This Week’s Flower Photos

 

Here are the photos that were added to My Flowers page this week.

First up is the shot of the cosmos and petunias. They are going crazy. The one cosmos at the front had 4 blooms all on top so he couldn’t keep his head up. After this photo was taken we had some rain he is practically laying on the ground now.

 

I found a white impatien. The first pic ended up being a side view.

The second pic is a better front on view.

 

This is the third cane gladiolus to bloom. It was one of the cool pink trimmed, with a white center.

 

This is the first marigold to bloom. It is the volunteer plant in with the gladiolus’s corner.

 

Just another pretty pink petunia.

 

This pic shows how wonderfully Cleo is doing now. She has some very beautiful deep red leaves.

 

The evening after I took these photos we got a pretty good rain storm. I went out to check the flowers and found the first yellow cane of gladiolus were beaten down to the ground. It was ok just water-logged. So I cut it, the other yellow cane, and the pink cane. I put them in a vase with Miracle Grow water. Now I can enjoy them indoors while I am on the computer as they are on the table right in front of me. πŸ˜€

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The Wild Flower Bed Is Full Of Surprises

 

Almost every day I find something new in the wild flower bed. I looked at the picture I took of the box and it says there are 17 varieties of flowers in it.

 

I am going to describe some of my recent flower photos in a bit more detail. Some of them are not from my flower beds. They are some of the “wild flowers” (one man’s weed is another man’s flower)Β  that have found their way into our yard from the horse pasture. πŸ™‚

This is one of the pasture wild flowers. He is a fuzzy leafed plant for a while then he starts to grow stalkier. Then this stalk gets a bunch of little flower buds all up and down it. I have no idea what it is, but it is pretty at this time of year. After the flowers haveΒ  bloomed and died the whole plant turns brown and dries out. Then you see dead ones all around the pasture from last year.

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Then there are the uncultivated wild sunflower plants everywhere. This one is growing between the yellow squash and cucumber hills against the fence along the junk pile. It was the first flower to bloom on it.

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I have gotten some pretty neat shots of the volunteer cosmos and petunia in the bed in front of the deck.

This is my favorite of the cosmos. I captured a lady bug taking a nap. πŸ™‚

 

This is the first white cosmos so far. Most of them are a light pink to dark purple.

I didn’t notice the little bug in the center of the flower when I took this shot. When I looked at it on the computer I saw it and the flying ant-like bug above the flower too. I love it when I catch things flying around the flowers.

 

 

Here are some of the petunias.

They are ranging from light pinks to dark purples also. No white ones so far.

 

I am finding bachelor buttons in different colors. Most are purple with a few pinks thrown in.

Then I came across this one. A white one with purple center.

 

Then there are these orange and orangish pink ones. I think some of them are poppies, but I am beginning to think some of the ones on the pink side might be impatiens.

 

 

They kind of look like the ones on the impatiens box.

 

Yesterday I found this little gem. I have no idea what he is. I am thinking it might be a black-eyed susan type of flower or maybe some variety of daisy. I have no clue, but it sure is pretty.

 

Oh, I now have baby cucumbers! They are so cute at this stage!

Just So You Know

I have added a page for all my flower photos. It can be found in the drop down menu of the PHOTOS Tab at the top of my blog. Go have a look see and enjoy! πŸ˜€

Wildflowers Are a Buddin’ and a Bloomin’!

 

These little white flowers are blooming all over the wildflower bed.

 

There are what I believe are bachelor buttons getting ready to bloom. I grew some bachelor buttons years ago. If I remember correctly, I am pretty sure this is what they looked like. They could also be carnations I grew those too. The two flowers look similar until they fully bloom.

 

David showed me that one of the gladiolus has a cane. I thought it was just a really tall leaf.Β  πŸ˜€

 

I have 3 volunteer cosmos plants in the bed in front of the deck. This one has three buds getting ready to bloom. The front of the deck also has lots of volunteer petunias. I didn’t get a picture but some of them are starting to bud. So it won’t be long and they will be blooming too.

Rinse and Repeat

 

We have had a couple of days of good rain again followed by some warm days. So you can not even tell that I had weeded the junk pile flowerbed, cucumbers, yellow squash, or the peppers. It looked just like this again.

 

My plan for today was to water everything with some Miracle Grow but I had to do some weeding again just to find where the peppers were. I began in the junk pile marigold bed I wet it down with a bit of plain water. I don’t think I have mentioned before that of all the gladiolus bulbs I planted only the previous years came up. So out of over 100 bulbs only a little over 20 came up. I planted them, watered them, and then we had four days of rain. You are only supposed to water them when you first plant and not do it again until you see them break the soil. So the bulbs just got water-logged and rotted away. I also may have planted some of them too shallow so the rain washed the soil off the tops of them and then they got water-logged and rotted. I tried to blame the gophers at first but when none came up in any of the beds I changed my tune. Also I did find some squishy rotted bulbs when I was doing weeding. So that is why that is just the junk pile marigold bed. Oh, and the impatiens did not come up on the west end of the house either. I don’t know what their problem was. They are a shade liking flower and it is pretty shady there.

