October 20, 2017

The Last Trumpets

No, this is not a post about Bible prophecy but I might write one of those too, you never can tell what I might do one of these days! 

This is about my beautiful Angel Trumpet plants (Brugmansia). The photo is of the last blooms I will have before I take them into the greenhouse  for the  winter. Sometimes they will bloom in there too. The flowers smell like heaven! They are especially fragrant around sunset. My whole studio porch is heavy with the scent each evening when they bloom. Trumpets bloom off and on all summer. 

I have four of these beauties, White flowering, Pink flowering, Yellow flowering and one with variegated leaves that blooms cream colored trumpets. The trumpet shaped flowers are nearly a foot long! 

These plants are tropical and I do winter them over in the greenhouse but a sunroom would work too, even a sunny full sized window would make them happy. 

A better way to have Angel Trumpets from year to year is to take stem cuttings in the fall and root them in water. You can do this in a sunny window or under grow lights. Expect them to lose all their leaves and make new leaves as they root.  To make rooting a little easier, you can remove all the foliage before you place the cuttings in water. Pot the babies up when well rooted, keep them is a sunny window sill and put them outside after all danger of frost has passed. I often leave them in the water until it's almost time to put them outside and then I pot them. 

Angels Trumpets grow fast and get 5 or 6 feet tall in a single season so you will need to have a big container ready for them when they outgrow their original pot. It doesn't hurt to prune them to keep them from taking over your space. 

WARNING: Every part of this plant is poison but I have grown them for years in and out of the house and never had a child or pet even try to ingest any of it's parts.

October 13, 2017

I'm Giving Away Copies of My Book!

I'm giving away books! Enter the sweepstake HERE.

There will be 3 winners of the Kindle Edition of my plant propagation book. Time is limited so get on over to Amazon and enter today. Good Luck! 

October 6, 2017

Spearmint versus Peppermint

Did you know there was a difference? Me either!  Then I read this post on Sumo Gardner http://sumogardener.com Check it out for yourself  http://sumogardener.com/spearmint-vs-peppermint/

I Think my favorite Chocolate mint is peppermint because it's leaves are definitely growing on the stems. Check out the link above to see what you have growing in your garden or what you might want to purchase next spring.   

BTW: I bring my chocolate mint into the house and grow it in water on my windowsill in late fall. This way I can enjoy it in my tea for a longer season.

September 29, 2017

An Autumn Surprise...Iris Blooms!

My flowers have done strange things this year. Coleus sprouted in places where I've never planted them in the past (they do reseed), weird vines came up where I planted wild flower seeds and no wild flowers. My cuttings did not root worth a flip this year and the Big Rainbow Tomato that normally has huge fruit had tomatoes that looked like little grape tomatoes.

Then yesterday I found this Iris in my garden blooming as if it were spring! It is not one of the
reblooming varieties either.

Of course, you would have to be a total recluse not to have seen the violent weather all over the world! Do you ever wonder what God is up to? Keep praying folks, He really does have a plan...we have to just trust. Maybe my Iris bloom was a sign that spring will come and all will be well again.