Thursday, September 18, 2008

Start Of The Indoor Winter Jungle

I've dragged every pot and container possible in, and actually found places to put them...for now.
Cuttings of a few choice coleus - OK, every single one :) - have been plopped in jars of water everywhere.
Pots of impatiens - and yes, of course, cuttings! - are situated on every available horizontal surface.
Fuchsia and Polka Dot plant cutting are jutting proudly from pots for some winter messing about.
Seeds are collected.
Houseplants are snuggled back inside. Asarina and Thunbergia are falling lushly from the ceiling in overflowing, hanging pots.
Rosemary is snugged against a south window. (I really shouldn't have planted tropicals with them ~sigh~)
Tons of cuttings now started for my niece.
The last of the zucchini and green tomatoes will be hauled in today.
Seeds of broccoli, onion and lettuce are collected and drying.
Flowers for drying and pressing have been cut and hung.
Geese are beginning to head south.
I'm ready for tonights frost. For the first time in many, many years, this gardener is ready.

When The Locals Tell The Truth,

there's hell to pay.
There was a story about our own little Rome, NY on Good Morning America this morning.
Needless to say, the Chamber of Commerce wasn't too happy that the locals were more than willing to let the reporters know the truth about what's going on around here instead of sugar-coating the fact that we're struggling for the basic necessities and everything is NOT fine:

The Economy Hits Home

We've had two burglaries within a tenth of a mile of us in the last two weeks. There has never, ever been a break-in on our road. Ever. People are getting desperate.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I've Been Manipulated!

Back in August, I thought I started a Begonia.
Try again - it was a weed. A buttercup, to be exact.
Weeds are such manipulative buggers. This one got me to care for it as if it was a rare find.
It's either Ranunculus sardosus (exactly what the leaves look like, but not the flower) or Ranunculus scelaratus (exactly what the flowers look like but not the leaves).
Grrr! Do I feel like a true idiot.
I guess it's no different than a plant I want to grow - they manipulate me rather well also.
I just have no clue where the seed for this sucker came from - maybe the potting soil?
Maybe when I don't feel so ... slighted?... I'll scan and post some images of the flowers. ~sigh~
Oh, well. On to the next experiment! :)

Ok...scanned the little bugger: