Wednesday, July 8, 2020

My Little Plant Nursery

My garden has become larger because another plot has been added next to the old garden. I am pleased to have more place for plants, and planning a new garden, which should be comfortable, clean and well maintained.
As I need more plants for new plot, I decided to create my own plant nursery. This spring to do this, I took small pots with good soil and cut a lot of cuttings of decorative bushes, roses, evergreens, perennials.

Thuja Danica

Physocarpus opulifolius Lutea

Since I did not have much experience in growing young plants, I thought that all new cuttings would give me new plants, but it turned out that only a few of them rooted and grew leaves. Now you can see some of them on the garden shelves.

Thujas Occidentalis and Golden globe


Physocarpus opulifolius Diablo

Initially, the cuttings of roses were placed in the greenhouse, then when I decided that they were rooted, I moved the pots outdoors. Some new roses look good, others seem sick. The problem is that it is said that only young stems can be used for rooting. Now young and last year's rose stems are growing in pots.

Rose Austin

Rose Floribunda

Rose Fairy

I have the climbing rose Flammentanz and want to do some cutting to root and plant them in the new plot. Now it's so pretty, blooms with big red flowers.

Have you ever grown your own plants? What is your experience?

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Flowers in Containers

In May I planted Nasturtium (Tropaeolum), Brachikome, decorative Sunflowers, Asters, Nasturtium, Begonia and Impatiens in garden pots, tubs and urns. But plants stopped growing and acclimatized for about 2 weeks. They grew very slowly, possibly due to cold nights. I think so, but perhaps the reason is different.
I usually prepare the soil before planting seedlings, mix the soil with sand, compost and manure, sometimes add last year's leaves. I often cultivate seedlings and suggested that they would develop well.

Pelargonium and Impatiens


Flowers at my garden shed

Pelargonium and Impatiens


When forecasted on cold nights, I placed the most delicate flowers in the greenhouse. Then I had to return to the city, I covered them with a special cloth, and begonia and fuchsia were not affected by the cold.

Impatiens Balsamina


Impatiens walleriana

It's June the days and nights are warm, Asters Sunflowers Impatiens Gladioli  Pelargonium grow in tubs, tolerate night temperatures well. Nasturtuim and Brachycome began to bloom in hanging pots.

Sunflower (Helianthus)

I noticed that the smaller the container is, the soil dries out faster and plants need to be watered more often.
It's June, the first month of summer. Here we call it "top of the year" or Midsummer. Plants became stronger and bloom more beautifully.



I wish you warm and sunny weather.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Fritillaria meleagris

I learned that the name of the plant comes from the Latin word fritillus - a chessboard; it is given due to the variegated coloring of some varieties of flower resembling a chessboard. According to another version, the name comes from the Latin name for a cup or vessel for playing dice and is associated with the shape of the flower.

 The wiki said the plant has many common names in different countries, they are: snake's head, chess flower, frog-cup, guinea flower, leper lily, Lazarus bell, chequered lily or daffodil, drooping tulip, etc.
What do you call this plant?

Over time, eyes get tired of the brightness and pretentiousness of many garden flowers. And fritillaria has a calm color of bell-shaped flowers: white, brown, yellow, green, purple, besides it is remarkably complemented by the elegance of the whole plant. I grow two species of Fritillaria: meleagris (chequered) and involucrata (white specie)

Under the ground fritillaria has a bulb where nutrients accumulate. They support plants during dormancy and at the beginning of the growing season. The shape of the bulbs is very diverse, most often elliptical. 

I love to wait for the start of plant growth that begins in spring with an abundance of moisture in the soil. In a short time, the plant forms a stem, leaves, blooms, forms a new bulb. In June it freezes until the next season.
At this time the bulbs can be dug, transplanted, stored, forwarded. In late summer or early fall fritillaria begins underground stem growth and root formation.
What is your experience in Fritillaria growth?