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Fall Orchids and Christmas Cactus PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 November 2009 10:23
Large Pink Orchid

The bay window dwelling orchids are pretty happy with the more southern trajectory of the sun. The tree leaves are falling away allowing more sunlight too. Giving orchids a bi-weekly bath helps keep the scale bugs away. If your orchids start drooping check the underside of the leaves and stems for these pests. I just pick them off and rinse the plant now. I'm not a fan of spraying anything but water on them.

Small pink and orange orchid

Purple and White Dendrobiums

The dendrobiums above spent the summer outside along with the Christmas cactus. Both these plants thrive with the really strong sunlight. The dendrobiums prefer dryness more than the phalenopsis.


White Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus above(I have 2 - white and pink) actually need the darkness outside to set flowers. For years I had no luck with them because household lighting at night disrupted the setting of buds. When I started leaving them out for the summer, they finally set blooms. These plants want to be in darkness at night starting in about August going through September.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 November 2009 10:38
 
Autumn Marigolds PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 21:24

Just gotta love these... small ones


French Marigolds

French Marigolds

Lovely Orange Marigolds

Large Orange Marigold


Lovely Inca Gold Marigold

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2009 21:31
 
Autumn in My CIty Garden PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 September 2009 10:21

September is waning... Different parts of the garden are getting more light now. Container gardeners can adjust their gardens to receive the sun if the containers aren't too heavy. A little pre-planning by putting large pots or boxes on casters would help. Then they can be wheeled around for maximum sun exposure.

The large marigolds have bloomed and the zinnias (my new favorite!) are going strong. Seed collecting has started and we may be having a seedswap again in early October. Everyone can bring whatever they have to trade. We hope to have light refreshments and maybe some music that day. Information will be posted as to time and date here and in the My City Garden Events section.


Fall Salad

Here's a fall salad. It consists of Snow Peas, beet greens, beans and leaf lettuce. We've finally eaten all the pears off the tree (they were delicious).



Looks like this is the last lilly of the season. These plants need intense sun for 6 hours a day... so that's all folks for these. I like this because the lilly is glowing white and you can see the petals reflected in the water.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 September 2009 10:46
 
Time to Collect Some Seeds PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 September 2009 09:32

Collecting and saving seeds is a fun, economical way to keep your favorite types of flowers and vegetables. I started doing this last year and was happy to welcome back some of my favorites this year without having to spend money. As we say goodbye to summer, now is the time to collect and dry some seeds for next year. Some may re-seed in the same spot. I got a whole new crop of cherry tomatoes without even replanting this year. Sweet.


Seed Harvest

Above are a few I've collected so far. On the left, zinnias (these were the troopers in the garden this year, they were just great all summer). So far I've got marigold, dill, chive, garlic chive, and various types of sunflower.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 September 2009 09:46
 
Late Summer Harvest PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 September 2009 12:28
Pears and tomatoes

As summer draws to a a close, we are enjoying every moment outside. Here's a shot of what I got out of the urban garden today...There are still beans and snow peas but I'll leave them until I'm ready to use them. We are hoping for an extension of the growing season this year. The summer was pretty cool and wet so maybe we'll get a nice Indian summer out of it. We are looking at planting more beets (for the greens mostly), radish, peas and lettuce. Moonflowers are fun to watch every late afternoon as they put on their show...

 
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