I some how fell off the garden part of my blog and got carried away with trying to kill time with this rotten winter weather.
Now with the sun shinning so brightly today my thoughts are back on track and I want to focus on plants and my hopes for them ?
A friend of mine got me thinking about Moon Flower vines .. she loves them, and since I have never tried them out for a test ride .. I thought YES !
I was really lucky to start my hunt early (January .. yes .. JANUARY !) .. and I struck pay dirt at our Home Depot .. and ..... they had "Mr. Fothergills" at the best price I had seen .. some companies wanted almost $8-9 .. talk about "better to shop a round!"
So I grab 4 packages .. along with some other neat ones .. they do Canada Day specials with red and white sweet peas .. too cute to live !!
I had been doing some cruising about these beautiful annual (for us in the NORTH) vines and I think I have a handle on how to plant them .. I have pots and trellises for the deck .. I want to make sure we get a large whiff of their fragrance and if we are lucky .. see some humming birds drink from the nectar. Apparently some BIG moths (Hawk or Sphinx moth) go for them as well .. that is where I exit .. moths and I .. not a good mixture .. Freud would have a field day with that one.
In any case .. there seems to be a "nick or not to nick" advice quandary plus a soak time question .. the seed pack says up to 48 hours and no nicking .. other information says no longer than 8 hours soaking (no consequences are stated so what the heck happens if it is longer who knows ?) and NICK ! ..
I'm thinking that the seed packet "Mr. Fothergill's" should know what they are talking about so it is a no nick zone and I can soak for a while ?
While I was looking ... moon gardens were mentioned .. all white plants that almost glow in the dark and most have wonderful fragrances .. now if I could only stay up that late in the summer when it doesn't get dark until quite late (ok .. menopausal women need lots of rest so stop the snickering !) .. but the thought of dancing from one plant to the next in the dark of the night .. how cool is that ? .. if only I could DANCE, and if only I didn't have NEIGBORS, and if only I could be sure those MOTHS don't show up !!
The pictures I post are NOT my own .. so all credit to who ever shot them ! I couldn't get in touch with each and everyone but I have a feeling they meant to share the photos if they are posted on the net ? .. hope so !
If I am really really lucky I will have my own pictures to brag about and if I can actually get a little video of it unfurling (which is supposed to be less than one minute) .. I would be over the "moon" with gardener's happy dance .. oops .. I don't dance .. but boy, I'll be ecstatic !!!
That GIANT moth came first to mind, JEEZ ! .. utter fear and fascination of it .. is there a support group for moth frightened people ?