Monday, April 22, 2013

A Pefrect Sunday Afternoon Planting

We had an amazing day yesterday.  We got to sleep in a little, then decided to go shopping since Lego City Undercover finally hit the shelves for 3DS.  We have both been wanting to try it out.  While waiting for that store to open we hit few local stores that had gardening supplies.  I finally got my second petunia handing basket.  I used the same wire basket and topsoil. The petunias I picked up needed a little care.  The have a very pretty purple flower with white edges.  All of the flowers had a few rips in them, so I brought it home in hopes of making the next wave of flowers a little more pleasing.

I placed a layer of dirt on the bottom and half way up the sides.  I took the flowers out of their black plastic seedling pots they came in.  The roots were so think that there was very little dirt left in around the roots.  I pulled the roots apart gently before placing them into their new bigger home.  Then added more top soil to fill it up and watered the hanging basket before placing it on the front porch.  Of course I had to let the little monster climb back up on my shoulders to hang this one as well.  He knew what he was doing this time so my back did not suffer as much.  It could also have been the new game he wanted to go try out.  As soon as it was hung he put his hands on his hips, smiled up at me, then took off inside.  His job was done.











I love the white edges on these little guys.  The color is amazing.  I think after these flowers have been spent, I will pinch these back a little.  The are really tall and I would like for them to fatten up a little before growing up.




 My first hanging basket is looking great.  It has almost filled the basket completely now and our first full wave of flowers are beginning to open up.  I took the basket down to try to rid some of the pollen that has covered everything and finally got to me.  I am so stuffy today I can barely breath.  I hate head colds and sinus infections.  Maybe a little honey and cinnamon tea will help me out or at least I hope it will.



The little flowers are looking great as they just started to open up during the past two days.  The foliage has filed out the basket and gotten a lot thinker than the tiny little things that I brought home a few weeks ago.  I am very happy since this is my first time to have hanging baskets.  I am still learning, but love the annuals that are growing.











 I was very surprised when the little monster looked at a few seeds packets during our shopping trip and picked up a very pretty red carnation and a packet of Zinnia seeds.  We had already looked at the pretty little seedlings outside, but he did not want them.  He wanted to plant his own seeds.  So, that is what we did.  I am so happy he picked up a bright red carnation.  I was thinking about planting a few myself.  I am a sucker for ruffled flowers.  Too bad we did not find any pretty roses or lilies. 
 These are the little carnation seeds I poured into his hand to plant down by the pond.  He saved the rest to put close to the house.  He picked the "perfect spot", dug him a little line to place them in and covered them with dirt.  He grabbed a few stones to mark where his planting started and then went for his water bucket to give them a little drink.

He did the same with the zinnia.  He said he wanted these two because he loves red and thought the carnation would look great with my red rose.  Today, we are planting what is left into a few different containers he wanted.  Hopefully they will do great for him.  I have gotten everything set up for him so we can plant before heading off to the baseball fields.











So far this year he has planted: tomatoes, peppers, okra,sunflowers, petunias, asslym, sunflowers, zinnia, carnations, and helped me with a few lilies.  He says he still wants squash and watermelons.  I think we are going to have a very busy summer.  At least it is not as busy as when I was a kid.  We had acres of purple hull peas, okra and I don't even remember what else.  The heat had you fried and drained by the time you had one bushel of peas.  I miss the peas, but not the long, hot days picking them.


8 comments:

  1. how old is your son. he is soooo sweet helping you in the garden. i wish i have one like him:-)))

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    1. He just turned 7! He won't clean his room but he will water plants and pick up sticks without having to be told to do so.

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  2. I can already see that your son is going to be a botanist or plant physiologist or a landscape architecture or a owner of big nurseries and seed companies. As they say a boy shows the man. Wow! hats off to him. :-).

    Those petunias are really gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you! He is a great little guy most of the time;). I think he will have a great future. He is even taking care of me right now since I have a sinus infection!

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  3. A great gardening day indeed. Sounds wonderful.
    I love your choice of petunias especially the white edged purple ones.
    Hope all those seeds sprout.
    You're getting the little one started off well.

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    1. Thanks! I hope they come up for him too and that the next flowers look even better.

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  4. Those petunias are so lovely.

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