good morning. The girls got the tree alll fiished and lit up last night. I baked about 5 dozen cookies to send to sister.
hope you all have a glorious day. We are supposed to get snow, but i will believe it when i see it.
Blue Marble not is just breathless.
these were from spet of 2011, there were a lot of pretty ones that year.
Thanks Jackie. I think it's Cassia, blooms so late here cause it has to start over every spring after the frost gets it. If it makes seeds I'll save you some. I think I'll try to start a few cuttings with bottom heat I'll have better luck.
Helena, you don;t have to take cuttings on my acct. If it makes sds fine, if not, don't worry ablout it please.
I know that you have your hands full with grand kids. :-)
If you could grow one in your g house, where its warmer, you would have tons of blooms the next summer.
No die back.
Hi you guys, sorry about the spelling earlier, I havn't had much sleep with working and cooking and , well, you know.
I have seeds and a small seedling of that cassia, Jackie. will be great to see if Helena can get some for you rooted , too.
I sent out the packets for you, Jackie and Helena, Ronnie, Karen and Darren are next. All my mg mixes came from all the blooms I haveposted .. hope you all get some good ones.
I love your Abutilons, mine is still hanging in there. It is a red one. All thehibs are just bloomng away right now. Looks like christmas down in the basement.
Sister told me someone sent her some money from DG, she wants me to thank who ever sent it. It bought her some groceries. She can't drive now so her daughter who has finally realized her momma is not faking it ( really?) is going to the store and driving her to the drs and stuff.
I feel so bad she can't be here for christmas, and I can't go down there, but I will go get her to come back here after her round of chemos this time. I packed her a nice box of all her favorites that I make, and put some cutie tangerines in , too.
She sent me some pictures of the things that were blooming inside her back porch sunroom while she was in the hospital, they were all blooming and even setting seed pods for her when she came home, she was so thrilled.
here is a pic from September or October of us I can't remember..
and some of the flowers I sent home with her that have bloomed. One of the pics she sent was all blurry, do not have a clue as to what I sent home with her that time, I loaded her up.. it looks like a bluebell from the blurry pic, but who knows, I start so many seeds and then send the plants that come from them away..
She has lost 22 pounds since this pic was taken. I am so sad I can't make her better..
Jackie, please check into just getting an extra hard drive installed, it is cheaper and worked for me .. yesterday was a down day for sister when she called me, but she is strong and will keep on fighting . Thank you for all your prayers and kind words.
In the meantime, I finally got over 3 gigs of pics off my hard drive and onto the stick mule, Flash drive.
So I think its acting better already and booting up faster. Gonna see how many times it shuts down today.
So far it hasn't. Maybe I had it so loaded it was trying to crash??
my computor guy at work is all the time adnmonishing me to "move the .jpgs, mp3's, and other items that have too much space eating qualites of my work computor. He also is always removing "apps" that somehow get on our computors that slow our systems down. I clean my putor out as much as I can once a month. my son is always downloading his videos from his camera and I have to follow behind him and remove them. ( he uploads them to FB)
Well, I have to go fill the cougar with gas, get some chrstmas money ut of the bank for grandson's card, and start cleaning this very very dusty house.
yak at ya all later! ( love that blue blizzard, but u know i have a soft spot for any blue mg) ;D
Good morning, it's cloudy and raining a bit here today. I got a nice bloom from my short newest vine. It didn't quite open all the way, will check later to see if it opens more. At least it's a large bloom from my mystery vine.
And the iris my 6 year old g-son broke before it was ready to open. I had it in water for days but it did open.
Hope everyone had a great Christmas. We've had ice, snow, a 4 hour power outage and so thankful
that the power is back on now and the heat is on. How nice it is. :-)
My ochracea opened her 1st bloom today but my pic didn;t turn out so heres one from a couple of yrs ago.
Love the blue Iris.. didn't know they re-bloomed for you southeners. Our power went out due to high winds , but it was time for people to go home anyway so I napped out. Love that yellow with purple throat, waiting for mine to do something soon.
Hope we all have a wonderful new year. I am looking forward to smiling more.
The heat is coming on so much it is drying out the basement gardens fast, so it is time to set up the humidifiers. I use a hot air old vicks one in Charlies room and a dual tub cool mist in the outer room. Sure hate to start those things, but we have to do what we have to do, right?
Remember ths one? from 2011, I sent all the seeds out to everyone here..Did anyone grow any out?
