I keep looking at that sad looking Naked Lady bulb, the others have green on them and that one don't. It is the one that has already had the leaves on it, I guess I did not dig up all the Naked Lady plants out of the garden, I went out the other day and there are leaves coming up! How much longer do you think it will be before I see anything on the first one? It is bulb 1, the bare one. I know I need patience, but that is hard to find sometimes.
Can someone tell me when to bring out my Chrysanthemums and my Geraniums? I think it might be time to see what is going on and start adding water to them. Do I pinch the stems, or just bring them out into the light and warmth? Help, themoonhowl or whomever knows what to do, I hope my pompom mums will come back, they are Ursula Lavender and they are beautiful when they are blooming and they smell wonderful!
Went for another walk up to the store and the neighbor's Irises are coming up and so is his Sedum, mine are too, I want to get out there and clean out the leaves, but it is still cold and there is snow on the ground. I think I will wait until the snow is gone and the sun is shining before I tackle that particular job.
I brought my mums out and cut them back,watered them until it ran out of the holes and put it in the windowsill, it is in the 60's now. How often should I water it and will it be ok if I left it in the window all the time? The daytime temps are going to be in the mid to upper 50's and the nitetime temps in the 30's and 40's.
When I got the mums, there was not enough time before the first frost for them to be able to stand the winter, although if I had known that this winter was going to be as mild as this has been, I might have tried it, but our winters are usually very cold temps and lots of snow. But the lake has not frozen over and the snowmobiles have not been out at all. Which sometimes I am glad of that, they have a penchant for riding them at 1 or 2 in the morning. But that is the reason they are not in the ground now, thanks for the advice on watering, when the last frost date is past, I will plant them.
Here's a map showing last frost dates...yours isn't until May unfortunately. http://www.thegardenhelper.com/frostmap.html But if you want to plant things earlier you can, you just need to pay attention and make sure you go cover things up if you're going to have a cold snap. I'd probably wait until about mid-April though, having lived in Ohio for many years March feels a bit risky to me.
Thanks ecrane3, next week is going to be in the upper 50's to lower 60's but of course that may change without notice and who knows what the week after that may be like. I think I will do as you suggest and wait until mid-April, no need to screw this up by planting too early.
Now that you can see what I am talking about, I don't know whether I have a Common Privet or a Lilac bush. I researched it and they say that the privet has a unpleasant smell, but this one has a very sweet smell. Maybe you can tell me from the buds that are on it already what it is. I was so excited to see buds already, but the trees are budding and my Irises are coming up. So help!
Here is a picture of the Naked Lady plant that I obviously missed when I dug up the others, I should have left all of them in the ground, it looks like these are doing quite well. Let me know what you think. It looks like there might be more than one or maybe I am mistaken.
The Buds on your shrub look like Lilac to me and Common Privet either stays evergreen in most zones, but where they loose there leaves, the new buds are smaller in bud, have a tiny pointed bud and are not as plump as yours, the hardest part identifying these 2 plants apart is when they are both in leaf and no buds on either plant, but as the season progresses they are most certainly different. Hope this helps you out.
Does anyone know the proper name for the plant Naked Lady as I've never heard this name for this type of plant in the pictures.
Good luck WeeNel.
Forgot to mention my spring flowers to date are Daffodils, a bright red Rhododendron, large buds on many other ones but no colour yet, Wall flower, Crocus, the green shoots of the Bluebell woods are not long before they burst into flower, I would say about 4 weeks for that. green shoots on all the different Clematis, our Snowdrops are over for this year, so here in Bonnie Scotland, Spring has Sprung and must say, it's a wonderful sight after the long, wet, windy and extremely cold winter we've had and no doubt will still show us that it's not quite finished with us yet.
Happy gardening to all.
1, the naked lady leaves,2,lilac plant,3,irises. As you can see everything is growing really well, and next week it is supposed to be just as warm as this week was. I was riding to work yesterday and we went past some swamps and I could hear the frogs, I am not kidding they were loud!
My neighbor is going to thin out his roses and said he would give me some, are they hard to take care of? They are yellow and beautiful when they bloom, do they take a year off when you transplant them? And what exactly do you have to do when you transplant them, I guess you just can't take a cutting and stick in the ground, although it would be nice if you can. Is it possible to transplant them and they will grow?
