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Hi Gang! - I'm back again after a week long trip into Rhode Island along the Northeast coast. This is the last of our short trips for the summer before Ellen gets serious about school stuff and music production, hopefully her last year before retirement. We toured a couple of nice gardens in Newport including the "Breakers" Mansion previously owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt on Bellvue Ave. I'll have some pix later.
Good Morning everyone. Sunny out this morning and hot as blazes already.
I went out a took a picture then hurriedly came right in.
This is a bog lily I bought last spring from Dragonfly Aquatics and they didn't give me the real name only bog lily. But it bloomed this morning and smells like heaven.
Thanks nettie, it takes forever to get it to the opening up stage. Usually fall when it is cooler. Mine is shooting up bloom spikes too. But it probably won't open till end of Sept or oct.
They are SLOW to open.
loca i have a little dog just like her his name is fluffer he is so loveing and much loved his color is the same as hers, he is alot of company to me. its past my bed time so i need to go now hugs and love nettie
I love your dog Kelly, she's a real sweetheart! Yorkies are such attention grabbers, you can't help but love them.
I've been dogless for about 4 years now, my constant companion "Mack" was always at my side for nearly 14 years before he finally got old and ill. He was a smallish black lab mix that we found at the local shelter. He loved to go on car rides and even had a special harness and seat cover to fly in small airplanes. I have never known a better dog. I still work at the shelter as a volunteer dog walker hoping someday to find a suitable replacement for him but it's hard to pass judgement on so many others.
I'd love to see a picture of your fluffer Nettie! Do you have one?
Thanks Al! I hope you find the perfect friend someday soon! I admire you for donating your time to the shelter. That has to be a tough job to see all those babies without a home. I've thought a few times about volunteering at a shelter or rescue, but not sure if I can do it or not. It breaks my heart to see the animals like that!
Nice shot girl! I love my hummers! They are so used to me they will come eat out of the feeder while I'm hanging it back up - lol... And they will buzz me not so nicely if I forget to change it or it's empty.
fluff weighs less than 10 lbs he is about 5 years old not a big dog the medium ones the grandaughter had a little miniture they are real small. this one is very spoiled. every one spoiles him he loves pizza may be why he is so heavy.
mark says fluffers will probly weigh about 6 lbs. we keep dog food out for him and the little bridge dog,abused and thrown away poor little thing he sure loves loveing gets in your lap every chance he gets takes a nap every day with his golf playing dad they go feed the horse togeather and to the mail box just about every where bill goes that little dog goes we call him shortie. it suits him he is not very big either.the little thing had a bad time of it if not por bill he would have starved to death he was afraid of people we had to live trap him couldn.t catch him by hand it was so cold on him bill would go twice a day and feed him..im glad we did that he thinks he was born here his house his people. enough dog talk for me today nettie.
mekon that really is a bog lilly they had some for sail at a little home grown place back in the woods i didnot get one cause i was afraid they doug it in the wild they are not supost to do stuff like that but alot of them do it anyway. nettie i have the name here somewhere, ill look and see if i can find it.
I posted it on the plant and tree ID forum and they said it was a Crinum Americana. I bought it from Dragonfly Aquatics. That is a flower nursery. I bought my Lotus plants there and some water lilies and bog plants. They have a great bunch of plants, but all that one had on it was white bog lily. And it took 2 years to bloom but it is covered in blooms. Smells so good. Wish I had got a couple more. I'm hoping it will make seeds for me and I can get a few more.
I bought one called a red bog lily too and the foliage is dark maroon but no blooms yet on it.
mekos spider lily basket lily hymencallis caroliniana h. 0ccidentalil it says here they bloom fromapril through august moth pollinated they are true natives of the southeast and also arkansassomeone has my book againbulbs produce off shuts they open at night and syay open rhe next day woonbder if my book will come back home sure hope so love and good night. nettie
Okay - Here's my sunflower picture for the year, over 10' tall with multibranches and blooms by my back porch. The flowers are somewhat small though. I'm saving seeds from this one for everybody's envies next year.
Another view of my rear walkway. Generic marigolds on left, lots of zinnias on the right. We saved an old bathroom storage rack which worked well as a cucumber trellis earlier, next year I'll probably use it for my Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes
Beautiful Al, and I love your lighthouse! I have a facination with lighthouses. I built one for my flower garden in the front about 8 foot tall and put a light fixture on top but got to re-do some of the top, it is so old it is getting rotten. ;0(
Love the flowers though.
Yep - We got one! This is an older picture of our garden, but shows it better. It's about 3' tall and has a solor power light on top. Wife Ellen is lighthouse nuts, so we have to visit one nearly every trip or vacation. I have over 100 original lighthouse photos in my comp file!
al love the sun flower pictures and the light house you take good pic. csn,t wait to get seed from those that one is sure bvig my little chicken farmer will be wild for one that big. can,t wait for him ro see it.nettie
last one... I would really like to get an idea what this is. As you can see in the 1st pic there are a lot of old dead canes and it needs to be pruned, but I want to make sure it's done right. This was dug from an old homestead in northern Maine many years ago and I'm sure it has been there for decades before that...
Beautiful heritage rose Kelly, they are common around here. I saw some similar at Geneseo Country museum a just a couple of weeks ago. Sorry, I don't have a name for them. The aroma is unequal to any I've known.
I don't necessarily need an ID/name per se - more so I need an idea of when and how to prune it and cut it back so it doesn't look so ratty. Maybe you guys know that?
Robin, this one my Mom dug up probably 40 years ago and it had been where she got it for at least that many years before that;o) I'm not a rose grower so I want to make sure I tell her how to prune/cut it right so she doesn't kill it - lol.
meko that looks like a rugosa rose the leaves for sure they all smell real good. most roses don,t mind if you take the dead wood out at any time thats how i do mine that dead wood serves no purpose just makes the bush look bad.if it has black spot its probly not a rugosa cause they don,t get black spot. might be an older tea rose. does it have a graph ball or do the crains come out of the ground. nettie
If I remember correctly nettie they all come out of the ground. I'm hoping she can cut in way back and it will grow in nice. Problem is does she cut it now (fall) or in the spring? She's in Maine Zone 4a - cold cold winters.
loka it sure looks like a rugosa anold one but ive never seen them get black spot they hane fuzzy stemsyou only feed them once a year they don.t like to be sprayed for black spot or for bugs or any reaso they take good care of themselfs.i would have to see it in person to be sure. nettie
Thanks nettie - I'll let my Mom know! Hopefully I'll have fabulous pics of it to post next year! If it gets to looking better, I'll have to see if I can root some cuttings of it. The blackspot is only in a couple of areas. She never sprays it so hopefully once it's pruned it will be better;o)
loca if it is a rugosa they start easy from seed. they make rose hips in the fall you might ask your mom if it makes hips in yhe fall if it does the seed is in the hips i have an older one hansa she is beautiful wonderful smell she is big double bloom and very healthy that color you have there is the same as hansa she is a real beauty.
