First frost. Time to think about a new garden, save old bulbs and preserve them as corms. (click-through goes to info about the celestial coincidences around this year’s Autumnal Equinox)

First frost. Time to think about a new garden, save old bulbs and preserve them as corms. (click-through goes to info about the celestial coincidences around this year’s Autumnal Equinox)

flowers gardening

- Ever grow Morning Glories? In the Fall, the vines begin to wither and the blooms leave behind a seed head. You can open them up, collect the seeds and you’ll never have to buy Morning Glory seeds again. Just store them in an envelope until spring planting season.

flowers gardening

-Dianthus are determined little flowers! Not every variety of Dianthus are perennials but among the ones that are, they propagate in ingenious ways. Not only will they use stoloniferous rooting but some of them make seed heads with minuscule seeds that fly to the ground with the slightest disturbance. Once you find and harvest these seed heads in the Fall, this is another flower you’ll never have to buy seeds for again. 

(Source: Flickr / johnnyjane)

flowers gardening

The Cone Flower was a surprise guest this year. Unaware of planting it, I am uncertain how it appeared in my garden and it wasn’t very prolific. Seen here: early, middle and late blooming cycles with seed head. Planting seeds collected from the flowers sometimes don’t come true. Root division is the alternative method for propagation. More Info 

flowers gardening

Sunflower Of The Day (reprise). Truly, the lazy one. All the plants were pulled up today. Time for the next splendid cycle.

Sunflower Of The Day (reprise). Truly, the lazy one. All the plants were pulled up today. Time for the next splendid cycle.

flowers gardening

-The Anemone in it’s Fall propagation phase. The natural release of it’s seed head into the wind is one of the ways the Anemone propagates by seed. The other is by division of it’s fibrous or tuberous roots which shouldn’t be done until Spring or Fall of it’s second season after the plant is well established. The seed head can’t be forced open any other way than allowing it to fully mature. (click-through goes more info)

-The Anemone in it’s Fall propagation phase. The natural release of it’s seed head into the wind is one of the ways the Anemone propagates by seed. The other is by division of it’s fibrous or tuberous roots which shouldn’t be done until Spring or Fall of it’s second season after the plant is well established. The seed head can’t be forced open any other way than allowing it to fully mature. (click-through goes more info)

flowers gardening Anemones

"At first you move through the yard, thinking beyond every heartbeat- “What would she have me do? How would she want this done here?” The first year, the size of the yard, the number of gardens seemed overwhelming and I had no idea what to do. In ways hazardous and hysterical, I watered. I watered anything this desert heat would threaten and I tried to keep it alive, her alive in it."
- The Sunflower Post

text quote gardening

"I began to realize the truism, “in water there is life”. Without the insulation of moisture nothing outside or inside us lived. There would be no hand rail, no fuse. This also included sweat."
- The Sunflower Post

quote gardening

"You become accustomed to terms such as, “photosynthesis”, “heliotropism” or “nitrogen content”. You puzzle over which of these variables will intend success, failure or just another guess."
- The Sunflower Post

quote gardening