Monday, May 31, 2010

Growing Allium from Seed - It Can Be Done

This is a photo of allium I grew from seed pods. When one of my neighbors threw away the spent flower last year from their allium, I retrieved the seed pods, placed them in the freezer for 4 weeks and planted the seeds in late November. The photo shows the result. The soil is compacted, not very rich, yet the allium grew. It can be done.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Deep Red Iris

A co-worker and his wife were updating their yard and tossing out lots of plant material. Sight unseen, I dug up perennials and donated them to various non-profit organizations. And I kept a couple of irises. That was two years ago. Take a look at the beautiful burnt red color iris with a bit of yellow on each flower petal that finally emerged this spring. The flower buds look black.

Did you notice puppy is in one of the photos? She's patrolling the yard.