Saturday, April 24, 2010

4th Bloom Cycle For My TC!

Wow, this is unreal!
As I posted about my Thanksgiving Cactus going through her third bloom cycle back in February, I mused that it would be something to have her bloom for a fourth time. In reality, I wasn't really expecting her to.
Well, she proved me wrong!
This is today, with more buds yet to open:

thanksgiving cactus

Four bloom cycles?
Holy cow, she's going to kill herself.
I've never seen anything like it. Two bloom cycles, yes. But, four?
I certainly hope she doesn't bloom herself to death.
Hmmm, I wonder if her seedlings will end up doing something like this. (They're coming along just dandy, by the way. And so cute!)
A continually blooming Thanksgiving cactus would be pretty cool, don't you think?

Happy (re-blooming!) Growing

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I'm Gonna Rip Their Ears Off!

We've never had bunny trouble.
In 25 years, absolutely no trouble.
My niece thinks they're cute. Ugh! They are rodents with tinier tails and bigger ears.
Glorified rats!

This is the first time they've ever bothered anything in the yard. They don't even bother with the veg garden - we've let the clover run rampant for their benefit (not to mention it's a bee favorite) and they've been more than content to placidly play and lazily munch on that as I watch and warn them all summer that they'll be stew if they mess with my stuff. They listen pretty well in the summer, but obviously their little pea brains have no use for remembering those threats come winter. This is what havoc they accomplished this winter-

The only thing the hubs specifically wanted, picked out and planted for himself - dwarf burning bush. There's a bit of green popping on two out of the three, so I'm hoping:



My poor pink primrose gnawed right down to nubs:


Spirea damage:


Ugh!! I hate bunnies!

Ok, some good news.
The Martagon lilies from seed are on year four (started fall of 2006). Yay! it takes anywhere between 5 and 7 years for them to bloom, so possibly only one more year to wait? I have my fingers crossed.


And I have these survivors from last year's sown seed. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. I'm always glad when they show their cheery faces for a second year.


Happy (non-bunny) Growing!