August 2012, from Jackie got about four seeds from this one that didn't get forgotten in a bag and didn't get moldy. I called it the neon no mai LOL
Had to rinse white powder mildew/mold from that batch of vines I was drying, we had company coming so I always cover stuff up. or move it and can't find it in time... pooie.
I think this is transvall from jackie..
2nd pic came from Dany seed, no name?
3rd pic..Sent some of these to you , Jackie, I know u love them..
4th pic.. salvia i have seeds of and plants of for Helena.. ( can't ship when it is 19 or lower outside, bleah and BRRR)
5th pic, got lots of seeds, can't remember where they came from, I think they were from Becky.. a splash of some sort. I put them in my back patio mixes to give away.
thanks, Jackie, it mus be a lav moon vine deformed, LOL
I found some pink moon vine seeds on ebay and got us all some :)
You know I have four vines with five lobed leaves. Can't wait to see what they bring me. I know I have thepalmate, the messina creeper, and the maurantia?
I bet there are many five lobed mgs out there, can't remember how many I have gotten over the past three years. So very cold at the dealership today and even colder tommorrow. We can't give our free car washes after service right now cuz the car wash is frozen. Supposed to be even colder tommorrow.
Found the blue with white stripe and tip I am growing downstairs , it is called:
this one is done now,it has pods..(pic2)
pic 3 is the one I grew downstairs, here it is year before last, from Helena..
Deb, thats why I don';t even like to gather sd pods when its damp outside. I usually don;'t or I place the sd pods in an open foam bowl or cup and mark them while they dry. I could probably use a hair dryer on the pods too,
if I cover them with netting or something to keep from blowing em away..
Love all your blooms, just gorgeous. There are quite a few with 5 lobed lvs, sounds like you have several
That last bloom from Helenas sds is just drop dead gorgeous. :-)
Helena, the pretty orange sds are a giveaway that it's transvaal.
I sent Debra some of the transvaal sds in my last mail out.
This was from my prettiest Purple Tie 'Dye although I wanted Blue Tie Dye in the worst way.
A Blue and a Pink Tie Dye
love those tye dyes, Jackie. I can see why you love them so much. They are always so different each bloom.
The purple star is up into the window well and blooming, can't get a shot of it, but so excited to see more seed pods from it.
Helena, you mystery vine sure looks like what I have bloming in charlies room right now, will try to get a pic up so we can compare..
So excited to see four bloom bud stalks on my Ginger down stairs, have never had one of mine blom, but all the ones I gave to my sis in law and my dg friend AuntB sure did bloom for them.
Got all those mildewy seeds cleaned and dustd with cinnamon and then air dried them over a heater vent. Got 26 seed sponges loaded up. they are "cooking" in a clear plastic cake cover with a lid on top..LOL
I knocked the head off my old cane begonia, hope I can save it. I have had that one a long time and have chopped it up so much to send away pieces of it I doubt it will come back very strong.
Very excited to see my monstera philo swiss cheeese cutting is making a new leaf.
That is all the news ofr now, will get some pics of basement gardens loaded up later.
Glad to hear your purple star is still blooming Debra. I have one begonia that kind of disappeared from the pot so I hope it comes back in spring.
Debra I thought my mg looked similar to yours, I'll have another bloom in a day or two. Have no idea what that vine is going to do next since the bloom was at the very end of the short vine.
Two blooms from 2 vines today. I like the bright pink on the one, still rather small blooms. Can't wait till end of March when vines can go outside. Kind of windy today.
Thanks Helena and Debra. I really do love the Tie Dye's, one of my 1st loves and still possibly my very favorite. I hope you send a pic of your vine that looks like Helenas mystery vine.
Debra, I've heard about the cinnamon killing mildew and also orange kool-aid powder is supposed to do the same thing. Dip sds in the powder b4 you plant them. I need to try it. Strange but I've had a few MG sds do that recently, making me suspicious of my potting mix.
Debra, I;ve never even heard of a seed sponge. I soak my sds in alcohol for a few minutes when I get a few moldy sds, then dry them off good, Oh yummy indeed!! lol
I hope it didn;t hurt your Cane Begonia to break off the top. Usually doesn;t hurt them unless it was too weak. Wonder if it would help to give it just a small feeding? I don;t like to feed them in winter but
it might encourage some new growth on your Begonia. What did you do with your broke off piece?
Sometimes that can be the answer, rooting it in a cup of water and getting it started. Those freshly rooted
starts are usually stronger than the plant it came off of.
Pretty pink shade Helena.
