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Angel Wing Begonia

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia


Flowers and Other Activity in the Garden 20220321

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

Butterfly

Alstroemeria
Alstroemeria

Brugmansia
Brugmansia

Cerinthe
Cerinthe

Cistus
Cistus Buds

Cistus

Cymbidium
Cymbidium

Cymbidium

Daffodil
Daffodil

Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose

Freesia
Freesia Lilac

Freesia Lilac

Freesia Stripe

Freesia Stripe

Hellebore
Hellebore

Knotweed
Knotweed

Pussy Willow (cutting)
Pussy Willow

Sweet Pea Shrub
Sweet Pea Shrub

Wisteria
Wisteria


Amaryllis Year Two Growth

Sunday, March 6th, 2022

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Amaryllis New Growth

I moved the plant to a warmer and brighter location.

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Amaryllis New Growth

Fungi

Fungi growth at base of bulb.

Fungi

Fungi

Fungi Removed

Fungi Removed

Amaryllis Seedlings
The seed was harvested from the plant last year.

Amaryllis Seedlings


Fixed Up Box

Friday, March 4th, 2022

Been thinking about making a piece with the quote–“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you; I could walk through my garden forever.”

When I ran across this box in my stash, thought it might be fun to combine it with the quote.

Postcard Box

The exterior bottom of the box had a hand written price of 79¢. Made me smile. The notion of how objects are valued is a curious thing. Some would say the value is whatever someone is willing to pay for it.

Box Lid Exterior
The lid of the box has a slot for a postcard or photo that is 3.5″ x 5.5″.

Box Lid Slot

I used a piece of parchment paper and bamboo fiber for the code. I applied PVA to the front and back of the code piece for easier insertion into the box slot.

Code Exterior

To prevent the code piece from moving about, I applied some PVA to the right side back of the parchment before inserting it into the slot. Why?

I noticed the postcard was a bit mangled. I thought it was wear from being carried around.

Postcard

But there are thin wood strips on the top and bottom inside of the slot reducing the space. When I trimmed the code piece, it moved about a tad in the slot. Apparently the wood strips aren’t exactly square. The PVA should prevent the parchment code from shifting.

Code Used
The code is based on an altered Masonic cipher, also know as Pigpen.

Code

Code

Box Interior
Postcard Box Interior

I fixed up the interior of the box with a bamboo I-cord, a piece of linen, and some trim that I purchased years ago.

Fixed up Interior

I make a practice of gathering and drying plants to use in pieces. The interior lid has two dried Datura flowers. Why two? For the same reason I have two stacks of bound pennies inside the box.

Interior Lid with Datura Flowers

Code Interior

The second part of the code was stitched onto a piece of tree wrap with bamboo fiber.

Code Interior

I stitched a few flowers onto the flipside of the linen with code.

Interior of Box with Flowers

I placed a beautiful malformed Brugmansia flower on top of the dried flowers to protect them. The Brug flower should prevent the dried flowers from shifting when the box is handled. It should also prevent the dried flowers from flitting away when the box is opened.

Flowers with Brugmansia

Unusual for me, but I did not count the number of flowers in the box. Even typing that makes me anxious. Should have counted them. Maybe I will.

Dried Flowers

Dried Flowers without the Protection of the Brugmansia Flower.

The bound pennies are located in the front left corner of the box. The binding is a dried Brugmansia flower tied with a bit of cotton cord. There are two stacks of two pennies–the first stack is 1963 and 2018, the second is 1973 and 1990.

Bound Pennies

Materials
Wood box, parchment paper, tree wrap, bamboo fiber, cotton fiber, linen fabric, cotton trim, dried flowers, stain, PVA

Masonic/Pigpen Cipher


Freesia from Seed

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

Bud 2022 02 23

Freesia from Seed

Bloomed 2022 03 04
Freesia from Seed


Cymbidium, Datura, Prickly Pear

Sunday, February 20th, 2022

The cymbidium are doing great his year. I had planned to repot them for two years and kept missing the dormant time. The pots are also full of leaf litter from the wisterias covering the deck. The cymbidium will continue to bloom for several months. Maybe later this year I can repot them. Also wanted to pop some in the courtyard garden.

Cymbidium 1
Cymbidium 1

Cymbidium 1

Cymbidium 1

Cymbidium 2
Cymbidium 2

Cymbidium 2

Cymbidium 2

Datura
Even though Datura are considered to be annuals, some don’t actually die back where I live. They will lose nearly all of their leaves and then the base of the plant begins to thicken. Shortly after, new growth appears at the base and sometimes at the top of the stem if it hasn’t been cut back.

Datura New Growth

Datura New Growth

Datura New Growth

Usually I remove the seedpods to start new plants in flats and pots.
This year, I left a few to self sow.

Datura Pod

Prickly Pear
The start of the Prickly Pear is growing out of its pot. Just not sure where to transplant it. I don’t enjoy dealing with plants that can cause injury. A slight bump and multiple, nearly invisible spines to remove.

Prickly Pear


Amaryllis Bulb

Sunday, February 20th, 2022

Amaryllis With Fungi


Tillandsias Update

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

The Tillandsias were moved to the bathroom for humidity and some brighter light.

Noticed that they seemed a bit dry even though I have been misting them.

Tillandsias in Water

Tillandsias

Tillandsias

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Ludisia Blooming

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

A piece of my Ludisia fell from the parent plant last year. It is now blooming.

Ludisia

Ludisia

Ludisia

Ludisia

Parent Plant 2021 February 3

Ludisia

Parent Plant 2022 January 11

Ludisia

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New Plants and Seeds Purchased the Last Day of 2021

Friday, December 31st, 2021

Milkweed

Early 2021 I purchased milkweed seed and planted them in flats and directly in the gardens. Only a single plant survived. Well, this is it today. Not sure how much longer it will survive.

Milkweed Plant

The tropical Milkweed, that is not recommended for Monarchs, doesn’t seem to die back.

Tropical Milkweed Plants

Tropical Milkweed Plants

Volunteer plants have occurred.

Tropical Milkweed Volunteer

The annoying thing is that I planted the proper milkweed seed in the exact locations and not a single sprout.

Milkweed Seeds

When I planted the seed, I unfortunately found two Monarch caterpillars. They should have gone through the chrysalis cycle and been on their journey to someplace warmer.

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar

Concerned about them. The night temperature has been in the low 40s. I have tried caring for caterpillars in the past with no success. I hate leaving them on their own, but right now I am waiting to see what happens.

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

Tillandsias Pretty Boy
Tillandsias pretty boy

Removed the wire hanger and constructed a hanger of linen.
Tillandsias pretty boy

Tillandsias pretty boy

Tillandsias pretty boy flowers

Tillandsias Houston Colossus

Tillandsias Houston Colossus

Made a wee linen basket for this plant.

Tillandsias Houston Colossus

Tillandsias hanging from shelf

They frame my laptop, how cool is that?!