After.........(roses and clerodendrum on the table)
Today's photos have a neat story. The Clerodendrum is a vining, flowery bush that my neighbor has planted on either side of the garage door. It's beautiful and another neighbor wants to plant this variety in her own yard. We walked over to get a closer look at the plant because we didn't know what variety is was. It looked kind of like a bleeding heart, but it was not white and red. Turns out, after some research online, we found out it's a Clerodendrum. The bleeding heart is also a Clerodendrum...just a different variety.
Here's the bleeding heart
Here's what I think we found
Clerodendrum splendens or Clerodendrum speciosum
Now, two days ago, when we looked at the clerodendrum, we picked a few flowers to take back to the house. I put it in water and today I noticed that it's already begun to sprout roots!
Photos: courtesy of Top Tropicals in Punta Gorda, FL.
So, I put three cuttings into a cup with water and roots began to form overnight...literally. After a week, the roots looked like this.
So, yesterday I planted the young plants in the planter near the garage door and then mulched them. I anticipate they will do just fine.
I know the dark one in the back is a rubber plant. I have blogged about his 1st year here in my garden. But, the other two are a mystery that I haven't had time to research. I planted the variegated yellow/green plant along with the rubber plant. The helpful tag from HD calls it a "tropical foliage".......gee, thanks.
The other green plant in front of the variegated one, was here when we moved in. It was very tall, but I just recently cut off the tall center stalk to see if it will sprout new stalks. It has a fierce root system...I tried hard to yank it out of the bed when I planted the other two, but it wouldn't budge.
I've been experimenting with taking cuttings of the rubber plant recently. Yesterday, I tried taking a cutting of the mystery variegated plant...we'll see how it works out. I'll check for signs of a root sytem in a few weeks. Here you can see two rubber plant cuttings which have begun to form roots, along with the mystery plant cutting.
I want to thank my husband for this shot of a Red-Shouldered Hawk. Here's why.
As soon as he landed, I leaped off the couch and headed for my camera. I quickly swapped the small lens for the 300mm telephoto lens and was able to snap 3 dozen photos. Thanks for both my new Rebel XTI and the new lens, John.
After he tiptoed down the side of the fort roof, he swooped in on a frog, and flew him off to a nice tree-top "breakfast".
Here's the rest of the photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7920525@N07/page2/
Before I get hate mail, I should say,
- I comply all with water restrictions
- I have installed 3 drip irrigations systems in an effort to be proactive
- I know some people from the SFWMD and like them
That being said, why do ALL their website links return "Error 500" when trying to access the latest info on restrictions? ...........and why do their top officials get to use state aircraft for personal use? The SunSentinel just completed an investigation on this abuse. Here's the link.
I am slightly bitter about how the water restrictions have been handled, but understand and accept it's GOING TO HELP and is a RESULT OF OUR INTERFERANCE. So, I don't resist this move, I just wish it wasn't so, and wish everyone abided by the rules.
For a Christmas party, I picked a bunch of mint and put it in a glass of water. It was to be a garnish for fresh lemonade I made for the party. I let the mint sit in the glass until it began growing roots. Here are the cool photos of the roots from December 3rd. One of the sprigs was planted in the basil boots pot on the kitchen counter. I'm happy to say the mint is doing well and has begun to sprout new growth! It took nearly two months to get to this point, but you can't beat a free mint plant.
Each of the two runners has two large clumps of leaves and roots growing from the node by the leaves. Even though they were growing int he air, roots still form.
I took one of two runners and shoved the roots and a small portion of the leaves into a strawberry pot that I have on the front porch. I did this with both clumps of roots on each of the two runners. Then, I watered the strawberry pot, and pretty soon, I'll have four new strawberry plants!
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(list from http://mgonline.com/hedgelist.html)
I don't like Night-blooming Jasmine at all. I think it stinks, but I know many people who consider it among their favorite plants.
I ordered a bunch of landscape and native plant books from the local libraries because we are going to do a fairly large hedge in the next month. Our friend and landscaper, Doug suggested we plant Variegated Schefflera. Sometimes schefflera can look ratty...sometimes it looks full and lush. If we pull off the second look, I'd be very happy.