Hmmm. I can't seem to find it. I will keep looking though. My Daffies have bloomes already,( January- Febuary) and there are a couple left. My tulip lily bulb has begun to show flower color... It looks purplish- burgundey. I will try for a good photo tomarrow, if it doesn't rain first... Here are the daffodils I mentioned. And there is one of my blackberry coming out of dormancy.
This naked lady leaves are really going to town, if what I read is right, I WILL have blooms this year, I have been taking out my morning glories,and the naked ladies that I have here in the house and leaving them out for a while in the sun.
I went back and found 2 pictures of the flowers that this plant produces, the first one is at a distance and the next one is close up, I can't find any pics of young buds for white Lilacs, so these will have to do. I could have sat and stuck my nose in there and smelled them all day, they smelled heavenly.
First one is the Naked Lady plant, second is the Tiger Lilies I planted last summer in the backyard, I was worried because I forgot where I planted them, but this afternoon they showed themselves, I always wanted to have Tiger Lilies, now I know how easy they are to take care of.
I have had it out for a couple of days and brought it in at night, I kept it inside today because of the weather, so will plant it tomorrow. I was thinking of putting it inside the trellis and be able to see it when I look out the door, but they don't like their "feet" wet, and the place where I was thinking of putting it floods when it rains really hard, but drains quickly, what do you think?
I planted it between the Irises not too far from the other one, I took it out of the pot and you would not believe the roots that it has! I planted it so the dirt was around the neck, now since I did that will it still bloom? I did not disturb the root system and the Miracle Gro potting soil went into the hole with it, the ground is already moist so I don't have to water it, I tamped it down real firm with my shoe and hopefully it will bloom. The others I had out for a little while but it is getting time for me to go to work so had to bring the others in, the morning glory is still blooming too.
Is it ok to plant the other Naked Lady plants? They have a little green on them? I guess I will wait until the mystery plant blooms to be able to tell what it is, one person says Lilac, one person says Privet and another said Honeysuckle, I will just wait and have that icky word...PATIENCE!!!!!
Thank you themoonhowl, I will do that tomorrow. I have another question, would it be ok to plant my mums outside now? It has not grown any since I got it out, I think it is dead, there is no greenery at all. Should I take it out of the potting soil that it is in and put it in the ground, the potting soil feels really moist to me, I think it might be too wet. I could take it out of the pot and see if it is mildewed or not. What is your advice?
My Rose of Sharon bushes are getting greenery on them, remember the ones I told you that a friend gave me that looked dead? Well, I went out and checked, the one has greenery on it but the other one don't, maybe it just has to get going, hopefully they all will have leaves on them this year.
Sounds like things are beginning to take off there. Remember to give plants a chance to revive from the winter before you worry overmuch. It takes some plants longer than others to wake up and break dormancy. Most of all, take time to enjoy each plant as they return. That is the reward for patience.
My mums bloomed last fall, then died back only to grow leaves in spring. Was it the sun? The leaves were up, and the flowers shriveled. I am not sure of the cause. My Verbenas are blooming now, the evergreen kind with purple blooms. I want to post a photo of my tulip lily later.
You need to start gradually moving the MG toward the sun...bright light outside for a couple days, early morning sun for a couple days and then gradually over two or three days into full sun. If the night time temps are consistently above 40 degrees, you can leave the MG outside overnight. So, in 10days to 2 weeks it should be ready for a sunny spot in the garden.
Which amaryllis do you have? There are a number of different things that go by the common name amaryllis but I think most of them are hardy in zone 8 so you probably could have left them outdoors year round and they would have been fine. If it's been indoors though you'll need to harden it off to outdoor light/temperatures (expose it a little more each day to both colder temps and higher light levels) but you could certainly start that process now.
You aint gonna believe this, I just took my geraniums out of where they spent the winter and they are growing on the tips of the dead ones! They are white and have small white flowers on the tops of them, here are some pictures of them, what do I do now?
Teddy, those are not flowers. Those are new leaves that have no Chlorophyll. If you give it some light, they will turn green. Do not put it in direct sun, but place it outside in the shade. The leaves manufacture chlorophyll from exposure to sunlight. They will start greening up even in the shade. each day, move the plant a little bit closer to brighter light over the next week. You should have green leaves in just a few days.
