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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Weekend Warriors Project: Build An Ark?

It has been raining for almost 24 hours straight. I'm glad I got a few things done in the garden yesterday morning before it started. I took this picture of the red Pentas before the rain started. This was an impulse buy a while back and they really looked deadish for a while but have rebounded nicely. Seeing them up close like this really is a different perspective. They are the strikingly red.

I love Cleome!! I hope I can figure out how to save the seeds from these white ones above and the pink ones below. They are both way taller than I expected and I screwed up and planted them in from of shorter plants. I'll know better next year.
Blind Buddha - man that Silver Mound really grows fast!


  1. Hey Gina, the cleome should reseed itself without any help from you! It's one of those cool annuals. I'm pimping my blog today because I wrote about how gardeners can help feed the hungry, please check it out!

  2. Gina, cleome reseeds, but if you're wanting to put it somewhere else next year, just watch the 'spikes' and they'll round out and turn brown. They're like teeny bean pods. You'll know they're ready to harvest when you can put your fingers at the top of the pod where it attaches to the plant, then 'strip' the pod and the seeds will come out easily in your hand. I wish I could explain it better, but I think you'll know. You have to pull firmly, but if they're ready, the pod will split open and the seeds will come right out easily.

    My cleome did horribly this year! I've got tons of seedlings, but only two made it to blooming size and they're only seven inches tall!!! Weird, that is! They were in a location that never got watered much, and with our hot, dry summer, I'm sure that had a lot to do with it.

  3. I love you blog, cant believe you are growing so many things..can you take a pic of your entire back yard? I'd love to see the full view.

  4. Gina,
    I've never heard of any of these flowers - are they annuals?

  5. rosemarie - the cleome and pentas are annuals

    shannon - sure! i'll take a picture of the whole yard soon.

    kylee - thanks for the instruction!

    wrenna - i got you