Hi Ronnie! I like your dilutedJC! Your photo of the entire vine is really beautiful! Would you like to trade a hige I. purpurea mix for some of your DilutedJC seeds? My mix is from the container I grew last year that had the Pink Flaked Hige, the Light Blue with pink centers I. purpurea hige, and that odd white hige. I have no idea what seeds are in the mix, but you will likely get seeds from all three different higes.
Nice of you to offer seeds and glad to see you posting. For a stained glass effect, I think the single purps beat their poofy hige relatives (but imho they are certainly all swoonable). But I have enuf seeds and just wanted to stop by and yak atcha :) Hopefully I'll get a better seed harvest this year and will trade with ya later this year.
Hi Karen, I too have been smitten with the purps! Hopefully this season I will have lots more to trade too...hoping all the health, and financial problems are behind me!! Sooo looking forward to a new growing season without pain!
Ronnie, that is such good news that you've overcome those health and financial problems to the extent that you have. I'm hoping along with you for a pain-free summer of gardening for you, too.
The thing I hate about a really bad glitch in the back that paralyzes you is that trip down all our steps to the street with the stretcher and well wishers gathered - and it seemed like every cat in the neighborhood was on those steps under the feet of the ambulance techies carting me down hill. It was a spectacle! very embarassing
The outcome was positive, thank goodness and physical therapy, and we ultimately wound up adopting two of those cats - Casey and Bandit - who populated our window sills and hearth with peace and contentment - not to mention keeping down certain critters in the garden
But all of this verbose rambling is just to say that I'll be right with you in the Behave Yourself Department this summer when it comes to gardening and back/joint issues.
Ronnie - Dmail me your address again, please. (I can't find it.) I don't need any additional I. purpurea seeds other than the dilutedJC! I have plenty from everyone already, but thank you for the offer.
I've decided to grow I. nils in Spring - early Summer. And then I. purpureas in late Summer through late Fall. :-) Trying to grow around the rust seasonal problem. :-) We'll see how that works out this year...
Ronnie and Karen - Sorry to hear about your back problem woes and financial woes. I hope 2011 is a much better year both health-wise and financially for both of you. So far my back has held up except the occasional problem which usually goes away on it's own after 2-3 days. And financially, we're hanging in there, too! :-)
2011 is looking up in some industries here, though these gas prices are gonna cause a problem for everyone everywhere. I've already heard that the prices may go up to $5 a gallon by the end of summer. I wouldn't be surprised. My dh and I can both ride a bike to our workplaces if need be. My daughter is going to find it a real challenge because drives further than us as does my youngest son. My oldest son works at home. :-) But we all know the domino effect these high gas prices are going to have on everything else! Ugh!
Well, chicken coops have certainly come a long way - I thought some of those anagrams were wonderfully silly and others horribly gross - thank you for the laughter, though.
I'd like to stay posted on how your backs do this summer - any discussion on simplying gardens for diminishing physical powers would be most welcome - not to mention things to do to help the back as the gardening season picks up.
Karen - My way to make gardening easier (by necessity because of my yard soil) is to grow most everything in containers now. The containers are higher than the ground. :-)
I got some great advice by Al (tapala) about making my own potting mix. So gave it a try last year! I am removing the dead plants and playing in the potting mix that is now a year old and it looks GREAT!!! I will only need to add fertilizer and a little compost to it and it will be good to go for new plants this year! That is going to save me money in potting mix! All my plants grew well in it last year, so I am curious to see how plants do this year in this reused soil. :-) I think they are going to be very happy!!! :-)
Becky , it's strange that I don't get rust on my morning glories. I cannot grow hollyhocks
because the rust is so ugly on them. I grew cardinal climber last year and never knew
it had rust because it was on the underside of the leaves. Nothing on the morning glories.
zinniared - Cardinal climber is a morning glory species. (In case you didn't know! LOL!) That is so interesting that you didn't get rust on your I. nil morning glories. Weather often plays a large part. Rust needs humidity to spread. Planting them in full sun during the dry season works the best. I get rust on so many plants here in Florida. The Pine trees are the worst! I don't have pine trees in my yard, but they are all around me on the vacant lots. Rust also shows up on canna, daylilies, and many other plants. Their rust is not the same kind of rust that gets on I. nils though. I believe that each species of plant has a different rust fungus that attacks it. Some may be very similar. I just know that I have to water my plants now during the day so the water has time to dry on the surface of the plants. And even then, I could still get rust even now. The rust fungus spores are probably all over my yard and just need the right host plant and humidity to trigger an outbreak!
Destroy the vines by bagging them up and sending them out to be picked up by the garbage collection. No chemicals I've ever used worked. And the fungus will spread if not removed from your yard. I think the fungus starts in the top soil or wherever the spores lie and move up the vine literally destroying it. If you catch it early enough, you could try just removing the affected leaves, but you'll have to check and remove daily. And even then ... it may outrun you! It seems to spread from water or rain. So when it is dry, not as likely to get rust. I also water my plants from the roots using self-watering buckets. That keep water from splashing on the vines ... which might encourage rust to form and spread. That's my experience with rust. Others here may have some better advice...
I had an acquaintance tell me they had limited success using potassium bicarbonate. Their trick was to make sure to get as much of the back sides of the leaves as possible, and also to make sure to use a spreader/sticker (surfactant) to make the stuff coat the foliage better. Not so sure it was worth the effort. Just thought I'd add what had crossed my mind.