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  •  Late to the garden party! (14+ / 0-)

    No internet or phone or cell phone for about 4 hours after I woke up this morning. That was weird. Then the cell phone suddenly started getting a signal, and I called the internet help line, left a message, went outside to move a sprinkler and came back in and everything was working again.
    Things are trying to warm up, but the weather fairies have a different idea of spring this year. Thursday it was 30 degrees and blowing snow, Friday, it was partly sunny and 79 degrees. How is a person supposed to get things done in this kind of weather, I ask you??
    My little seedling garden is doing great, with help from the CFL lights and this little gem right here:
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    It has a mat right under the seedling pots that wicks moisture from a reservoir underneath. It kept the seedlings evenly moist in the coir medium (LOVE that stuff) and I had to transplant 8 seedlings out of the small starter kit after 2 weeks because the roots were already getting thick at the bottom. Simply amazing.

    Nothing much going on outside, but the orchids are still blooming happily, so I'm not feeling too bloom deficient at the moment!
    I posted a picture of this "German Empress Cactus" (thank you jayden for finding that name for me!) last week, but this thing is going to really be pretty in a few weeks.
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    Well, I'd better get going and pretend like I'm going to do something besides water and turn compost! Lazy day today, work in the garden tomorrow!
    Here's one of my attempts to be "artistic" with the crappy editing tools in Picasa. I'm heavily influenced by Georgia O'Keefe, I think. :) Have a good weekend everyone!
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    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:52:18 AM PDT

    •  Epiphyllums! Yay! (9+ / 0-)

      from now to June, boom they appear..and then they are gone.

      some google sites say that is also called "Easter Cactus", but Epiphyllums are a terrific family of flowers, many flowers, colors, leaf shapes.
        Most bloom at night, they glow in the dark, and some stay thru the next day. Some climb and sprawl, some stay small.

      My poor tortured ones are getting ready to bloom, the survivors (tough year)

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:46:17 PM PDT

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      •  Is night blooming cereus in the same family? (9+ / 0-)

        this cactus is doing a lot of the weird things my old night blooming cereus used to do in the spring (leaves sprouting off of leaves, weird looking spikes, etc). Looks very familiar.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 03:34:22 AM PDT

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        •  yes but I can't say exactly (8+ / 0-)

          mr google will help a lot, it's probably complicated,heh, sorry I can't help out, but the discovery will be interesting for you and me too when I get up later.
          jungle cactus another name, Christmas cactus another cousin...and then there are the three sided plants that look like but may not be Epi's.

          Epiphyllum varieties are a big cottage industry like Iris and orchids...one you have one, you have to have more..and little chunks readily root so pretty soon you'll be like Mickey Mouse and the brooms on Bald Mountain.

          This machine kills Fascists.

          by KenBee on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 05:10:11 AM PDT

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