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My Spring Flowers

Our spring began with these adorable flowers, crocus!

Our spring began with these adorable beauties and then the blossoms came from everywhere.

Hubby bought me this heavenly hydrangea for Mother’s Day.

Fushcia was an additional joy from him on Mother’s Day. My kids brought me ferns and fresh cut tulips.

Now the porch is full of flowers and so is the yard with perennials blooming everywhere.

The flowers are gorgeous this year! We have three gardens one of which is full of potatoes. The second is full of baby corn (Chires), five different squash, cantaloupes, and sunflowers. The main garden has tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, green beans, corn, romaine, peppers, potatoes (3 rows), onions, cabbage and broccoli. All of this kept me busy while my computer was awaiting repairs.

Time to get back to work!!! It’s raining again!

Moonflowers

I have a new plant this year that is absolutely gorgeous!  They’re called Moonflower’s because their huge blossoms open during the night.

Moonflower plants like full to partial sun during the daylight hours. You will like the fact that Moonflower thrive in poor, dry soils. That makes them useful in areas where many other popular plants just won’t grow. It also makes them easy to grow with little care or attention. Just plant them, and away they grow!

We woke this morning to this beautiful sight at our gazebo at the pond.

We begin our mornings sitting on the front porch and having breakfast and what a treat to have fresh flowers to brighten our day!

I want to plant hostas all around the gazebo and have the moonflowers as the focal point.

The blooms fade as the heat of the day increases and I pull the spent blooms.

This plant bears large trumpet-shape flowers that unfurl in the evening or on overcast days. I’m anxious to see if any blooms open during the eclipse tomorrow.

This morning I found several buds that will open tonight.

This is a seed pod that grows on the plant. Once they dry and open I’ll collect the seeds to start next spring. Some articles I’ve read on the internet says to sow them in the fall but you can also sow them in the spring. I got this plant from a nursery after Mother’s Day.

Moonflower plants like full to partial sun during the daylight hours. You will like the fact that Moonflower thrive in poor, dry soils. That makes them useful in areas where many other popular plants just won’t grow. It also makes them easy to grow with little care or attention. Just plant them, and away they grow!

Memorial Day Weekend flower shopping

In a previous post I mentioned the flower shopping trip that my daughter and I took on Friday of Memorial Day weekend. It was so much fun spending the morning with her and grabbing a biscuit on the way from our favorite fast food restaurant (that I don’t go to anymore since my weight loss program started)! We had a very nice morning together and went to four different shops before heading home to the big job I was undertaking. First stop was Home Depot because of the magnificent sale they were having on their hanging baskets. I needed something to put in my gazebo and these fit the bill but will hang on my front porch until I get the wood protection painted on the interior and exterior.

Begonia baskets from Home Depot.

Begonia baskets from Home Depot.

Pinks, reds and white begonias.

Pinks, reds and white begonias.

I wanted some vines to grow up the gazebo that have blooms to attract more hummingbirds so I found two trumpet vines and a clematis.  They won’t grow a lot this year but in the coming years they’ll climb and protect the wood and the visitors to the gazebo.

Trumpet vines to put on the west and east sides of the gazebo.

Trumpet vines to put on the west and east sides of the gazebo.

Clematis in the center.  We thought it was a white one but it bloomed this week and their blue/purple.

Clematis in the center. We thought it was a white one but it bloomed this week and their blue/purple.

Clematis

Clematis

We came home with all kinds of plants and had such a pleasant morning together.  I love going anywhere with my girl!

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Frosty Fern_New plant in my house

Frosty Fern (1)

 

I was shopping in Food Lion a couple of weeks ago and came across this beautiful lady and couldn’t resist bringing her home with me.  It’s call a Frosty Fern and has the most delicate leaves of green with a creamy white frosting on the ends.  Frosty Fern is an appropriate name.   I’m not sure how well it will grow in the house but can’t wait to watch.  I’ll wait a couple of weeks and see how it does and then transplant into a larger pot.  It’s now sitting in a little three-inch pot.

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I looked up on the internet some information about it and it doesn’t seem that hard to grow.  Here’s what I found:

The frosty fern (Selaginella krausianna variegatus) is a fast-growing and creeping plant that can be used for a ground cover or as a houseplant. The frosty fern’s stems are bright green in color and have tinges of whitish-gold that make the foliage look like it’s covered with frost, hence its name. When you’re selecting a planting site for your frosty fern, ensure that it has enough room to grow. The frosty fern grows to only 12 inches tall, but its stems can spread to more than 1 foot long.

I think this calls for a future update in a couple of months on how we do together!!  Isn’t it beautiful!

 

Spring gardening “inside”

I spent two hours in my green house yesterday after supper.  I left the grow lights on and by the time I got out of there I was a sweaty mess and went straight to the shower before Sassy (our baby) could even smell me.  I have planted seeds of the following and all are doing well:

cukes, peppers, cabbage, three tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, zinnia, lavender, cleome, celosia, cactus, sunflowers, asparagus (first time), hollyhock, hyacinth bean, pumpkin (3 types), dusty miller, catananche (blue), allysum, baby’s breath, statice, rose of sharon, a mango seed, coleus, marigolds, columbine, shasta daisy, black-eyed susan, squash, poppies and more but I can’t remember what they are now.
I was in the sun for only a half hour on Sunday after lunch and Monday I was a red blotchy itchy mess (sun sensitivity).  I forgot about sun screen and my fore arms and chins were uncovered and that’s where I could literally scratch with a scrub pad for relief.  The only thing that really helps is the ice cold washcloth.  I guess I’ll be gardening in the late evenings for the rest of the summer.
 I didn’t mention any herbs but the lavender because I’m saving them for the buckets on the side of the coal house (Pinterest idea).  I’m hoping to put them up this weekend and plants a few in each bucket and the rest will go along the yard fence.
 I planted some new iris and allium bulbs on the west side of the yard last fall  and the allium is in full bloom now and the outside east side of the yard is in full bloom with the money plant.  I throw the seeds from the money plant where I want them in the fall and don’t even bother to cover them and now the spot is almost full and they’re about the first thing to bloom after the tulips and daffodils. I’m going to put some daisies and cleome behind them because they reseed themselves too.  My columbine is about to bloom and the poppies are doing well this year too but not many of them.  I love the color of the money plant bloom and when they first come up they look very much
like a cucumber plant.  The bloom of the money plant won’t last long but the daisies and cleome will follow in intervals after their blooms fade.  I should have plenty to fill up the flower beds that I ruined last year with that weed and feed stuff!!  Happy gardening!!