So anyway I watered the junk pile bed, weeded it and then watered it with coffee ground water. I have a bucket that I put the coffee grounds in, I rinsed it out and poured the water on the marigolds. I then weeded the cucumbers and the squash hills. I did the peppers next, you could hardly see my little guy in the corner, I planted him even though he didn’t have his 5 leaves yet. He is hanging in there though.

Now that everything was weeded. I got the rake and loosened up the soil around all the peppers so the Miracle Grow water would have a better chance of soaking down to the roots of the plants. I also loosened the soil on the hills. So with green watering can in hand everyone got a nice good drink.

More Rose Buds and a Bit of Transplanting

My mini rose-bush continues to bloom and put on new buds. I counted two more yesterday(Sunday May 20th).

I was able to get out and do some transplanting of three plants. First one was the yellow squash plant. It is still doing well. It did loose the large leaf due to some windy days. After all these windy days it clouded up and rained for 3 days. I have not had to water again yet as the ground is still trying to dry out. That probably won’t take too much longer as the temperatures are supposed to be in the 80s for the next week and a half. I was also able to get most of the front yard mowed before the rainstorms. I finished the last little bit late yesterday afternoon(May 20th).

I next transplanted the single moonflower seedling. It is still alive. I had troubles getting these to stay alive after I transplanted them last year. So I hope I have learned enough to keep this one going and get a bloom.

The other was Cleo. I brought this plant in last fall to be a house plant during the winter. I just loved the cool colored leaves and wanted to enjoy it longer. I am not sure it the whole thing is going to survive but the smaller parts seem to be doing ok for now. I can always go back out and trim off the dead branches. I took three pictures of the hole I dug, because of the shadows. I could not see which looked the best.

The turnips and carrots are coming up nicely. You can barely see the carrots in the left side of the picture below. The Sunflowers did not come up. The seeds were just too old, they were in a bowl from way back in 2007’s garden seeds.

 

How My Outdoor and Indoor Gardening Progresses

 

I was able to get outdoors a couple of times now to work on getting garden spots ready for planting. The first time I was able to get some squash hills built. They are east of the shed near the fence. I hope to plant yellow summer squash, acorn squash and cucumbers on them.

 

Yesterday(April 27) I was able to get out for the second time. I dug up the bed on the east side of the shed. This bed was made late last year by David and Nick, so it was not used. I turned the earth then raked it out some what level. I raked it toward the south end, I had extra soil so I went ahead and dug up the corner of the bed. I had to move the rocks that help disperse the rain from the gutter that comes of the shed roof. I raked out the soil and then replaced the rocks. It was a little low in the corner any way so that helped level it out too.

 

My plans for this bed are to plant giant sunflowers closest to the shed wall. I am going to plant the peppers in front of them. I think I will put some gladiolus in the corner to keep the irises company.

David bought a bunch of bulbs, twenty-seven bags with six bulbs each in four different mixtures, at Dollar General last fall at 90% off. He also got some boxed seeds, two boxes of impatiens, 2 boxes of marigolds, and a box of wildflower mix. I also saved last year’s bulbs with the help of my Garden Book.

 

2017 Gladiolus Bulbs

 

Boxed Flowers

I am not going out today(April 28) as the wind is blowing straight at about 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. I don’t need a dirt shower. Maybe tomorrow I can start planting the sunflowers and some gladiolus around the irises. If I have enough energy I might even start digging and raking the beds around the shed, continuing on to the ones around the deck.

The indoor gardening is going slow. I tried starting some Big Bertha peppers from seeds of last years peppers. They did not sprout. I think I kept immature seeds. So last Saturday (April 21) I started some green bell pepper seeds and the squashes and cucumbers. No sprouting yet, but they all take 10 to 14 days to germinate. I hope they all sprout so that by mid to late May I can put them outside.

 

*Note: I am typing these up in word pad at home. I am not sure when I will next get access to internet to post them. I am putting some dates in parentheses to show what day I am actually talking about.

My Valentine’s Mini Rose Bushes

 

I had received one a few years ago from David. I had transplanted it into a larger pot. I did not realize that roses were water and fertilizer hogs. So it only lived a few months more after transplant.

This past Valentine’s Day I received one from my grandson, Marty. It was in this cute little ladybug with gold heart spots planter. It had one rose bloomed. I knew that it would not stay alive in that little pot for long so I transplanted a couple of weeks later.

 

I then started a moon flower in the little pot. It looks a bit scraggly because the seed husk stayed on the first leaf when it broke the surface of the soil. David took some little scissors and cut it off a few days ago. It is doing much better now.

I am now more knowledgeable about a rose bush’s needs after reading about them in my
“Better Homes & Gardens NEW GARDEN BOOK How-to help on gardening, landscaping, lawn care” .
Revised Edition
Copyright 1951,1954,1961
Meredidth Publising Company

Des Moines, Iowa

I think my mom gave it to me some years ago.

I water this little guy every other day or so, to make sure that the soil is always moist but not soggy. I also fertrilize it with Miricle Grow every other week. The original rose has long since died. I have taken such good care it has grown well and has a new rose bloom and two more buds starting to open.

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 thingΒ  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?

 

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.Β  πŸ™‚