Tuesday, March 30, 2010
We got ~2 inches of rain since overnight Sunday. I am sure grateful that was it! I am worried about my northern friends who are getting hammered by hopefully the last noreaster of the season! More flooding is not needed.
In the meantime check out Les, "A Tidewater Gardener" (a God not a Goddess-ha) on the local news channel! Les talks about Camelias at NBG
If you are in this area...the Norfolk Botanical Garden is totally worth the cost of admission... I just bought myself a membership and signed up for a macro photography class in the hopes of actually learning what my camera can do if it is NOT on "autofocus!"
Also...The Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William & Mary will band the Norfolk Botanical Garden bald eaglets on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 9 a.m. You can follow the banding activities on the web cam with a narrative provided by Norfolk Botanical Garden staff. Eagle Cam Link here!
Monday, March 29, 2010
I did get out back and spread some of my black gold yesterday morning...top dressed the beds, dug in a new Knockout Rose:
Sunny Knock Out® Rose Rosa 'Radyod'described as ..."a tough and hardy shrub type rose with outstanding disease resistance. Blooms are bright yellow flowers that fade quickly to a pastel cream color. The yellow color stays more intense during cooler times of the year. The dark, semi-glossy foliage contrasts nicely with the bright blooms.Sunny Knock Out™ will bloom early in the Spring and continue blooming until the first hard frost in the Fall.Sunny Knock Out™ is drought tolerant, Blackspot resistant, mildew tolerant and self-cleaning. An excellent choice for a trouble free rose garden. Great plant for hedge, border or foundation planting."
Hoepfully it will like the suny spot I selected for it!
Back inside...here is the bean check. I think they look pretty happy! I may tempt the fates later today and divide them into separate containers. After the sleepover, D-14 was to go riding.... this horse summed up what I wished I was doing!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I headed over to the sound for a bit. The water was all blown out revealing the mucky bottom with clods of oysters here and there waiting for the turn of the wind to cover them up again.
This was a big bird party....if you look closely there are 7 or 8 different birds in this picture!
Sanderlings...normally skitting along the waters edge, were for some reason running along this dock. The first time I have seen them soundside.
Friday, March 26, 2010
If you aren't already aware of this nest, it's worth a trip to NBG to get a sense of it's enormous size ~90 feet off the ground and to watch the attentive care of this eagle pair that has been using the same nest in the garden for some years. For those far away you can check out the EagleCam
My eagle plan was foiled, despite the blessing of the traffic gods who got me to the garden quick, quick during rush hour, the garden still closes at 5 for another week..."winter hours." boo.
So with camera in hand and no place to be for the moment, I wandered over to another favorite place, The Chesapeake Arboretum
There are ~ 10 different kinds of daffodil-jonquil-narcissus ...admittedly telling the difference is not my strong suit.
I am bulb deficient in my own garden, but admire the efforts of other who can not only purchase bulbs but actually get them into the intended growing environment at the appropriate time. (read- not in a bin in the garage, sprouting green in an attempt to self-actualize)
I LOVED these....like they can't decide between yellow or green
The marker said, "Common Peach"...I wondered, is there an "uncommon" peach?
Look what I found in the garden.... who doesn't like that after a few hours with the kids!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Holy Carp Batman....look at the beans now!!!
Where did this leaf come from????? How in the heck did that thing grow in such a short amount of time???
"Ah! You don't know what these beans are," said the man. "If you plant them overnight, by morning they grow right up to the sky."
The beanstalk grew up quite close past Jack's window, so all he had to do was to open it and give a jump onto the beanstalk which ran up just like a big ladder. So Jack climbed, and he climbed, and he climbed, and he climbed, and he climbed, and he climbed, and he climbed till at last he reached the sky.
At this rate, rather than building me additional raised boxes for the enclosed veggie garden, GoddessSupport will be fashioning a grow hole in the ceiling of the dining room! I will soon be able to climb into the sky!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
On the porch, the ornamental cabbage, under the influence of the sun and warmth has started to bolt...I think it's pretty just the same...and won't pull it until it starts to stink, which according to several internet sources is the 'right' time...ha!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
So...in the last few days the speckled red beans have done their thing! Now all are sporting alien like protuberances that seem to know which way is up and down.
In order for germination to occur, three fundamental conditions must exist :
(1) The embryo must be alive or viable
(2) Any dormancy requirements that prevent germination must be overcome. (read-after obligatory warming, cooling, freezing, they have to come out of their nifty paper sleeves and get put into some dirt...aka "seed germination medium")
(3) The proper environmental conditions must exist for germination. (well it was too cold in the garage, but they seem to like the dining room!)
These little individual peat pots were a little challenging (to me)...first they needed more water to "swell" and then they needed someone who is not particularly delicate to get an individual seed or two into the tiny little spot intended for their "nest."
A tray full of Lupines!
Three distinct phases of seed germination occur: water imbibition; lag phase; and radicle emergence.
In order for the seed coat to split, the embryo must imbibe (soak up water), which causes it to swell, splitting the seed coat. The rate of imbibition is dependent on the permeability of the seed coat, amount of water in the environment and the area of contact the seed has to the source of water. For some seeds, imbibing too much water too quickly can kill the seed. (I have yet to do this)
For some seeds, once water is imbibed the germination process cannot be stopped, and drying then becomes fatal.(No kidding! The first round of sunflowers were "disimbibed")
Other seeds can imbibe and lose water a few times without causing ill effects, but drying can cause secondary dormancy...it would be helpful if they stated this implicitely on the packet! I would buy a heap of these!
-the epicotyle grows into the shoot,
-the radicle grows into the primary root,
-the hypocotyl connects the epicotyle and the radicle,
-the cotyledons form the seed leaves,
-the testa or seed coat forms the outer covering of the seed.
The radicle, is the first structure to emerge from the seed during germination. (I have lots of radicals in the dining room right now) It penetrates the soil very rapidly, forming a slender, usually unbranched taproot.
The embryonic leaves, aka seed leaves, develop into the plant's first leaves above ground. These leaves open within a few days after the plant emerges from the soil and begin photosynthesizing to provide the growing seedling with its new -- and renewable -- food source.