A better pic of transvaals lvs
My Maurice Amey Beg after I cut it back last yr, got very pretty and full. It was a stick before
Thanks Helena. I carried my 5 baby mg's down to the g house cause they were looking like they could use more sun. DH isn't taking good care of my g house and the bottom plate on the door is loose. Some cold air came in and now they look like they are dying. Too big a diff although it was only 68 in here at night.
It must have got down to 50 in there. Seems like that would not be cold enough to hurt them. Didn;t hurt anything else. I told him to order me a new door.
Jackie, I hope your mgs make it and you get your door fast. Mine did not look happy this morning, it got really cold. But I did have 3 blooms from the wild mg this morning. My hands were freezing when I tried to take picture of a rose, didn't come out too good.
Nice blooms on your wild MG Helena. The rose is a beauty.
The transvaal blooms were no more than 2 and 1/2 inches across.
I carried my box of MG's back up to the house to see if I can save a couple.
I think I'll just throw a few mxd sds under the benches in my g house and let em just come up by themselves. Seems like I have better luck with the mgs in the floor anyway.:-)
Helena, down to maybe as low as 16 last night. We've had day time temps just in the 30's for
over a week now. Hoping for a warm up soon.
hi guys, here is the mgs bloming downstairs this am.. oh and my bougie blooms are huge
i use cinnmon on everything as a gnat deterrant..
started dusting seeds from back yard with flea powder and cinnamon a year ago
love that begonia, jackie, save me a piece?
i stuck the broken stem in some potting mix
rooting in water only works for me if long enough to stick in bubbler tub
still cold and gray here, they say snow is on the way, i will believe it when i see it.
buddah belly from seed is about to bloom..
happy new year!! buddah belly forms a fat bottom, big leaves and a bloom spike.. can't remember the botanical name, grew it from a seed someone sent me on dg
still snowing here, heater is drying stuff out, time to re-arrange stuff.
Oh my gosh, I'm so glad we're not getting any more snow right now. Cold temps here and we're just sick of it. Send a pic Debra when your buddah belly opens it's blooms please.
Happy New Year
Looks like I will be able to save all my baby mg's (carried back to the house) except the lovely China Doll, just the one I wanted the most. I won';t risk anymore of those sds until the spring. On a good note, an Aogakiyama x Choc Silk sd just sprouted, been in the dirt for over 2 months.
love your birdhouse, Helena. Gee it sure looks warm there, I may have to consider Mississipi a place to move to LOL
Had a small blue and white this am, but no time for a good pic. All kinds of seed pods ready to gather, hope to get them before they break all over the tile down there.
I love Milkweeds. Do you have mellow yellow?
Jackie, you guys need a small cart on wheels for moving your babies, eh?
*shiver* still cold as heck here..
Debra, wonder if I should pre chill the hardy milk weed sds? One is tropical so won't chill that one.
Can't wait to try the cone flower sds that you gathered from plants by the roadside, echinacea or whichever. Those probably need
a pre chill too. I am just waiting a while to start a few shrimp sds.
Love your pretty Iris Helena and cute MG too.
It is near 50 here and feels great for a change. :-)
I wish I had re blooming iris here.. You are a lucky woman, Helena. I saw three mgs blooming this am downstairs, but did nt get any pics. All the CC's are a blooming away, so are the hibiscus. Nuns orchids are all budding can't wait!
sister must be feeling good, she repaired the dog's fence yesterday and they didn't give her chemo so she can take a "break" and get her blood level up so she can avoid another transfusion. Sad, tho, she called me up all crying cuz two of her chemo buddies died over the holidays from their cancers, and made her realize her mortality.
took some pics of the pony tail palm, desert rose and the buddah belly, will upload thos tommorrow. Have to work tommorrow and am whipped from working out in the cold all week as it is.
I have all my seeds in the trunk of my car to be stratified, Jackie. Pretty sure that is what they need.
here is a pic of the native milkweeds.. got them all ... even the orange one, too many pictures to sort thru. I want the yellow LOL ...
Debra, glad your sis is feeling somewhat better. Heartbreaking that she's lost a couple of her chemo
Great pics of your milkweed plants. Some company had the yellow and the pink milkweeds in their catalog
a few yrs ago. I wish I
could remember which company
Morning JaCKIE..i do have the cinderella white and the pink swamp milkweed, i got those on ebay a longgg time ago, they come back every year.
I sure hope we all have a glorious day!
off to work now. bleah.
morning...afternoon.. love the color on the cold mg, Helena.
I see the hugeness of that choc silk, it is awsome Jackie. Blue saz is so interesting.time to untangle the old declining vines downstairs and reposition the new vining ones. can't wait to see the colors on those. good thing is, At least I can correctly mark the ones I am taking down ( the pods) .