loca if it is a rugosa it will not look very tidy they get big i only take out the dead wood its gona grow how it grows i don,t think you can train it you could take out some crazy crains but they might grow right back thats just how they are.they have bad hair days all the time.just lrt thrn go they will be whatever they will bee.
mekos no rain the chicken farmer will be here this next week his mom is in the hospital her blood sugar has gone over 500 they have it down to300 but have to get it lower gona have to change the way she eats. life is not over at 50 but things go bad over night. i told her when that bite on her foot didn,t heal it might be smothing else, bless her heart she works so hard tries to do to much. she didn,t yell at me for doing all the watering ive don the past 3 days gota do strawberrys or just let them go. then ill be fenished they say we may get rain this week. hope they are wright. love nettie
i enlarged that first picture and you can see the fuzzy stems and the 2 one the leafs the veininbg is not like a normal rose its a rugosa just look at it you can see what im talking about. love and hugs to all nettie.
We're bracing for another 90 degree heat wave this week, a fine end to a very warm summer. Garden is growing beautifully though, I have a virtual wall of tomatoes out there. Already made two big batches of spag. sauce that we keep frozen in cool-whip containers. Lots of fresh garlic, basil, and oregano to go with it. The kitchen will be stunk up with it for weeks. I love all this pasta stuff cooked fresh, but it should last us a while out of the freezer.
Al all that sauce sounds great. Wish I had planted more tomatoe plants this year, but I was afraid I wouldn't be able to tend them so only planted 2. Sigh.
Here is Blossom and her Moma this week. Both doing great!
Hugs everyone and good night.
i posted this once buy ill do it onr more time we need rain the grass is gone but isa a fire hazard burned about half the valley one old home place no one hurt that we have herd of just a little rain would help. i thought we wrer going to get some but all we got was a light show. thats not good,little chicken farmers older sister was on top of his house keeping the roof wet down. so bad here have burn ban going on here.don.t know how the fire started. the one over here they think was from a cigarette started by the road.it didn.t burn very much until they got it put out. nettie
Thank you Nettie, I sure do love em.;0)
We get sprinkles off and on and it is soaking in and really helping the dry ground and plants turn green again. More coming froma huricane coming up the eastern coast so we'll see how that does. Hope you get some rain soon.
I had this big baby blooming yesterday. Take care Nettie and hopefully rain will come soon.
getting slow misty rsin now that is good for plants and putting a stop to the smoldering dead wood thats great this area was so dry.ok enough about fire im to old to be out with a wet towsack puyying out a fire if i had to im sure id try and do my best. but sure don,t won,t to. hope you all get rain all you need to see you through to fall. love nettie
we are going yo get a break in the tenp i can work in the yard some thats going to be goodjust to be outside id go crazy if i had to stay inside all the time.missy had to bring parker over after school so he could have a cup of gpaws pudding. that was after he fed his girls he said they like the rain he is so funny sometimes.he thinks gpaws food is special . hope you all nave a good night and good day tomorrow love and hugs nettie. oh have toy herd from enid hope she is ok.
Enid had a friend who almost died from some medication and she has been taking care of her and right now she is off on a small vacation for a few days. She should be back next week. But she is fine, Nettie. Just worried about her friend.
Well, we had frost last night! Guess I'll probably done with the morning glories now, boohoo!! Sure hope we have an "indian summer" as I just am not wanting or ready for winter yet. But, I can always put out the fall fertilizer now on the lawn, lol!
Hope you got your tomatoes in Sandi! Sounds colder than here! We're getting hurricane warnings for "Earl" but we're quite a ways inland to matter much. Still the coastal people aren't taking chances and moving back inland. Might hit Saturday or Sunday.
Actually, Al, we didn't get the frost warnings yesterday that they usually give us, but I thought it might so I went out last night about 11 and covered everything good to protect them, lol! And they are forecasting weather in the upper 70's for the weekend. So we will see how everything fared! It's still chilly out, so haven't gone out and uncovered things yet.
Two weeks ago we traveled the last of our summer short trips to Newport, Rhode Island. Got to visit a couple of the many mansions of the former rich and famous there. This is the "Breakers Mansion" off Bellvue Ave on the coastline previously owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt. He was a shipping and transportation tycoon mostly into the NY Central Railroad. His "summer" home in RI was built in the 1890's. Had 70 rooms on 4 floors on 11 oceanfront acres, maintained by 40 house and grounds servants. The interior was just stunning. We took a fabulous 2 hour tour just to get through the place, hard to beleive the lifestyle they had. The children's playhouse was bigger than my cape cod house.
Amazing Al! But I can't believe we don't all have 40 servants! What are we doing wrong, LOL! That summer house is bigger than our state capitol building, from the looks of it! S'pose we could turn their old dog house into a greenhouse? That would be more the size I could use, lol!
Surprizingly, the place was quite cool and airy (off the coast) when we were there in the heat of summer. We were told that it was used as a summer home only, minimum maintenance during the winter months by a smaller staff. Some sections were heated, though not all, and some people lived there all year round to keep the place maintained.
Oops, I almost forgot, they had a garden there, too. This dahlia obviously belonged to one of the Vanderbilt daughters, I don't remember which one. She probably didn't have to get her hands dirty to have it planted. LOL
i don,t think i could live like that. but i could try i guess lots of room for parkers chickens and the goat he is going to have. oh my the neighbors wouldn,t like crirers.im sure. not gona live like that anyway. love nettie. no wore fried potatos or corn bread. id starve to death.
LOL! I make fried taters and cornbread all the time! And cornbread muffins too! You'd just have to live on a few acres so you could have all the critters. But don't know if you'd like all the snow and cold and the short growing seasons!
i ment i couldn,t live luike a rich person i need to do my own thing. couldn,t have people cooking and cleaning for me i can,t find anything in this house now someone else doing the laundry and pitting clothes away id go crazy. nettie
I imagine they ate their share of corn bread, too. They had about 5 cooks in the kitchen to feed everybody! Love pones and muffins myself, but have to limit what I eat because of the sugar and carbs. They sure are tasty out of the oven with butter though.
good night all i need to get up in the morning and do some av work they suffer from my setting here and looking at them. that won.t feed and water them. they are blooming so prettyjust for me . love nettie
l live in the river valley for right now chance of fire is very low,we have had two good rains things are greening up some we are blessed, thank you for asking.hope we keep getting rain. and cool temps would be nice. thank you love nettie
What weird temps.this week. It suppose to be 56 tonight here again and really cool for this time of year. My leaves are turning on my flowers and dropping off some. Not time yet to do this. :0| Fall seems to coming too soon.
Hello all! I have been MIA for awhile, but look out...I'm back.