Thank you themoonhowl, that was great to hear, I did not want to have to throw it away. Those are the flowers from my dad's funeral and they are in a pot so I can enjoy them year after year. That is the way they were ordered from the florist. I may have to wait a couple of days before I put them outside, it is not supposed to be real warm until at least Tuesday, tomorrow it is supposed to be in just the 50's, the low 50's, and sunny, is that ok or should I wait until Tuesday when it is supposed to be in the 60's, which do you think? And do I take anything that looks dead off? There are dead leaves, should I get rid of them or just leave them alone?
You can move it out in the day time...today...just keep it in the shade. Wait til it starts greening up before you cut any dead off...that way you don't accidentally cut away ant new growth. It can stay out as long as the night temperatures stay above about 42 degrees. Ortherwise bring it in at night and back out in the morning.
The one naked lady bulb that had its leaves in the winter is starting to make leaves again! Is that normal? I went out and looked and there is a little green leaf starting to emerge from it, and the other ones are doing good too. I thought they only made leaves once and then bloomed in a couple of months, maybe it got confused because I planted it in the ground and this screwy weather has it more mixed up.
been outside doing the one thing about gardening that is not my favorite, weeding and trimming, got a new pair of grass trimmers to get close to the plants and gave it a workout. Although I pooped out before I got to the Sedum row, it was the most workout that I have had in a while :)! It does look better, do you remember when I told you about the Rose of Sharon plants that my friend gave me? I had 3, two of them have greenery on them, the one around back did not do anything, it had no greenery on it and so I left it, well, today the neighbor who normally mows the grass did not notice it and cut it down to the root, so I pulled it up and it did not have any roots on it at all, so I just threw it away, at least the other two are doing well. Going to have a well deserved cup of coffee and rest, I think I deserve it even if no one else does, Hoppy Easter everyone!
These are the things that the Geraniums are in under the dirt, as you can tell they are starting to come out, should I do anything to them like transfer them to another pot that has more potting soil in it, or what should I do? It is getting more greenery on it so I know it is still healthy, I just don't want to screw it up, it got quite a bit of sunshine and fresh air today and I cleaned out all the dead needles from the soil and found some more green. But I don't know if I should cut the long leaves from the fern that is in there, I am not sure what or why it is in there but they are there.
I have got 3 of my Morning Glory seeds soaking to put in a pot to get them started for this summer. They are the red ones that I grew on the trellis, and I wanted to see if the starts would work better than the seeds. Going to go around the yard and see where I can put them that they would be in the full sun, I will have to put something around them so the neighbor won't mow them down. I was thinking of putting bricks around the Irises and the Sedum and I think there is enough to go all the way down and also around the Morning Glories at the back fence. They will like climbing the fence, it will make that unsightly fence look pretty. I had some wood pieces gave to me but they are falling apart and I don't think they will work. Wish me luck! So that is why I am going to put bricks around them.
Teddy, instead of using pots for your seeds, use biodegradable containers like paper towel and toilet paper rolls. You can cut them to the right depth and put them directly in the ground when the seedling is ready. that way you don't disturb the new roots when you transplant them.
I planted 3 of my red mg seeds yesterday and have the flourescent light on them because of course still too cold for them to be in the ground. My other plants got a good drink this morning, we had several storms pass through and gave them some water, I went to the page you posted themoonhowl and put them in one of the margarine tubs that had the naked lady plants in. So here is hoping that they decide to grow for me.
I think my Geraniums are dying, the one that had the greenery on it is turning black and the others don't even have green on them. I scraped them a little on the stem and it was brown and no green, what should I do? I was thinking of taking them out of the pot and putting the rose in it instead. That way I could move the pot where the rose will get the most sun. The only thing that has green on it is the ferns that were in the pot with the Geraniums. So what should I do?
Have they been outside during a frost? Could be cold damage. Otherwise if they've been indoors then black most likely means too much water. If they were outside and got cold damaged I'd leave them alone for a bit and see if they come back, frost often damages leaves without killing the plant.
LOL...I was waiting for that...Unfortunately Teddy, that is one thing gardeners MUST cultivate...Nature moves at her own pace and there is nothing we can do to change that. Like the old TV ad...Ya can't rush Mother Nature.
