Category Archives: Flowers

Moss Rose, Something New For Me, And I Like It

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.

moss rose

Moss rose

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 rows of petals. So many colors and so many petal arrangements.
I have been collecting their seeds for months and plan to make this plant one of my main flowers the next spring. The tiny black seeds are some of the smallest that I have ever seen.

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The Bluebonnets That I Seeded Last Fall Are Sprouting

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!

sprouting bluebonnets

They’re tough little sprouts.  They survived the freeze, rain and whatever else.  Now I need to protect them until they grow up and produce even more seeds.

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Lavender Seedlings

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 a tray to hold water so that the plants don’t dry out.
lavender seedlings

These are shelves on a little junior green house shelf, waiting for my real green house to get moved over here.  Note 2 of my brand new seedling trays sitting in a no-hole bottom tray to hold water and keep the seeding trays moist.  On the second shelf, to the left of my lavender is a recycled tray with a few coleus in it.  I am so pleased that a few coleus survived.  They are easier to propagate from cuttings, but I also like to start seeds.  Unfortunately, most of this batch of coleus dried out.  So, with new propagation/seeding trays, I am starting another batch of coleus.
lavender seedlings starting

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Johnny-Jump-Up Over Population

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 saved them from being mowed over.

johnny jump ups

This big green pot just sprouted all of these Johnny Jump Ups.  I was going to plant a much bigger flower in this large pot, but I didn’t want to dig up and transplant all of these Johnnys.  I can hardly believe how prolific this plant is – last year 2 or so plants scattered a hundred seeds all over the place.  I plan to try to collect seeds from these flowers.

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Marigolds – Always Fun

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.  I started dozens of marigolds this spring, but very few of them germinated.  I don’t know whether the seeds were not viable or perhaps since I still don’t have my greenhouse, maybe my growing conditions weren’t satisfactory.  In the spring, I usually start 6 or more dozen marigold plants.  They are usually very easy to start.  Little 1″ marigold babies are so cute – they already have their characteristic leaves.
marigold closeup

 

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Heirloom Marigolds

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 walk way between my raised beds.  I just let it spread because it didn’t interfere with any food plants.

enormous heirloom marigold plant

The arrow points to the center of the plant.  Pretty nice, eh?

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Morning Glories Are Indeed Glorious

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 80s, the vines started producing an abundance of beautiful, big blue flowers.

These flowers have frozen out and this created a small problem – that being most of the flowers did not have enough time to fully mature their seeds.  Hopefully, I got enough good seeds for next year.

Morning glories on a   fence

And some more beautiful Morning Glories:

a collage of morning glories

Notice the extensive bloom network in the bottom picture.  These vines exploded in blooms once the 90+ degree weather finally broke.

I don’t have the time or space to waste on non-edible plants in my tiny garden, but I always plant morning glory vines around the garden and yard.

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