Nettie, I have sure missed you - how are things? Been trying to clean up here from a couple of really bad wind storms here. Sure made a mess of things, my morning glories are laying down, wind twisted up my arch and I don't know how to fix it...I will post a pic later, it is kinda sad.
Hi everyone! I know I have been seriously MIA for what seems like months now.. So sorry for not keeping up and staying in contact with everyone. To tell you how long it's been, I had to go through threads going back to June to get here! Missed everyone!
Have been super busy with Courtney and just working around these 3 places all summer. Trying to keep up with my garden . Lots of vet visits here in the last few weeks.
Remember my elderly neighbor Joe? Well he had someone give him a mare (like he needed one) and she got hurt on his fence real bad. Severed 2 arteries in her hoof. Nearly bleed to death before I got there. (sorry for being graphic) I got her to the vet in time and have been taking care of her for about the last month. Changing bandages and giving her medicine every day. Happy to say I released her back into her pasture and she is doing fine. The vet said that 90% of the stitches in that spot always come out because it's right on the bend where she walks. I must have done something right because they didn't come out! Then my Shar-Pei had eye surgery a couple days ago. She actually had an eye lift on both eyes! Her eyelashes were grown inward and rubbing her eyes. She needed that so bad and I was happy to have it finally done.
I know most of you know about Courtney and her singing. I keep posting her videos on YouTube and pictures on Facebook. Let me know if anyone needs the link that would like to see/hear her. She tried out for American Idol and did awesome. She didn't make it through but she walked away with a smile and positive attitude and said "There's always next year" .. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise since all these problems are going on in the show. Then she was on television for the Carl Perkins Circle of Hope yearly telethon. That was an awesome experience for sure. She did 3 songs and just looked so pretty that day ;-) She has been doing her usual Tuesday nights at Open Mic and the National Anthem all over the place. She is doing the National Anthem tonight at the HS football game. Then she is performing next weekend at the Peavine Festival in Parsons, TN and at the TN State Fair in Jackson next weekend! She has all the fun and I get to do all the work! LOL She also recorded a demo cd earlier in July and is currently singing a demo song for a local songwriter (He is the late Carl Perkins keyboard player) that his publishing company is going to pitch to female country artists. So yeah! Busy Busy Busy!
I know one special person who has been waiting so patiently for a package I promised her and I haven't forgotten about you ;-) This weekend I am devoting as much time as humanly possible to my flowers and garden and as I have said before "MONDAY" .. You hereby have my permission to string me up by my thumbs if I fail to keep this promise- SANDI!
Going to be cleaning out the gaden and getting it ready to plant my fall veggies. My garden did so good this year despite my armadillo enemy! Here's one pic of my peppers from the other day. Talk to you all soon!
Sorry to hear about all the furbaby woes. Hope they are all better real soon. Glad Court had a good experience with AI and keeps on singing! She is such a beautiful child and I know you're proud of her!
Mail away my friend! I sifted compost and topped off all my raised beds last weekend so I'm gearing up to plant soon. It was so beautiful out this morning - about 70°... Let the pups out to do their business and they both just stood there like they were shocked it was so "cold" outside - lol. I'm hoping the worst of our heat is over;o) I have some tomato plants that made it through the summer that I hope will start producing again. They have about 30 days to show me their stuff or out they come to make room for some yummy fall/winter veggie!
Somebody was asking about milkweed "parachute seed" pods in the northeast. I have plenty of them, if anybody wants I'll send out. We used to blow them around in the wind when we were kids, fun to play with. They are growing all over the place now.
I also have some nice coleus cuts available for holdouts over the winter in three different colors. They make good house plants if you have a warm sunny window.
HI Michelle! Glad to have you back! We missed you! So happy to hear that Courtney had a great time with Carl Perkins on TV! We are so excited for her. If things slow down too much for her, just let me know and I will contact some people in the business there that I know. Maybe they can get by to hear her on open mic nights! Hey, and don't worry about when you get stuff sent. Whenever if works for you is fine by me. And WOW what a haul from the garden! Still waiting for tomatoes to get ripe here! And we just don't get to plant in the fall of course. Well, guess we plant in the fall for next year, but sure not produce, lol!
And thanks Lori for the email and glad you are back too! I'll send you an email soon!
we didn,t get any bad westher it stormed itself out before it got here did alot of damage in texas i didn,t see every thing thet said about it but fhink it was bad. going to bed get some sleep i hope. love and hugs to all nettie
all my flowers are kinda sad at the moment they don.t know weather to live or kick the bucket i keep tellinbg them to hang in there don,t think they can here me yhey act like they are gona kick the bucket. im not to upset with them. enid bill and i have been picking up the yard its not bad mosely limbs we rhrow them out of the yard and the dog brings them back she likes to cary sruff around in her mouth. we got enough rain dh will have to mow the pasture is worse than the yard. love nettie en[d good to see you back.
Hi Al! Still have tons of maters on the plants! Watching the weather very closely here, as we have had a couple of very frosty evenings, and don't want to lose them due to frost, so have the covers for them on stand-by in case I need them, lol. And it's not easy to cover them when they are 4 ft tall, lol!
NO idea, just wanted to give them a try. I'm going to sow them now and let them germinate and hopefully keep them in a window sill over winter. Then pot in a larger pot in spring and sit in the screen room till fall again , or till I see how they will do for me. I guess we will find out.
Got this one started too.
The one above the pansy is a Disa atricapilla orchid. I amd growing some of those to give a gifts later in spring. This orchid too, it is Acrolophia Capensis orchid. Also got a vine of the woodrose growing and starting some baby woodroses for spring gifts. Getting prepared now for spring fun!
BTW, I planted some of your sunflower seeds and got one baby - lol. The dang birds got the rest of my seeds obviously. Will need a better plan for next time to keep the birds outta my seeds. I still have plenty left for the next go round!
Hi Everyone! How are all my friends doing today? Awesome I hope!
Al- here is one of your sunflowers I grew this year. Just love them.
Sandi- You are just the best! Courtney is in a Talent Search contest this weekend at the Peavine Festival in Parsons, TN and also at the TN State Fair in Jackson, TN the same day! We don't have anything else planned beyond that so if you can come up with something for her to do, we'd love that! You know I will be sharing videos! I usually post the links on my Facebook page everyone so if I'm not on your FB, add me!
Mekos! What pretty pictures. You do have the most awesome pretties in your garden. That red and white China rose is to die for. Love the pansies too.
Kelly, gonna dmail you later today.
RRM- Nice job on Glenda's luggage! Love it all. Hugs to you and your equine children. Give them big kisses on the nose for me ♥
Me, I am just making zucchini bread today. Had bad luck with electronics and appliances lately. My toaster oven went out today, the CHA fan went out, big screen in livingroom went out and flat screen from bedroom is in the shop. Will not be asking what's gonna go out next! Have a good day everyone!
