Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Something to Consider!!!

Yes, it has been a challenging Summer here in Georgia for Gardners.  We are lacking adequate rainfall to keep our lovely plants and flowers in perfect health.  I have decided that I will water what I need to keep for the future.

Now, my next subject - From time to time we read or learn of a locally owned Garden Shop or Nursery that is going out of business.  I would suggest that as we prepare for the Fall Planting Season that we consider obtaining more of our Bedding Plants from a local Garden Center. 

Admittedly, sometimes we must pay a bit more, but generally speaking you can also obtain a bit of knowledge when you deal with a local Garden Center/Nursery.

Certainly Something to Consider

Friday, August 12, 2011

2011 Night Blooming Cereus

August 8, 2011

It was a rainy night in Middle Georgia when I observed that the four blooms on the Night Blooming Cereus would most likely provide their one night show.  The times under each image is when the image was taken.

 7:06 P.M.

 9:48 P.M.

 10:15 P.M.

 10:15 P.M.

10:16 P.M.

These plants are very easy to grow.  I have two plants, one each in fourteen inch terra cotta planters.  Because they are a tropical plant I Winter them over in the garage.  They do not require much care.  In fact, other than infrequent watering this shade loving plant does very well.  I have been told that they like being pot bound.  I enjoy the beauty of these flowers and the lovely fragrance.

In 2010 I experienced three bloom cycles.  Early July, Mid September and then in November.  I do not know when they will bloom again in 2011; but they are usually about 40 days apart with their cycles.  I do know that if I walked up on the plant between bloom displays that I would most likely cut the plant down.  They do not look very attractive.  But their one night display makes them worthwhile.