I have Johnny Jump Ups, originally from Monticello's collection of 'Tri-Color" variety. In the picture below, I have circled one flower that is closest to the original coloring - dark purple top petals, white enter petals and yellow bottom petal. I have had these things seeding themselves all over my yard and gardens for about 5 years. I got them from my mom's place where she had them growing for years after bringing them home from a trip to Virginia and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. This Read more [...]
This is the first time ever that I have grown Moss Rose and I really like it. I sort of neglected my Moss Rose seedlings this spring because I was so busy with other plants, but when I finally got around to planting the sprouts in this hanging pot, they really took off. They are so interesting and grow sort like succulents, with all of those little new round leaves.
The plants come in a rainbow of colors. Some of these amazing little blooms come with one row of petals and some come with multiple Read more [...]
Last fall I collected several dozen Bluebonnet seeds from 2 Bluebonnets that popped up in the yard last summer. I watched the flowers and kept them out of danger until the seed pods turned brown and were safe to pick. I planted half of the seeds around the giant Turkey oak that they sprouted by. The other day I found 2 of the dozen and half or so seeds had sprouted!
They're tough little sprouts. They survived the freeze, rain and whatever else. Now I need to protect them until they grow Read more [...]
I love to start plants from both seeds and cuttings. While I have a large lavender plant to take cuttings from when I try to root them, I also have started many lavender seeds. (Most of them died because at the time I couldn't keep the seedlings moist). This nifty, roomy 6 place tray is from the recycle shelf at a big box store - I have gotten quite a few nice trays and pots from the recycle center - recycled them right into my green house!!. Note that this potting container is sitting in Read more [...]
This spring I have found dozens and dozens of Johnny Jump Ups all over the place. They are popping up all thru the grass, under trees, in pots - all over the yard. Last year I had just a couple of them pop up in a flower pot that I brought from my Father's place. I left the couple of plants to grow and some how they obviously scattered their seeds all over my yard. I have dug up dozens from the middle of the grassy yard - planting them in small pots. This created pots full of flowers and Read more [...]
This is an update on the prior Bluebonnet wild flower post. I have never really had blue bonnets around before so I have never had a chance to observe them live.
Wow – look at those fat seed pods!
I know that Blue Bonnet seeds must go thru a freeze cycle before they will sprout next spring.
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This is an exceptionally nice marigold plant. The flower is about 18 to 20 inches tall and rather narrow and growing in a very nice 12" clay pot. It is quite different from the sprawling marigolds that I usually grow. I just save seeds from year to year and they all get mixed up genetically. I plan to save the seeds from this plant. This bloom is at the very top of the plant and, as you can see, there are blooms around the top of the plant. I can only hope that insects pollinate these flowers. Read more [...]
Originally published winter 2011
This is one marigold plant. It is an heirloom variety. I can see why so many plant breeders play with marigolds. The spread on this one plant was three feet by the time it finally froze out. I had a number of these jumbo marigold plants by summers end. I think most hybrids grow much smaller, much more manageable. I, however, like to save seeds and have saved lots of seeds from my enormous heirloom marigold plants. This plant actually started in the Read more [...]
Originally published winter 2011
These are Clark's Heavenly Blue heirloom morning glories.
I planted these in early spring. They grow like crazy in the cooler spring weather, quickly flowering. Once the real summer weather kicks in - daytime highs in the 90s plus, they stop flowering. I waited some of June, all of July, August and September for the 'cooler' fall weather - all the while the morning glory vines grew, however there was not a single blue flower. Once the days 'cooled' to the upper Read more [...]