Posts Tagged Petunias

Petunias Flowering

It seems like everything is blooming and fruiting already. Last year, nothing happened until July. I planted petunias at the same time this year and they’re already blooming. I hope they last and continue to bloom until September. I wanted to use them for my wedding in September.

The tomatoes are flowering and fruiting already. I hope to have some ripe tomatoes by July! The flowers I planted in the ground are also flowering too! Spring is definitely here. The temperatures here have been in the mid 80s and it’s just perfect for my plants.

Yesterday, I bought another African Violet at Walmart. The flowers are light purple with white stripes. I’m putting it under my grow light. The African Violet I got in February looked so scraggly when I got it. I put it under my grow lights, it started growing like crazy and blooming constantly. I hope my new AV will play good with my other AVs.

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Nice Present

Hydrangea Present from my fiancee

I am a lucky gal. Last night, my fiancee surprised me with a pot of purple hydrangeas. Isn’t he the best! He was at the store and thought I would like them. Awww. These aren’t the florist hydrangeas. They’re the ones you find at the nursery so they’re a hardy variety.

Of lately, I’ve been marveled with the growth in my garden. It seems like my tomatoes have doubled in size and have been flowering. The supersweet 100s are flowering like crazy. My patio hybrid has started to get a thick stem and have flowered large flowers. I’ll let that produce to see how big they fruit. They’re suppose to be great container tomato plants and supposed to look like this. I’ve been pinching back some of the flowers on my other tomato plants (Roma, Marglobe, & Supersweets)to encourage top and side growth and to ensure a bigger crop in the summer.

My cucumbers, on the other hand, aren’t doing too well. Some of the one’s I planted on the side of my fence have shriveled up and died. Luckily, I have extra transplants but nonetheless it makes me sad 😦 The cucumbers on the other side of the fence are doing much better producing new leaves. Ergh…nature is so unpredictable.

A couple of days ago, I was able to harvest a handful of strawberries for dessert. A light dusting of sugar is all is needed for a good snack. The ones in the ground are doing much better than the ones in the hanging basket.

I soaked some sweet pea seeds last night. I’ll pot them up tomorrow morning in a 1-gallon container and see if I can grow pretty sweet pea blooms. Last year, I only got one silly sweet pea flower (boo). My coworker told me that sweet peas reseed themselves at the end of the season. She said the peas, after they mature, will twist and twist until they pop and reappear next year. We’ll see if this theory pans out.

Tomorrow, I’m going to try and clean up and pot up the seedlings I have on my gardening table. I was an overachiever this season with my endeavors at seed starting. I have way too many pepper and tomato seeds.

Let’s move on to my flowers:

  • My calendulas, in the past couple of months were blooming like crazy but recently have been puttering out. I’ll let them go to seed and start new ones for the summer. They have given me a lot of flowers for the various flower arrangements I have in my home. They are very easy to grow and I highly recommend them.
  • The hollyhocks, asters, more calendulas, zinnias, poppies are steadily growing next to my fence. They don’t like a lot of sun so I’ve placed pots next to them to shield them from the hot sun.
  • The geraniums are producing flowers like crazy. I love geraniums. They were the first plant I have successfully propagated from a stem cutting. They’re easy to produce from a thick branch. I hope they can last til my wedding. I would love to showcase them in September
  • The petunias are gradually getting their footing and blooming.
  • The stocks and snapdragons are slowly blooming. Anyday now, I’ll have a blooming garden!

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Nice Potting Soil

Stocks Dwarf 10 Weeks

I finally found a really good potting soil for a decent price. At Orchard Supply Hardware, they are selling their own potting soil for $3.99 for 25 quarts. When buying soil, especially potting soil, you should take a peak of what it is before buying it. Luckily, some other fellow gardeners took that hint and had poked a hole in one of the potting soil bags. The soil was magnificent. It was light and airy and it looks like there were some perlite in it too. If you can’t make your own potting soil (equal parts of peat moss or alternative to peat moss, perlite and vermiculite), I would definitely recommend this variety. The soil bags that are opened are normally discounted at the end of the season, so watch out for those too! You’ll get a great deal on those.

This morning, I put some petunias and stocks into a green container I had bought at the $.99 store. They look so pretty together and they had enough room! When the stocks die in the summer, I’ll replace it with some other flowers. I’m thinking “Chinese Lanterns”. I absolutely fell in love with Chinese Lanterns when I was following the grow along post on chinese lanterns on ygg

I also noticed that I had some squares that weren’t being used. I think I’ll put edamame or soy beans in one of the squares but for the other one, I’m not sure…maybe some garden beans or green beans. I also want to add some more flowers to my vegetable beds. Right now, I have some marigolds, nasturtiums, and cosmos.

I’m also going to start some more geranium cuttings. I want to see if I can get them big enough and to get them to bloom before my wedding in September. I want tons of plants and flowers in the reception area. It’s going to be a garden themed wedding so the more plants, the better!

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Seedling and Project Updates

Here is an update on my garden endeavors. The Onion Experiment is doing well. Here’s the comparison picture:

The first picture is of 1 day and the second picture is of 7 days. They’re growing exponentially daily! My seedlings are doing well. The tomato seedlings I planted only a week ago are already sprouting.

The outside seeds (hollyhock, daisies, morning glories, marigolds, asters, etc) that I planted on February 17th are showing signs of life finally.

The petunias I love so dearly are up and running. Petunias were the first flower seeds I’ve ever sown and they were the first blooming flower that was the result of my tender, loving, care so it will always have a place in my heart! (LOL…but it’s true!).

Yesterday, I transplanted the tomato and marigold seedlings that were getting way too big for the peat pellets. The containers I used to transplant them were recycled from milk, punch, and oj cartons we had left over. Those containers are wonderful. They’re perfect for the recycling gardener since they were designed to hold liquid in the first place so there’s no worries about it leaking, it’s also really big so you don’t have to transplant several times before the frost (i.e. tomatoes), plus they’re free!

I also bought my first Aloe plant and 12 sequoia everbearing strawberry plants. I hope they’ll produce all summer long. I plan to plant them in my hanging baskets.

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