So for my birthday, I decided I wanted to get another plant as I was going to have an open space on my shelf once I gave my friend the silver philodendron I propagated from cuttings. I didn’t really know what plant I wanted, so I was just going to enjoy myself and look around till something caught my eye, but I was leaning towards a non-succulent plant.
Right when I walked in, I saw the plant I wanted. I had seen gifs of Mimosa pudica (also known as “touch-me-not” or “shy plant”) before and thought they were cool, but I didn’t expect my local garden center to have them. So, say hello to Cal, the newest edition to my plant collection.
I couldn’t get a good video of the plant reacting to touch (apparently holding your phone and touching something that gets zoomed in a bit on your phone takes a lot of coordination) so here’s a gif of what it looks like.
Also, in August, I took care of my grandparents’ house plants while they went on a trip for a couple weeks, and accidentally forgot to give one back. I offered to take it over to their house, but my grandma decided it looked better after spending two weeks with me so she wanted me to keep it. Anyways, meet Estrella, my first African Violet.
And yes, since Estrella is now here, I’ve switched Stone and Cassandra so now Cassandra and Estrella next to each other. Maybe on that note I should move Ezekiel next to Stone…though I can’t move Flynn to Eve, or vice versa, because neither have room next to each other…ironically Flynn is in my room while the rest are in the great room too
(besides Jenkins sort of, since I separated part of the frosted fern and part of it is out there). I’m just further perpetuating Flynn being off on his own aren’t I…ooops.
Succulent propagation update! The little plants are coming along nicely. Most all of the leaves left have at least shot out roots, and the ones that have started sending up leaves are in the pictures above. It’s been a bit over a month since I got the leaves, so it’s really exciting to see them sprouting.
This is the first time I have successfully grown pumpkins. Turns out the bees around here don’t do their job very well when it comes to pumpkins so I had to manually pollinate the flowers.
I might cook these up this weekend if it cools down, make some tasty pumpkin bread or something. It may be a bit early for fall food, but based on the number of female buds I’ve got coming in, I’m going to have plenty of pumpkins for the fall.
So I learned that a local Home Depot poorly sweeps their succulent area and I finally got to that location to check it out…there were more leaves then I could stuff in my pockets…(I also bought some terra cotta pots to paint so I didn’t just show up to find leaves….one can never have too many pots I’ve learned).
This is my first time attempting to get succulents from dropped leaves…so we’ll see how that goes.
The purple lighting is from my grow light…I’m having to start sunflowers inside till they get big enough because someone *cough* rabbits *cough* keeps eating the ones that I start outside. Hopefully these actually make it past dinner stage…my mom’s been wanting sunflowers all season.
I’ve been meaning to post about my gardens I have, and I finally got around to taking pictures (and weeding to make them look nice).
First off are my plots. There’s four of them, going from oldest plot to newest.
In my west plot I have some carrots, spinach, and lettuce coming up. A stubborn red potato started coming up, which was a surprise because I thought I got all of them last season. Mint and thyme are having fun in the front left corner, and the basil is coming up nicely too, though it’s too short to see most of it. Tarragon is hiding under the oregano that absolutely took off this spring. There’s some sage behind it somewhere, in between the four tomato plants. To the left of the tomatoes, hidden, is a night-scented tobacco plant, which I’m hoping will do what I was told it did and keep those stupid tobacco horn worms off my tomatoes (and no, you can’t smoke it, unless you’d like to die, as it’s in the nightshade family, and thus poisonous).
In my center plot, half is dedicated to sweet potato which is starting to spread around the remnants of the snow peas I had over winter. The other half has green onion, parsley hiding, lemon verbena, chamomile, hyssop, lavender, and garlic all thriving. The garlic actually sprouted in the fridge, so I got some free garlic to grow. Also featuring Cat Rock on the railroad ties.
In my north East plot I have Mad Hatter (a local variety of pepper I think), more sage, and three more pepper plants (one jalapeno, two bell), and rosemary. The bell and jalapeno plants I got at the local herb and plant festival again, though this year they looked quite pale and weren’t growing much. Thankfully after a feeding, the leaves got darker green and got a bit taller too, so I’m hoping the stunt didn’t push their season back much.
In my southeast plot, the newest plot I just built this spring, I have happily growing pie pumpkin, some hidden dill, marigold, and oregano to keep the beetles away along with some nasturtium too, and slow but steady growing cantaloupe. There’s even a few female buds on the pumpkin, which is a great sign, and I hope they don’t rot like last season.
Now for my non-plot plants.
I had a lot of garlic sprout, though these actually belong to a friend,
I’m just taking care of them while she’s out of the country for June.
I’m also trying my hand at asparagus this summer, in the big planter.
Also featuring Texas Rock behind the asparagus.
Got raspberries growing this year. The plant looked very sad when I got it, but now it’s almost doubled in size with a bunch of new leaves.
I’m also growing black beans (bush variety), though I’ve had something keep stealing the beans before they could sprout (the family is split 50/50 on squirrels or bunnies being the culprit) so I made chicken wire domes to keep whatever it is out until the plants are big enough. So far so good.
Though it took over a month to sprout, I’ve got ginger coming up in a planter like the asparagus. I wasn’t sure if it would sprout, but I saw that little shoot a couple days ago. Turns out getting ginger from Whole Foods does work for growing (and my camera doesn’t like focusing on little sprouts in the shade).
So far so good on all my plants, besides the spinach and lettuce needing to be reseeded thanks to Oklahoma’s wacky weather, and bean stealing. I can’t wait for the tomatoes to come in. We had a great amount rain just as they got rooted so they shot up super quick, and the cherry one already has some tomatoes on it.
I’ll post an update probably in July, or whenever stuff starts really fruiting.
So Jenkins wasn’t doing so great, and after the repotting, he kicked the bucket. RIP Jenkins.
I knew I wanted another frosted fern to replace him, thus a trip to the garden center was in order. Say hello to Jenkins II (and Bitty in the corner there). The plant was twice the size of the pot in the picture, so I carefully split it. I hope to pot the rest of it once it grows more and I have a larger pot for it.
I don’t really know what caused Jenkins to die, but I’m keeping myself on a better watering schedule for everything I have so hopefully that will help (the app I’m using is “waterbot”).