Saturday, June 30, 2007

Hibiscus - Pink

Hibiscus - Pink
Originally uploaded by dragonslumber
I just posted seven pictures of three colors of Hibiscus in my Flickr album. Figured I'd give an update instead of reposting the pictures in this blog.

Friday, June 29, 2007

New Experiences on its way...

One of the things I like to do when it comes to plants are trying new things. I remember a few years back, I grew pineapple plants. I'll have to do a search in my pictures for them.

But new things are happening fast now.

It seems that I finally have Amaryllis growing from seed in the flowerbox. It's been days shy of a month since I planted them and I was feeling discouraged because a wild fern grew awhile back. Oy.

Imagine my excitement to see grass-like plants growing! This'll be exciting!

But it appears I have a new undertaking. Back in December/January, I had a yellow christmas cactus that had three seed pods (fruits?). Two of them fell off a couple months down the road and were no good. The third pod started yellowing/pinking up and I found out today that it had fallen off. I was annoyed but when I cut it open, there seems to be healthy seeds inside.

Schlumbergera - Thanksgiving Cactus

I'll be picking the seeds out and planting them soon to see if I have any luck with these.

It's kinda neat to take a non-traditional route by planting seeds instead of splitting bulbs or rooting cuttings.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Possible Amaryllis Seedling?

I bought an entire new bag of soil and put a certain amount into a flowerbox. After putting the red amaryllis seeds in, I covered it with saran wrap to keep it humid inside.

One of them has popped out. At least, I think it might be. I don't know.

Amaryllis Seedling Amaryllis Seedling Amaryllis Seedling

There's a possibility that the soil may have had some volunteer seeds that came with it. I have no idea. I posted on a forum to ask if anyone knows that this is the correct start of an Amaryllis.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Friday, June 8, 2007

Summer Thoughts

Yellow Lily
Yellow Lily

You know, as the heat is settling in for the summer, My yearning to garden drops down to 0%. It's weird how it works. When it's winter, I can't wait to get to planting and watching them grow. Now, I find myself groaning as I lug around gallons of water on a daily basis to make sure they stay alive. It's a real pain in the butt to see plants falling over and dying from thirst.

It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't humid. My friend tells me that it gets up to 105 in Nevada but because there's no humidity, it isn't bad. It only needs to get 80 here before the air smothers you. As I glance to, it's 63% humidity here and it hasn't rained in a week. Where is it all coming from? Oh yes, swampy areas nearby. That's where the overwhelming amount of bugs come from too. I know, enough complaining!

Despite a few disagreements, I lugged out the two remaining thanksgiving cacti and put them on the porch where they'll get shade. I think the air conditioning is causing the plants to shrivel up and not grow. They started to grow in spring during that time when neither the heater or AC was being used but now the AC is on almost 24/7 and the plants just aren't thriving. Hopefully being exposed to heat and minimal sunlight outside will get them back on track.

I'm surprised that my other thanksgiving cacti are growing. They're being exposed to sunlight for the same period as the jade plants are and they're doing wonderful. I wonder if they'll bloom when I move them inside for the winter.

Vegetable Garden
Vegetable Garden

The vegetables are kinda growing. There's Zucchini, Cucumbers, and Squash. They're not vining out as much but I suppose that's a good thing. It won't be demanding so much water but we'll see how far long it gets in July or August... or September. From what I remember, Zucchini is on the far left but only because I see a vegetable growing from it. Cucumber may be on the far right. There's two random pots between the three vegetable pots. One has elephant ears and the other has several Amaryllis.

Amaryllis Seed Pods
Amaryllis Seed Pods

Speaking of Amaryllis, It's discouraging that out of several attempts, only these two are hanging on. I wonder what causes a pod to be pollinated and then aborted. These two are of the pink/white one.

I could be horribly wrong but I believe the pod on the left was also partially pollinated by the pollen from the red amaryllis. If the pod does mature and give me seeds, I guess I'll know in due time.

The biggest one is starting to approach the size of the ones my friend sent me so at least I'm happy about that. At least two successful pods is better than none.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Discouraged About Amaryllis Seed Pods

Man, I don't know what I'm doing wrong. The pods on my red amaryllis have all shriveled up and died off. I don't get what's going on. I ripped open the tiny shriveled pods and all the papery seeds inside were white.

I took a picture of this pod yesterday. This was of the white/pink amaryllis. The four pods grew quite big and healthy but now they're all starting to shrivel up. I'm really baffled.

My online friend, who knows not a single thing about gardening, had pollinated her amaryllis at my request after I told her how to do it. She said all four pods took. Then she mailed them to me and I received them in the mail just yesterday. You should've seen my eyes. They about fell out of my head when I looked at the dried open pods. They were *huge*! How come mine aren't getting this huge? How can my friend be successful with these pods when she doesn't know the first thing about gardening (In case she's reading, Hi! :D Ha!) and yet I'm trying my best and I'm getting zippo?

Let's hope I won't fail so badly in trying to get the seeds to grow.

Friday, June 1, 2007

More Plants

Blood Banana/Musa Zebrina
Blood Banana/Musa Zebrina

Thanksgiving Cactus/Schlumbergera Truncata
(Salmon) Thanksgiving Cactus/Schlumbergera Truncata

Thanksgiving Cactus/Schlumbergera Truncata
(White) Thanksgiving Cactus/Schlumbergera Truncata

New Digital Camera Goodness

Dusty Miller buds
Dusty Miller Buds

Orange Lilies
Orange Lilies

Spider Plant Blooms
Spider Plant Flower