I looked on the Roses and by golly there they are! I tried to get a close-up of them, but had my hubby do them, he knows how to focus this new camera he gave me, as you can see, the little red buds are coming on and the one on top is getting rather big. Hopefully that means I am doing things right by leaving it alone until Sunday when I will water it again. I figured since I planted it on that day, I would wait until then to water it again.
should I cover up my rose bush tonight? It is supposed to get to below freezing tonight and tomorrow night too. I don't want to freeze the buds off. So should I cover it with a bucket? The bucket is the only thing I have that will fit over it.
I can feel the Iris buds coming up to the top, I guess the cold weather did not hurt them, they were more established, they were planted last summer. Hopefully the Tiger Lilies and the Roses will do as well as the Irises.
Here is a picture of one of my Iris plants in the front yard around the iron pole. I took a whole lot of pictures last year when the Irises came up so this year I thought just one would show you that they are coming up just fine. There is one that is shorter this year than the previous year but it is still blooming. It will be interesting to see if they remain brown or turn purple, they say that if pesticide or weed killer that might change the color of the bud, sometimes they go back to the regular color or stay the same that they are now, so who knows what color they will be. Whatever it is, I love them.
My rose died. I don't know why, but it was dormant, then died. Anyway, my backyard is better looking now that i have some annuals and perenials planted, my sea lavender is a haven for bees all the sudden. I fertilize periodically to make lots of flowers develope.
my hybrid tea rose is sitting there. i dont think she plans on doing anything for a while. i fertilized on a regular schedule. sea lavender sounds wonderful Bloomfly! if you havent removed the rose, maybe you can cut all of the canes back and that usually produces new fresh growth from the bottom.
Teddy, great for the rose; im curious about the brown iris flowers!
Need emergency help for the rose, the neighbor came and mowed the grass and hit the rose, I will post a picture and maybe you can tell me if you think it will come out of it or should I dig it up and throw it away.
I would always give plants a chance (except in the case of a tree that's about to drop a large branch on the house or something along those lines). You might prune just below the damaged section, that should stimulate some new growth. And see if you can't put up a little fence or something to keep your neighbor from accidentally hitting it with the mower again.
agreed. just cut out the damaged portions and make sure you cut to a bud-so that there isn't a stub. or you can cut the entire cane down. roses benefit from pruning, just expect flowers to naturally come a little later. a barrier will definitely help. even edging of some type will signal the neighbor to stop mowing.
I put 3 small bricks around the rose, and hopefully it will help. When he mows again, he will not hit the rose again. I will cut the damaged parts off and see if that will help. The Geranium did not make it and I tossed it in the backyard, it had water and I thought that putting Miracle-Gro on it would help it, but no luck. It just did not make it. So I hope the rose will make it. Which direction should I make the cut, toward the middle or toward the outside, or should I just make the cut the same direction that the skinned place is?
As you can see I cut the damaged cane off at a angle just above the eye. I did not have clear nail polish so it had to be gray. This is taken from above it, so here is hoping that it will survive and grow. Have to keep my hubby from pulling it up, is there anything else I should do about it? I was going to water it but it is going to rain tonight. So everyone please keep your fingers crossed.
I think the rose is dead, I went out and scraped a small spot and there was no green, does that mean it is dead? I don't want to pull it up if there is a chance, but no greenery usually means death. It is not doing anything, I thought maybe even though it got skinned it would be doing something. Is there something else I can try to find out if it is alive or not?
good news, I cut of the other damaged cane and put nail polish on it and I noticed it had greenery on it. So that means it is not dead yet, would it be okay if I put some Miracle-Gro on it? I put some on last month.
The first 2 pictures are the mystery plant that I have not found out what it is yet, the third is my Iris getting ready to bloom. If someone can tell me what the mystery plant is so I can take better care of it, I need to know so I can figure out how big it is going to get or if it is going to attract bees or hummingbirds. I HOPE it attracts the hummers. I had to cut the other cane on my rose bush, and the buds are still there and there looks like they are still alive, so I am just going to leave it alone and see what it does.
As you can see the rose is still alive, it has another red bud eye and the tips of the others are green!!!!! The gray you see is fingernail polish to seal the cuts that I made, I did not have any clear polish so I put gray on it, I think it is better than blue or purple.
