Thanks Linda and Jackie. I think the trick was in buying mature lily bulbs to get them to bloom. After my yellow one bloomed I found a big grasshopper munching on it. Something is munching on my four o'clocks too, I was able to move those and save them from whatever was after it.
Pretty nice pink Crinum lily Jackie. It's nice to have so many blooms.
Thanks Linda, Helena and Debra. The nicest thing about the Ctinum is not only is it pretty but its got the great fragrance.
Helena, my stand is getting larger every yr but I need to do something about the grass. Maybe dig it all up in the fall and replant them using the green weed baffle. Cant remember what its really called..
DH will love that, another honey do chore. :-)
Well, I finally had a few come up in the seedling trays. I planted 8 different colors this morning, between 2 and 8 plants each. Now we will hope nothing eats them before they grow up. I have a feeling I will be putting in more tomarrow. Even the dwarfs had a little green showing, I need to decide if they should go in hanging pots or in the beds in the middle of the circular MG garden. So many of the ones I see in your pictures are what I am seeding, it's sooo exciting.
Helena, We'll see if he actually does it. Talking about it and doing it are 2 diff things. ;-)
Dont apologoize for your blooms, they are beautiful today. Your pandy is lovely, great shot. Love'the
Lav Mist looking glory, bloom #2, and that satiny bloom in your 1st pic.
This is apparantly not my purple hige from last summer,. looks more like a violet, a cross maybe?
I bought some of double shepard hooks at Kmart for under $20.00 each. They are really nice and will easily hold two large hanging baskets. I have some thunbergia vines hanging on them now but will switch them out when my MG's take off. Shepard hooks are cool because you can easily move them for more of less sun. Unfortunately they are usually on the expensive side.
I have a morning glory tree about to bloom! I got a bunch of angel trumpet cuttings last summer, nd when I put them all in big pots this spring, this one looked similar, but different. Well, now that it has blooms, I knew it was not an angel trumpet, so I asked around, and was told it is a morning glory tree.
First picture of the fence line with all the angel trumpets, the tall one is the morning glory tree.
2nd picture is a close up of the buds.
I am anxiously waiting for this to bloom!
Oooh, thanks for posting the morning glory tree flower, I have three at 5" tall. They were the first plants in the MG garden. My seeds, although old, are sprouting well. I will be planting and putting up some deer netting tomarrow. I have way too many chocolate silk sprouting, I may have to put them on the wire fence down by the greenhouse and take a chance the deer will get them. I have two mommas and three baby deer that come through nightly. I have strung "irish spring" bars in my flower garden and it keeps them from eating my hollyhocks. Maybe I'll use some of that near the MG's, it's certainly a cheap method of repelling deer, and not near as nasty smelling as the commercial stuff.
Wow, are those white blooms as big as they look?
Those ornery deer ate the tops off my "moulin rouge" sunflowers last night. They also ate all the flowers off the gladiolus.
The baby deer twins are cute though, I wonder if they would be as cute stuffed for Christmas decorations, LOL.
I guess I need to go buy more wire fencing.
Dee, I cut part of a dog house out of the pic. Every time I do that,(alter the pic)it makes the
resulting pic bigger than life. The pandy blooms are a little over 3 inches across, a nice size. :-)
Helena - 3" is pretty good size, but they look like giant brug size blossoms in the photo.
Linda - I have been buying those little party mint bags at the Dollar store and then putting half a bar of Irish Spring in it and placing them as close to the tops of the plants as possible. Shaving it into pieces sounds like a good idea too. The soap cuts well with just a pocket knife. It's been working pretty good for my hollyhocks, they obviously don't like the smell. I wonder if I stuck it in gopher holes if it would send them a runnin' too, LOL. Or maybe really low to keep the bunnies at bay. Only problem with using this kind of deterrent is everyone who walks through your garden has to ask "what's that?"
Is that the perennial kind of white MG or an annual one?
I just put in some of the perennial kind on the arbor going into the MG garden. I fear it will be to large for it but I guess I'll see won't I.
Linda - thanks for the link.
Linda, hope your bloom opened today. My mg open in the morning and usually close by noon unless it's a day that's not sunny and on the cooler side, I've had blooms stay open into evening. The little red orange mg's & my "pumpkin" have always stayed open all day. I've always had those for my hummingbirds though they can be invasive, seed themselves everywhere.
Linda - Please save seeds, I have been looking for white everywhere and I can't find it!
It may be a while before I see seeds on my pink ones, they are only 4" tall and I germinated all the seeds I had. I wonder if they would mail alright, maybe in Fall.
Helena - I would love seeds to the orange one, I have sooo many hummers, I'm always looking for food plants for them. If you have some to spare Dmail me.
