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Lock down!

I know I’ve gone on and on about the ‘Big Pond‘ that we’re planning to build. I made a pinkie swear with Michael that I would not entertain the thought of koi until the new pond was dug in, filtration installed and the water was ready to host fish. I was doing really well until recently when I saw some koi on my FB friends list and I caved. I started looking around the internet. That led me to setting bids on some fish. And winning them. And they arrived yesterday. And we love them.

We feel they should be ok for a couple/few months in this space (we do have great filtration), but two of them are a pretty nice size right now. But what happened after a couple of hours? Michael found one outside the pond. He quickly got it (dunno the sex yet as they’re too young) back in the water and cleaned it off. We knew that we needed netting ASAP. I told him that I would guard the pond while he went out to the store. I was a sight sitting beside the pond in the rain but we got the area covered and it appears all is well as everyone seems to be happy today. We’re planning on building a ‘wall’ with the remaining screening so that we can put one of the plants back in the water and the lily can bloom. There are three buds close to the surface so that is our project for this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

I joked that it would be the one who wasn’t named. We named the other two were named prior to arrival so we came up name for this one… Harry Flopper, The Fish Who Lived. We’ll just go with a shortened version, Harry.

Monday, Monday

I thought it was time to start addressing on of our ‘corners of shame’. I haven’t given it a great deal of effort as the soil is absolute dreck and we eventually want this to be tiered, hopefully. However, it’s in mom’s main line of sight from her bed and I just couldn’t have her look out onto this patch of ick. We cleared out some of the area we cleared last year, laid down garden/weed cover, gravel and a couple pavers. Besides, it was time to move some of the pots from the other corner and patio. One of the many benefits of containers – when one space starts getting full it’s easy to rearrange and add focus to another area.

So, here we are last year in May:

And when we finished yesterday:

The red canna is struggling in the ground. It was planted last year, and the cannas in the pot are transplants from last year’s mother in the front corner. The bananas are only doing better because we’re on a more intensive fertilizing program. I hope if we up the fertilizer with them we’ll see some change.

I shared our Mothers Day gift we gave to mom last week and now it’s time to share the gift I was given for being an awesome stepmom/fur mom. 😉 We transplanted one of our rescue Jades into the pot, per mom’s request. I’m on the fence whether it will stay there or if we’ll wait until it gets larger. I shouldn’t complain as it’s done very well since we found it last year.

And since I talked about it last Friday, I decided to go ahead and tray the carnivorous pots before it gets really hot here.

I haven’t shown the Nepenthes in a while:

A while back I professed my black thumb in regards to succulents. I think I’m doing a little better now:

I’ll finish the post with a little details eye candy!

Here’s to a fabulous week!

Bon weekend – Keeping up with the Carnies

The Lowcountry climate is suitable for a variety of carnivorous plants. One of the common methods of watering is the tray method (Nepenthes are one of the exceptions) as many plants live in water in the swampy/boggy areas and need to be consistently wet, or climate conditions dictate that the plant needs a bit of special handling.

One such beauty is Darlingtonia Californica, aka the Cobra Plant/Lily. It gets it name from the from the forked leaf that resembles fangs or a serpent’s tongue. It is native to Northern California/Southern Oregon and requires a lot of water, preferably cool to cold. Since I tend to get hung up on aesthetics I’m always on the lookout for something other than a plastic pot to house ‘the kids’. I found a lovely green vessel while out thrifting this week. Michael used his masonry drill bit to make the holes and now she has a lovely new pad.

I think I need to use a different colored (and potentially deeper) saucer than the one pictured in the first image. This combo isn’t really working for me.

Oh, and, how awesome was it see on the front page of last Sunday’s Home & Garden section of the Post & Courier a picture of pitcher plants? Beyond awesome!

Love your mother

My next to last Inman Park Festival vendor shout out goes to Drea Firewalker (sadly, no website) and her garden art. We bought this bird feeder for mom and it is now about a foot and a half from the millstone pond. I snapped an update shot of it the week before last:

This eCard from Tyler made my day yesterday.

I love that boy.

Speaking of ‘Love Your Mother‘, we were treated with several rain showers throughout the day yesterday. That’s the ultimate mother loving!


{ Bumper sticker image credit: Peace Resource Project. }

I hope it was a safe and fabulous weekend for all!

Bon Weekend – share the love edition

I’m going to end the week with a shout out to another Inman Park Festival vendor, Southeast Succulents. I stumbled upon their booth while on my way to pick up some lunch and to the ATM machine. We NEED sea urchin shells and we can always use more air plants, and the three combo deal just couldn’t be beaten. These are now living in the bedroom and I’m sure we’ll give them some outdoor time every now and then!

