Now that most chances of frost are forever past, I'm sending tiny tender plants outside to play.
I planted 4 Pineapple Sage plants yesterday, gave away two today, have 4 more promised, and 2 remaining to find good places for stunning fall bloom. They bloomed inside, but as the days lengthen, they stop until fall.
Licorice Plant roots very easily in a bit of soil.
I put some rooted bits of Licorice Plant with a piece of rooted
Duranta that has already started to bloom.
The wax begonias above are some of many that I've rooted.
They root easily and perform well planted in shade without
twice daily watering that impatiens demand.
I am waiting to plant out begonias until white Caladiums are ready
to plant in the same areas. I haven't seen a returning Caladium, which
is the signal for putting the tubers in the ground without worry.
Shrimp plants went out today. The pot above of
White Shrimp Plant, several cuttings, all planted
together. They stop blooming now. In fall, I will
take cuttings which will bloom in the winter.
Red Shrimp Plant, two pots of three plants each,
planted in clumps the way they were in the pots.
Shrimp Plants are among my favorite plants to
keep over the winter because of the constant blooms.
Alpinias are already outside. Those left in the
ground are putting out new shoots.
When today's planting was finished, there were
many empty containers, but so many plants remain.
When starting cuttings and seedlings, it does not seem like many.
When I plant, I begin to wonder.
I noticed when I was planting an Indigo Spires Salvia that many of the Violas had seed pods open, so I went back with an empty pill container to gather a few seeds. It is hard to ignore some nice clean ripe seeds just waiting. Many seeds have alread fallen. I have only noticed one volunteer from last year, a beautiful dark purple viola behind a clump of poppies.
Besides the Salvia, from Susie, I planted a purple Porterweed for butterflies. I have a rooted Porterweed cutting that was the only really successful Porterweed that I kept over the winter. I have some other cuttings that look sad. I have some Pentas cuttings that look quite good and some that look quite pitiful. I planted out a pot of red and a pot of purple Pentas that I kept the whole plant over the winter. They look less happy than the best of the cuttings, which must go out in the next few days.
Poppies are popping! Lots of tiny plants blooming that were not thinned;
the first of the maroon poppies that self thinned reached a stunning size.