Mid-July Coleus Maintenance

The mosquitos are very thick and the entire eastern half of the country is having a heatwave. This makes doing much with the Coleus gang pretty difficult. Fortunately, there’s not that much to do right now. As long as they have hydration, they’re loving this heat, unlike myself. Each morning while most mosquitos are still…

Twist and Twirl: Multiple Personalities

The following plants are all “Twist and Twirl.” A few came from different greenhouses. But some sported on me and reverted and changed and turned completely strange, like the one below with a nearly solid red/magenta and simultaneously lime green, all on one stem. I’ve seen them in greenhouses where they are completely green…no variegated…

Baby Kongs

Last summer we discovered that a Mosaic Kong at some point had flowered and gone to seed in its pot. The mother plant had died, but had left us with a million Baby Kongs. We planted them and tried to overwinter them, but I must admit I was bad and didn’t take care of them…

Grouping Like Plants

With all the plants I have, I’ve found it’s easiest to group them together in like varieties, either by the producer’s trade name or by color, so I know where they are if I need them.

Greenhousing In Rural Wisconsin Again: Points East

Last week, Stan and I went on a nursery tour of south central and south eastern Wisconsin. Wednesday took us northeast to the Marshall-Waterloo-Watertown area, where there is basically nothing. It was a nice ride however. I brought my ipad with me to help navigate. Waterloo is a black hole when it comes to 3G…

Reverting

I’ve heard it said that if humans evacuated the planet, domestic dogs left to their own devices after generations of breeding would all start to look the same: small, brownish wolf-like creatures of about 35 pounds. They would revert back to their feral selves. Left without natural sun and summer warmth, the many varieties of…

Pink Lupines

Cherry Blossom Lupine

I was standing in our garden the other day and kept smelling something sweet. I didn’t know what it was, because none of the flowers around were scented as far as I knew. Even our roses had no scent. But the closest thing to me was a pink Lupine, so I sniffed it anyway and…

Rosebud

“Rosebud” was the sleigh from “Citizen Kane.” It is something from your past that you long for, but is long lost. This is my Rosebud Coleus. I have never been able to find anything close. The variegated Coleus on the market have such even splotching or “mosaic-ing.’ Rosebud was unique. The way the colors are…