Moonflowers

NIGHT BLOOMERS!

I bought these moonflower seeds on clearance last fall. I had never heard of them or never seen them to the best of my knowledge. The reason I bought them is while walking to the park several times last summer with Kay and Marty we would pass this one yard that had these huge flowers that looked a lot like morning glories. I mean the flowers were as big as my hand. I thought these moonflowers might be them. I read the package and discovered that they bloom at sunset, so they could not have been the flowers we passed in that yard. I got them anyway because they looked a lot like morning glories and they would vine to 12 to 15 feet tall and so the flowers would be big too.

I did a little research on them this morning, there is not much info about them. One thing I learned was that they are poisonous especially the seeds. If I remember correctly, so are morning glories. They are pretty drought resistant which will be good for my area. I am also planning to transplant them under the west and south bedroom windows which get quite hot because the sun reflecting off the aluminum siding.

They are supposed to be very fragrant too. I am thinking these will bring the humming-bird moths around. I have seen one on occasion since I have now started planting flowers. I bet the butterflies out and about in the early evenings may even enjoy them.

One other thing  I learned was that you should soak the seeds in warm water over night before planting. I did this as it was a tip on the back of the package. I started them off in these peat pots and some potting soil. So now we will wait and see if they will sprout.

So my fellow gardeners, have you any advice or experience with these giants of the flower garden?

Oh, here is another question for you, do you have another species of night bloomers in your flower garden?

 

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Shave and A Haircut, Two Bits!

 

Sunday (03/26/2-17) was time for the Peter Parkers’ and the Shreks’ annual spring hair cuts.
I do this every spring to get rid of the brown tips from the dry winter air on the Peters. The Shreks get trimmed back to their pots other wise they would grow to the other end of the house. The leaves of the Skreks between the pots and the ends usually die off so I have all these rope like vines hanging from the bookshelf and faux fireplace mantle.

The Before Photos

This photo shows Peter Parker with Peter Parker the IV and one of Shrek’s twins Stubby.

I just named him that because he hardly grows past his pot.

This is Shrek’s other twin, Stretch, I named him that because he does grow beyond his pot.

He was quite wilty. I trimmed off his long vine back to the pot and I also added more soil.

This is Peter Parker the II he was in pretty good shape just trimmed a bit of brown tips and added some soil.

Peter Parker the III needed a lot of work. He had many brown leaves.

He also had a son dangling that needed a pot of his own.

I need to think of a name for him as soon as he is on his own.

I can’t call him Peter the Fifth because he did not come from Peter Parker.

Whoa, this means Peter Parker is now a grandpa!

This is Shrek. He likes to take over the book shelf and kitchen window during the winter.

I trimmed the longer vine back to the pot and curled it into the pot and added soil over it.

The After Photos

 

 

Peter Parker the III all spruced up and his son in his own pot. The son will stay attached for a week or a little more so he can put down roots then I will cut the umbilical vine. I will move him over to the video case to sit on the other end with Peter Parker the IV. I was thinking of naming him, Venom.

 

These 3 photos show how I arrange everyone on the faux fireplace mantle. The Shrek twins on the ends with Peter Parker in the middle and all my nickitty nackitty stuff arrange around them.

Now that the house plants are all ready for another growing season I think I will be starting some of my flower garden seeds soon. I need to go through them as I forgot what I bought last fall on clearance.  🙂

Really, You Say Its November?

Tell that to my flowers.

I have been out raking leaves and cleaning out the flower beds this week. Most of the flowers are done doing there thing. Growing , Blooming, looking pretty, and repeat the a fore mentioned steps then dropping their seeds everywhere.

Our fall has been pretty nice with daily highs still in the mid seventies. Why, just two or three days ago the high was 78 and the low in the mid 40’s. This is unusual for this time of year in my neck of the woods.

So you can see why some of my flowers are a bit confused and are still doing the growing and blooming.

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This is the flower bed on the south side of the house. I have a couple of marigolds hanging in there. The other flowers are the helichrysums. As I was raking this bed out I pulled three very small carrots out. Later that day I was doing something else outside and notice the tops of some larger carrots above the ground. I decided to pull those ones. Well the leaves snapped off, so I had to dig them up. I thought I might as well dig them all up, just to see what I got.

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I was pleasantly surprised with these. They almost filled a quart storage bag. They were put in the turkey soup I made the next night for supper. They were good! They all may seem small, but this was a variety that was only suppose to get 6 inches long anyway. 😀

Three Blooming Gladiolus

 

I have had three more canes bloom this week.

I think they are all pretty, but the speckled purple one is my favorite.

I again apologize for the poor quality as I used my ancient cell phone camera.

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The fist one is this simple but elegant yellow one.


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The second one is a dark pink with a touch of white and purple in the center.


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Last but not least is my favorite.

It is a dark purple with lighter purple edges with dark purple speckles.

The center has a touch of dark red and light pink.

Which one is your favorite?

Garden Flowers In a Vase

 

It has started to get cooler at night here. We have had a few nights in a row with the temps around 35 to 40 degrees for the lows. I thought I would bring in some of the flowers in to enjoy them in the house. I cut the pink gladiolus  for the center piece. It is the sixth one to bloom. There are four more canes, one is another pink one , a yellow one, and the other two are still growing out from the leaves. I then cut and arranged marigolds and  helichrysums around it. I enjoyed them for a couple of days then I took them over to my daughter on Wednesday so she could enjoy my pretty flowers too. I took this photo before I took them to her. I am sorry for the poor quality it was taken with my ancient cell phone. 😀

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I Was Having Photo Withdrawals!

I could not stand it any more. I have seen so many photos I wanted to take and share with all of you. I finally asked my son if I could borrow his camera for a couple of days. He has a camera very similar to mine, his model is the Canon PowerShot A2300 HD  with 5x optical zoom and 16.0 Mega Pixels.  He also got his 4 years ago. He doesn’t use it as often as I did. The link is to the Amazon page. He nor I paid these crazy prices 4 years ago. Both of our cameras were priced around $120.00 dollars brand new through Amazon. Now they are only available through other sellers on Amazon at these hyped up prices.

We were at Walmart last Tuesday looking at cameras. They had this new model Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 (Silver) with 20.0 MP CCD Sensor and 8x Optical Zoom for $119.00 Which is what I paid for my old camera. It is also available on Amazon for the same price.  So maybe he will get it for me for my birthday in October. 😀 Ok, enough yammer about cameras, I will get on with the photos I wanted to share with you.


First up is this photo of my first gladiolus bloom!

I am so excited that they have finally started to bloom.

So far though only three of them have canes.

You can see one of the other canes just to the left of this one.

The other one is around the corner of the deck.

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I am also very happy with how my mixed orange yellow marigolds have taken off.

Look at those big beautiful blooms and the bushy plants!


 

The tomatoes are ripening now.

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And the peppers are bushy and healthy.

I have picked one green pepper which I used in a stir fry.

Many more on the way.

I have those too!

Thanks Helberg Farm Stories for reminding me I had these pics I needed to post.

They are Helichrysums. They are brightly colored flowers that feel like paper.

A Walk in Mono Chrome and Color

I set out on this walk with a few of these shots already in mind.

Some I just found along the way.

When I Am Not Catching Fish,

I am catching photos of the locals.