Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Double cosmos — Rose Bon Bon

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I think this is what they're supposed to look like, but only a couple of the plants ended up with the "bon bon."

Cosmos Double Rose Bon Bon Seeds 50 Seeds
Seed packet illustration.


Most of them look like this.


Not that I'm complaining.

They are gorgeous.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Wine pansy

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This is a pansy I grew from seed saved from last year. I know the plant I harvested the seeds from was a vibrant violet color, but I also had white/yellow, yellow/brown, and purple bordering on black pansies. I guess it cross-pollinated with the yellow/brown.

I really like the speckles.


Even though the colors are rather different, this bloom is off the same plant as the one in the first photo. It looks kind of washed out (some of the color reminds me of a blush wine), but I kinda like the little white edges on the petals.


This is a different plant, but the seed came from the same seed-pod. I really like the colors on this one.


Funny color combo on this little guy.

I have to wonder, if I saved the seeds from these, what will the next generation bring? I'll find out next year.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Green beans

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I planted green beans on May 26. I don't recall the variety (I'm bad, I know), but they're a very compact, bush plant.


Flowers on July 6


Some pretty sizeable beans by July 11


Harvested the first batch today — July 14

I'll saute them tonight with butter and salt.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cosmos — blooming

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The sun was low. I was killing Japanese beetles and tomato hornworms. The breeze had stopped and all I could think about was the heat radiating off the glass doors and the humidity trying to drown me.

Then I saw the first bloom on my Double Cosmos – Rose Bon Bon.

And there are many more buds waiting to open.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bug Cop patrols the tomatoes

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The first tomatoes I've ever grown are so red, ripe and absolutely delicious. They're like little Christmas ornaments hanging on a festive tomato-tree.



But what's this?! Poop on the basil? Ewww! Where'd it come from?



Eeewwwwwww! More on the tomato leaves! And it's fresh!



OMG! THEY"RE EATING MY TOMATO LEAVES! I must become Bug Cop to investigate and find the insectoidial criminal!


The search ensues....



You aren't eating the leaves....you're just an earwig. Ugly, but harmless.



Hi, Ms. Spider, you're not causing any trouble...looks like you even got something for lunch...good!



You! You, Mr. Hornworm, are causing a lot of trouble. Bad! Bad! Bad! Time to squish...

Muahahaha!


I hoped it was the end, but I keep checking, and keep finding more hornworms. I'll probably have to search all summer.

To Be Continued...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

GROW — July update

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Around June 15 this leaf grew to be over 6" wide. Those are my hands; the leaf easily spans both. My palms are exactly 3" wide.

Exactly.

I'm getting some crazy Jurassic Park-style foliage over here. At one point they were trying to take over the entire planter, but once they got big enough I gently encouraged them to grow out the railing to trail off the balcony. I mean ... I shoved them through the railing and kept poking stray leaves back through each time the wind tried to shove them back.


At the same time, I got my first bloom. It's pretty, but I was expecting a deep red as shown on the seed packet. This flower turned out to be paler and orange-y.



But then these babies bloomed. So, I'm satisfied.





These were Alaska, saved from last year's plants. It's a very nice, compact plant. And a more prolific bloomer, but not as large as Spitfire.


The vines are getting pretty long.


I'm growing Nasturtium "Spitfire" for the
GROW project. Thanks, to Renee's Garden for the seeds.