What a short weekend when I have to work. Sister posted on FB that she is feeling realy good and is hopeful. I am going to be going down there for a few days when she has test results from this round of chemo. should be around last week of january or first week of feb. Spring is so close I can feel it in my bones. I still havn't rested up from last summer yet LOL
Thanks Debra and Helena,
Debra, the most wonderful thing your sis has said since all this started, that she really feels good.
Thank you Jesus.
Spring can't get here soon enough for me either Debra,. The older I get, the more I resent winter.
Helena, you can plant your dormant Roses anytime right?
Thanks Helena and Debra. Mine is pot bound which might be encouraging blooms. However if I
leave it in the tiny pot too long, it will start to go downhill, the bugs are already after it. I'll be
potting it up soon to a 1 gallon.
You might feed it a little blooming fertilizer like 15-30-15 to encourage blooms and see if that helps.
Beautiful color on that MG Helena.
Very warm here too before the bottom falls out again this weekend. Very cold temps coming back
by then so I;m just going to try and enjoy the warm day, I've already repotted a plant or two.
Fuji no Beni in Aug. I gathered 1 maybe 2 sds total from this vine, even with hand pollination.
I agree, they are beautiful! Had another of the large purple star ray blooming upin the basement window, but it is so far away I couldn't get a shot of it. I did get a shot of these things tho.
pony tail palm
desert rose and friends
fish tub and nuns orchids to the left spiking..
pink purp in Charlies room
we got a half inch of rain and now we are looking at water restrictions for our area..
i use the pond water to water with while refilling with new water, i use laundry water to jug up and haul out side, and today at work I caught about 5 gallons of rain water from the down spouts. going to be 65 tommorrow, Joe is staying home and is going to BBQ a lot of stuff while I am at work, we won't need to cook all next week. supposed to be back down in the low 30's Saturday.
Thanks Ronnie and Deb.
Deb, your buddah belly is a succulent or a cactus? I see the nubbies on the stem like thorns.
Unusual bloom on it,.
Pretty light pink Purp and I can see the spikes on your nuns orchid, please send more pics when it blooms. The nuns orchids are beautiful
I love that fuchia red blom, I got some of those from you, I think, Jackie, last year. I also LOVE the jaimie Lynn. we are home today because our electicity to the whole house has been going on and off, partial lights and no furnance all weekend. belah. so far the outside meter had a burned out lug ( what ever that means)
now this other guy is on his way to see what is going on with the lights downstairs, I am sure I am going to have thebreaker box re-routed to accomodate all the grow lights. *sigh*
Debra, Any electrical problem scares me out of my wits.
I used to watch my mom cut wires and splice them herself, not me. I'd end up with every hair on my head standing straight up. lol
We need to call out an electrician too. I know we have a short on one wall
Helen, those frills & ruffs on your fleurs are like the warmth of a hearth which at present is only a figment of imagination - no sun here either - can't believe what a big baby I am about spring being so far away.
Lovely blooms Helena.
I've got so much to do that I need to be using this time for organizing sds, throwing away aged sds that will never sprout.
Looks like my house could stand some early Spring cleaning. :-)
Thanks Helena,. I love the ochracea but the lvs look awful now, bugs after it. I have something new to try and will spray in a few days,. I sprayed it today with the fatty salts but I don;t think that's very effective on spider mites or any pests for that matter
awww i love the strepto what ever you called it blooms. so cute! and the Kumquats remind me of california. I had a hamelia patens small plant someoine sent me, but I think it died. anyway, i am leaving it in it's pot in hopes it is just dormant. I LOVE that shrub.
morning, doing the aiting game on the electric guys and the internet guy. sheesh. I am supposed to be at work. I had pics of the glories blooming the other day, but they are on work putor.
I am not worried about seeds right now, have to get some growing areas fixed first. still love that shrub, too bad it isn't zone hardyhere.
Ronnie, my lemon tree has ants all over it. But you know, I think they help the fruit to ripen.
Other than that though, they can't be up to anything good!!!
I sprayed it yesterday with some fatty salts, says you can spray it right up to date of harvest.
Debra, sorry I forgot to ask you about your electric. I just assumed it was all fixed now.
I'm pretty sure the Hamelia is listed as a tropical but we have people growing Brugs in the
ground here. I'm pretty sure though that the Brugs and the Hamelia would not be root hardy in
your zone 6, maybe with a foot or two of mulch and 2 inch thickness of newspaper under the
mulch. lol Too much work but you could grow it in a tub in your basement garden overwinter.