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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Miniature Amaryllis

Amaryllis bulb, just planted.
You know how amaryllis can get really tall and floppy and sometimes requiring elaborate staking to keep them from toppling over, no matter how heavy their pot is?

And the elaborate staking, with only the depth of a pot to anchor the actual stakes, can look like something Gilligan himself tried to put together using sticks and vines he found on an uncharted, deserted isle?

Well, I found some miniature amaryllis for sale from John Scheeper's bulbs which should only be a foot tall when they bloom.

I'm going to try growing them without staking.

Let me repeat that, since it seems unbelievable.

I'm going to try growing them without staking.

I feel like a tightrope walker walking the wire without a net for the first time.

Or like a little kid on a bike without training wheels, telling her dad not to let go because she might fall.

That's apparently why, as a precautionary measure, when I potted up the miniature amaryllis, 'Molto Bello', which translates from Italian to English as 'Very Pretty', I went ahead and put some stakes in the pot, just in case.

But the minute I determine those stakes aren't needed, I'm pulling them out.  I'm walking the wire without a net, riding the bike without training wheels.

I'm going to be growing amaryllis with no staking.

I'll post regular updates.

I add ivy and green moss to the amaryllis planting to dress it up a bit

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Seed Heads: A One Act Play

Seed Heads
A One Act Play
Carol M.

Cast of Characters

Seeds…………………………......Several seeds on a coneflower
Bird………………………………A little finch

TIME: Late Fall
SETTING: A garden


(We see a stand of coneflower seed heads in the garden)


Hey everyone. How's it going? Everyone hanging on okay? Geez, it is getting cold at night, isn't it? I'm sure glad we haven't been cut back and thrown onto the compost pile. I hate spending the winter rotting.

(Light fades and the scene switches to a bird's eye view)


(Seed heads are quietly chattering in the background.)


I'm hungry. Is there anything to eat in this garden? Oh, look seeds. I do love some seeds in the winter time.

(The birds swoops down and sits on top of the seed head, and begins to eat the seeds.)


(The lights are dim and we hear a seed off in the distance.)


Hey, where am I? Where's the garden? It's dark in here. And there isn't a bunch of room. Hold on, something's happening. I'm falling. Oh, yuck, what is this around me?

(A bird sitting on a branch takes off, leaving a dropping of bird doo on the ground.)


(The lights come back up and we see the seed lying in the bird doo.)


Where am I? What happened? What is all this around me? Oh my. It's food for me to grow in, isn't it? I know what I'm supposed to do now. I'm supposed to germinate. I'm going to be a whole new plant. In my own space. Oh, I am so ready for this. I am. First, let me grow a little root, then a shoot. Pretty soon, I'll have leaves and flowers. Then more seeds. That bird eating me was the best thing that every happened to me.

(Light gradually fades as another bird flies by, leaving a dropping with another seed in it.)


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Are you a scattershot gardener or a bullseye gardener?

Do you know the difference between scattershot gardeners and bullseye gardeners?

The difference is focus.

Scattershot gardeners like all kinds of plants and flowers.  They are likely to buy a plant they've never heard of because they saw it, liked it, and immediately felt they could not possibly have a garden without it.

Scattershot gardeners grow a little of everything in their gardens. They plant whatever strikes their fancy.

Every once in a while, someone will become a bullseye gardener.  Bullseye gardeners focus in on one particular type of plant and spend most of their time and money on plants of that type.  Maybe it is roses. Or daylilies.  Or venus flytraps.  Almost to the exclusion of all other plants, the bullseye gardeners have only these plants in their sight.

Scattershot gardeners tend to know a little about a lot of gardening.  Bullseye gardeners often have deep knowledge of whatever it is they are focusing on.

Of course, many of us are a little of both types of gardeners.  We are all scattershot, hit or miss, and then every once in a while, we hit the bullseye of a plant that strikes our fancy more than others so we briefly pause and focus in on that one particular genus.  But our focus doesn't last all that long. Another flower comes along, a leave flutters in front of us, our attention is diverted, and we are on to the next plant.

I admire both types of gardeners, scattershot gardeners and bullseye gardeners, and all the variations in between.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What do garden fairies look like?

It's time once again to take a peek inside "The Secret Diary of a Garden Fairy" to read about what's really going on with the garden fairies here at May Dreams Gardens.

Of course, I'll put on a fairly clean pair of garden gloves when I handle the diary. I don't want to leave fingerprints as evidence of   reading their diary, do I?

Oh shush, and don't worry that we'll get caught.  The garden fairies leave their diary out in plain sight, which I think is just a ploy to get us to read it. Plus, we'll put it right back when we are done.

Yesterday's entry...

"Dear Diary,

I just got on Carol's computer and took a look at pictures of garden fairies on Pinterest.  I am appalled and take great umbrage at how they think garden fairies look.

Some of those drawings of garden fairies look absolutely frightening, with pointed ears and mean looking faces. Others look all moon-eyed and comical, with eyes nearly as big as their heads.  And don't get me started on the plastic statues of so-called garden fairies. Those in no way represent real garden fairies.

Where in the world do people get their ideas about what garden fairies look like?  I really should set them straight.  If I could tell them, here's what I'd say.

First, there is no way for mere gardeners to know what garden fairies look like. We live in a dimension called the garden dimension. Only a small handful of people have ever spent enough time in a garden to actual see into this dimension. And even when they do see into this garden dimension, they have no idea they are seeing garden fairies.

Second,  we are nearly invisible and  are masters of disguise and camouflage.

We can lay on a flower, and look like a bit of light shining on a petal.   We can stretch across the edge of a leaf and make it appear as though the edge of the leaf has just curled up a bit.

We can flicker by a gardener sometimes looking like butterflies or bees or late at night we look like moths. Sometimes we look like a tiny bird feather or a wisp of rabbit fur, floating through the air.

We can hide in in the crevices of tree trunks. No one ever sees us there.  Nor do people think to look in patches of clover, where we hide during the day. We don hats made of clover flowers and to most people we just look like clover flowers.

Finally, I would tell all the good people who are trying to draw us to just think of the flickers of light and shadows amongst the flowers and leaves.  That's usually us, in the garden dimension, visible for just a split second, hardly enough time for anyone to see us, but just enough time for someone who is a believer in garden fairies to know we are there.

Dear Diary, that's what I would explain to people about what garden fairies look like, if I could.  But most wouldn't understand and would continue to draw their silly drawings and paint those awful plastic figurines.  

But perhaps it would be worth explaining for those few gardeners who would understand?"

Wow, that was quite the diary entry. Much more info than I ever expected, but it does explain quite a bit about what garden fairies look like.  The next time I'm in my garden, I'm going to watch the light and shadows and see if I can see into that garden dimension where the garden fairies are.

Oh don't worry. I'm putting the diary back where I found it.  I promise to get it out again soon and pass along any other interesting entries.