I thought my rose was either dead or close to it, but I went out and got as close as I could get and got a surprise, more red eye buds! The ones that were on there before are green at the tips and there is green spots on the base. So there might be life in the old girl yet.:) Took this picture to show you what I found.
I just bought a wonderful white rose. I believe they called it a Glacier rose. My dormant rose died, I have no clue why. Good luck teddy! My white rose is happily growing, and i already got to cut some to bring inside.
This is the rose of sharon that my friend sprayed with weed killer, it is looking like it is going to make it. It has leaves and hopefully it will bloom sometime soon. I know it might not this year, but hopefully it might next year.
My friend who bought me the Peace rose thinks his is dying, mine on the other hand is growing! Here is a picture that I tried to get this morning, as you can tell the little red eye buds are getting longer, but I did find those suckers that they talk about and pulled them off. What happens if you just leave those things on?
Well I guess we don't have to wonder if the rose is going to make it, from what I am seeing it is a living plant. I had to get my hubby to set the correct settings for me to get this close without blurring it. I am just wondering, how will I know when it is time to water it again? We had some rain last week, but it don't look dry to me. I guess I can stick my finger in the soil and see if it is dry, but I saw all those red bud eyes and the other ones getting longer and bigger and almost cried. I was hoping I would not have to dig it up and throw it away.
This is the purple Irises that my friend from the club gave me, and they are actually the color they are supposed to be, which is odd but they are beautiful, and the fragarance is VERY different from the brown.
This is rosey as I call the hybrid rose. The sun and warmer temps are really giving it what it needs, do you think it will bloom this year? I am not sure since it was sort of pruned before it needed it;) I did not think it would make it but it looks like it is going to.
Hard to say--it's got a lot of growing to do to make up for the very severe pruning, so it may not get around to blooming. But maybe it could bloom, you'll just have to wait and see. If it does bloom, it'll definitely start later in the year than it would have otherwise.
ecrane3, thank you and I think "rosey" is trying her best to grow fast, I think the hard pruning did the trick. I took this one this afternoon, every day I go out to look, it seems like it has grown more, sorry if it seems like I am obsessing about her but after her rocky start, I am glad to see any new growth.
I decided to try to give the rose some more room, maybe that will give it some more air too. So I rearranged the bricks so they looked a little more organized and neat. How does it look to you? I also gave it some more water, the other picture is the morning glory that has been in the house all winter, I don't know if it will bloom anymore but I planted it anyway and gave it quite a bit of water, it has been so dry here. The naked lady plant that I forgot and left in the ground has had leaves and they are dying back, so I am pretty sure that at least one plant will bloom this summer. One of the ones that had leaves on it during the winter has gotten leaves on it again, so it might bloom too.
what's good is, you know that that new growth is stronger than the previous growth. pruning generally benefits roses. sine its a hybrid tea, you should definitely get blooms before winter. they produce blooms in flushes of growth. mine just finished blooming the other day.
These two pics I took today, one of course is rosey, she seems to be doing well after all that water we gave her last night, and if I am not wrong, the one of the Iris is verigated! I noticed that it was a lot lighter in color and had some darker color in the lower leaves, I thought maybe it was the way the sun was shining thru the lattice and then I saw it was different colors. How interesting is that? But anyway nature has a lot of surprises she loves to throw at the novice gardener, and although I grow a lot of flowers, I still consider myself a novice. I thought maybe you can tell me if this is a rarity or just like I said, one of natures tricks.
here is the foilage, I smelled it and it does not have the strong scent that the others do. Also the Naked Lady that was left in the ground has died off, which means I will have at least one flower this summer, right? Should I water rosey real good again tonight, it is in the 90's right now.
You need to soak the ground around your rose weekly if there is not sufficient rain each week to do so. Roses like deep watering...that is water that is allowed to soak deeply into the ground. Think of it as drinking a whole glass of water at one time, as opposed to sipping water...Roses like drinks, not sips. Also, one deep soaking each week is much better for them than adding a little water every day. Use the same finger test you do for potted plants...if the soil is dry down into the ground for the length of your finger, then it is okay to water. But remember, roses do not want to sit in water for extended periods of time.
