Saturday, April 18, 2009

Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The last couple of days I have been working really hard in my flower beds trying to get them ready for flowers. With some of the flower beds I am pretty much working from scratch so its taking awhile (needless to say LOL) But I have got some hollyhocks and dahlias planted so that now I do have room on my kitchen table so that I can transplant more flowers and vegetables to bigger pots. So that's a good thing.

I was walking around the yard the other day and I couldn't help but show you some of the flowers that are growing in the yard.

Gotta love those pink tulips!

This is actually a yellow miniature rose, but for some reason the flash messed up the color *frown*

Thankfully this one didn't. But this is another miniature rose.

This is my Celtic skies clematis 'Vyvyan Pennell'. I never thought it would bloom this small, but I'm not complaining

This I believe is the Angelique tulip.

I really love the colors

This is my little bitty morning glory that is (hopefully) going to provide massive amounts of color to the front porch

More pictures of the fantastic Pink Wave Petunias

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Optimistic Endeavor!

A couple of days ago I briefly mentioned that I had started cuttings. Well, here is the full story.

We live in a community where the houses are pretty close together. Now I don't mind this, but our yard is in the middle of like 6 other houses! And it just so happens that the butt of there yard is right up on our back yard. They do all have fences, so our backyard is kinda fenced in, but its definitely NOT pretty. Did I mention that people throw all there crap in there backyard?
One house has last years Christmas tree right up against our yard!

(the h is where the house is) See my problem??

It didn't take long for us to decide that we HAD to have something to add some privacy to our backyard our options were quite limited. We didn't have the money for a fence and really couldn't afford the $20- $50 price tag on the gallon hedges. (We would need 76 placing them 4 ft apart!)

Our neighbors have these great Leyland Cypress trees around there back yard. I have looked at that hedge since we moved here yearning for the privacy that it provided.

So when I came upon a book on propagation (I want to save money any way I can) I just had to have it that's when I found that the only way to start a cypress is to root the cuttings. That's when a light bulb went off in my head and I realized that I could start our hedge from there hedge!

That was a couple of months ago but since then I have been planning. And now finally I have been able to execute my plans!

1st of all asking for cuttings, I was so nervous that they would say no. I mean all this planning hinged on the cuttings! I had my husband ask (because I am chicken) and they had just happen to have two HUGE branches that had broke off and they were just going to throw away! But even if that didn't work they said I could take cuttings from there trees! They are the best neighbors a person could ask for!

See, its PERFECT!

Rooting hormone to ensure good rooting!

Used pots from last year!(see the red clearance tag? I am a sucker for a bargain!)

Of course the first step was to get good cuttings. To make sure that it had some new and old growth)

This is one of my cuttings measuring about 4-5"
I cut off the bottom inch or so of offshoots.
Then I notched it so that the water could soak in easier
Then I wet it and dipped the cutting in rooting hormone (tapping off the excess)
Then I just stuck it in the pot filled with sand.
I am not exactly sure how many are here, but my guess is a lot. Hopefully at least 76. LOL!
I still need to cover them with plastic to keep in the humidity, but all in all I am very optimistic about my future hedge!

an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Just a quickie post.

This is just a quick post to show the plants that arrived yesterday. All of them are either bulbs or bare root. So they look like sticks with roots. (really exciting, right?)

These are the rose of Sharon's, the 2 hydrangea trees, and the fairy pink cushion rose.