Did you have an Electrical storm go thru? That is awful. Wasn't that a big bag of Zinnias? Did you see her little bracelet?? Glad you liked her luggage.
Here she is in my houseplants checking them out.
We always have thunder storms going through here. Don't know if that's what's happening of not but I am starting to wonder. Her bracelet is cute. I think I am going to take her to see my equine critters tmrw.
al these fat birds loved the sun flowers they ate all the seeds off them ilike them parker loved them he couldn,t bealieve they grew from seed. i think he likes to watch the birbs walk up the stalks they walk side ways i would never haxe thought of that on my owne, its good that i have parker to keep me thinking right. love nettie janet had good luck with the tomato plants from the seed you sent me thanks .
my friend mexos is one of the most plsnt smart people i know and i know some resl plant smart people , she is very patient or she couldn.t grow anything from seed, the waiting just drives me crazy but she just keeps on waiting. love nettie. it has rained all day here things are starting to green up real good. and it is cool outside. when the rain stops im going outside.
wish i could remember who the young lady was who ask for a naked laidy this would be the time of year to dig one . if anyone saw that any where i wish they would trll me i told her id send her one. may be she could send me her add, if i go looking ill get lost and never find my way back. please help me. love nettie.
Jan, those wood rose are awesome! Wish they were hardy enuf for here! How big are the seed pods? That picture with the seed pods all brown is cool! My first thought when I saw that was how neat they would look in a fall bouquet! I'd be cutting off branches with seed pods to bring in and stick in vases, lol!
They would be perfect for flower arrangements! I put mine in a pot to bring inside this winter. It grows pretty fast and I just keep wrapping it around the trellis in the pot for it to climb on. You know you could spray the branch with the seeds pods with a clear polimar coat of shelac or something to preserve it and I think it would look awsome in there.
My cinnamon vine is making bublets.
My stevia is making seeds, and I got to catch some to save for spring. My Lotus made the seed pod thingy that you see in arrangements. A big round thing with holes in it where the seeds fall out. Those get sprayed and used by florists. Lots of plants make something that looks great in arrangements.
Well, I'm tired and got to go get some rest. My sister got rushed to the er again this morning and spent the day there trying to pass the kidney stone. They said she had more to pass too that hasn't moved yet so hope you guys will keep her in ya prayers.
One more day of the remodeling and it should be done for a while.
Good night. Got to get some rest.
mekos take care im so sorry to here about tour sister give her a big hug and tell her i hope she gets better real fast my dau had a ruoud of stones i thought she was never going to get them gone. dau said she had much reather have twins at the same trime. they finaly had to break them up they were to big. to pass, get as much rest as you can so you can be there for her. love and hugs to you and prays for sure. nettie
Thanks Nettie and have a good night. Sister had another stone that had not started moving and the one moving that was giving her fits so she is on medications and in bed!
Morning everybody. Grandson is having grandparents day at school today so got to go show our support for him. Back later.
Kinda, lol we got to go and have lunch with him and meet his teacher and friends in his class. He drew a picture for us, it said MY most memorable moment this summer.
He drew a picture of the day we went fishing with him and he caught his first fish. (A couple weeks ago.) It was a stick man-papa and a stick boy-him , with the fishing pole and the line going in the water. He did good! He is in first grade. We really enjoyed it.
Yes, he belongs to my son's girlfriend, but his dad has never been around anywhere but jail and the drug houses, and he has never even seen his dad.We love him like he was ours anyway and he loves us. We are the only grandparents he has. This was his first fish.
bill and i will go with parker he likes for us to go its alot of funwe can go eat with him in the mornings just about anytime he likes it better if he gets to ask us himself i trll him its the best sausage gravy ive ever had. and it really is good. love nettie.
Son Richie dug some fresh potatoes from Gramp's farm to make our family's mashed potato soup. They are boiled in chicken broth, fresh garlic greens, lots of real bacon pieces, cream, and sour cream added. The potatoes are mashed down but left sort of chunky with skins on. Fairly simple recipe, but tasty and a family favorite since Grandma's day. Geez, food tastes great this time of the year!
mekos love is the greatest thing on earth i think thst is wonderful you and your dh are special people. love to the both of you bill and i have 3 step children but they don.t know it and ill never tell love all of them the same because they are all the same.you go girl you are good people thank god for all the good people in thi world love you have a good night and i hope your sister is feeling better. will keep her in my prayers talk layer good night nettie.
Great combinations-great food, great friends and great family!
I bet the holiday cooking and dinneres are just awsome at your house Al. YUM
Thanks Nettie, when I say I have 12 grandkids, thos 3 are included because they are the same to us as well. Precious children and can't help how others do or did in the past, but we make sure they have a better tomorrow filled with a lot of love. HUGS Nettie, and it sure sounds like you and Bill are my kind of people. Sis is feeling much better, passed 1 stone but still trying for the other one.
Hi guys I hope you all are doing well.. I dont get to stop in as often as I like any more.. My Dad hasnt been feeling to well so Ive been spending alot of time with him..Trips back and forth to the heart and lung Dr.. My oldest son16 is having terrible asthma attacks with severe chest chain caused by his rt lung shutting down.. Weve been to the ER once and the family Dr 2 times in past 8 days.. He has an appoinment to see his Allergy asthma specialist Wed.. Poor child takes more medicines than most gorwn people.. I dont know what they are going to give him next to help him..I hope they find something soon that does tho..My lil one is doing ok still has to have another surgery on his hand where he was burned in a few weeks... My flowers are on there last leg also lol..The heat has about done them in..Heres a picture of a lil hummer hiding in my petunias..
i will keep you and yours in my prayers we are all just about ready for fall it comes sooner every year tell your son to be cool ant try not to get up set it only makes it harder to breath. i know ive had it my whole life myne starts in the spring and if we have a dry summer it just goes on into fall. show it that you will win not the alergy. i know how hsrd it is i hate it for some one very young to fight with smothing like that. tell him im going to put him on my prayer list and just leave him on it, because what he has won,t just go away but may get alot better. take care of tour self sounds to me like you have alot of people who need your help. ill also keep all of your family in prayer love and hugs nettie. rest all you can so you don,t get down.
Hi Trish, love the gorgeous little hummer! And the petunias are still nice! Mine disappeared but yesterday I saw my black ones blooming again. The heat and dry spells really hurt them.
But Thursday is the first day of fall and maybe it will cool more for us, before the frosts come and take them out for the year.
Sorry about the boys. I'll be praying for them also. You take care, HUGS!
Hi Trish, good to hear from you again! Happy Sunday all.