I have a question, I have some tiger lilies in the backyard. They get some sun and shade too, one of the neighbors has some that have bloomed, and another has some that are going to bloom soon. Here is a picture of mine, I planted them last summer, is that why they have not bloomed yet? Do they need some time to get established before they do? I know I probably need that word patience, but it is hard when everyone else's is blooming and yours isn't even got the stems coming up yet.
Some pictures to share with you. 1.Naked Lady leaves,2.morning glories3.rosey. I thought you might like to see how my flowers are doing, I gave rosey a dose of Miracle-gro the 7th and she really loved it, I am anxious to see which of my morning glories will bloom first, I know they are just coming up so it will be a while. I am going to get some more and put them where they get a lot of sun and see what happens.
Does anyone have cardinal climber seeds that they are willing to part with? I have checked with the couple of stores that are with in walking distance and they don't have any. I have morning glories coming up but I have heard that the hummingbirds like the cc.
Can you plant them in the same area that the morning glories are in? Any advice would be helpful.
Sorry teddy, my stores are out as well, must be a very popular plant! I just took a closer look at my cosmos, some are flowering now, short and sweet, others are still growing, no buds in sight, any idea why that is? They were all seeded at the same time. I've been so busy with the gardens lately that i haven't been on a whole lot. The confederate Jasmine blooming season is ending here, I already miss the cheery scents they made.
I am not sure why that is, when I had mine they acted crazy, they grew and grew and grew and finally bloomed and the blooms were not that great in my opinion. I had one that grew taller than me, and when it bloomed it was no bigger than a pencil eraser! I think it was because it was in the shade and they love sun, I did not plant any this year because I did not want to have to tie them to the lattice again because of their growing so tall. The wind would blow them over and break the stalks. We have had rain today and the morning glories are busting out all over, the other day we just had a few bunches in a few places, now the ones that are up are getting their second set of leaves and more have popped up. Rosey is doing well, she had lake water last night and now this rain, she won't need to be watered for a while.
The soil seems to be sinking where rosey is, should I try to find some more to put around her or do you think that is alright? I don't want to screw anything up that I have going good. I think I will have to give her another drink tonight, she looks kind of dry and it is hot. I will wait until it cools down this evening though. My hubby gave her a good drink of lake water the other night, but it is very hot and very dry, what do you think? I don't want to drown her, would have taken a picture to show you but my camera batteries are recharging.
Teddy, do the same thing with your rose as with your potted plants. Poke a hole 2 or 3 inches into the ground and check to see if the soil is moist...if so, wait and check again in a day or so...if dry, then fill a gallon milk jug or watering can with water and slowly pour it around the plant, letting it soak in as you water. Roses like good deep soaking in order for their roots to travel downward...giving them little sips of water makes the roots stay very close to the surface of the ground and makes them susceptible to damage and freezes. It is less damaging for Rosie to go a day or two dry than to over-water her...
This is what I meant when I said the soil was sinking around rosey, I did water her very well and I poured the water on the ground around the roots and waited until it soaked in, then I poured some more until it was gone. Is it ok for one of her roots to be exposed? I think I can dig some dirt from the back yard and fill it in if it needs to be done, I ran out of miracle grow potting soil so I can't put that in there. What do you think?
I planted my mums outside after I got them out of hibernation, nothing is happening, should I water it some more, or just wait? They were the lavender ones. The stubs are poking out but that is all, am I just impatient or are they a lost cause too? I will take a picture to let you see what I mean.
Remember I told you that the ground around her roots was beginning to sink? Look what my hubby did! he got some potting soil to cover her up and help cool her down. Is that enough or should we put more on there?
I can't really see how far up the soil comes around the trunk, but you don't want it too deep against the trunk as it looks to be a grafted rose and you don't want the soil above the bud union...just ease it back from the trunk a little and leave the rest covering the roots.
Do you think she will try another bud? I posted to another web page and they said it looks like something tried to eat it, is there anything we can put around it to protect it from rabbits and other animals that like to eat rose buds? Another person suggested putting a 5 gallon bucket over her at night but what about during the day? Need help here, want to keep her going and have a nice large rose before the cold weather hits.
