Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Old lady excitement

I knew my project was supposed to work, but I am always ready for that disappointment of an experiment gone awry. I guess you could say I am a pessimist as far as growing things go. Usually, it all dies as if I have a poison thumb. I was greatly surprised last night when I checked my cuttings. It's been a while since I did them. Maybe 2 weeks? I looked and I had new green growth on one of them! This morning, I went to take a picture and - Ta Da - it's a little bigger and there is another one showing new growth! The instructions say that new growth means the roots are starting! This must be how God felt. Wow. Way better than seeds! The starters are both blueberry. Nothing on the flowering almond yet. The crab was as I expected - dead, dried up ...
Ceres must be proud, eh?

Alive, but suffering from heat exhaustion.

The Morning Glory vines are also suffering - I have yet to cut them out of the flowerbed. Once they get in, they are hard to get out. I like them though, so I am undecided about their future.

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  1. The heat has been hard on man, beast and plant life. But your cuttings look great. I always heard you need some moisture in the air to grow good blueberries...like around lakes. Good luck with yours.

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    1. Oh, there is plenty of moisture in the air here. Sometimes you can slice it with a knife.

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  2. Maybe your thumb is making a turn for the better, hope so.

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    1. I sure hope so, Paula. I still will have to transfer them to a pot and I will worry about that when the time comes. :-)

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  3. Can you do the soft drink bottle thing with the morning glory? Take a large soft drink bottle, plastic, cut off the base and poke it upside down into the soil so the spout is aimed towards the roots, then fill it with water and it will seep down to where it is needed. The hanging basket could be dunked into a bucket or tub of water and left to soak until the air bubbles stop coming up, then drain it and put it in a semi-shady spot if the heat is too much.

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    1. Um, the whole flower bed on that side of the porch is thick with them. They do perk up after the sun goes off them.

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  4. P.S. Don't transfer the cuttings too soon, leave them as long as possible, a year if you can.

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    1. Really? They are just in wet sand. I never did this before ...

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    2. In a few months try to work a little potting soil into the wet sand without disturbing the new growing roots. Give them something to grow towards.

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    3. Oh, okay, thanks, River, I appreciate the help!

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  5. Plants/flowers/ gardens anything that grows is in danger of extinction when left in my hands. I am thankful that Gary does well with them because i love the beauty of it all. You have the gift! Glad to see you are having great results.

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    1. You still have that garden with all those wild flowers? Did Gary do that? There's the gift.

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  6. I absolutely adore Morning Glories. As a little girl it was one of the flowers that I couldn't manage to kill. I haven't had any luck what-so-ever trying to grow them where I live now.

    For the most part, my gardens are doing well but there have been some casualties due to the extreme heat this year.

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    1. I like them too, BUT, they choke everything else out, crawl everywhere when you're not looking and are hard to clean up in the fall, the vines are almost like wire. I didn't plant these. They just showed up one year and we can't seem to stop them. Maybe they aren't a true Morning Glory, maybe they are from a different PLANeT. Hee Hee.

      Sorry about your casualties, it has been hot, hasn't it?

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  7. It's so hard to get new plants going in the heat. Well done you

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    1. Thanks - now to keep them alive! :-)

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  8. I'm with your plants, suffering in the heat too. All the best with the green thumb.

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    1. Thanks, Inger. I think our temperatures are normal - average - and we just don't appreciate them. LOL!

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