We're finishing up the new floor with three coats of polyvarnish, this place is starting to look like a gymnasium. We discovered a beautiful maple underlayment when we removed the old carpet in our living room, been working on it ever since. Now we found out we have two more rooms just like it with maple under the old carpet. This might take me the rest of the winter if I can stand the poly smell. Really had a problem keeping our cat away from the newly painted floor, it sort of interupted her lifestyle more than we expected.
oh al that sounds real nice and much nicer than carpet make your inside air alot better carpet to me is bad it is never clean for very long we are going to put hardwood down as soon as we can we have to put a new roof on first and that isn,t going to be cheap.seams to me things just keep going up just put new counter tops on in the kitchen i sure do like them they are so easy to keep clean. don,t stay in to long with those fumes they can bother a person with good lungs. it would make me real sick. love nettie
Okay - Here's my floor project update. Old maple floor is on the bottom, new poly finish is on the top of photo. Sorry, I didn't have time to catch a picture of my cat with all four paws and rear end stuck to new paint! She hasn't been back to the same room since, maybe smart enough to stay away for a few days.
Al, your floors are beautiful! Nice job! And I have to agree, you will be so glad you did it when it's all done. Also gotta agree on the cat, too funny! Bet the poor thing is still pouting and wondering why you did that to her!
LoL AL.. The floors are looking great and the kitty is too cute.. My petunias are still blooming ok.. and these yellow flowers are doing well tho I dont know what they are.. The plant is now covered in blooms.. I thought it was a type of zinnia but I cant find any thing similar.. It was givien to me as a double coreopsis? Charleen thought it might be a dahlia and it does sorta look like a dahlia bloom\, but now I dont think it is..I do know its blooming like crazy tho and I am going to try to save some seeds for next year, but the lady who gave it to me said it multiplies readily so I should have some to share next spring..
Here is a Picture of my first ever Angel trumpet bloom.. This is from a cutting Seray sent me..not much to brag about I know but it does my heart proud to see it bloom.. I have some larger Brug plants one is just starting to set buds and the other the largest has no buds on it yet..
Does look like a Dahlia bloom, but I don'tthink it is either... Curious to see if anyone knows - maybe mekos;o)
Pretty Brug. I have some seray sent me as well but unless I get lucky they are not going to bloom this year. They are potted and our summer was so relentless with the heat and the spider mites love the Brugs - lol...
Hunybunch, your yellow ARE dahlia, I cannot remember the exact name it has but I grew some last year. Like in cars, you got one named ford, well there are lot of different fords??? well it is a Dahlis but which one I can not remember the name.
It is one of those hybrid and small kind of dahlias Kelly but I just can't remember the name.
I see them all the time at the garden cebter so when I go back, I'll try to remember the name.
I got something I need IDed. It is yellow/red flower and hollow inside like a baloon or slipper of some kind. It grows hardy here and so pretty around my pond but I don't know what it is.
I got it IDed as Jewelweed, and the red is Lobelia, and the purple is Ironweed-vernonia. I love the yellow/red ones. They are just so cute. They are hardy here and growing everywhere around our pond area with the others and some white flowering stuff.? and the early clematis, white wild stuff.There is a lot of stuff really pretty out there but it been too hot for me to go out there that much and today I went walking and looked at all the flowers and took some pictures. :0)
mekos parker and i are going to roast marsh mallows sat, he has called me twice this day to make sure im ready may get grandpaw to do a small fire down below the rock garden or may use the candle lighter it works real good im the only one who will do that with him love that kid nettie
Okay - Here's one for you folks. I've been told that a certain research scientist actually managed to breed himself into his own creation, the popular New Jersey strain of tomatoes. Evident in the photo below (using a little imagination) you can see a silhouette of his two arms, two legs, and a head. I have noticed similar images in several of my Rutgers tomatoes when sliced crossways, so I know it's not just a fluke in this particular one.
I know you girls think I'm crazy about this, maybe the poly fumes are getting to me. I'm not quite into therapy over this just yet, but I may be getting close. Please tell me that I'm not completely nuts.
well thank you all our temps have droped some. im a little up set ive lost one of my bib roses don.t know what went wrong but ill take it out in the spring i think it was the hot air not much i can do about that just a bad year i guess.im going to loose my banks rose anyone have one they would start me one one from it mark is going to be upset with me he bought that for me for my birthday i love him but he just won,t understand im not gona tell him right away he even helped dig the bed for it. im probly going to be in trouble for a while he will get over it, it was kinda puny when it came in the mail. i should have known it was not in good shape. love nettie
al i can see him he should have had a hair cut before he did the tomato thing looks like he stuck his finger in a light plug. he probly didn.t think about being sliced and diced bless his little body love and hugs nettie,
You folks are a lot more understanding than the people in the Tomato Forum. They all thought I was nuts from the start when I posted the same thing there. Some folks really took me too seriously, I guess you guys know me better.
I hope it comes your way too Nettie! Suppose to be here all day tomorrow too. Looking goon now for all the ground plants and the rain barrels. Good Charleen. This is a slow soaking in rain and soo cool outside. Only getting to low 70's today and tomorrow. I really am enjoying it. Hugs everyone!
I know, I was getting worried it wasn't going to happen in time to save my bog garden.
Poor thing was drying up and plants sinking down into the bottom of the pot! I got to take some star grass out because it is taking over in there but it is looking 100% better already since the rain started.
Mekos, I got my little Charley packet from Lori (smells great!!) but can't find where you all are on the other site so I can thank her and Charley;o) Can you d-mail me the link to the latest thread over there?
Cute bandit, Al - we really don't have problems here with those guys but I remember in Maine they were the biggest bird feeder robbers, them and the blue jays - lol...
Many Congrats, I'm sure you'll have plenty of time to enjoy this adventure. Nothing quite like being in business with yourself. We were commercial photographers for 18 years with our own studio. It was very busy, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
good luck hope you get going real good would love to do smothing like that,but had to spend all my time raising a fsmily and helping make a living. so the bills got paid. it was worth it i realy enjoysd my children when they were growing up.to old to start over in a buisness part time would be fun for me but thats not going to go over either. what do you think you are going to grow in your green house i was just wondering. love nettie
Hi Nettie, I am going to propagate a lot from what I have here at the house but I am making a list of all the seeds I want to start. Will keep you guys updated on all that.
I finally started the Master Gardener program tonight! It was a great class. Tonight we learned about soil and composting. It was very informative and interesting. Of course I shared my lasagna bed experiences, lol .. Macroelements and Microelements , chemical symbols, organic elements, lots of good brain food! Nite everyone ;)
they are starting the roof in yhe morning hope they will not be to noisy bill said dream on sam said they are takeing iy all the way down i hare that such a mess. no sleep in this house. im not cooking ill be buisy cleaning up all the things that fall off the walls like glass and stuff, good night love and hugs nettie
Hey friends ;-)
Well, I spent the day working at the nursery yesterday. I cleaned and dusted and all that good stuff in the office building. boy do I have my work cut out for me! I have decided to paint in there to freshen up the place. Wonder what color I should paint. White is nice and bright but hard to keep clean? Suggestions? My office is really pretty. It has maroon/green/gold wallpaper and really doesn't need anything in there. I would think earth tones would work.
