17. July 2013 · Comments Off on Bizarre Rose · Categories: Gardening · Tags: ,

I was idly dead-heading Roses this morning when I saw this:

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A bud poking out of the middle of a flower. I’ve never seen such a thing before, though I’m not exactly a veteran rose grower. I found several more examples, all in the same area of the same bush.

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Here is one where I’ve pulled away the petals:

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What is this? Some genetic mutation?

02. May 2013 · Comments Off on Not just vegetables · Categories: Gardening, Home, Uncategorized · Tags: , , ,

As well as the many vege babies in our kitchen, I have a few ornamentals that are managing to survive. This is a big deal as I have a long tradition of killing pot plants.

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This is a rose that I raised from a cutting. At our old house we had a huge red rose bush that had been planted by L’s grandmother back in the 50s. We couldn’t dig it up and bring it with us, so I took 6 cuttings. This is the sole survivor.  It’s been green all winter and has two new spurts of growth.  I’m planning to take a few more cuttings from this, as backup, before planting this one out this summer.

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I have owned three orchids in my life, all gifts.  This is the only one that has lived.  And not only is it alive, but it is growing!  It has gained leaves over the winter and how it has this long new shoot, and some new roots growing as well.  Exciting stuff.