Thanks themoonhowl it is getting a lot better, it does not look like ground up hamburger anymore, it looks more like a foot,lol! I transplanted the Morning Glory that I had in the house inside the trellis, and my hubby ran over it with the weedeater, I thought it was a goner and last night while I was out,(with this antibiotic I am on) I can't be out in the sun so while it was cloudy I was out and this is what I found. And here is rosey. It is not very big, but hopefuly it will grow bigger and twine with its brothers and sisters.
I have a question for you, how often should I water in this extreme heat? Right now at 6 pm it is 100 degrees. I usually wait until the sun goes down and it cools down some, I would water in the mornings but I am not a morning person and it is usually too hot to water in the mornings unless you get up when the sun rises. I was thinking of putting a couple of gallons of water on her this evening, what do you think?
Do the finger test--nobody here can tell you how often to water because it varies so much depending on your soil, how much sun the area gets, etc. But sticking your finger down in the dirt will tell you if it's getting too dry or not.
If you do need to water, I know you're not a morning person but it's definitely better to water then. You live in a humid enough climate that if you water in the evening, the leaves can stay wet a long time which encourages fungal growth. If you must water in the evening, be really careful not to get water on the leaves and then you should be alright, but otherwise it's better to water in the morning.
Got a question,what can I make that is easy and cheap to make to shade rosey in the hottest part of the day? I was thinking of taking a piece of cardboard, put aluminum foil on it and stapling it on the post behind her and take a couple of sticks and put them on the corners and make kind of like a canopy for her. Then when it gets too hot like it has been, I can lower it down and when it gets cooler, attach it to the post. How does that sound?
Can you remind us when the rose was planted originally? If it was in your garden last year it should be well enough established that it doesn't need shade rigged up for it. Only time I would try to rig up shade for plants is if they are things that were just planted this year and didn't have a chance to get their roots going before it got hot.
Here is one of the first buds on my Rose of Sharon for this summer, it has another one I tried to take a picture of it but got too close and it was blurry, plus it was around the bees and one of THEM already got me once, I DON"T intend for THAT to happen again!
I am sorry I have not been on here lately, every time I tried to get on here it told me that I could not get on the web page, here are some new pictures and a question. Picture 1 is Rosey, she loves the cooler weather, picture 2 is my first ros bloom, and picture 3 is the one I have a question about, it is a couple of naked lady bulbs and it looks like it is going to grow new leaves, I thought that they only grew leaves in the winter, help, I am confused! My other neighbors have ones that are up and blooming now, is it because I messed around with them too much? I was trying to think of a place where I could transplant them and they will be in the sun, I don't think they like being in the shade with the morning glories and irises. They get too much water, if I move them into the sun I will just forget about them and see what they do, but they will be around the side of the house because that is the only place where the sun shines more than the rest of the house.
Its possible it didn't get the required energy to go through the blooming cycle. Plants will sometimes skip blooming if they don't have the energy.
Under similar circumstances, Titan arum. blooms randomly, but it has to get the energy from its leaf cycle first.
ok themoonhowl thanks. I have another rose of sharon bush that is closer to the house, it has not been big enough to have buds, but went out the other day and there were 2 of them. Don't know what color they are going to be but it will be pretty anyway. There is two more plants by the fence to the backyard, but the one is very small and the other one just never had any buds on it. Here is a picture of the new buds on the ros and also one of rosey, she is alsi doing very well. Especially for something that had such a hard start.
Different cultivars of the ROS bloom at different rates, so hang in there. Glad you are starting to see some buds. Rosie seems to be recovering nicely and hopefully will present you with beautiful blooms next year.
I was thinking of trying to grow a moonflower inside like I did the morning glories, what do you think of that idea? I have plenty of potting soil and have been reading up on them. Several of my neighbors have them and I think they would be an interesting project to try, I know that I can grow morning glories inside because you all saw the pictures, so I think the moonflower will be my next project inside this winter. I still have the flourescent light and like I said plenty of potting soil. I will try to find a small pot and when they get big enough and it is warm enough outside I will try to get them out of the pot without hurting the roots. Wish me luck!
Just opened the dried moonflower pod that my friend gave me and there is a bunch of seeds in it like they said! They are creamy white and hard, am I supposed to try to grow some in the house in wet paper towels? I am going to try to soak some in a small bowl and get them to sprout and put them in pots on my bookcase which is in a warm corner. What do you think I should do? I have another pod that is dried up and I think I will leave it alone until I see what the others do. Is there any advice that you can give me to be able to grow them in the house during the winter?
well, if its hot where you live and you make sure they have good moisture, they grow quite rapidly! when they're sown in spring they can usually take over a space by fall. well im speaking from growing them in New York (city). the seeds can also overwinter there.
you could it blooming before October.