I am getting ready to get started in the greenhouse. It has an awesome thermostat system for heating and cooling. I am going to rob all of my plants, trees, and shrubs here at the house and propagate,propagate,propagate. I am going to try to get the power turned on today too. I have tons of seeds here in my personal collection to start. I have a TON of seeds there at the nursery too. I am going to order all of my fern plugs and get them started right away for the hanging baskets too. I don't think I am going to have time to get pumpkins but we are going to do Christmas trees, straw and hay this winter. I think we are going to grow some things here at the house to supply the nursery too. Lots to do, lots to do!
Hope you all have a good day and talk to you soon;-) Mechelle
Two thumbs up Mechelle! I'm happy for you. Sounds like you got it under control. You will do great! We'll be praying for your business to be awsome and plentiful. :o)
Good luck and keep us posted on how it goes. Look around at online stores for seeds you can buy in bulk for planting to sell. Cheaper that way.
You may be right, dear. What is wrong with me?? Kick my rump and call me Rosie...:-)
sirry,, dear.. Still laughing... so funny, just call me Bumble, Arejay does and for a good reason!!!
Love you anyhow, Thanks.
Nettie, mine is opening now. It is early for it to open yet but it is. Glad yours is doing good too. Summer was hotter and dryer than normal and fall is already cooler than normal, so don't know what to expect next.
Good morning everyone.. Looks like you have all been as busy as I have been..Mechelle congrats on the new business..I bet you do wonderful with it.. I too wish it were a lil closer and I would dig in and help you fulfill your dreams..Charleen Happy belated birthday.. Haha at controling your party animals.. I loved that..Nettie I hope they have your roof fixed by now so you can get some rest.. Theres nothing like having the roof ripped right out from above you to put you to work.. Except I bet Al would say pulling the flooring up, put you right to work too. The temp has dropped here too.. Down to 49 this morning.. Wow we arent usually this cool this early.. I still have a bunch of daylilies I rcd yesterday to get planted.. I guess I will go out and get them planted this morning I hope they have time to grow roots before winter sets in..My oldest son with the breathing problems had a Ct scan of chest and upper abdomen. I spoke with one of the Drs(foriegn very hard to understand grr) at the office Friday, He has a spot ? on his RT lung ( thats always the side that hurts and the lung that shuts down during his attacks, questionably asthma).The radiologist said it looks benign, so if its a tumor?? thats good news.. anyways please keep us in your prayers. I will talk to his main Dr this week (Asthma & Allergy Dr) and see where we go from here. These Dr's down here are ok for colds and simple cuts but modern technology hasnt really reached these backwoods yet, so I cant here and let them continue to do nothing or give the same diagnosis for something that just doesnt fit the symptoms..Ok im out to plant those daylilies that just wont get out of the bag and plant themselves...take care hugs Trish
Trish, Bless you heart, Prayers are with you. thank for b'day wish. Cool here too and dry again.
time to bring my plants in is this week.
I finally had to play my daylilies too, they just wouldn't bunge☺
Take it easy, Hello everyone. and AL.
Hi Trish :-) Hugs and prayers for you and your son. We have the same issues around here about "Hoakie" (*spelling?) doctors and hospitals. Hang in there and keep us updated. I would love to have you come play in the dirt with me. DH is already planning the big grand opening bash! He wants live music, barbecue etc. etc. Sounds like fun to me! Can't wait..
Maybe next year we can host a Round Up at the Nursery? hmm? lol
mekos that plant looks so good. this one is not that open yet. i love it thank you love nettie. my brothers children live in sand springs oklahoma with their grandmother.they may know crit. love nettie.
oh my people those foorers will be back in the morning metal roofs go on alot qoiter than regular foofs you get to hear a screw driver you can,t sleep with that grinding sound. so im going to bed love to all nettie
Mechelle a round up at your nursery sounds like so much fun..I bet the people from the mid-south forum would love to come there for a round up..Courtney could sing for them. I think its a grand idea once you get established.. I looked at your pics and it looks like you have some nice buildings and a really nice greenhouse..Im all excited for you.. wow Temps down to 43 this am..I bet my newly planted daylilies are wondering what happened to them lol.. Supposed to be back up to 88 by the end of the week..Just typical Arkansas weather from one extreme to the next.. We usually wait till the end of Oct to get this cool down here in the Delta tho..Hope you guys have a great day..Trish
oh me no tv for two days im gona get mean the men iook the dish off the house and bill un hooked all the box cables. boo hoo!!!!!!!!! ill just have to find a good book or go to bed. need to go to bed .one more day on the roof.going to paint all the trim they don,t match love nettie.
patti the children have lived over in sand springs for 3 years now at times i really miss them i try to remember to call on birthdays but i am birthday crazy most all the time. can,t even remember my kids birthday and i try so hard not to forget them. you probly wouldn,t know them love nettie
mekos dh is crazy!!!!!! and i can,t help him told him to go to bed. he watchs golf and old western movies. all night and in the afternoon. he put a post behind a climbing rose today i ask for it a month ago i guess he got so bored putting up a post was good for him ill get to put icy hot on his back in the morning i don,t mind but he will forget what made him sore, ill have to tell him. if i remember. good night all have a good day tomorrow. love and hugs nettue,
they fenished the roof today yes i love it. the tv man will be here in the morning thank goodness. don.t think i could stand another night of old movies on cd, they are bad, got to rise and shine in the morning going to do some painting im gona try and get some of the trim painted, lows in ft. smith did a puter match for the roof it looks good on the paint lid. the roofers painted the flashing around the pireplace looks cherry red from the ground im going to re paint it ill post a picture when i fenish painting. i don,t like being on top of the house but ill do it never walked on a medal roof before i get around good on a composition just plain shingles with just sox on, idon,t think that will work on medal io slick. ill work it out might work with nothing on my feet. pray for me i don,t need to fall off. love nettie
dh said he dosn.t wont to catch me on the roof, i think ill let one of the boys go up there bill might hurt me worse than falling off the roof ill just find smothing else to do. thanks for the prayers. i promise to be good. got my tv back, love nettie
we have two sons mark and billy don bill said one of them could go on the roof i just wont it done i painted some of the front of the house today will try and paint some more in the morning. lows did a good job on that paintgood color match. im thinking about going to bed love and hugs nettie
sam the roofer came by today he made his son go paint that flashing looks good. i thanked him twice so glad he came by. im comming along with the trim looking good. should be fenished in a couple of days. love nettie
Don't overdo Nettie, we kinda got use to you being around here and sure would miss you iffin you was layed up somewhere! Stay of them roofs and don't do too much by yourself.
I'm glad Sam showed up for you. You'll have to show us what it looks like when you finish it up. Good night and hugs.
