May 26, 2015

Agapanthus Advancement

Will it EVER open fully?



Outside, so far, all Calla Lilies are Yellow, seen outside the greenhouse.

It is a wonderful year for lilies of all kinds.

White LA lilies are blooming throughout the garden.

Not everything called a Lily is a lily. We know that. Lily of the Nile is in the Amaryllis family and Calla Lilies are of the Aracae subfamily Aroids. Many of us tend to call everything a Daisy or a Lily or a Rose and that about covers it. Knowing the family does help with figuring out what kind of care a plant might prefer.


Coming soon is the Porch Geranium Festival in June near Atlanta, or as some folks call them, Hyderangers. Mine are blooming.  

   

May 14, 2015

Bloom Day Preview

Last night I realized how long it had been since I made a blog post. Spring sprang and then summer followed right behind.

We'll have a Brugmansia bloom in another night or two, maybe. I failed to mention before that when they first put out new growth, two of the stems fainted and fell over. I never knew why. I cut them off at ground level. The stems looked fine, there was no insect damage nor evidence of disease.

I got the Okra bed dug and seeds planted alphabetically before an inch of rain fell this afternoon. The electricity went off for 2 hours during which I had a nice nap which I needed after all that digging in the sun.

I bought Ferry-Morse seeds: Clear Clemson Superb and Louisiana Green Velvet.




In the Greenhouse, blooming:

My new Pelargonium, which we call zonal geranium.

Pentas cuttings needing planting out for butterflies.
Look closely behind; there is a green tomato.

My tomato plants have green tomatoes and lots of
blossoms on new plants and the old one. 

Just outside the greenhouse:

   
Calla Lilies, so far only in yellow.

 

Agapanthus bloom about to pop open. This is a seedling from seeds 'borrowed' off plants in a parking lot in Florida. 

The REAL Bloom Day post with more flowers is here: Bloom Day in the Hot and Humid Coastal South.

May 07, 2015

Calla Lily in Bloom

Zantedeschia hybrid.

These bulbs grew foliage but did not bloom last summer. I let them go dry in fall, kept them inside in the pots and resumed watering in late winter.

I decided they were too pot-bound and too many to keep watered, so I planted them among Gardenias on the north side of the greenhouse.

I had only grown Zantedeschia aethiopica in the past, pig lilies that love a bog. These like well-drained sandy soil, or so I read. I can provide that. I read that they form seeds too. That sounds marvelous to someone like me.

It's that time of year when we start watching for Summer Bulbs A to Z. I can hardly wait for the Agapanthus bud to open on a seedling.

May 02, 2015

Ike the Antiques Enthusiast

Greenhouse gardening with a cat can be a pain.

Ike claims his territory and woe be to any plants that get in his way unless the pots are too heavy to shove. I got a notion to move the old shelf rack that held the tin rooster. I brought in a bentwood plant stand in its stead.

This bent twig plant stand from the 1930s belonged to my MIL. When I set the tin rooster on the potting bench while I moved pieces of furniture, Ike rubbed his head on the rooster, his way of 'marking' things he likes.

The rooster has a short history. The facility in the Florida panhandle where my late brother the Colonel spent his last days had a beautiful atrium filled with plants and places to sit. After my last visit there, I made a list of all the plants I could remember seeing and wrote down the other features that I could remember. One was a tin rooster on a post. Eventually I found a similar rooster for my greenhouse. He looks more or less toward the rising sun.

I tried to capture some of the detail on the plant stand 
behind the potting bench and around Ike.

 You can see that it was painted different colors over the years, shades of blue mostly. There is some yellow on the top. I only remember it as being painted with aluminum paint to match steel porch posts placed in the 1950s which now form my grape arbor.

Ike is pleased to have his rattan shelves back, just visible at left. He likes to lie on that bottom shelf. with his paws hanging off. It's kind of flimsy now. I think I've had it about 35 years.  Other times he's pleased to have plenty of room to stretch out around the twig plant stand. Ike likes to be up high where he can watch.

Ike wants you know that in his defense,  there are no mice in the greenhouse and fewer anoles than there might be otherwise. The anoles know to climb high.

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