Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fall Plantings

Today I planted: Mix Salad greens in container on porch

In Plastic Raised: Bibb and simpson lettuce (back row bibb, front simpson)

Sprayed with neem soap as grasshoppers are still munching everything in sight including one pumpkin seedling that I had growing...grrrr

Oregano is inside has been sprouted up for about 2 weeks now...growing nicely (well not fast but looking healthy).

Parsely is up in herb container.

Spinach was planted about a week ago in container in kitchen - no sign of anything yet.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

More Gardening....

It's a beautiful day in May - a great day to garden. I went to the Denton Master Gardeners sale today and picked up some Fannick Phlox - I really wanted this and a scaveola (which I thought might be scabiosa -it isn't :( but should be a nice plant anyhow). I accidently bought tangerine artemesia (one side was marked Phlox and I didn't notice the stick in the pot said Aremesia.

I stopped at Lowes and found some eggplant which I had been looking for since my seeds didn't seem to be germinating. Of course when I got home guess what had germinated? My eggplant LOL. I also bought Larkspur, Lipstick Salvia, Chives and a Dendrophylia. The lipstick chives rolled on the way home so I have tried rooting them as cuttings from instructions I found elsewhere: I mixed perlite with potting mix, stripped the bottom leaves off of the cuttings and stuck them in there. We'll see if they live. I just noticed one disappointing thing -they took the sticks out of the plants at the plant sale -luckily I know what most are but I now don't have the exact variety.

Last stop on the trip was Calloways. I was looking for the elusive Society Garlic and did find a variegated variety (I really wanted the regular but it was all I could find). I also bought some pinapple mint, some verbena for the pots,and a lovely Calladium.

Let the planting begin.

Pot with Periwinkle:

Scaveola: full sun to part shade: Should do well in pot. Blue flowers spring thru fall (ooh I like that!). Good hanging basket plant. Slow release fertilizer. Average moisture. Only grows to about 12" tall.

Verbena: Sun, Dry (sounds like it should mix OK with the Scaveola?)

Strapleaf Calladium: Hmm...these like shade, I guess it can't go in the pot with the above. Average water

Front Garden -let's try to get some color:

Fannick Phlox: Grows to 1-3 feet tall and 2 feed wide (I can see the height(mine is probably at least 18'-20" now but can only hope to get that width (it's only about 6" wide). Sun to partial shade. Drought tolerant..yeah!

Lipstick Salvia: This one likes sun too...normal/xeric water needs!


Eggplant: Black Beauty. OK I thought eggplants are vines? These don't look like vines? Ok big plant but not a vine -to the tires with them! Consistent moisture

Bell Pepper:Big Whopper! I think the tire conditions should be good for this too...same likes from what I can see as the eggplant.

OK I gotta go get these planted.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Snuck out to plants some herbs and veggies this aft...I fear if I wait until after the 15th everything will be in too late.

Planted with other herbs-basil globe
In pot with perwinkle: purple ruffle basil

Transplanted tomatoes to tire garden. Also planted in there scarlet runner beans.
In other tire planted cucumber. With onions squash.

In containers-creeping thyme and society garlic.
In pot by pond scarlet climber vine (and a couple of seeds down by the pond corner for good measure)

Tarragon with butterfly bush.

Tropical lily shows signs of life and another pot -I think it may be pickerel...

I think that's it for the planting today.

Yucca came up in pot this week-it's about 1 1/2" high-just one plant.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Didn't do any gardening...fishie stuff

Saturday-brought home 6 of Patricks angels (3 pinoy dime sized, 1 veil tail, 1 smokey something blusher perhaps? and a plumbago (or something like that).

I also picked up 2 nice sized clownfish for the 90.

Today I picked up a pair of seahorses. Clownfish and seahorses are in the qt together...hopefully they'll all behave.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Another spring gardening day...

Since a leaf has already made it to the surface I decided now would be a good time to bring up all the pond plants and clean out the gunk on the bottom. I should learn to mark the pots - I can't tell what's what now. We'll see in a couple of weeks what has survived. The hardy water lily is what is growing already. The other plant that is springing to life is I believe the bog lily. It will be interesting to see what comes to life in the next couple of weeks.

I started my malabar spinach inside today -the cats have decided to use the raised bed where I planted the regular spinich as a toilet so I don't know if it will grow.

Wintersowing: I see a tomato sprout...better late than never! I may have a tokyo onion growing (or it could be grass lol).

Now I'm going to start my red yucca seed in a pot inside.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Japanese maple seeds went into the fridge today on damp paper towels.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Winter Blues...

Is there a better way to beat winter blues than doing some spring gardening? With that thought in mind, today I started soaking my Japanese Maples. They will need to be soaked for 2 days and then stratified in the fridge for a couple of months..Hmmm I think I should have started them earlier...oh well..

Varieties: Bloodgood and Fireglow