Look closely. Is there something odd about this? Could it be that this clematis is coming back. I threw the tag away cause it died in the middle of the summer and I thought it was a gone-er. Notice too—the condition of the soil in the background and that in the garden.
That was a bit back-breaking to haul in the amendments needed to get it looking like black gold. Since March 08—we’re up to 20 some loads of leaf mulch for all the gardens around the house. You can see that amending process HERE.
Do you think it is the clematis that seems odd?—or…..is it the lack of weeds. I weeded today and doesn’t it look nice? Count the cups! That’s a clue.
I potted up more seeds today and I’m half done. Some are direct sow and that is good huh? Since Copper Top Cottage isn’t finished…..
I had to make a home-made green house! The odd part is wires, screw hooks, and duct tape. Desperate times cause for desperate measures. I had to get them in better sunlight and get some air going.
Last summer..—the widow garden looked like this—I grew tomatoes and planted more today….there was basil, squash, eggplant, lettuce, and peppers. So far…only Better Boy tomatoes planted and all these flower seedlings in the above photos. More on the Old Window Garden– HERE.
Since Copper Top Cottage will be finished before next seed planting season, I’m going to use the extra windows in the first photo for another project. I’m going to take out the panes of glass and connect them to make a trellis. I don’t have a clue where I’m going to put that trellis. I did buy some cool Thunbergia seeds that are called Blushing Susie. I know these can be invasive and reseed like crazy but I can’t resist. I love this color.
The photo is from Thompson & Morgan Seeds. I did get mine from there. I love the reds and peaches. See what they have to say about this beauty. Won’t it be pretty growing on my window frame trellis. If you want some old windows, call a window replacement company. They will be glad to give you some. Make sure you ask for those with individual panes. I’m taking the left-over glass panes to Seagrove, NC. The potters in that city use the glass to make their glazes.
Information from Thompson & Morgan Seeds
Thunbergia alata Blushing Susie
Half Hardy Annual
- Flowers: Summer
- Position: Full sun
- Soil: Well drained
- Height: 5 feet
- Germination: Easy
- Aftercare: Easy
- Ideal for: Baskets, Bedding, Border, Conservatory, Containers, Greenhouse, Pot Plant
This stunning new Thunbergia (Black Eyed Susan) is the result of 8 years careful selection by T&M’s flower breeders. Unlike many other varieties that only have an odd red bloom, with a high proportion of salmon, Blushing Susie™ is predominantly red, with other shades of ivory and apricot adding contrast. Spectacular when used tumbling over containers, twining around basket chains or climbing obelisks in the garden or containers.
|Sowing time:||February to April.|
Sow into pots or trays of moist seed compost and cover with a 1/4in layer of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or warm place, and keep at a constant temperature of between 20-25C (68-77F). After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged; germination will usually take 14-21 days.
When large enough to handle, transplant seedlings into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 30cm (12in) apart.
For best results, provide a light, well-drained soil in full sun. Can also be grown in 25-30cm (10-12in) containers in the greenhouse or conservatory. Additionally, a mid summer sowing will produce winter/spring flowering plants in the cool greenhouse.