Foxy Lady: We are just getting colder nights now...leaves are just beginning to turn. Even though we are just a few hours driving distance apart, Long Island is in a different climate zone than Ithaca, I think. We don't have as severe winters as you do. I spent some time in Wisconsin this summer....man, do they have brutal winters.
Bernice:You are so lucky to have summer when we have winter, and virtually no winter at all for you either Dolittle: I guess you are living up to your name by not planting at all LOL Foxy: How are the babes? I hope winter doesn't hit you too hard this year. Tuesday: Thanks for the compliment...Did you ever get those curlers out of your hair?
Foxy Lady: Are you talking about those cute little lucky bamboo house plants? They don't need much at all A little food now and then and lots of water What I was talking about earlier was some variety of woody bamboo which is prolific and spreads better than any screen I have ever seen. But you can't plant it near buildings. You'll have big trouble.
Rednaz23: There may be something in powdered milk which affects the ph or the potassium or the nitrogen in the soil I don't think calcium would help tomatoes. They're not bones! LOL
We have some brush killer we could use but I am reluctant Is your woody weed killer safe for the water table and surrounding plants? It doesn't really matter in this case because we had to stomp all over the peonies and creeping phlox and bulbs to get this stuff out. I have to replant the entire area anyway but how long would it take for a weed killer to kill the weed and still allow new plantings to survive. I know I didn't get it all
You are quite welcome Foxy I spent most of the worktime hours digging up bamboo which I unfortunately planted too close to the greenhouse 5 years ago Darn but those roots are deep and spread like tentacles under the building and the sidewalk. I am feeling a little sore tonight due to the use of pitchfork and shovel
Hi Bernice What you have is an anthurium They prefer tropical climates and low light...they grow wild in rain forests due to the shade and abundant humidity....but do not over water it in your house. The lack of humidity somehow makes them need less water in a home...unless you live in a green house. I repeat, let it dry out slightly between waterings and cut off the dead blooms as soon as they wither. Feed it like any house plant but do not put into direct sunlight as the leaves will burn. These types of plants prefer to be pot bound. That promotes flowering. Good luck
I understand how many varieties of Oxalis could become a pestic plant in certain locales. It could not survive the winters such as we have in the northern USA. It is typically sold in the USA as an ornamental houseplant, especially around St. Patty's Day. I can imagine though that a field of them could be quit lovely to see, however difficult they are too kill off. Much like bamboo. In Maine there are certain varieties of lithrum which are considered weeds, but purchased here in NY by avid gardeners for their beauty and hardiness. In Hawaii the verbena and impatiens that are naturalized there are pulled out as weeds.
nobleheart: Sorry to answer so late We sell a plant around St. Patty's Day which is marketed as Irish Shamrocks It is called Oxalis and it has large clover shaped leaves and tiny little white or bluish flowers The leaves can be bright green or a deep red I'll try to find a picture
I am very lucky to be working in a greenhouse Here in NY, USA we just planted our crop of Geraniums and New Guinea Impatiens in 4 inch pots and hanging baskets It's so nice to walk in and see the little cuttings in the soil and smell the air. Even though the ground is covered in snow and ice, you can tell that spring is not that far away.
Cats are smart enough not to jump into water even though they can swim, if necessary They prefer rooting out little rodents in dark places because they can hear them and smell them. They have the patience of, well, cats, to wait for hours for their prey to come out of it's hidy-hole.
You are better off making friends of the alligator than to try to hide from a cat, my little mousy friend. LOL
If you had told me that you have local sobs sitting against the side of your house in the beginning, I would have given you better suggestions. Such as: ANY THING with thorns would do, eh? How about a man eating plant? They can provide great entertainment
Hi Rose There are hundreds of varieties of sunflowers. Some grow short (3-5 feet) and are branching, meaning they have many flowers from one central stem. Others can be 12 feet tall with one giganting flower at the top and smaller flowers coming out along the stem below. It just depends on what variety you have. We have planted some called sunbeam, moonbright, sunbright, Van Gogh Mix, Italian white, and lemon, just to name a few. They can have all different colored disks and petals
I just read your question and I'll tell you what we do at my greenhouse. We grow hundreds of sunflowers for making bouquets amd we cut the heads of any flowers we don't use and put them in our boiler room to dry out. In the spring we shake out the seeds that have dried and replant them. It is very easy to propogate new sunflower plants with last year's seeds. A lot of our plants reseed themselves in the fields, just by the seeds falling to the ground in the fall and wintering over in the soil. You don't need to freeze the seeds, just keep them dry and cool. The same process is used for morning glories, which also reseed themselves, of course.
A report I heard on the radio stated that the e-coli comes from the manure that the spinach was grown in. E-coli is apparently an animal by-product, meaning it comes from the intestines of the animal which the manure is used to grow the crops. Gross! Where I work we use horse manure all the time but it is steilized at extreme temperatures for many weeks to kill all bacteria. Perhaps these food companies weren't taking that extra step
It's interesting to me thjat we haven't heard the name of the producer of these bagged spinach products yet.
I am guess it's a big manufacturer and they are being protected so far by the media
They sound a little like a polka dot plant but I have never seen them flower, ever Perhaps it is a variety of Rex Begonia No, now that I re-read your last message it cannot be a rex because their leaves are large
My grandfather owned an apple orchard in Missouri and we spent summers there waiting for the apples to ripen. They were great right off of the tree. He also had an apple press for making cider. I can still smell the workroom where the laborers sifted through the apples to ship out or keep for making cider.