Linda the tree mg's are in the mg family, just a different genus than Ipomoea. I can't think of the correct genus name right now but it might come to me later, :-) Sr moments and lots of them. Yes, the white sds might prove hard to find.
I did find one place that sells the pink ones in my search for a white one. I got my seeds from someone I met on Dave's Garden. We were sending all kinds of seeds back and forth and he just sent these for me to try. If you can't find seeds definately hold off buying a plant and I'll send you one as soon as they are big enough to travel, I have like 8 extra.
Thanks Linda and Dee. The blue and white is called Diluted Fuji no Murasaki x Keiru. 2nd bloom is Karens2005 Duskie x Chocolate & last also Karens2005 Duskie x Fujishibori cross. I haven't been concentrating on names much any more but these are Ipomoea nil.
Has anyone tried sending MG seedlings? They seem pretty sturdy. You know I could probably chance sending with soil since it's going to Texas. They're in potting soil anyway, pretty sterile. I'll start looking for a proper box to send it with it's pot. If I do it soon maybe it won't be too hot.
Helena, great blooms but the Lady Laura is special with the extra petal??
Dee, Almost July, I think I would wait till the fall to ship to be on the safe side.
Edited to say Logees used to send me plant shipments all thru the summer and they made it just fine
but they weren't mg's.
Beautiful blooms Helena.
I finally had a potted mg bloom open this morning. This is
the mutant from Sarah. Diluted Fuji no Murasaki, DFNM for short. Its not actually a diluted bloom yet but subsequent
blooms might be. I have 2 mutant vines growing
Oh thats pretty Linda. I was trying to find a pic of the mutant to show you. Becky named the DFNM. I
really don;t know where the Diluted comes in. The sd came from Sarah and she didn't name it as I
recall so Becky did,.
Sarahs bloom was a beauty, a natural cross. It was first posted about Sept 3, 2008 so I will try to find a
link to the pic if it doesn't take me too long,
You're welcome. I wish I had more time so I could go back and re-read some of the old posts.
Some great info in the old threads.
One thing I found was the name of our mg tree, Its carnea but I had long since forgotten it.
I used to call mine Carnea ssp fistulosa but subspecies fistulosa is not correct. I used ssp because the lvs on the regular carnea are huge compared to the slender lvs on my carnea.
My MG seedlings are taking their sweet time growing. Any suggestions to get them going? Summer is coming on sooo slow here. Our weather is just not hot enough to inspire growth. Great weather for weeding though and my garden will be nice and clean for barbeque time of year.
I'm on the central coast of California, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The weather usually heats up here in June, but it is unseasonably cool this year. I wish they'd get to growing as I have been fighting the bunnies and the bugs to keep the little two leaf seedlings alive. I was losing a few every night but now the bunnies can no longer get at them and they have a deterent bug spray on them. I am happy I have a few perennial types as I think they will do well here and may even stay green through most of winter. I will definately get an earlier start next year, just hoping to get a few flowers and seeds to save. It really has been an odd weather year. I spent most of the morning cleaning up my foxgloves which for some weird reason bloomed early and just kind of died back. There is new growth coming up from underneath and the newer seedlings are fine, but how weird, I think they may rebloom late this Summer.
Linda threre are lots of diff fertilizers. Even Miracle Grow makes a SuperBloom.
a balanced fert is 20-20-20, 15-30-15 encourages blooms without being too strong.
a 24-8-16 is great for Hibiscus they don;t like high middle #
Miracle Grow is just a brand name. Sometimes the brand names aren't any better than say the Peters which is my favorite. They,Peters, had trace elements(minerals) in theirs and at one time, Miracle Grow did not list any in their formula.
What I wonder is might it be too cool where Dees at for the fert to be effective and not burn the vines since they already resent the cooler temps?
I have a good time release fertilizer I get from a greenhouse supplier locally. A lady who runs a wholesale nursery for landscape contractors told me about it. I could crawl around and put a little bit around each seedling, maybe if I'm feeling particularly limber I'll do that, LOL. It was 68 today, a far cry from 80. July is usually miserably hot. . . miserably hot for a California girl is 80. I hope I can grow morning glories here.
Dee 68 is cool for mg's to show rapid growth. Hopefully it will hit 80 soon and they will take off. If they
don't, you can try inside growing next. It might not be so much the 68 during the day as it is the 55 or so at night that has them stymied.
Thanks for all your advice. I'll post pictures when they finally do something. I still have hope they will all of a sudden start growing, my datura are kind of doing the same thing and one of them tripled in size this past week.
uhm... LOL wow is all I can say .. your blooms are blowing me away, all i have going that are blooming are the i purps and the pearly gates and the darkest black purp i have seen in a long time.. here is looking at august to be my time to enjoy blooms here..