I have a huge planter that my neighbor gave me and I was thinking of taking 2 seeds and nicking them and soaking them tonight and planting them Saturday, I have a 3 day weekend because of Labor Day. Will they grow ok in a planter? I don't want the next door neighbor to mow them down like he did with the rose and by the way she loves the cooler weather! I still have the 2 I put in the baggie with the wet coffee filter, how long before I see something happening with them and can I put them in the same planter with the other ones or would 4 seeds be too much in a planter?
thats a good idea, just plant all the seeds in the planter, crowding is okay in temporary containers/planters. expect to see some seedlings in a week or so. you will definitely have something growing in 2 weeks.
I just planted 4 moonflower seeds in this pot and watered them real good, the water was coming out of the bottom when I quit. Is this alright? I hope so because I used all my potting soil. I have it in front of the house where I had my flowers from Dad's funeral.
My mums are not doing anything, they look the same as they did when I planted them after cutting them back. Do I just dig them up and throw them away, or do I just water them real good? No greenery at all.
Here are my morning glories this year, they are late but they seems to like this cooler weather. The first one is the one I had in the house over the winter and the second one is the ones from last year. It is very hard to take a picture of a purple flower with a digital camera, it comes out blue, I have some very nice pictures of blue morning glories, they are supposed to be purple. But Irfanview helps me get the right color.
So far no results, I put the ones on the paper towels in a baggie and there is condensation, so it is like my own little greenhouse, the ones in the big pot have not come up yet, I thought I had sprouts but I guess they are weeds. I have no idea where the seeds are in the pot, I watered them and they got shifted around. So I put them in a very sunny spot in the back yard and hope to get at least a start on them growing. I hope I can get my hubby to let me bring them in this winter, I have some more but I was hoping to have big white flowers this winter when the snow flies(if we have any snow).
Can you tell me what can cause this color morning glory? It is in my neighbor's yard and I am going to get some seeds from it if I can when they start making the seeds. There are a couple that the veins inside are lighter than that, they are really striking. Can you buy that color at the store? Also how wet does the paper towels that have the moonflower seeds on have to be, they are on a paper plate so I can't have it too wet or the water will go right through.
I believe I have told you that the Rose of Sharon by the house had buds on it, well, one of them fell off and the other one is acting really weird. Here are the pictures, it is not acting like any ros I have seen. Maybe you can tell me what is going on.
I am just used to the white ones opening up, I am not sure what these are going to look like. But there is only one bud, there was a second one but I don't know what happened to it. But it looks really neat.
Will I need to cover Rosey tonight? They have frost warnings out for us, I think she might be ok, what do you think? Had to change my name because I got a different computer so this is still Teddy but my new name is emptyeyes.
I doubt the frost will pose any great problems for Rosie. She is cold hardy and should overwinter just fine. Tuck her in with a little mulch to protect the roots and she should come back happy and healthy in the spring.
Grr! My amaryllis failed to make a flower stalk, looks to be just leaves this time. A heavy mulching during the colder months will work , like they are saying, make sure to cover rosey up come November!
I find it fairly normal to catch Iris putting stuff up in early winter when the weather can be a touch mild. It never amounts to much before the real cold moves in and knocks 'em back till spring. It does, however, give a bit of an idea of how much multiplying some of them are doing.
I don't have any fresh flowers yet, but I am hoping that I will have them soon. I have a Amaryllis in the windowsill and a Paperwhite bulb in a canning jar on my desk under a flourescent lamp so it will grow roots.
I forgot how to start a new thread so I will just change the year on this one, I planted Tiger Lilies in the backyard and they are coming up! So are my Irises and my Naked Ladies! It is going to be a beautiful spring I think if it does not rain us out, the weather is starting to get real warm during the day, but cool down at night. But I think the nights of freezing are coming to an end. Thank goodnesss! These are my naked ladies, they look real bright because it was a sunny day, but they are coming up! Could someone tell me how to start a new thread?