Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Success With Sprouting Daylily Seeds!

Well, only one seed so far, but that is progress!

Approximately two weeks ago, I purchased several Daylily cross seeds from the Daylily Exchange Site auction page, Then I began the germination process with just a few to start with. The last batch of seeds I bought elsewhere didn't do do well and I lost all of them.

I have been trying the "On The Rocks" method of germinating, with a slight change at the beginning. Instead of placing the seeds on the rocks from the get go, I placed the seeds in a 1 part bleach, 9 parts tap water solution for 15 minutes. Then swished in plain water for 10 minutes. 

After that, I had cooled, room temperature boiled water ready for the next solution. I mixed 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide with 9 parts of the boiled water (room temperature). I labeled glass jars (any clear container will likely work), added some of the solution an inch or so deep in each container, then placed the seeds in their related jars.

The jars were covered with zippy sandwich bags, placed in a warm area of the house and then covered with a towel to block out light.

The seeds were placed in the H2O2 solution on Friday, May 9, 2014. 

The seeds I have on hand:
Northern Rose x Forestlake Ragamuffin - 6 seeds (3 in H2O2 solution 5/13/14)
Caeser's Head x Forestlake Ragamuffin - 3 seeds (3 in H2O2 solution 5/9/14)
Northern Rose x Leroy - 8 seeds - (3 in H2O2 solution 5/9/14)
Stylus Lake Sunset x Momentum - 5 seeds (none set)
Momentum x Hidden Riches - 7 seeds (none set)

The first seed has sprouted, a (Northern Rose x Leroy) on May 13, 2014. This seed is now in a 1 oz container with a layer of aquarium gravel, weak fertilizer solution reaching just to the top of the rocks.

Now that I am confident this method CAN work, I will be setting up some of the other crosses.
This is my year for working on growing from seed!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Morning Glory Grow Out Project Day 6

I joined a wonderful gardening forum, called Plant Swap, I am hoping that being active in this forum will help this year's gardening be more productive and FUN! 

Last year's gardening was an epic fail. Medical issues, various difficulties, and no inspiration. 

So, to get things off to a happy beginning and learn some new things for inspiration, I signed up for the Morning Glory Grow Out! The hostess provided videos and tutorials for getting the seeds off to a fast start and we all shared ideas on how to grow them and keep them thriving indoors. I started about 2 months behind everyone, but am enjoying the process.

On March 28, 2014, I nicked and soaked four seeds overnight, then planted them in little peat pellets on the 29th. They sprouted and began showing their baby leaves on day 4!

Here they are at Day #6. The roots were beginning to grow out of the pellets, so I transplanted them, carefully, to larger pots and one creamer container. The cotyledon leaves are looking healthy! 
One is in a newspaper pot and the seedlings behind are Hollyhocks.
Here's to a more successful gardening season for all!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring is Coming!

I am so looking for Spring. I love the Winter. Snow makes a handy tool for dragging bags of horse feed on the sled. Much preferred over trying to use the wheel barrow in mud!
One daylily is coming up. I have been looking at them for the past week or so. Finally! I do have bigger plans for the flower and veggie gardens this year. We'll see.
Being as we have a little bit more money each month, I can do a little bit more. I plan to:
Plant 3 more daylily varieties.
Plant more echanacia (SP??)
Select a couple of Irises (haven't picked my to die for color yet) and maybe some perennial greenery. Of course I plan to add some marigolds grown from seed. And try to start some other annuals by seed as well.
Fist is to till the area for the flower bed (taking care not to disturb the daylilies that survived the winter), then work on a low chickenwire fencing.
Possibly some before and after pictures.....I'll take a pic or two this evening during chores.

Dwarf Daylily MixOrange Popsicle Reblooming German Irises

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Woke up to snow and chickens and ducks

A trio of pullets: (from left) a Welsummer, a ...Image via WikipediaWoke up to a little snow this morning. I enjoyed a cloudy day yesterday hoping for some rain. About 2am the rain changed to snow and we got about 2 inches. I brought the seedlings in from the greenhouse and put them on the pellet stove. Not quite cold enough to fire up the stove.
The hatching of chicken eggs didn't go so well this time around. While cleaning and vacuuming, I must have accidentally nudged the plug-in and didn't notice until later that the incubator wasn't kicking on. It got down to 75 degrees F. Half the embryos died. We ended up with 12 living chicks, one pushed half way out then died, one hatched with splayed legs and did not survive.
Today I am going with a friend to one of her friend's houses to pick up a Buff Orpington Rooster that decided he was not happy with his mom for going on vacation for two weeks (honeymoon actually) and turned on her. While there, we are going to discuss having me hatch some duck eggs. I don't know what to charge, especially being as I really don't know what I am doing in that department. Decided I would make a bid of $20 for a dozen living ducklings. Starting with 18 eggs. Especially because this is going to be the initial hatching experiment and I value the learning experience over a monetary gain.
Will likely kill "Red" since 3 roosters is too many. I love the Orpingtons.
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Monday, April 25, 2011

The Perennial Garden

50% success rate on the perennial garden! Finally! Year in and year out, I have never been able to get a good start on a perennial garden. The plants would die every winter and never come back,
Last June I planted an Echenacia, foxglove, 3 daylilies and something else I don't remember the name of. Pretty light blue fringed flowers.
The dayliies are coming up as well as the unknown. The Echenacia and foxglove have not come up yet. Still harboring a glimmer of hope, I am watering them anyway. I would like to add some hostas and a different perennial to the garden this year. Something for hummingbirds.
Our neighbors sold their house and gave us one of the spare garden benches. I created a cinder path and sitting area near the perennial and veggie garden.
Recommended reading - The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques

Saturday, April 2, 2011

How to Design a Butterfly Garden

Cultivating and maintaining a butterfly garden can be a beautiful and unique idea for environment conservation. With over 700 different butterfly species in North America, it is easy to attract them to your yard.

Butterflies are an important part of the environment. The caterpillars and adults are both food sources for birds, bats and other wildlife. The adults pollinate flowers, and also the blooms of vegetables.

The size of your butterfly garden is of no real importance. Start small and add new plants yearly. Try clumping several of the same type of plants together as butterflies are nearsighted and are attracted to large clusters of color. Place the garden strategically in a sunny area that is partially protected from winds and relatively closely to any vegetable gardens. Choose plants that are popular to butterflies and provide them with nectar.

To provide a source of water, without encouraging mosquitoes, try placing a sheet of aluminum foil in an open area and add a shallow layer of aquarium gravel, creating a small shallow depression in the center to create a small puddle. As you water the flowers, this drinking pool will retain moisture. Just enough for the butterflies but not enough for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

I want to attract many different species of butterflies to my gardens, so I select perennials suited to each species that is commonly found in my area.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The end of Winter is coming, making plans

... a bit too soon?
I finally remembered I had some tulip bulbs in the closet over the Fall and Winter and decided I better get them in the fridge. Too late! They had already started sprouting. So into pots they went and are doing well. I may need to bury the bulbs a little deeper.
Then I was wanting to start some blackberry seeds and completely forgot to put them in the fridge/freezer.They are currently in little solo cups of soil spending two days in the freezer, then a thaw, then back in the fridge. We'll see how that goes.
Trying to keep the greenhouse warm through the winter did not work well at all. At least I tried. New ideas for next Winter. It's late enough in the season now that I can hopefully talk hubby into letting me heat it so I can start peppers and tomatoes.