Monday, June 18, 2018

Wine Labels

Johnny and his lovely wife planted two Pinot Noir vines in the backyard! Yes, that is me and my husband. This is our first time growing wine. Our favorite is Shiraz, but unfortunately it doesn't grow in our region.

I read Pino Noir is a fickle plant, it doesn't like a lot of sun (WIN)...I live in Washington State. I grows well in poor soil with good drainage.

The wine is a year or so out, we are still learning the process. Right now my only concern is growing the grapes.

Other than that, we brainstormed label ideas.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Two new additions to the garden this summer

Aloha Kona Dark Red Calibrachoa 
Calibrachoa 'Aloha Kona Dark Red' - annual

Ornamental Features
Aloha Kona Dark Red Calibrachoa is blanketed in stunning dark red trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow throats at the ends of the stems from late spring to early fall. Its small pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Landscape Attributes
Aloha Kona Dark Red Calibrachoa is a dense herbaceous annual with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

ABUTILON 'Lucky Lantern Red'

This one I did not know was a perennial when I bought it. I will see how it grows this summer, then decide where I might relocate it. Right now it is planted in between all my lavender. 

Shrub: Evergreen perennial. The 'Lucky Lantern' series are free-flowering, tidy dwarf cultivars that are perfect for containers. Great border or accent plant. Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds. Upright, compact, rounded habit with drooping bell-like flowers & dark green leaves. Prune during growing season. Easy to shape/train. Blooms: spring-fall. Color: red. Size: 12" x 12". Exp: sun/pt shade. Water: mod. USDA Z8.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Apple and Plum Grafting

Today I grafted some apple and and plum scions today. I grafted Granny Smith onto Red and Delicious, I thought the color contrast would look fantastic. Also on the agenda - painting that damn fence.

Last Year's Flowers

I saved my Dahlia bulbs, and bought some new white ones this year. This is what I had growing in the back yard last year.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Are these shoots the root stock?

I don't know if these shoots are the root stock. If so, and the root isn't patented...could I in theory use them to graft more cherry trees?

This was a cherry tree that went awry. I never should have potted it.