh neat.. was that really a pig pot .. or a Big pot
a Heart planter is nice... I don't have one of them.. but I have a heart wall on the way up to the roof... watch your step with the fondue... what can i get all ya'll to drink...
I don't have a pig but a friend gave me this little cow.
I'm apt to plant anything with a depression in it. I'm now drilling small pots from Goodwill. I've become a wild woman with my new drill and bits and hole cutters. See my thread Drilling Pots for Dummies", acknowledging that I'm the dummie. I got lots of help.
Well...Sylvia.. I was born a delta boy.. but moved with the family early... I've been back south since... I built mother a house in AL mybe 30 years ago.. while I was down there as a single parent and then spent some time in the gulf building.. all the family were from MS.. ancestors as family history has it... were in Jackson.. when it was a few shacks on the Pearl river.. but moved back east some where the indians and panthers wern't so bad.. then it opened up some.. my grandfather was the first to plow his delta land when they got the levy working.. I was born there.. but I'm a temporary Texan.. right Sandi... I love the way your Crocks are Hanging..
I like NYC in lots of ways.. but untill recently noone grew anything.. now it's kind of a tull tilt
obsession.. like only money can provide for... I was making plant art here 40+ years ago
... and would have starved many times over... awaiting the curve to catch up.. someone had to awaken it I guess
my accent comes from the family and the TV...
well every post needs a picture.. what haven't I shown here...OK... the cloud over Manhattan is a 20 minute gully washer we just had..moving on the only rain in memory.. the 10' cannas are loving it...
My late husband was from Oxford, Miss. a bunch of French Heugenots. many doctors , engineers, and mathematicians. When the med school moved from there to Jackson, they renamed the one at Ole' Miss, Guyton Hall and it's now the ROTC bldg.
I met him in Tx.
I was born in the really deep south, Lima, Peru...but we came to TX when I was 3 and I only went back in 91 and 96 with my present husband. The flowers there are phenominal, the city a little like San Francisco, no rain, just water from the mountains.
Well Gordon, I had to think about the "temporary Texan' for a few minutes! Forgot about the bumper sticker. Sounds like there's a mess of Missisppians here. I grew up in Biloxi. Both sides of our family were in politics. My dad's uncle was chief of police when I was growing up. (His cousin was Sheriff of Harrison County) My mother's uncle was city commissioner. The overpass connecting Hwy 90 to I10 is named for him. I have a cousin who's a State Representative...and another cousin who was a former one.
Our 45th high school reunion is in October. Don't know if we'll make it or not. Too much going on here.
bigbubbles, love that dramatic shot! it's very interesting the far and near corners of the earth that make up DG, and all the asides as well as the really helpful information. i have learned a lot in a short time due to kind contributors. containers are my big thing because here digging a hole requires an act of congress, and amending would take the rest of my lifetime!
Sylvia...the large red pot has a smaller pot in it. I can remove the inner pot and change it out with the seasons. I'm still battling spider mites on nearly all my brugs. They look scraggly, but still blooming... Stay cool////
Loving some of my containers - or at least it's loving the summer here! had too much junk around it so had to remove the mat, potting soil etc. to get a clearer pict of it - got the El Brighto coleus as a little thing from Rosy Dawn - have to say I really like it! It loves the sun
sylvia.. I love the hedge at your cousins... my... it's condition looks perfect.. and it's about 4' high.. and looks to be only 4' thick... i could never get it to grow like that here.. not enough moisture...and likely too much heat... beautiful... http://rosemania.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/product576.html
I'm hoping it does the trick.. avid.. and my cocktail of sevenn e.. malathion.. bug b gone.. and some other poisions need some help..
my old night blooming cereus.. is getting into form.. I had 4 blooms open last night.. and two to open tonight...
well.. thanks.. here's another picture of it .. for the folks unfamilar with the flower... you couldn't see it clearly with the flash... here it is just before wilting in the mornings light ..
the night blooming cereus was an american standard house plant ... through out Appalachia and down into the south.. It's easy to root and transport cuttings by waggon as migration moved south and west... there would be parties celebrating.. awaiting the night opening.. as the flowers were seeming to open.. I got my first one as a family legacy from my Aunt Velma.. and we grew them up together ... but both of us lost ours with in a year of each other ... this one is the one Logees has ..which I got as a replacment... but when she saw it bloom.. she said it was different from ours... so I set about to get out old family NBC... I got one from the hills outside Nashville... from peekaboo.. surely the one... and one from the gulf coast..from Kathy... suposedly from a New Orleans plant... that grew to be 6' across.. and one from the west coast... these have yet to bloom out for me.. and unfortunately Velma died before she could tell me if these are like our lost family heirloom
Great memories, Gordon. I love a plant with a "history." Lots of mine, I can point to and know exactly who if came from and when. My NBC blooms in Sept. Not sure if it's like the 'old South' one, but here it is. I also have a day blooming one that has red flowers. It bloomed in May. 'Smaller flower, tho.
