Posts Tagged ‘seed’

Gone to Seed

December 13, 2009
Cosmos gone to seed

I love the way cosmos look when they have gone to seed.  The flower first wilts and closes up tight.  Then bursts open into this star of potential life in anticipation of next spring!  It’s a Star of Hope, how appropriate for the season.

Peat Sprouts Pumpkin!

August 5, 2009
Laundry bucket full of peat sprouts pumpkin

Laundry bucket full of peat sprouts pumpkin

This bucket of too-dry peat moss had been left in the path so that it would collect water while the sprinkler watered the Labyrinth Garden.  I had seen a seed mixed in with the dry peat, but thought the seed was a dud.  Apparently not, as I now have a healthy pumpkin plant.  I will need to plant it before too long.

Blankets of Color

May 20, 2009
These blanket flowers are heat- and drought-tolerant.

These blanket flowers are heat- and drought-tolerant.

I finally got a blanket flower plant.  Our city plants these in the parks and they are so beautiful en masse.  I hope they will flourish in the Labyrinth Garden.  Not only are their flowers colorful, but the withered heads that are going to seed are also beautiful.  The photo really doesn’t do them justice.

The seeds of these flowers are supposed to sprout better on top of the soil, so they spread easily.  I hope so!

Self-seeding Cosmos

May 13, 2009
cosmos come in a variety of colors.  mine are various shades of pink to maroon.

cosmos come in a variety of colors. mine are various shades of pink to maroon.

I spent last Saturday afternoon lifting cosmos plants out of the labyrinth path, and either planting them in the beds or potting them for a friend.  Cosmos are self-seeding.  That means that if you leave the flowerheads on the stems after they wither, they will create seeds.  Hopefully, the seeds will fall and create more cosmos in the same location.  But inevitably some blow elsewhere.  I usually let them bloom where they fall, because they grow best in spots where they seed themselves.  But the seedlings in the path have to be transplanted or they will get trampled.

Snapdragons Blown Away

April 27, 2009
Pale Yellow Snapdragons

Pale Yellow Snapdragons

   I planted snapdragon seeds one and 1/2 years ago and they finally sprouted. I took the photo above a few days ago. Unfortunately, the wind picked up really strong Sunday and blew most of the petals off my snapdragons! Ah well, time for more seeds!

By the way, I’ve tried growing the seeds in pots and then transplanting.  Mine work better just planting the seeds straight into the ground.

(Hmmmmmmm…This was supposed to post on Sunday, not sure what happened there.)