Friday, October 24, 2014

October Gardening

Did you know that the weed plague we have in late winter and early spring is a result of germination in September and October?  Experts say it's time to fertilize using counts of high nitrogen, low phosphorus and moderate to high level of potassium.  Personally I get lost with numbers.  So my experience is simply make the trip to Lowes and get the Fall Weed and Feed.  At least it's done and hopefully the weeds are reduced this coming Spring.
Knock out Roses were planted this week as well.  The roots will establish over the next few months and hopefully they will grow in size next Spring.  Keep in mind I live in an area with very mild winters. 
So are you ready to move to Texas? 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Legend of The Confederate Rose

Confederate Rose photographed at 9:30am
One of my enjoyments comes from blooming flowers that surprise me throughout the year.  My Dad started A Confederate Rose for me from a cutting on his plant.  From which he was he was given a cutting and his Confederate Rose has turned into something more resembling a tree!  This all time easy and fast growing flower blooms in the fall all will continue to bloom until we have a freeze in the Houston area.  Then next year it will be right back where it started and grow even larger.

As for the Legend of the Plant, when the gentleman gave Dad his cutting it came with the following story: 
The troops were told to turn at the fork in the road where the White Roses are growing.  Only later in the afternoon there were no white roses left on the plant and the troops continued straight ahead ... into the line of fire
Although I have searched the internet and googled over and over for The Legend of the Confederate Rose, the above story has not been found.  I love the originality of it and I will continue to tell that particular story.  I did however, find the following story:  
Once the Confederate Rose was pure white. During the Civil War, a soldier was fatally wounded in battle. He fell upon the rose as he lay dying. During the course of the two days he took to die, he bled more and more on the flower, till at last bloom was covered with his blood. When he died, the flower died with him. Thereafter, the Confederate Rose (or Cotton Rose), opens white, and over the course of the two days the bloom lasts, they turn gradually from white to pink to almost red, when the flower finally falls from the bush.
Same Flower petals taken at 2:45pm.  Can you see it's turning pink?

4:15pm finds the same flower even darker!

The dogs are reminding me that it's now time to come in from the garden and pay attention to their demands.  Perhaps another day I will add some more of my Fall blooms.  Until then, God Bless and enjoy the colors of the Season!
Judy Reynolds