(Oh, and it's in a container, so to keep with the thread)!
heny, loooove the wagon, I'm here in Va. with my DIL, who said the homeowners assoc here would freak...that's why I love my very private 5 acres, a stones throw from sub-divisions, I can plant in anything, and have..
big bubbles, I've double potted as well, because the soil area was out of proportion with the plant.
I love the way Tom-Tom clusters pyramids of little pots that looks like one big arrangement.
The Mahogony Giant is killer, I'll be looking for some.
I just got back from a 2 week vacation and we had rains here. A big colorful pot I had in the middle of the deck in my raised surround had a Copper Plant that was about 14" when I left and is now about 3' tall and will need moving as it's obscuring the view of other things blooming out back...I'll take a pic tomorrow, the pot is Talavera and there's Sweet potato vine (lime) and a Penta that's overshadowed by the other two. Sometime things don't stay in balance, but that's the fun of it.
Speaking of cosmos...several mags have featured the Chocolate Cosmos...I am soooo putting in a Chocolate Garden next year. I already have several plants mapped out for next year's garden...and convinced Dear Man that he would LOVE to help me put it in. :)
Ky, I collect turquoise, what a lucky birthstone! I have a jewelry business with the work of over 24 artisans as well as my own. I've always loved rocks and gemstones and yesterday a went to a cactus nursery that I hadn't been to in a lon g time and he had ^'x^' mounds of colored glass by the pound. Now I've seen glass up to golf ball size before, but these were softbal size and up. I'm looking all around deciding if I need some. I'll bet one woould be a pound, @ $3,00 a pound I'll have to be thoughtful, I could get carried away here. He had clear turquoise, the color of blue topaz. Wow.
Just FYI, Pantone is an internation group that votes among panels of color palletes, which then help dictate the colors used in everything for a period of time...housewares, dishes, fabrics, paint, so you can co-ordinate.
ge, that's right. And the colors do morph fluidly from year to year so things blend for quite a time before they clash. I'd say about 6+ years.
Ky, in the old south, some urns were cast iron and VERY stationary. At my late husbands' grandfathers' home in Oxford, Mississippi, there was a pair, with fern of course, that everyone stubbed their toes on. They called them the DURN URNS!
GordonHawk your roof garden looks wonderful. So inviting and beautiful. Wish I was there right now. I could use a break from my real life just now. Maybe I can put your picture up for wallpaper.
sylguy please please tell me the name of that coleus plant with the huge leaves. I know it is not hardy here near Chicago but I adore big leaves and would like to do something like that anyway. I have one coleus that I accidentaly wintered over - it was just tossed behind the garage when I was "cleaning up" ready for winter. When I took out my pots to pot up for the summer by golly that thing was already growing! I was amazed.
Isnt it great to have nature do the work?
I am considering taking cuttings for 8 coleus to over winter.I have limited the parents to 8 and cuttings from those to not exceede the size of my other large tray.I can keep all in my bedroom. First I will raise thye parents outside for several weeks until the weather is too cold at night.Then they come inside.
Very very nice! I need to chop mine back. they bloomed and the bees have been enjoying them, but the seeds are ready! All my coleus got leggy and one big plant even got woody stemmed on me! I dont know if I am going to bring any in this year.
Well, yano, many parts might be salvagable (sp)~... like some plants!
my biggest thing is when I get something huge and trailing in a basket and then I have to cut things back.. its like losing a long queu of hair! LOL!
Well, you do have a lot of plant in that! maybe its flipping was saying "I need a hair cut"?!
Some of my containers are getting top heavy too! They look so good, but the container is not container enough for their heavyness... and Lord knows we hate to prune when they got a good frock of plant hair!
LOL!! I know that syndrone.. cant or wont! LOL! I got some coming in the house and they have to go for a trim if I am gonna have them next year!
So far I have brought in enough to fill only one level of my one plant shelf stand...got bunches to go. I bring in a few each day.. hoping I get them all in by frost! Im not gonna work my tushy off though and get a hernia over it.
I planted some Canna surrounded by Petunia's in a couple of large cement pillar pots next to the back deck wall. The Canna were from tuberous roots, so it's taken a couple months for them to show, and grow. No flowers from them as of yet, but the Petunia's took off like there's no tomorrow. Once the Petunia's start to die back, I'll probably change them out for some spring blooming Hyacinth's and Freesia.
Here's a shot from a Canna, Palm, and a couple Giant Bird of Paradise that I planted last year. The Canna did pretty good last year, but exploded this year. I know what you mean about their thirst though. With water retention in mind: I plant all my pots with that Miracle Grow water retentive soil, add a few sprinkles of water retentive polymer beads, and line the top soil with decorative gravel to reduce evaporation. This seems to help allot, and since I have to leave for weeks at a time, it becomes a must. So far so good.
Wow, my tiger leafed cannas are bursting out of a 24" pot now and I may have to put them in something bigger...I'm thinking a big square on a square dolly. Digging big enough holes in my tough ass caliche is out of the question. I've lost the young guy that helped us to following a girlfriend out of town and I need to keep hubby fit for draggin' all my jewelry around to shows in October/November.
Friends always say what fun I must have doing jewelry shows...I do, but that's after we set-up! 'Till then it's like carrying tools and rocks...because that's what it is, stone and metal. :D