Thursday, July 26, 2018

Can you go wrong with a funny coffee sign to start your day!

This is going to make me smile every morning. 

I am loving Micro Clover! Look how pretty.

My existing Micro Clover areas are looking amazing. I am doing it in sections and a couple weeks ago I seeded the third section. I am very excited with the colour and density of the clover. It is just pretty wonderful!! I originally got rid of all my lawn to put in a massive garden. It just didn’t look pretty. All the wood chips gave it a very ‘rugged and messy’ look. I didn’t like it. I actually worried a bit about fire as well. I thought with all the fires the past few years in BC, if a single spark ever hit my yard, it would go up like a tinderbox. So here is what it is looking like right now. 

By the way, we are in a drought situation here in BC and I haven’t watered the established clover in weeks. Look how green it is. 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Orchid update!!! We have new roots forming.

Oh my gosh!!! Look at the roots on my phalaenopsis. This orchid was truly on deaths door when I moved it into a Semi Hydroponic ‘deli container’. I have killed so many Phalaenopsis orchids over the 40 years I have been growing orchids, it is embarrassing. So once I was certain this one was a goner, and believe me, I know, I moved it into this pot and just waited. First thing that happened, the wilting, soft, drooping and wrinkly leaves, plumped back up, raised back into position and turned dark green and shiny. Then this.....the roots have started branching!!!!

Even an air root has a baby.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Two of my favourite perennials

Who doesn’t love perennial flowers. Best money you ever spend for the garden. Here are two of my very favourites. Peppermint Twist Phlox and a fringed Shasta Daisy.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Semi Hydroponic Orchid update

Before photos

About 2 1/2 weeks ago I put my saddest wilty orchid into a new potting system called semi Hydroponic orchid growing. Here is the first promised update. It has already surpassed my wildest hopes. The two bottom leaves were drooping, wrinkly and leathery. Now they feel thicker, solid and are perkier and darker. I can’t wait to see what happens in a month or two. I will keep you posted.

After 2.5 weeks

Friday, July 06, 2018

First mowing of the Micro Clover

As you would imagine Micro Clover is very slow growing at the beginning. I planted the first area which is closest to the camera on May 21st and the longest areas just reached about 4”. So today it had its first mowing. That will thicken it up and cause smaller leaves to form, giving it that lovely carpet look. Pretty exciting. It is patchy looking as some seeds didn’t germinate for quite a while after the first. 
The third area to be seeded will be the bare area just beyond the clover and on toward the greenhouse and wrapping to the left. I am going to wait until it’s a bit cooler. It will look really lovely next year!!