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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When One Thing Leads to Another

 

Monday (03/27/2017) was looking like it would be a nice day of weather. After I got my indoor chores done and did some stuff on the computer I thought I would go out around 10 am to do some form of yard work. I had just gotten on the internets to begin some posts when David came out at 8:30 am. This surprised me as he usually sleeps in until around 11 am. He is a night owl these days staying up after 1 am most nights. So this lead me to fix him his breakfast and him getting on the computer to do his things. I had most of the indoor stuff done I want to have done before going outside so that is where I went. I had promised Sully the last two days that I would take him out when the weather was nice again, so he came out too. I took him for his walk around the house then clipped him to the step to enjoy the day.

My plan for the day was to rake out the south side of the flower bed around the deck. I was then going to turn the soil and level out the bed. Well I got the bed raked out, as I began to rake those leaves over to the big leaf pile in front of BOB I decided that I should rake by the container with small wood scraps in it. While I was at it I might as well dump the container and move it, go through the wood scrap, put it back in the container and rake where it use to be. Now that the container was out-of-the-way I could rake around the wood pile. Now, why just rake around I should move it and rake where it used to be also. So I found a suitable spot next to the scrap container and began going through the wood pile, moving it, and stacking it in an organized fashion. Well now that the wood pile was out-of-the-way I could move the big leaf pile in front of BOB further to the east end of the driveway. So I did that. Now that every thing was neat and tidy I could lay the garden hose along the railroad ties marking off the flower bed. This will make it easier to water the squash patch and the hose will not be stretched out across the driveway getting run over.

I was in the middle of all this activity when David came out onto the deck.

He says,” You know I have been looking at the wood pile thinking it needed moved and organized!”

He must have been thinking about it so hard I caught the vibe and just went with it. I did the same thing when I cleaned up the deck a couple of weeks ago. He was thinking it needed done and I did it. I don’t mind doing these things. It is getting me out of the house and being more physical. It also helps David out, so he can continue sorting out and organizing his inventory for his urban gold mining. It is one less thing he needs to do so he can get to more important projects like replacing  a section of the shed’s east wall, getting the garden started, or working on BOB. I discovered BOB’s roof leaked in the bedroom over the winter. This was not one of the projects he had planned for BOB.

After I was all finished, David came out later in the afternoon and backed BOB in beside the deck. He is now where we can run the extension cord out to do work on him. It is a good thing I got this done on Monday as the weather forecast calls for rain for the rest of the week.

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. 😀

First SWEET Pepper!

Yippee, the sweet peppers are starting to turn!

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David picked this one and two days later I picked one just like it.

There is another one starting to turn yellow it should be ready in another day or two.

I hope now they pick up the pace.

The weatherman is predicting our first freezing overnight low for October 4 th.

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 Had To Borrow My Son’s Camera Again

Because I needed to show you progress on the garden and flowers.

 

I needed to get pictures of the gladiolus canes that were almost finished blooming. Last night while water the flowers I noticed two more canes would be blooming soon and they were going to be PURPLE! I was correct this morning I was able to get this nice shot of one of the purple canes. The other one should be blooming by tonight or tomorrow morning. These make canes 4 and 5. I found a sixth one just coming on the other day. I don’t think all of them will cane before the weather gets to cold, hopefully I will have a better turn out next year.

 


The butternut and butter bush squash are doing well. So far they have not gone too crazy producing, we hope with the cooler nights they will say, “Hey, it’s getting cold we better get some more fruit on here!” It just doesn’t seem like we have as many as last year even though we have more plants.

The acorn squash are the same way not a lot of fruit yet, but we don’t have as many plants as last year.

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ACORN SQUASH

We have this one plant we thought was sick or not getting enough of the proper nutrients. So David went to Googling and discovered that it is actually a different variety. It is a Golden Acorn, not your typical Queen Table Acorn which is what the green ones are. David thinks its seed accidentally got in to this package of Queen Table acorn.  There is also a variety called the Snow White Acorn, but we didn’t get a stray seed of that one. 🙂

 

THE GOLDEN ACORN

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The peppers and tomatoes have been producing well. We have been using both in stir – frys and meat loaf.

The green peppers and a few of the sweet pepper plants have grown quite large.

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I was able to pick 12 green bell peppers that day. The sweet pepper plants are loaded too. I won’t pick those until they turn their red, yellow, and orange colors.

I wanted to save some the green bells some how. So I dug out the food dehydrator that I have not used since buying it 8 or 9 years ago. I dried 6 of the 12 just to see how it would turn out. It filled the house with the smell of peppers for about 6 hours. Mmmmm! I think they turned out ok. I put them in a freezer bag then placed that in a glass jar in the pantry as the instructions with the dehydrator said to do.

I think the next bunch I pick I will try freezing. My daughter suggested I slice them place them on a cookie sheet that is covered with freezer paper and place that in the freezer. Then when they are good and frozen then place them in a freezer bag. I want to try this way instead of chopping them into chunks and freezing them straight into the bags. They are all mushy when you use them at a later date when done this way, in my experience.


A couple of weeks ago I decided to put a bed around the wild Johnny Jump – Ups. I found these rocks and thought they did the job nicely. I hope there will be more of them next year. I might even plant some of the helichrysums against the siding.

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David and I went fishing a week ago. Where we wanted to fish there was a lot of small trees /bushes so David took the pruning shears to them to make a spot for me to set up my chair and fish. When I was carrying the branches away I noticed this. I know it did not grow this way on its own. I still thought it was neat and brought the branch home to show the kids.

I guess you could say it is the circle of life. 😀

 

Look What I Did On Independence Day!

Whilst Sully was getting his snootful of catnip I was transplanting marigolds all over the yard.

I decided to transplant the two plants I had growing in the clay pots.

They were getting sickly. They were pretty root bound when I transplanted them.

I won’t be surprised if the sicker of the two doesn’t survive.

I also transplanted eleven seedlings that I had in some peat pods to this flower bed. One of these may not make it in the big world either.

I started near the deck steps and continued along the tie to the other end where I transplanted the healthier of the clay pot plants.

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Then I was off to the backyard to transplant this bunch.

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I planted 15 seedlings in the strawberry / pepper patch. I don’t think all of them will survive as some of them were small or sickly.

The other area was the east end garden with the yellow squash and turnips which David planted.

I planted seven to fill in the corner where I had transplanted my first batch of marigolds.

I then transplanted 6 more in line with the original batch.

I think the ones in the squash area will all survive they were some of the bigger healthier seedlings.


So all totaled I transplanted 39 seedlings and two plants.

I will give them about a week to see how many were survivors. 🙂

Junkpile: Sorted and Moved

This is the junk pile.

The Before

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David asked me to deal with it so that he could continue digging out this side of the shed.

He needs to replace another rotting out board below ground level.

He also wants to level this area out so that it will drain better and not have standing water against the shed.


The Afters


Speaking of the east end of the garden the summer squash have started setting on fruit.

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This is the pile of trash that was sorted out of the junk pile.

It was mostly plastic items and broken garden tools.

The big plastic sheet is the shower walls from BOB that were removed.

The green cloth material was BOB’s old dining room blinds.

There are also some old BBQ grills and washer and dryer motors.

The blue lawn chair and Frisbee were also in the junk pile but I am keeping them.

That all fit nicely into the back of the pick up.

My son disposed of it all the next day in town.


 

I also straightened up around the front of the shed here are a couple more after photos.


Two days later our area was hit by a really nasty storm.

That is a whole other post.