Sunday, July 21, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I am really loving Zinnias this year. It is my first year growing them from seed. I started them in 4 inch pots in the backyard in April because I was afraid they'd get lost in the garden. Then about 6 weeks later in May I set them out into the ground in the front yard between my roses. My favorites are the Giant Double flowers. The green ones didn't turn out too great. And I don't adore the Cactus Flowered ones as much. The "Thumbelina" variety are really cute and get a ton of flowers.
The only problem so far is with the tall ones. Even though I staked them, they get 3 feet tall and some of the branches get too heavy and break. But usually I see them when they're half broken and laying down. I just cut them and put the good flowers in a vase to enjoy indoors.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
I have 2 of my yellow Clivias blooming today.... IN JULY! That's crazy! This is a plant that's supposed to bloom late winter. That's Feb & March for us. And they did! This yellow Clivia I got from my friend Michael way back when yellows were out of my price range probably about 17 years ago. I separated it into 4 clumps and planted them in the ground here at our about-to-be 3 year new house. They are happy and growing and somewhat confused but I love them.
Yellow is rare for shady spots. Impatiens, Begonias, Camellias, Azaleas nor other shady plants come in yellow! So it's nice to have it! I'm not complaining :-)
In my photo is also the lovely red leaved Iresine in back and Begonia richmondensis to the right.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
I feel like I must apologize for removing a small tree. We took out a Japanese Maple. It came with the house. I do adore most Japanese Maples or Acer palmatum varieties. They come in many different leaf shapes in red and green. I have a red one with deeply cut foliage called Acer p. "Crimson Queen" and a variegated Acer p. "Butterfly" in pots that I've had for 20 years that will go in the ground soon. But this one was just green. All it did was take up space and the leaves got burned every year. Last year it even put on and lost 2 sets of leaves because it dropped all the burned ones in the summer and then replaced them.
The first photo shows a bit of the tree on the far right.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
People confuse corms and bulbs, myself included. Research says that if you cut them in half, a corm is solid and a bulb is made up of layers. That doesn't really help us unless we cut them! So I will now refer to them all as bulbs!
Bessera bulbs are dormant in the winter and bloom in the summer, similarly to a Gladiolus which are a corm too! Ugh!
I feel very lucky to have just a few of these bulbs in a pot. I was given them by my friend Bill McHenry after admiring them in his garden. It's good to have garden friends and to share plants.