|Portrait of me (the taller one) and a student, by a talented first-grader|
Thursday, March 8, 2012
|Black-Eyed Susan, Forget-Me-Not, Sweet Pea, and Lupine|
I really miss the tropical flowers and plants we had down in Florida-- and so want to start to appreciate the plants we have available in this different climate. Several plants I see all over here in NC are my favorites locally-- the magnolia trees, the azaleas, and above all the flowering trees- peach trees and cherry blossom trees (I think).
What are your favorite native plants or flowers where you live?
Saturday, March 3, 2012
|So far I've focused mainly on herbs and vegetables, but now I'm branching out to flowers.|
My grapefruit seedlings are making satisfactory progress (pictured above, on the right), and this afternoon I planted seeds for three types of flowers: orange poppy, in the re-purposed egg carton, above, as well as delphinium (which can grow up to five feet tall-- just like me!) and a perennial wildflower mix (both in planters outside). I am so excited about these flower seeds, which have relatively short germination periods, and if they do well I'll put them in planters not only on the front and back decks, but around the yard, too. I was tempted to buy lavender seeds as well which remind me so much of the South of France....and I will probably go back to get those.
We also have three mums growing in pots outside which we thought had died in the winter cold, but I pruned them back today to uncover the green growth under the dead branches. It is my goal to do much more with flowers this year, and today I made a little progress. NC is naturally quite beautiful, but people just don't do much with flowers here like I was used to in Florida and Germany, where it appeared to be mandatory.