July 17, 2017

Next Year's Tomatoes

It's time to get next year's crop underway. We had a ripe tomato on New Year's Day this year.



Research indicates that Better Boy is the best variety for greenhouse growing under my circumstances and climate. We've had success with Better Boy.

These are ready to pot into big containers. They're staying outdoors until the greenhouse is cleaned. They sat out in the rain today while we were in town.



I lost my enthusiasm for many of the plants I used to grow but the idea of a ripe tomato every day or two from January through half of July is very good incentive for tending a couple of plants.

June 02, 2017

Still Turning out Tomatoes

We've eaten tomatoes since January 1. A few at first and as spring opened up, we are able to eat daily tomato sandwiches of which we never tire.


He-Who-Mows took over tomato watering and fertilizing. He was already in charge of picking. 

Next month I will either buy a couple of new plants or root suckers off the old ones the way I did for the past couple of years. It started as an experiment. Now it's a way of life.


Persian Shield grew bigger last winter than I ever imagined that it could.
I put it all into one big pot with Purple Heart and some wandering jew.

This fern put on new growth when Spring came. Now that hot weather is
upon us, most everything is moving outside for summer. The Staghorn
seems happy enough under the mist system.



February 15, 2017

Bloom Day February 15 2017

A mild winter means we have early blooms.

Tulip magnolia:

Star Magnolia, Leonard Messell:

Azaleas are opening much too early. Frost could ruin these but others are holding back, just in case. Mostly it depends on whether they're protected from cold wind.
This is Pink Pearl azalea:


Back when Loropetalums were first popular, the famous hort guy at UGA dismissed the white as not of any consequence. I did not agree and when Miss Billie offered me seedlings, I took them. Later he changed his mind as to whether they were worthwhile in the landscape.

White Loropetalum:

Rose pink Loropetalum:

Loropetalums tend to make trees when not kept harshly pruned into hatboxes and meatballs as landscapers in town do.

I let mine grow into trees and prune the bottoms:.


Some daffodils are just beginning to come up. The season is long if you plant different ones.
The early ones like Ehrlicheer and these Sweetness jonquillas are blooming:

This was not a good year for Hyacinths for lack of chill but some are blooming, just not very tall.
The darker pink one had an earlier bloom; this is the second bloom.

It's fun to have something besides the usual daffodils, hyacinths and iris.
Snake's Head Iris:

 The 3 Camellias below are seedling plants that I planted seeds some 15 years ago. They're not outstanding but they are a novelty.





The Camellia below is more than 40 years old and embarrassingly gaudy when cold doesn't take out the blooms:






White Camellias are my favorite.




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