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Drooping Aeonium Zwartkop

Hi everyone, I'm new to gardening and just have a couple of pot plants. I bought my aeonium zwartkop in September and keep it in my office at work. After a few initial incidents that were mostly because of me being too eager and overwatering that resulted in it losing a lot of leaves, it seemed to be doing okay, until about a month ago when the leaves started drooping. I moved it to a sunnier spot hoping that that was the problem but it's still looking pretty sad. The leaves aren't weak and falling off the plant, they're just limp. Does anyone have any ideas what the problem is/ how to fix it? Thanks!

I hope this is okay...

I need more gardening friends, people that share my passion and that I will enjoy to hear about my first winter sowing attempt  / indoor seed growing experiences and even offer advice!

I feel like a lot of my current friends don't really care lol.

I am new at seed growing and gardening, I started my first flower garden this past spring but only planted already grown plants so I am really excited that I have had over 30 seeds sprout inside over the past few days, they just keep popping up! (Dahlia and Zinnia) and I got Canna Lily tubers to grow from seeds!

I was very excited I started my first compost bin too!

(I also talk about about my kid and everyday life too, just a FYI.)

So if you'd like a new gardening pal, let me know! I also love to seed swap, I have worked hard at getting a very good flower and even vegetable collection and if you like coneflowers, I'm your girl!

a gardeners wish list

what nifty gardening tools or paraphernalia would you love to get as a gift this holiday season?

(i'm looking for ideas to put on my xmas list)

Free Leaf Mulch

The fall leaf raking season has begun where I am and I'm doing my best to round up a year's worth of free mulch.
I brought home my first truckload of leaves this evening and I spotted a second load that I can pick up later this morning.
One load home, one spotted, but I still need at least eight more truckloads before I'm done mulching this year. (I have a lot of flowerbeds and a veggie garden that all need to be mulched this fall.

[NOTE: Gotta go by the local dollar store today and get a load of cardboard to lay under all those leaves. I badly need to get both truckloads spread today since we've got rain moving in by tonight.]

Does anyone else get raked leaves to use as mulch?
If so, how much have you already gotten?
I'm intending to try to propagate some hyacinths for the first time following these instructions http://homeguides.sfgate.com/propagate-hyacinth-65910.html which say that I need to cover the bulb with fungicide powder. But it doesn't look like I can buy fungicide as a ready-to-use powder in my country. Everything is either sprays or powders intended for adding water to before use. I've looked online, but there's just the same selection as in the stores.

What should I do?
Can I use the dilute-it-yourself powders without adding water to them?
Should I go to the pharmacy and buy some sort of, idk, athlete's foot powder?
Could I use something else as a substitute?

Thanks!

Seed swap

Would anyone like to swap seeds?

Here is my list, I have what I can trade marked but if you see something you really like, I might can help you out! I am ALWAYS looking for coneflower seeds as they are my favorite flower!

Massive list!Collapse )
My method of weed control has been strictly mechanical: either dig them out or rely on what one old-timer told me about lawns and weeds: "Grass loves to be cut, weeds hate to be cut, so if you want a weed-free lawn, keep it cut short."
Well, very short grass heights work well in my neighborhood: they're consistent with the ages of these houses and the days of reel-mowers which operated entirely on muscle power.

Several factors this year have combined to create a scourge of purslane in garden beds, tree lawns, and lawn-lawns (front, back, side) and although normally I avoid weed killers, I thought that before the purslane takes over completely or even just gets much further ahead of my efforts to eradicate it, I'd give this one a try: one gallon of white vinegar (5% acidity, I suppose, since that's what's usually available), one [U.S. customary measuring] cup of salt, and one tablespoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid.

Has anyone else on this comm used this stuff, and if so, how effective is it? And how much of a problem for the environment is it?

As an aside, I find it hard to believe people actually pay money for these plants or for seeds to grow them.


(subject/question cross-posted to my LJ journal)

The 2016 Garden....

While the yr isn't over, enough has passed to give a good "clue" on the big items;>....
Fails:
Perfume Jasmine(Jasmine off). Did well last yr and got no frost damage but has slowly died back this yr to a 6" stub
English Lavender. Tried the methods found online to grow them in the Deep South but is pretty much dead. However, the Spanish Lavender is doing GREAT!
Hellebores. I'll pull them this Fall
Japanese Imperial Morning Glories. Think I planted them too late this yr 'cause normally they do great(though a common MG isn't blooming that much either so it may not be that...)
Abutilons. Not worth the space for the poor blossom production.
Torch Ginger(Etingleria?). Grow great but after 5 yrs of no blooms....
Dragonfruit. After 10 yrs without fruit and few blossoms I'm DONE with them!

Meh's(those that lived but didn't impress):
Salivia cocinna. Both White and Pink cultivars grow well and bloom but the display not worth the space taken.
4 O'clocks.
Pink Perfecktion Brugmansia.Deformed dbl blossoms

Winners:
Pentas. Both antique and modern hybrids.
Watsonia. good 1st yr. Hopefully, will do as well as the one's I had over at Hummingbird,esp since this cult is nicer!
Cypress Vine
Antique White Hibiscus
Dbl White Brugmansia
Spanish Lavender
Rosemary
Turmeric

Later in the yr I'll have the full report;>!
Cheers,
Pat

Kill It With Fire!

Recently I noticed something really strange happened to one of my coneflowers: an emerging flower, instead of turning pink/purple, remained a bright green - and then started sprouting little "satellite" flowers around the main one.  Weirdest thing I've ever seen in my garden.


The fact that it only occurred on one stalk out of over a hundred, and the "healthy" green color of the petals almost lead me to believe it was some kind of mutation heralding a new species rather than a disease, but I am not so conceited to think that my yard would be host to an emerging species, so I gave my older brother a ring and texted him the photo, thinking someone else has seen these bizarre symptoms before.  Sure enough, ten minutes later he informed me it was unquestionably a case of the dreaded "Aster Yellows", caused
by a bacteria-like organism called a phytoplasma, that is spread by a gnat-like insect called a leaf hopper as they feed on the plant.

http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/aster-yellows/

There is no cure for this, and it definitely spreads.  So, thoroughly freaked out that the rest of my otherwise thriving population would be tainted, I cut the offending stalk down to the ground and took it right to the trash can - no composting this time! (Sadly, due to proximity to neighboring plants fire was not an option).

So, this is a cautionary tale, I suppose.  Good thing I didn't try my usual approach of "let's see how this plays out"!  File this under "live and learn".

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Alpine Strawberry: Update.

And update to say a big thank you to everyone who advised me on my non-turning-red alpine strawberries (Fragaria vesca), and who advised me there are white varieties which either remain white or at best get a very mild pink. You were all 100% spot on with that. I've had several small harvests of white berries, and they have all been absolutely magical in flavour. I cannot even describe it, it is utterly unique. Unique but delicious. Thank you all, and I'm glad I was able to stop letting this wonderful crop go to waste waiting for it to "ripen" in vain.

I would say that if anyone has a spare bit of ground for a few pots or troughs of these berries, go for it. The harvests may not be large, certainly in rainy southern Scotland they are not, but they are well worth it; either for eating on their own or as part of a salad or dessert.

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