Hi Robin, I did open my own nursery! Well it's not open as of yet but I have been busy cleaning and ordering plants and just trying to get organized and set up. I won't open until late Feb -early March.. Wishing I had taken you up on your offer ! Lol
Nettie, thanks for the support. I appreciate it so much :-)
Sorry I haven't been on here much I have been so busy and then the cord to my laptop broke.. So using the IPod and it's a little harder to do everything.. Will keep you all updated and share pics soon. We named it"Bolivar Nursery"
Talk to you all soon! Hugs
Hi All..Nettie glad they got your roof on and glad your not up there painting it.. My Grandmother climbed up on the roof to sweep it when she was 90.To stubborn to ask for help..She is 95 now, lordy I hope we dont catch her back up there, but I wouldnt be suprised! She still lives alone and drives her golf cart all over town. Will mow her own yard if my son doesnt get over there quick enough to suit her. Rakes her own leaves. She is tough for sure..They have decided to change my sons medicine and wait 6 months and repeat the cat scan to measure the spot on his lung,since the radiologist says its benign what ever it is..I just pray this is a good decision... Its still terribly dry here.. Worse than I ever recall.. Even my bushes that have been planted for years are wilted and looking pitiful..They have been fighting fires all around here..Hope all of you guys are doing good..
We must live in the migration of these lovely's. They were all over my zinnia today, and flitting around my yard. They seemed to like the orange best, but also got on the red, yellow and white some too. I'm not sure what butterfly this is. Maybe someone can tell me the name. They are as pretty with the wings closed as open. Some were deep orange, others a brownish-orange. Very pretty.
Happy Sunday All - Had our first big frost this morning, though warming up into the 70's for a beautiful day. Wanted to go flying today but all the club planes were taken already.
Might get up Tuesday or Wednesday if weather stays nice.
Wow, Nettie. That is beautiful! They did a great job!
And your flowers run along forever. I love how you have them growing there. I bet it is just gorgeous in spring/summer with all the blooms! HUGS! I know you are happy it is over now.
Good night everyone.
mekos its not fenished yet still have more rain gutter to put back up and paint the shutters by the windows but they must be off the house. or someone will make a mess.i will wait until bill gets time to take them down. my camera is dead so had to get kaci to do pictures for me she does very good. the second picture is two highline pole tops with the old insulators still in one piece it was headed to the city land fill couldn,t let that hapen im always looking for trellis for vines and these are around 140 years old so i saved a part of history.and i like doing things like that. if it serves a purpose why trash it? kinda like als little man .
Great pictures everybody ;-) Feels good to get things done to your house. I love that kind of stuff. I have been busy shoveling sheep manure out of this lady's barn to use at the Nursery. I didn't know that you can use sheep manure right away without it breaking down. Has something to do with a sheep's digestion system I'm told. The stuff I got was I swear 2 feet deep and at least 2 years old though. A lot of work getting it up but hopefully worth it. The lady has Scotch Holland cows. I had never seen one before. They look like miniature cows with long scraggly hair. Sweet little guys, lol.. I never met an animal I didn't love. Courtney has the camera in Florida but I will try to take pics for you guys another time. Hope all is well for everyone and talk to you soon !
PS, getting my greenhouse filled up with plants :D Going to work on some Coleus cuttings tomorrow.
crit your pictures are lovely i saw from the porch today brigh yellow butterflies all over the yard they seam to be on everything thats blooming. ive got to do some house work for sure and i don,t care alot for house work im working on laundry tonight think i can get it done if i stay with it, ill get caught up. so love and hugs nettie
hunrybunch. we must have a family connection somewhere along the line my grandmother and my mother were both like that nettie lived to be in her late 90s one year from 100 they were both of a mind it was their way or no way. and i spoiled them both thats how i am. love nettie hope the new treatment works for your son hope the hand goes good. will pray for the boys. take care of yourself mothers are so helpfull good to have around love and hugs nettie.
Hey guys.. question for you experts.. Can I root cuttings from Ipomoea? Are they pretty easy to root? I propagated 1396 Coleus cuttings today from 56 4" Coleus plants! Just wondered if anyone had done Ipomoea before and had any suggestions.. Thanks!
Vines are usually easy to root.You can root in damp soil or glass of water but they will root.
Petunias will also. Which kind are you trying to root of the ipomoeas?
By the way, great going with the ones you just did. I know you are tired.
Oops sorry. Sweet Potato Vine. I noticed they have nodes about 3 inches apart. I have about 24 4" pots to propagate. I want to put them in hanging baskets. They're so pretty. Have lots of Hostas to divide, too.
Ipomoea (Morning Glories) seem to grow pretty easy for me from seed. I have done transplants starting from seed also. They make an interesting windowsill vine during the winter, but with fewer flowers.
I have two huge coleus plants I'm about ready to toss because I just don't have the space inside to keep them inside for the winter. Let me know if you want them, Mechelle
Sweet Potatoes are also ipomeas similar to morning glories (same family of plants). Yes, I remember growning them as a kid's project. The whole taters can be speared with toothpicks and suspended in a mason jar half filled with water on a windowsill for lavish vine foliage. Actually the sprouted tubers can be chunked up with one "eye" sprout each piece and stored in loose peat moss until they start to grow, then transplant into pots or garden soil.
hi everyone hope you had a good day myne was ok. parker came to see me he wonts my fish i told him id trade him my fish if he gets rit of that big spider hls incle mark caoght it for him im afraid he will let the thing get out of that pickle jar and his mom would be crazy , he said he would get rit of the spider thank goodness for fish i can always get some more fish mark always had somethings in my house when he was little got in trouble alot i once washed a small grash snake good thing i didn.t check his pocketsor id probly beat him bad love those boys of myne but sometimes they think all things are good but not spiders and snakes, so it has beern a good day love and hugs. nettie
Good Morning everyone ;-) I am going to spend the morning collecting cuttings from around my yard and doing some much needed yard work. All of my Brugmansia cuttings from last year didn't do very well with the exception of a few of them. I m going to take them all to the greenhouse. I was wondering what I was going to do with all of them this year! It has been so dry here that everything looks horrible. We are in a drought they say. Guess that means we will have an extra cold winter :(
kelly yes we get snow sometimes more than we won,t i don,t like over 3inches at a time. i don,t have any boots and don,t wony any just stay inside if it gets very deep.children love it not me we usually loose our power a few years back it was off 2weeks didn.t likr that at all. love nettie
Nettie from what I have read the ginger root will grow if kept in a greenhouse or heated with good light inside. I keep my other gingers inside the greenhouse during winter because my Blue gingers are not hardy here. The butterfly gingers are but the others are not so I have to pot those up and bring them in. I found some of the ginger you use in cooking and they gonna send me some of it in a few weeks because he is rooting me some verigated spiral gingers too, and said he could toss in one of those also. I'll keep it in the greenhouse till spring.
