Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A toast to Deb, the founder of the mystery

Last night a text from Deb: Salpiglosis! Now why didn't we think of that? She bought the seeds and planted them last year. Here they are, a handful from Google:


And here are mine. Each stem may be producing multi colors, but I won't know that for a day or so.



And I still have a zinnia coming along. At least I think it's a zinnia.


My pot of ranunculus went belly up, all ten of them:


I stopped at the nursery to buy a replacement, and learned they are available first thing in the season (when they were not open!). I asked for a Gerbera daisy instead. I have a red one, to put in this pot tomorrow. I'll try hard not to disturb the ranunculus bulbs doing it.

And I stopped at the dollar store to restock my Kleenex.They had none. Working my way out, avoiding two busy preschool age girls, I dodged down an empty aisle and saw Zinnia's! So I picked up a plastic pot, too.


And came home and made supper. It was a long day.


35 comments:

  1. It may have been a long day but iy will produce pretty results.

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  2. It looks like you are well fixed for flowers.

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  3. Those flowers with the unpronounceable name are GORGEOUS!
    Yes, that is a zinnia in your pot! I have many of them growing. I got the giant ones this year. They are anywhere from a foot to three feet tall! Pick your first blossom off as soon as it opens and it will branch out and give you many more.

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  4. I've never heard of Salpiglosis but they sure are pretty! You got some fun type shopping done today and it sounds like those two little girls indirectly led you to the Zinnias. I like that pot too. I'm looking forward to seeing your Gerbera daisy, one of my favorites.

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  5. The handfuls of seeds can give surprising results. Here it's sold as native flower packages.

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  6. I will have to explore Salpiglossis here too. Thank you and Deb.
    I am sorry about the ranunculas.
    Tissues (and toilet paper) are in short supply again here. Long days are not.

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  7. Will be a lovely garden with all the pretty flowers!

    Betty

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  8. I thought Deb had solved the book mystery but I am glad she helped with the flower mystery. Take care.

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  9. I just got my zinnias planted last week. I wasn't able to find any zinnia seeds this year at General Dollar,but I had missed some packages from last year and they didn't get planted last year so we planted them this year, along with some seeds that I had saved from last years zinnias. OLucky I had misplaced the ones from last year and had saved some seeds to sow this year. They are already sprouting. They are little troopers after they get going. Hottest heat and dry doesn't even phase them. My favorites are mixed color California Giants and also Giant Mexican Cactus Zinnias. They get tall, but they have nice showy flowers. The plant nursery where I get my flowers was really picked over by the time I went there. I came home with 2 mandevillas, one black eyed Susan, some coleus, and a strange flower I do't know the name of. I am trying to decide how to divide and match the flowers. I planted the big black eyed Susan plant with some blue bachelor button seeds around it, fingers crossed for the seeds.

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  10. Salpiglosis, do they have a more common name? They certainly are pretty. glad you found a zinnia. I was looking at the plant section at our hardware store this morning, so many things I'd like to buy, but the soil here is choked with tree roots and also hard dry clay most of the time. annual flowers are out of the question I think.

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  11. Hari OM
    ooh I stand corrected - got all excited about the yellow flower and similar leaf and no idea of scale. Now I have a new flower to think about. YAM xx

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  12. Zinnias are lovely flowers and fast growing. They look great in a pot or in mass plantings.

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  13. Love this bloomin time of year!

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  14. I've never even heard of salpiglosis! They are lovely! What a nice surprise. And yes, I feel certain that is a zinnia. You've reminded me that I need to pick some of my zinnias and bring them in to put in the hallway.

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  15. So, is that the plant that some of us thought was lettuce? It's much nicer than lettuce! -Jenn

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  16. salpiglosis! never heard of it. wonder if it will do down here. and yes that one is a zinnia.

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    1. salpiglossis...common name 'painted tongue'.

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    2. Thanks for finding that. Though I felt very capable of doing something with the "pig" bit.

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  17. I absolutely love your priorities!

    XO
    WWW

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  18. Well,Salpiglosis is a new one for me. I had to look it up.

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  19. I will admit that I've never heard of Salpiglosis... sounds like a porcine disease. But on looking it up saw it's common name: Painted Tongue. I can see that.

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  20. Those flowers are flat out beautiful. Ranunculas are my favorites tho.

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  21. It all looks normal to me.

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  22. Beautiful flowers
    Today I found the zinnias seeds I bought a few months ago.

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  23. I have never ever had any luck with ranunculus when we lived in Washington. Just gave up on them.

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  24. So wonderful to have a name for the mystery flower, and also to have acquired another zinnia.

    A good day!

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  25. You can be sure, Joanne: it is a zinnia growing there!

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  26. My ranunculus didn’t do too well in a pot, I got four flowers from two nets of corms, still I did only pay 50 pence for each net, so I suppose that wasn’t too bad a deal? Next year I will buy better quality and maybe a bigger pot? I love them as cut flowers, trouble is you don’t see them very often and when you do they are quite expensive.

    LX

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  27. The unpronouncable one is a beautifully cheerful plant.

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  28. The flowers are pretty and cheerful. Just what we all need:-)

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  29. Salpiglossis - very pretty. I'll have to look into getting some of those seeds!

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