Archive for the ‘Gardens’ Category

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars Are Back

Saturday, September 18th, 2021

The loss of Passiflora flowers is worth it to see the lovely Gulf Fritillary butterflies.

Eaten Passion Vine

Eaten Passion Vine

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

An Intact Flower

Passiflora Flower


Morning Glories

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

I purchased packets of Morning Glory seed at the local Dollar Tree in 2018. The packets have basic information with common names, not proper botanical names. Not a lot of seed in a packet but good success.

Morning Glory Seed Packs

I planted Morning Glories this year from harvested seed. Have already harvested loads of seed this season. Some planted in the gardens, some in pots.

I wrapped seed harvested 8/21 in damp paper towel and placed the lot in a small open plastic bag. On 8/26 I potted them and placed them in a sunny window.

Morning Glories Potted

The pot is in now the kitchen. Hope that it will enjoy climbing the ornaments and wrap its tendrils around the garland and valance eyelets.

Morning Glories Potted

The lovely pink flowers will be welcoming in the morning.

Morning Glory Pink

The Morning Glory is growing up a variegated Brugmansia.

Morning Glory Pink

Had hoped the plant would grow up the double white Brugmansia, instead climbed the Dietes.

Currently growing American Seed: Basil (Genovese), Italian Parsley, Carrot (Red cored Chantenay), Peas, Yellow Bush (Cherokee) Beans, and Kale (Dwarf Blue Curled).

Most of the produce will be snacks for my two house rabbits.

At four packets of seed 25¢ each, definitely an amazing bargain.


Popcorn

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

I purchased popcorn seed for a Thanksgiving card. Had a few seeds left over so I decided to plant them. The result was three plants. Two of the plants were infested with insects. One died, the other looks like this–

Popcorn Plant 1

Will there be a few kernels of popcorn?

The third plant was slow to grow. I kept it protected in the greenhouse. Recently potted it up.

Third Popcorn Plant August 30

Popcorn Plant 3

Popcorn Plant 3

Popcorn Plant 3

Third Popcorn Plant August 31

Popcorn Plant 3

Popcorn Plant 3

Popcorn Plant 3

Third Popcorn Plant September 4

Popcorn Plant 3

Popcorn Plant 3

Popcorn Plant 3


Largus californicus

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

All Tucked In

Black Bugs Tucked Away

Activity
Black Bugs

Black Bugs

Black Bugs

Black Bugs

Transformation
Black Bug Transformation

When I went back to check on the progress of the transformation, a lizard ran out of the area. No insect to be found. Did it run off? Or…?

Black Bug Transformation

Adult
Black Bugs

Black Bugs


Borage–First Flower

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Borage Previous Post June 30

August 3 AM–Many of Borage Plants Were Eaten

Borage

August 28 AM

Borage

August 31 AM

Borage

September 1 AM

Borage

Borage

September 2 AM

Borage

September 4 PM Plant 1 Update
Borage Plant 1

Plant 2 First Flower
Borage Plant 2


Botanical Interests Borage Seed


Largus californicus

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Black Insects

Black Insects

Black Insects

Black Insects

Black Insects

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

Wikipedia–Largus californicus


Succulent Plant with Bud

Friday, August 20th, 2021

Succulent Bud

Succulent Bud

2019 March 9
The plant was purchased from Farm Supply for fifty cents.

Succulent Plant

Succulent Plant


Bean Plant

Friday, August 20th, 2021

2021 May 27 Bean Found in Pot
The bean was found in the same pot that it had been a volunteer in 2020. It is from bean seeds purchased from neighborhood kids for twenty-five cents in 2019.

Bean

2021 August 19
The plant is growing so tall, I started wrapping it around the six foot bamboo stake.

Bean

Bean

2020 June 19 Blog Post

Bean


Volunteer Hibiscus

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

Hibiscus


Hibiscus Pod

Saturday, August 14th, 2021

Hibiscus Pod