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Alright so I will NEVER EVER Again try to sprout my Pride of Barbados without my Drop Down Full Spectrum Light setup! NEVER.
Here it is, the only survivor.
Seems fine to me, now...
OK, so I am not sure what flowering tree is what, as I have ID'd the east coast ones, they are not the same here! I have a couple nice trees in my yard, I think at least one is a cherry LOL and I have a lilac as well as a Pieris Japonica, Japanese Aucuba, and now a place for my Bonsai besides them being scrunched all on a patio. I like the tulips but must figure out what to put there that will be appreciated year round (and cheap...this IS a rental).
OK, This guy must not notice much! Where I got the cuttings of wisteria, he insisted it was WHITE. Well, I prefer Black Dragon, the purple, and it seems that is what I got! As the picture shows, that is PURPLE!!!
And here is my favorite so far, a true keeper!
Hmm, indoors, mini rose...I haven't killed it yet! It is blooming for the first time since I got it (and YOU know they COME with blooms, why else would ya buy it).
I sowed Triple Curl Parsley (some will go
between my tomatoes, they really do have a great effect when planted
together) Garlic Chives, Spicy Globe Basil and Genovese Basil (salad
leaf-like) yesterday. I like to use cardboard flats to do this with,
then transfer the sprouts as they start going...but I had that classic
problem. Too many seeds...so...looking around the yard I realized that
I could just put them 'here and there'...so I did. On another note, I
love Lavender, so I grabbed a Provencal Lavender and put it is a spot
close to the back door on the Patio.
So, 2 days of work.
The first day clearing half of the overgrown mess, the second day
tilling in some worm castings (vermicompost).
This is all hand done, due to lack of space & equipment, haha…I worked it with a garden fork. Weeds, grass, various bulbs that I have no
use for…some volunteer blackberries (bane of the PNW) and spiders…and here I
have some garden space. This is only
half done, but the hardest part has been done, IMHO. I planted some Tomato’s, an Early Girl,
Beefsteak and a Cherry. I plan on
putting in some Sugar Snap Peas after I build a trellis for them. Personally? I
think I should have a ‘Get Out of Hell Free’ card for doing this…it IS a rental
house, after all! Check out the pics, tell me what YOU think! This spot does get FULL sun, so at least it will produce!
Ok, so...grass, and a garden fork. Bulbs that do not need to be there...LOTSA spiders, me telling the youngest who was helping me by going back and forth the the yard waste bin for me (wait till I get the pics downloaded) that SPIDERS ARE GOOD, I am the organics kind of gal. He was like...ok...um...spiders good, fine but don't make me touch them! Haha. Kids. He did enjoy the ladybugs though, happy happy JOY JOY, I have breeding ladybugs! He held a couple (not the breeding ones!!) but I did point those out to my Partner because nothing is better than baby ladybugs! Well, maybe some baby praying mantis...my next want on my list. I will get a couple of Mantis egg sacks (love hatching them). So, after a nice back breaking session, the spot is HALF done and not completely done. All I want to get DONE right away is the spot for a couple of Tomato plants...I have not had fresh tomato's (at least out of my OWN yard) for quite some time. As soon as I get the pics downloaded (killed the batteries taking pics, hehe) I will post them. This spot, omg....way too left alone, and it looks like the onyy thing that has been planted there has been flowers and I want veggies, so if I have to recondition a garden spot at a rental house, I am GOING to have VEGGIES, dammit. lol. All I can say is. Ow. If it were not for the garden fork that my Sweetie has, I would not have gotten anything done, lol. Would have been POTTED maters. I got a Jalapeno that will be in a pot, just haven't decided how big of a pot. So, next week, maybe I will get that overgrown MESS finished.
Here is the Jalapeno,
Here is a pic of the bit o' yard I get to plant my veggies, I have already decided where to move those Tulips :D I have to weed out all that grass (and some blackberries, bane of the PNW) and till it, the I will vermicompost it.
And for some comic relief, our cats are looking forward to moving as well :D
LOL, not quite what the title implies, eh?
I got a pic of my Japanese Elm and Cotoneaster.
So, this is what I am going to do during the course of the year, my BIG project for the year. I am going to take THIS rock :
And I am going to put one of these White Wisteria Bonsai on it:
I have two of them that are cascading over and don't know which one to do it to. What I need to do is take the one I want and put it in a DEEP pot for awhile, then take it OUT of the pot and put it on the rock where I want it (towards the bottom in a crevice) with a bit of peat in the crease of the rock and the roots all over the place, haha. Then I will bury the whole thing in course sand for about a year. Then it will be ready...not a slow project but I can already see it in my head and am thinking it could be less than a year as I decided to use wisteria. I have had this rock for almost 5 years now waiting for the right project, so I know it is frost proof.
My Mini Rose has a bloom starting, I am so going to bring in my camera...success with a plant I never thought I could grow well, but hey, I saw it this morning so no doubt it is a happy rose! Now I just need to get the peace lily happy, I had it up in a relatively dark shelf as my CAT, Max would eat it, so I brought it to the office for safety, and it will get happy now, I am sure it can use some nitrogen. Here is Max climbing his first tree! He will be a year old in May.
I have a couple Japanese Maples set aside for MamabearBSA and Mainegal because they cost SO much away from here (Seattle area) that are 3 years old. They will be getting a couple baby maples as well, but I wanted to make sure they get to take something back with them that is established and there is nothing more beautiful than a Japanese Maple Bonsai! I will take pictures of them soon, as well and update...at the very least they will be able to see the tree's that are going home with them! I have some before and after pics so they get to see how drastic a cutting the tree's will take as I have been informed by them both that they are concerned about how tough they are. I will put it this way, they are 3 years old, and I am just NOW going to repot them! A bonsai, as average, will be repotted at least once a year, but Japanese Maples THRIVE on neglect! So, on that note, here are some of my Japanese Maples at three years old. I have before and after pictures with the winter growth and then their 'spring/summer coat' :D So now is where i get to tease Mamabear and Mainegal....as these are some of My personal babies, hehe...
I recently had a large amount of baby maples 'follow me home' as I love to bonsai, this is fortunate :D I love to bonsai almost any tree but for the maples there is a plan. We have a NW GTG planned and they will have future homes when I take a bunch of them down for a 'training course', an VERY quick one, albeit, but they will be happy tree's! Maples will bonsai just as readily as any other tree and can be very beautiful in the process.
green and growing! I loves all kinds of plants, trees and flowers.
Right after the holidays I went and bought a whole bunch of exotic
seeds to start her own. I love to bonsai as well. So I got tickets to
the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.
I had a really great time! I was there for most of Saturday, ooohing and aaahing over everything there. I bought two bonsai trees (one Japanese Elm and one cotoneaster ) and some lavender and lemon grass products (soap and body spray, yum!). I took a ton of pictures, here are a few of my favorites...
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