Thursday, 6 July 2017

Gete -okosomin first flower !

Delighted to see my Gete -okosomin plant has a flower coming !
  Its a female flower though and unfortunately there are no male flowers to pollinate it with yet .

Female flower has an immature fruit behind it .
Male flower is just a flower on a long thin stalk .

 If you only have male flowers , these can be picked and saved in a jar of water in the fridge for a few days , until you have a female flower to pollinate .

 Sadly this female flower and fruit will just drop off if left unpollinated ....sigh I,m hoping for lots more flowers to come .

The watering basket in the middle of the Pumpkin bed is such a great idea , because the water goes straight down to the roots of the plants and the surface remains dry , which discourages the slugs and snails , who prefer a nice wet surface to slither along on .
 It is so hot again !  I need it to rain arms are getting longer and aching from carrying watering can about !

                                      Birdie is very busy feeding her two babies .

                                 She lets me get quite close with my camera too !

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sunday Flower - Dracunculus vulgaris

                             I,m in the fern garden today , pulling weeds mostly !

Thrilled to find my Voodoo Lily is flowering for the first time ... I know with that name it is probably not the most appropriate flower to choose as my Sunday Flower  !
              It cant help its sinister looks !  I think it is gorgeous anyway !

            I bought the little corms from someone on Ebay a year or two ago .

                                             I love the markings on its stems.

                                I just have to go in and look at this close up ...

It is supposed to smell of rotting meat , to attract flies which pollenate the flower.....but I cant smell anything , maybe it is too soon . It has only just opened , so maybe the perfume develops after a few days ?  Anyone know ?

                                                Outrageous Sunday Flower !

Gete -Okosomin finally planted out !

The weather was warm , humid and mizzly rain late yesterday evening and so at around 10.30 pm I decided the time was right to get that precious Gete Okosomin Squash plant into the ground .  I aplogise for the dark pictures  but it was rapidly getting dark while I was doing all this .

 I wasn't sure if after only three weeks it would  have a good enough root system ,but as it turned out , those beautiful delicate roots had filled the pot all around .

                     Getting to work quick ! .....but also very carefully .
 A bag of grit and that bowl full of crushed eggshells to scatter around the plant to keep slugs off .

                     I gave it a little drink of rain water to settle the earth around it .

 ..and then had to quickly think about wind was getting breezy .
So I rigged up this old comost sack between grids and stuck in a few fir branches  .

              Fir branches pushed in to protect those delicate leaves from the wind .

                        Crushed eggshells and horticultural grit to deter slugs .
I noticed that it had two trendrills begining to reach out , so I pushed in a couple of sticks for them to grab onto .
  So I have done everything I can for now , I would like a little more gentle rain to get it really settled in . I am about three weeks behind with the plant having been broken and all this trying to save it ...but I think I am still o.k for time to get flowers set etc.
                                                  Romp away little fella !