Saturday, April 26, 2008


I am so glad I'm an introverted gardener personality and not a gardening social butterfly.
It's rather pleasant being in that space.
Just sayin'...

Friday, April 25, 2008

Strange Poppy 2

My oldest daughter took some pics of the weirdo poppy for me today with her cell.
The colors don't show up as bright as they really are, but you can still get the idea of what I mean. (ignore the dirty hands and nails).

And...we discovered while taking the pics that there isn't just one, but two!

Some of our nishikigoi babies.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Strange Poppy

The clump of poppies I was wondering about - something very interesting...
One of the plants has variegated foliage!
No kidding!
Dark, deep green down the center vein (nice, normal poppy leaf color) fading to a lighter green, to lime green and finally to a nice, bright white on the edges. Not transparency-ish, but a deep, snow white.
One plant out of the whole clump - very cool!
And I know it isn't diseased or sick.
It really does remind me of the coloring on a variegated hosta.
If the leaves were obviously not poppy, I would swear that's what it is!
I'll have to keep a sharp eye out for the bloom color.
Plants amaze me...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Germinated Jugs

I won't mention what my daughter said when I told her I had sprouts in my jugs.
I was clicking through my favorites list of gardening blogs (why, oh, why can't I break this specific habit?) and got to Mary's My Northern Garden. She'd mentioned my...ahem...wildness about winter sowing. I think she was being quite kind as I'd say I'm more of a freaking fanatical lunatic about it.
Thanks for the mention, Mary!

Anyway, I realize I've been slack on recording what germinated when. Typical, eh? I always start out so well at the beginning of the record-keeping.

The last I'd recorded new germination was last Thursday, the 19th.
Bad WSer, bad!

Things are a week or two ahead of schedule this year. Not surprising as we've just had a high of 87.

I'll check later and edit to add to the list, but so far out of 51 containers (not counting the ones I started for my Aunt):

Poppy, mix 4/16
Blanket Flower 4/15
(somewhere in here I mixed up container #'s, so it wasn't really the Nicotiana that germed. Ack!)
Cardinal Flower 4/9
Hollyhock, peachy keen 4/15
Foxglove 4/15
Pansy 4/15
Shasta, Alaska 4/14
Aster, crego mix 4/9
Poppy, pink 4/9
Toad Flax 4/9
Snap Dragon 4/14
Canterbury Bells 4/11
Cosmos, sea shell 4/15
Larkspur 4/17
Sweet William 4/9
Forget-me-not 4/9
Helichrysum 4/9
Gloriosa Daisy 4/11
Coreopsis 4/15
Baby's Breath 4/8
Bachelor Button 4/9
Freebie wildflower mix from Burt's Bees 4/9

Not bad - just about 50% before May hits.
No veg this year with WSing, I just have too much fun starting things inside. I need to see something green in February. Maybe next year.

Soon, I'll list what's still hanging out on the plant stand - at least until June 1. Ugh!

I think I'll go sow some Black Seeded Simpson lettuce, unless I get sidetracked...

*Edit - **added:

Nicotiana (big yay!) 4/21
(3) Lupine, mixed 4/21
Pampas grass 4/21
Petunia, purple wave 4/21
Hollyhock, mini 4/21
Cleome, purple 4/21
(2nd jug) Snap Dragon 4/21

Interesting that one jug of snaps germed a week ahead of the other - same soil, same watering, same amount of sun, but the first sprouters were seed I'd saved of my own. Hmmmm...