You get some rest Nettie. We had a birthday party for our grandson yesterday and I was there most of the day with him. He turned 7 and he was the one who we took fishing and he caught his first fish this summer.Took Kaylee and she entertained the whole house full. We had a wonderful time. With this cooler weather, it is easier to go out a bit now.
mekos i found a picher plant aat lows today it is in a clear plastic container how long will it live in their do i need to take it out and put it in smothing different if so what love nettie got a poor little sun dew also they gave me 100 off it cause it looks sick got any advice for me please.
Those have to be watered in rain water or distilled water. They can have NO chemicals or minerals at all in soil or water. I would take them out of their pots and replant in a mix of perlite and spaghnum moss and water from bottom of container. The pitchers and VFT can stay outside all winter. They are hardy and need the cold to allow them to go dormant and even if they freeze up in the pot of snow or ice, they will thaw and grow off beautiful in spring. Just remember, city water will kill them. Probably Lowes watered with their city water and that is why that one looks sick. I would wash off the roots asap with rain water. Then re-pot them. Hope that helps Nettie. I love mine.
thanks mekos i have thought about doing this for a while but thought i saw s post where you had some and thought you would know love and hugs when you have time let me know if i need to do a small bog to put in the greenhouse for those two little plants or if they will live in the kitchen window until spring love and hugs nettie
We learned about making rain barrels as a method of water conservation but it would also be good for you CP loving gardeners. I am going to set one up at the nursery. I have some info on it if anyone is interested.
I went and got a few loads of sheep manure this past week. My first time using it but I am told I can use it right now instead of waiting for the horse manure to age. I asked our horticulturist at the MG class and he said we can use it now because a sheep has 4 stomachs with a high acid content which makes it come out "ready".
I am also working on a compost bin. All of my greehouse cuttings, spilled dirt, all that stuff go into a "compostable materials" bin inside the greenhouse and then gets dumped outside when it gets full.
The girls worked with me in the greenhouse yesterday for the first time. It was great. We divided 32 Hosta plants and ended up with 170. We trimmed the roots before repotting and we referred to the cut as a "bikini wax". Haircuts on top and bikini waxes on bottom LOL.. It was a fun day.
We are going to have a light frost tonight so I am taking as many cuttings as I can today from around the house to the nursery. I have a few more Coleus to propagate.. so that's what my day will consist of. Got the phone and fax line set up at the nursery yesterday. I am looking at an opening date of Feb 12th. I wanted to be open the weekend before Valentine's Day. Well I better quit writing this book and get outside! Have a good day everyone!
Morning all - Happy weekend everyone! We finally got our two main rooms finished and started moving furniture back in last week. This seems to be taking forever to put on 4 coats of polyvarnish , but the coats have to cure completely dry before adding more. Got the sofa and TV back in place just yesterday. Only one more room to finish in the next couple of weeks. It looks nice so far.
Hi everyone.. I need some help/advice/insight.. Have any of you ever rooted hydrangea cuttings? I just clipped back all of my hydrangeas and I plan to propagate them. I have a mixture of softwood and green cuttings and plan on using root hormone with a pro mix of peat,vermiculite,perlite, dolomite in 4"pots. They'll be in the greehouse, but just wondered if anyone had any secrets to share ;-)
I have some purple wandering jew that I plant in front of the taller plants in my whiskey barrels to trail over the front. There is too much for me to bring in for the winter, so I usually just let them freeze. Most of them have roots already on them. If anyone wants some of these starts, I am sending them out for $2.50 which is the average price of postage. That is a bundle of 6-8 very nice starts. D-mail me if you want to save some of these from certain death! :-))
Nettie, they can have full sun.
Mechelle, I root lots of them and I just cut the pieces and stick them in a good potting soil and keep damp till you see new growth. It will look like dead sticks, for a bit as it works on the root growth, then you will see green tidbits popping out all over the sticks.Root hormone is good too. But you might want to keep the bottom of the pots warm. I usually root those in summer when it is hot out. They seem to do better for me at that time, but inside if you can find a warm place to keep them or heat mat, should be just fine. Azaleas root better during july. Some plants just need that warm bottom to make the roots grow. I'm gonna send you a d-mail, look for it please.
mekos ... I need a warm bottom for me to do well too. :-))
ridesredmule... is that peroxide in water good for any plants you are trying to root?
I went to the nursery today to buy some rootone, because I hadn't been able to find it anywhere else. They told me it and everything like it had been pulled from the shelves this summer. The FDA banned something that was in it. They are coming out with something new (I'm SURE it wont be as good!!!! Darn FDA anyway!) and they thought they would have it by February. I really wanted it for things I am trying to root to save over the winter. I got something else that is a root stimulator that you mix in water. I usually don't use any hormone, but was going to give it a try.
mekos im sory i thought you ment me im crazy can,t be helped i think i was born this way i looked every where for a pot to do a bog garden in and finally bought a horse feeding bucket i think it will be deep enoiugh its not as deep as the horses feed trough but should hold water fine. love and hugs nrttie .
robin may we have a new thread love nettie .this one is real long. i love your rose i have a tea rose that color and smels good. i think it is a grenada like the ford car i yhink ive got three of them. if the grand sons dog hasn,t dug them up carma loves to dig a hole to sleep in ive tried every thing to stop her.
I wondered if anyone would have an answer for this?
My Castor Bean plants have put up huge spikes full of seed pods. They are so heavy they are pulling the plant over. I have been harvesting seeds from them as they had groups of 4-6 pods and would all dry about the same time. These must have 20 or 30 pods on them. I wondered if I should cut off the stalk and let it dry in the house so the plants didn't hang over, or leave them on the plant until the pods dried. I don't like them hanging so low to the ground. I tried to keep them up by hooking over the fence, but the wind sometimes pulls them off the fence. They are pretty good size pods and have been there for a while.
Crit, the best way is always to let it dry on the stalk but it will also be ok to cut the stalk and hang upside down-like stalk up and seed pods hang down in a dry paper bag and hang in the sun outside from maybe the top of the porch or somewhere critters won't get them and eat them before you can get the seeds. But that should be ok. The paper bag or net bag will catch any seeds that might fall out and still let air get in to help the drying process.
Crit, the brand I can get is Hormodin. It's commercial root hormone and the size I can get is a large 1 lb tub. There are three different ones:
Hormodin 1- $24.95 plus shipping (no tax)
General purpose for propagating roses, carnations, poinsettas, some shrubs and most home and garden plants.
Hormodin 2-$28.95 plus shipping (no tax)
for propagating woody and semi woody plants including evergreens
Hormodin 3- $24.95 plus shipping (no tax)
For propagating the more difficult to root varieties including evergreens and dormant leafless cuttings.
I put it on here in case anyone would like to order it. You can just dmail me and let me know. I will have to call and find out about shipping cost. I would be happy to split one if anyone needed me to do that.