Lavender?


I haven’t put a lot of effort into my container garden this year because I’m moving out July 12 and leaving it for the new owners. So in the spring to fill the pots I dug up sprouting plants from nearby garden beds and stuck them in the containers which would normally hold showy annuals. 

Two pots held forget-me-nots which bloomed early, then they were attacked by mildew, so yesterday I pulled them out but wanted to replace them with something. I found some inexpensive New Guinea impatiens, four seedlings in a basket, and another which has purple flower on a stalk – looks like it might be lavender but I’m not detecting any lavender scent yet, maybe the flowers aren’t far enough along. In any case they fit the bill and look good in the pots.

The Siberian iris has started blooming – in another day or two there will be several fully open. The single small petunia seedlings I stuck in the hanging pots has filled out and looks great. Their purple colour complements the iris.

The rhododendron flowers are also now opening.


And the two hibiscus which I am taking with me look like they will have a couple of new flowers each day:


I am going to miss watching everything grow. However I will still have my indoor garden with me (most of it, anyway):


A house without plants just isn’t a home, as far as I’m concerned!

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More Spring

My local supermarket has a rather good plant section with phaelanopsis, an assortment of tropical plants and occasionally something unusual.


Last week I spotted this container with osteospermum and purple campanula. Had my name on it – it’s happy in my sunny living room window!

Sunny (Although Cold) Afternoon

 

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I’ve been out doing errands and have just come home. Since I’ve added a quilt to my living room sofa I’m much more inclined to stop and read for a bit here (why I didn’t that years ago is beyond me!).

So I sat down to read, have taken a moment to enjoy the sun streaming in the large window and the plants lined up in front. I’d pruned away dead leaves and flowers on the weekend now they’re all looking happy.  They’ll start responding to a longer day in a couple of weeks.

It’s peaceful sitting here.

Mushrooms

Well, this was a surprise this morning! Little yellow mushrooms in the pot with the crown of thorns. So I take a closer look, then google to see what’s growing – I have Leucocoprinus birnbaumii, the yellow houseplant mushroom!


I’ve had this crown of thorns for nearly 20 years so I have to infer the spores arrived recently. So what do I do to get rid of the fungus?

There is a chance that spores from Leucocoprinus birnbaumii will travel to your other plants and infect them as well. So if you don’t want a house full of yellow mushrooms… you can try one of the following to get rid of them:

Remove the plant from the house – Either put it outside or get rid of the plant entirely. No doubt the simplest solution.

Attempt spore removal – Pick off all visible mushrooms from their base and replace the top few inches of potting soil. This may or may not work, depending on how deeply the fungus has grown into the soil.

Replace the soil entirely – As a last resort, you can try replacing the potting soil entirely. Remove the plant and try to get as much dirt as possible off its roots. Know that by doing this you may stress the plant, and the mushrooms could very well come back anyway.

Truthfully these mushrooms are very hard to get rid of. As the spores and mycelium (the vegetative growth of the fungus) are deeply settled in your plant pot and roots, it’s difficult to remove them entirely.

Well, I don’t want to get rid of the plant – it’s growing well. I will remove the mushrooms and as much of the mycelium as I can see. Add some fresh soil and hope for the best! I’ll dry out the pot – the plant is after all a cactus and will likely be happy dried out – to see if that helps.

I’m not concerned about the mycelium – I just don’t want spores infecting the rest of my indoor garden.

Ornithogalum Continued


This was the Ornithogalum a month ago – here it is today:

It continued blooming while I was away (cared for by my next door neighbour) and I’m guessing it will last a few more weeks! Amazing.

It’s a bulb so I’ll try to keep the foliage going for a bit before letting the plant die back. If I’m lucky, the bulbs will survive till next fall when I’ll replant them and see if I can encourage them to bloom.

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As I was leaving Superstore yesterday I walked past a display of potted plants and this one caught my eye. It’s not like I need another plant! But this one was so interesting I couldn’t resist it – it looks as if it should keep blooming for quite a while.

When I got home I looked it up: Ornithogalum. It’s a plant from the Asparagus family native to South Africa. I realize I have some white Ornithogalum growing in my side garden bed – the problem is the leaves all end up drooping and I don’t think I’ve had too many flowers.

This plant is a perennial bulb so once it’s finished flowering I will try to keep it going until the leaves die back and then put it in a cool spot (outdoors in the evening during the early fall) and see if I can’t get it to flower again next winter!

 

Anthurium

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Saw this Anthurium in the grocery store last week, beside the Phalaenopsis display. Decided it had my name on it. I particularly liked the green on the flowers. I’ve visited Anthurium growers in Hawaii where you see huge greenhouses filled with plants in bloom – the expanse of read flowers is quite lovely. Thought this one would look good among my other indoor plants.

Two days ago I also picked up a Cyclamen.

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Again, the flowers of this plant are a bit unusual with the white edges to the deep pink colour. No scent, thankfully. Sometimes Cyclamen will have a rather strong perfume, but this one doesn’t. Lots of small buds still to develop on this plant so it will be showy for a number of weeks. Look forward to enjoying it.

This new plant acquiring is to offset the bleak look of my back deck: the birdbath covered to protect it from the snow, the umbrella stored in the shed, the perennial plants with their leaves gone and the annuals withered and drooping.

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