Fall Is OUR Season!

People drive for hours (if not days) to make a run down the Blue Ridge Parkway to get a glimpse of our fall colors. I live just six miles from the BRP access road but I find many varied colors around my neighborhood.


Fall Roundup

spiderWell, the growing season is over; frost has hit and most plants have wilted, the first step to death. However, this “spider plant” (as I discovered it is called — one of two plants with that name) was the heartiest of them all and continued to survive! I captured 2 1/2 ounces of the tiny seeds – about 5,000.

These plants attained a maximum height of 7′ 2″ before I finally pulled them up.

I learned something about these plants: the dozen or so that I started in peat pots didn’t survive after they DID emerge, as was seen in the previous article. However, seed that I just cast to the ground did very well. I had the same experience in trying to “raise” Lily-of-the-Valley plants. I transplanted the root stock of 8 plants yet none of them produced. L-O-T-V are wild, weed-type plants that obviously don’t like to be transplanted, as much as I enjoy their aroma.

I know some people like that!

Update – Signs of Spring

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Three months ago, I featured one of the seedlings that I had started in a peat pot. It was from a seed about half the size of a mustard seed, or about the size of the “dot” (.) shown here. Unfortunately, this was only one of ten plants that survived after being started as seedlings. Perhaps I “rushed” their season by nursing them to sprout too soon and feeding them a steady diet of liquid plant food. They are normally a “fall” plant. But those two have now grown to a maximum height of 30″ and have produced the unusual pink blossoms shown here.

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Signs of Spring – Finally!

plant After a severe cold, snowy winter that has extended past the calendar date of “Spring”, there are definite signs that, indeed, Spring is certainly on the way.

Multi-colored birds have arrived at my seed feeder, birds that were not here during the bleak winter. Their colors (males) are bright to impress and woo possible mates. Some have even started gathering “stuffing” for their nests.

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