Sunday, September 28, 2008

First Pansies

It was impossible to resist a flat of pink shades pansies when I needed ten more dollars in merchandise to redeem a Home Depot gift card.

They are just perfect for the little circle lawn where pentas are blooming now and pink hyacinths bloom in spring followed by pink Spirea bumalda.

Epi Tree

I dug a hole 24" deep in my little greenhouse and set a 'tree' -- actually a 12' cedar limb -- for vines to climb and epiphytes to grow on this winter. I found this idea online.

A potted syngonium and the night blooming cacti are in place, the syngonium to climb, and the night blooming cereus in big pots are hanging over and draping on the 'tree' -- there are 3 or 4 buds. I've never had a night blooming cereus bloom inside before.

Yet to collect and place are Resurrection fern and certain other ferns, mosses, lichens and Spanish moss, all epiphytes native here.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Moving In

It's still warm out, but I'm moving plants back into the greenhouse.

First to go in are some gingers I dug, the heliconia that begged to come home with me from HD, and a Black Magic colocasia that was not thriving in the yard. I struggled with three big pots of night blooming cereus to jockey them into position where some of the long shoots can climb my epi tree. There are a few buds; we'll see if they can bloom inside. I've never had one bloom inside before.

More to come on GH fun later. I forgot to tell about the cuttings: pentas, alternanthera, gardenia, white shrimp plant and so on.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Oxblood Lily

This is its third flush of bloom. I think it was trying to get my attention!

Oxblood Lily

This is its third flush of bloom. I think it was trying to get my attention!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Yet to Bloom

  • Salvia leucantha has buds opening; Pineapple sage is yet to bloom
  • Acidanthera (Abyssinian Gladioli)
  • Lycoris radiata is already blooming.
  • Haven't seen signs of yellow lycoris yet, or of sternbergia.
  • Cassia alata, or Senna alata -- candlesticks -- are yet to bloom.

  • Goldenrods, asters and agalinis are yet to bloom in the meadows.
    Silk Grass has started to bloom.

  • I think deer have eaten all the berries off sumac at wood's edge.
  • Baccharis blooms later.

    I like fall.
  • Saturday, September 6, 2008

    September Butterflies

    Late summer, butterflies seem happy enough if they have Porterweeds (stachytarpheta), Pentas (egyptian starflower), and Lantana. They appreciate zinnias and tithonia, if you have them. The storm, Fay, did away with most of my tithonia.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008

    Lists of Combos

    I'm making lists while the weather is not conducive to working outside. It's like a steambath, the humidity is so high. Next year's beds will have the following, with more intensive plantings:

    Verbena bonariensis, Salvia coccinea, Zinnias, Alternanthera, both red and chartreuse. The red is just starting to show color, will be vivid red soon.

    Scott Ogden's book on Bulbs for the South and Christopher Lloyd's book on Succession Planting have given me ideas for putting bulbs that bloom in different seasons in one bed: Early bulbs like Hyacinths and Narcissus, followed by Amaryllis, then Agapanthus. In the fall Lycoris blooms with bare stems and the foliage that follows stays green all winter. There are others that could be tucked in there, too.