Monday, June 26, 2006



Hopefully, the main color of the flowers will be dark color, since this is the first pink I've seen out of 7 blooms.

If the flowers are mainly pink, I will destroy it.

My rose..............isn't looking so yellow anymore. It's looking rather white. Was I mistaken? Guess we'll find out when it completely blooms.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Picture Log #3: Blooms,Weeds, and Death

Well, I'll go chronologically first.

Almost all my seedlings and my tomatoes have died. I have one single chive that seems to be holding on for dear life. The heat is terrible.

My tomatoes up and wilted. I pruned them to the branches. My step mother suggested yesterday that I do the deep watering, where I leave the hose on very low by my tomatoes for a half hour, so the water penetrates to the root. I think I may try that.

My Fuschia have also dried out, but I am positive they are not completely gone and will return towards the end of summer.

In other news, my Morning Glories have been blooming! We are on the third bloom. Each one of the three has been blooming one day after the other. The color is a rich fuschia, magenta, which ever you feel is a better suited name. Thank the gods it was not pink!!! I did have my heart set on purple, but this color is rich and will look great allover my fence.

Funny story:

I was flipping out because my Morning Glories would have a bloom, and then close up for the day, and then would die the next day, but the plant was thriving! So, I took it to my beloved You Grow Girl Forums, and they eased my soul and said that's exactly what Morning Glories are supposed to do! I had no idea and felt so stupid! But they were also nice and told me not to be.

Moving along, I noticed this weed-like plant growing from my neighbor's backyard into mine with white flowers that resembled small Morning Glories:

I found out these are called Bindweeds, and I should probably get rid of them asap.

Okay, and for something I've been waiting for....

Drumroll, please...


My second rose bush has budded! The bud has not bloomed yet, but the green is starting to peel back and the color is!!!

Yellow!!! AND NOT PINK!!! I hope it might be one of those two tone roses, but I won't push my luck.

For fun:

Yellow roses signify strong feelings of pure joy, gladness, happiness and friendship, but were once used to convey jealousy. Friendship is the main meaning of the yellow rose but it also signifies familiar love and domestic happiness. Yellow roses also symbolize fun and freedom. Today, the yellow rose is used to embrace a new beginning, apologize or express sympathy, and to say, "remember me" , "I am sorry', or "I care." Yellow roses are appropriate for marking the beginning of a new life together or for starting all over again.

Well, the new beginning is a good reason to have these around.

Also, my Tropicana seem to be growing well, too.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Log #13: Looking Back

Looking back, I'm not so pleased with myself.

I live in Southern California, for fuck's sake, and not near the beach, so almost the whole year is just hot for us.

I really didn't do my research all that well. I just wanted plants that I wanted, and did not take the time to research native plants.

What I have growing and their condition:

2 Sage. 1 on it's way, the other still in it's early stages. The good one seems to have its leaves shrivel if I do not water it in the morning. I have been having a CRAZY sleep schedule. I set my alarm for 8am this morning and did not wake up until 1:30pm. I don't even remember the alarm going off! Christ. Talk about feeling like a lazy asshole. I did have another Sage that popped up along with the on in it's early stages, but it died off a couple days ago.

3 Marigolds that I recently put into a pot of their own. The tallest is wilting, but it does that a lot, then pops back up. The other 2, I fear, are probably going to really die off soon.

1 Chive that seems to be well. There were recently 2 more. 1 I thought was going to make it, but withered away. Then later, another one popped up, but as I just saw for myself, had the same fate as the other one.

My La Roma Gold Tomatoes...well, I planted those in the ground, and it did seem to help. It's fairly healthy, though if I do not water that in the morning, the leaves start to wilt as well. There are a few blooms here and there, but they easily die.

Sage, Columbine, and Lavender seeds, I don't think I'll be seeing anything. Damn.

My Canterbury Bells and even hurts to type this out, but they have died off. I still have more seeds, so I am going to plant more in there and see what happens. I think one cause of them dying may be overwatering and too much heat. Not sure.

My healthiest grown-from-seed-plant is my Morning Glories, which are fairly easy to grow. I had a bit of a panic with rolly pollies aka pillbugs eating them, but thank the heavens my mom found some of my grandmother's insecticides, and just one use of that, they are gone.

My Jasmines are in poor condition due to spidermites, and in serious need of a good pruning. Just now, I sprayed some insecticide. We will see how it works.

Calla Lilies are okay. Good condition, not much to really report.

Now, for plants that have been growing out in the front.

The Tropicana I am trying to nurse back to health is coming along alright.

My rosebush that has been having blooms has ceased to have anymore. I'm sure more will come soon enough.

My Fuschia had no blooms for a while, but new buds have emerged! I think it had been in need of a serious pruning.

The few carnation plants we're growing [not the beautiful kind] are alright, as long as I dead head them often.

My small, pink Hydrangea are coming along with new blooms, well..only plant one of 2.

The orange flowers that you can see in pictures below are in the same condition as the Hydrangea.

My second rosebush that I said I can't wait to see what color it is has a bud! Too early to tell the color, however. I'm praying it is anything but pink. [wouldn't that be a surprise if it came out deep red or purple? man that'd be exciting!]

And that's pretty much that.

Mor reflections and lessons learned:
1) I bought my seeds at a good time to plant them. Bad of me, but I put off planting them for almost 2 months, and by that time, the heat was kicking in.

2) It seems a bit useless to try to plant anymore seeds. The heat is becoming too much, and I have no room to keep these in the house. If I want to plant anymore new projects, I need to wait until September, most likely.

3) Probably my most important lesson. It's all well and good to want to have the satisfaction of growing something from seed. It is satisfying and very frustrating if you haven't done all your research.
If you but a cutting, those are just as much work as planting seeds, except experts or what have you, were able to provide good germination environments, so I shouldn't feel any less of a gardener...or novice gardener, if I buy cuttings. IT'S OKAY AND A LOT SMARTER.

That is all for now.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Log #12: Slow but Steady..for the Most Part

I transplanted my 3 Marigolds to an actual pot yesterday. They seem to be wilty.

My 1 Sage I was afraid I almost lost, but it's back to good. 2 other Sages popped up as well! The big Sage, I can already smell.

and Canterbury Bells are growing slowly but surely.

My Morning Glories are growing like weeds, but I'm having rolly polly problems. I need an insecticide.

I planted my La Roma Gold Tomatoes out back in the actual dirt after having finished off the huge bag of mulch in the same area as in Log #11.

Sadly, I think I am giving up hope on Lavender for sure, and Columbine for the most part.

Also, I made a new pot of Sage, since I was worried about only 1 growing, and I have only seen 1 tiny sprout.

That's all the update in me for now.