Posts Tagged flowers

the progression of a blooming sunflower

 I took pictures of this sunflower in my backyard garden for 3 days in a row, and was amazed by the dramatic difference day-to-day as it slowly blossomed.  I love this, and just wanted to share it.

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flowers in my garden

flowering basil. I know you are not supposed to let it flower, but these flowers pop up every day! Plus, the butterflies love them.

I noticed there is lots of stuff flowering all over my garden, so thought I would share.  

flowering tomato. Too bad not a fruiting tomato 🙂

 

superbell flowers in a pot. One of my new favorite summer flowers - so pretty!

 

marigolds in the veggie garden.

 

sunflower almost blooming
my first plumeria flower!

 

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my plumerias!

Today I am introducing you to my plumeria plants.  ‘You have plumeria plants too?’, you ask?  Yes, in fact I do.  I decided to wait until they were completely out of hibernation and had their leaves before revealing them to you, my blog readers.  They looked mighty pathetic before….like a stick garden.  I’m sure my neighbors have really enjoyed looking at the pre-leaf plumeria sticks in my front yard where they will live until fall.  Well, now the mighty plumeria have leaves, and hopefully flowers soon. 

here she is, the mother of all my plumeria plants (literally). More stems ready for their own pots - who wants a cutting?

You should know that my plumeria garden (I call it a garden because it consists of 7 separate plants – it’s getting out of control) all came from one plant.  That one plant came from a cutting of my parents plumeria plant in Houston.  The plumeria is a magical plant that can reproduce through cuttings.  It also has seeds, but those are rather elusive.  One of my plants produced a seed pod once, and I nurtured the seed pod for 9 months (yes, it takes the same amount of time to successfully grow a plumeria seed as it does a human baby) and they did not grow.  Maybe they would have had a better chance if it hadn’t been severe weather season in North Texas and they had not been thrown across the backyard by a huge gust of wind.  Not to self next time a seed pod emerges – keep the seedlings somewhere sheltered.

Last year these beauties produced no flowers.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.  Not one single flower.  I see what looks like the start of a flower cluster on one plant, so I’m thinking flowery thoughts and giving them lots of encouragement (and plant food).

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flowers, flowers everywhere, but not a veggie to pick

 Week 3
It’s been perfect veggie growing weather at my house.  Not much rain unfortunately, but low to mid 80s for the past week and my plants are loving it!  So far everything is looking nice and healthy – no diseases or bugs that I can see.  Here’s the pics for the week – I’ll let them do the talking.
The tomato zone, week 3. Lots of growth this week, and lots of little tomatoes popping up.

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first planting

Today it was sunny and 67 degrees, and I couldn’t help myself….I planted some flowers and herbs.  Only in pots in case we have another cold snap, but I’m really hoping spring is almost here and I just got a jump-start.  I’m trying my hand at some new flowers this year, hoping I will have some for cutting.  I planted peonies, runnuncolas, zinnias and marigolds, as well as a bunch of chamomile.  Now the waiting game to see if my seeds and bulbs will grow. 

Since I was already playing in the dirt, I thought I would try once again to plant a few peppers from seed.  I’ve tried 3 times to start my own peppers and tomatoes with no luck.  They always sprout, but never grow past a tiny little seedling.  I really want to grow a padron pepper plant and was unable to find a transplant last year, so am trying from seed.  I only did 6 pots so far, so we’ll see how they go!

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