Speaking of more air plants, we grabbed a couple while we were at Hyams the other day. We needed to replace the ones we lost over the winter. We also decided to attach them to an old hanging planter in hopes of making it easier to bring them inside when the cold weather is upon us once again. The old branch screwed to the railing wasn’t as easy. 😉

Thanks so much, we really enjoy the new additions to the family!

Also, I would like to thank Apartment Therapy for including our garden space as part of their Great Outdoors series. We have a long way to go but I hope we’ve provided a little inspiration.

Leather

As I mentioned yesterday, our third anniversary was on the 1st. We don’t normally subscribe to the ‘anniversary gift giving guide‘, but if we did I’m sure we could have said that we’d purposely given each other this beautiful Nepenthes Miranda because of it’s leathery pitchers. Nah, it was the perfect gift for us.

I think the humidity levels right now are just right. I am having to use that mantra as we’re beginning to swelter!

Bon Weekend

We found an old ceramic welcome mobile in the trash pile at the previous house (we were renting) and I saved the fish. I’ve tried but haven’t been able to think of a clever use for them so I added them to the pond a couple weeks ago. The fish seem to like them and seem to ‘hang’ out with them quite a bit. I’m thinking we’ll transfer them to the big pond once it’s in place.

Here’s to a safe and fabulous weekend!

Rex propagation

Rex begonias and their fabulous foliage is a beautiful sight when sprinkled throughout a garden. They look great indoors as well. We have a small collection that we started in the winter months from Hyams and Logee’s.  There are several more I’d love to get from Logee’s but for now I’m going to focus on expanding the collection we currently have and enjoy.

I looked through a few tutorials, some called for rooting hormone and others didn’t. For this exercise I dipped half of the leaves in rooting hormone and left the other half alone. I have no idea how well I’ll do with these (I had pretty good success with fibrous rex stem cuttings this winter) and I’ll post updates when noticeable changes happen. Any feedback/ideas are welcomed.

What I needed to complete the project:

  • Sterile scissors or razor – I ended up using my scissors for all cutting steps
  • Rex begonia leaves
  • Soil is a mixture of 1 part peat moss : 1 part Perlite
  • Rooting Hormone – optional
  • Container to cover/tent the plants

Choose (healthy) leaves. A couple of mine may be a little suspect. The ideal leaves are mature leaves, but not too old.

Trim the outer edges.

Cut 2-4 wedges per leaf. If using rooting hormone, dip them at this point.

Plant the leaves in the peat moss/Perlite mixture. The leaves with the rooting hormone are in the two containers on the left.

Cover the plants and keep them in a brightly lit area, but away from direct sunlight. Keeping them covered will allow them to stay moist, with seldom if ever watering needed.

Once new growth appears (can take up to six weeks) the cover may come off and the plants are to be watered sparingly. Depending on the pot size they may not need to be transplanted for a while.

*Fingers crossed!*

Monday, Monday – I suck at succulents and other confessions

I was out most of last week tending to life, the family and everything. We did manage to spend some time outside and tackled a few projects.

As the title of the post states, I suck at succulents. For a long time I’ve gone about trying to keep them happy with my soil mixture of sand/potting soil and living outside when weather permits. For the most part, I’ve been unsuccessful and it made me sad. I was at the point of swearing them off and having to look upon their awesomeness at a distance. Michael convinced me that we should try one more time. We found what we hope is a good soil recipe to try (bonus is that we had all ingredients on hand) and we planted several plants in a variety of containers yesterday. I’m very excited to see how these do and I’m holding myself accountable for their survival via the blog. Otherwise, I’ll just toss them if they don’t do well.

Another confession is that I also suck at fuschias. I’ve tried several times to keep them alive for longer than a few months but inevitably, they perish. I had also sworn them off but I find them irresistible. I decided that if I am going to work through my succulent issue then perhaps I should also address my fuschia problem. We brought this planter home and discovered a few stems broke somewhere in transit. We dipped them in rooting hormone and set them on the ‘propagation station’. I will be thrilled beyond words if these root and we end up with multiple thriving plants this year and beyond!

We were also able to try leaf propagation with some of our rex begonias, which I’ll post tomorrow.

Monday, Monday

Eeeek! Today’s post is a tad late in the day but errands had us out and about for a good portion of the day. I’m sure it would be hard to imagine that we would be found out in the garden this weekend. The weather was amazing, minus the tornado warning and severe storm that hit us late Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day Michael took me to the ‘Plant Guy’ to pick up a few things. I can never remember his or the company’s name, but he sets up in the parking lot at Hwy. 61 and Wappoo Road for two to three months during the spring. We make a couple of visits while he’s here. Oh, and we also hit Hyams. Some things are so predictable. So for today I will share the latest photos!

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