July 27, 2014

Barely Inside the Greenhouse

Peeks into the greenhouse are of little interest these days. I mostly go in to turn on the vent fan, start or stop the mist system and do things with water.

This is my hope for tomatoes in cold weather. 

Started from a tiny sucker in the axil of a bigger tomato plant, it sat around rooted, waiting for a home. I finally put it in a big nursery bucket. Too hot now even outside for fruit to form, it should start to put on tomatoes come cooler weather.

There are a few plants left inside that never joined their friends summering outside in shade. Every little piece of succulent material is saved and set to root.  

Yesterday when I checked on the post garden, a squirrel had dug into the pot of Burro Tail on the left below. I have BIG pieces to root now.

Sedum morganum could go back inside. With ample water they can tolerate the high temperatures hovering around 100 degrees at time inside the greenhouse. 
Maybe the cat can keep squirrels out.

I keep looking at containers and wondering just how many will fit in there.
I can give the Firecracker Fern (Russelia equisetiformis) a haircut. Some years it blooms all winter. Long stems on Graptopetalum in the pot with it could stand breaking off and re-rooting with shorter stems too. On the other hand I kind of like the sinewy shape the stems take.

I made a mistake, moving Calla lilies to sunnier spots outside the greenhouse. Some leaves are sunbleached. I moved them back to shade. 

Inside the greenhouse, I pulled out a great bale of purple alternanthera that was reaching for the rafters. I pulled the front half of the south side; much more remains. I think it helped some with shade but shade was beginning to crawl to the center of the room.

While the days are so hot I tend to stay in the house, only going out to water and check on things. There's a heat advisory today. Temperatures are not predicted to get to triple digits, but the heat index may approach 109º because of the humidity.







July 25, 2014

Death and Destruction on the Patio

Remember the cycad I grew from a seed? I was so proud of it.

It is no more.

Something, and I am blaming a squirrel because they are abundant and destructive, pulled it from the container, broke or bit off the leaves and tossed them under a tree. 

I couldn't find the seed pod that was still attached, nor the roots. I guess squirrel ate them. I hope he didn't develop a taste for cycad and doesn't start digging up the bigger cycads.

I had great plans for this little plant. When it grew up it was going to sit in a bed of Sedum acre in the summer. I pinned a picture of how it would look, just like the big Cycad in Martha's Garden sitting in a bed of succulents.

Sigh. 

I'll put a Guzmania in the square pot. 


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