Sunday, September 30, 2012

Saving Seeds

Beautiful begonias blooming bountifully

Well, I've been collecting seeds from my garden and preparing them to save over the winter.  I've never been very good at growing plants inside - in fact, I'm downright terrible at it.  But hope reigns supreme and I'm going to save seeds to start late winter/early spring so that I can have more of my favorite perennials in the garden.  

I'm learning that it's very important to let the seeds dry completely before putting them in storage.  Moldy seed stuff is kinda gross!  But that's what this is all about -- learning something new.

I found a really neat idea on Pinterest for saving seeds in TicTac containers.  So I bought a bundle of mints and emptied them into snack size zipper bags where they will be used up just the same.   Then a little washi tape and label and look how fun and official they are. 

So on to a new adventure and I'll be honest and show how things go in a few months.  I'll save a few seeds for sprinkling outside in the garden just in case.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Back Among the Blogging


Blanket Flower
Fall Asters

Well - I see that it has been slightly over a month since my last post.  I have lots of good reasons or excuses whichever you prefer.  First we had company - then I was company - then I had to recover from all the company!  

Succulent Garden

My hubbie did a great job keeping my garden alive for 2 weeks in the summer heat while I was gone.

Its funny how fast the garden turns into autumn mode.  I was outside the other morning and noticed a real change in the air.

Autumn Joy
Autumn Joy

Reminder to southwest gardeners - don't cut back your perennials. Since our winters are dry the plants need protection and the dry stuff on top helps keep the crowns safe.  Springtime is the best time to trim perennials.  I know that means that the garden looks a bit ratty during the winter, but it is better in the long run.  Besides the birds enjoy hiding out and eating the seeds from the plants.  

Bumble bees are especially active right now in my garden.  They aren't at all bothered by me and I just let them do their jobs.  

Now that life has returned to 'normal' I'll be blogging some suggestions and hints for fall and winter.  

Happy Gardening!