Thursday, June 28, 2012

Use small-flowering plants to attract beneficial insects to your garden

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I planted Coriander, mustard, and 2 kinds of dill purely for the small flowers they produce. The flowers are nectar sources for beneficial insects that feed on aphids, mites and other pests. It's working, I see many many Syrphid flies on the flowers. No aphids in sight! Mites are at an all time low!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Ipomoea spithamaea first leaves

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Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Calystegia pubescens 'Tenshi-Botan'

Ipomoea pubescens by Gerris2
Calystegia pubescens, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Ipomoea nil 'Karen Kagel'

Ipomoea nil 'Karen Kagel' by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil 'Karen Kagel', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Coriandrum sativum - Coriander Flowers

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I am growing this herb primarily as a nectar source for beneficial insects which will feed and control the pest insects and mites I may be plagued with this summer.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Anethum graveolens - Dill flowers

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I am growing this herb primarily as a nectar source for beneficial insects which will feed and control the pest insects and mites I may be plagued with this summer.

Nikon D70
Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Calystegia pubescens 'Tenshi-Botan'

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Japanese Bindweed

This beauty gets better every year. My friend Hiro M. offered this description to me:


ヒルガオ(昼顔) ‘天使牡丹’ Calystegia pubescens Lindl., 1846 ‘Tenshi-Botan’ This name is accepted. (Synonym : Calystegia japonica (Thunb.) Choisy, 1925 ‘Tenshi-Botan’) (Synonym : Calystegia pubescens Lindl., 1846 ‘Double Pink’)

This plant was discovered in China at the time of the Second World War. The soldier who brought back to Japan was a person famous also as Horticulturalist then. He who went back to Japan planted in the yard of the house. He has perceived that the character of this plant is stable, and named the "天使牡丹" . This reading is "Tenshi-Botan." And the meaning is an "Angel Peony." Several years afterward, the clone of this new plant covered all his yards, and he was troubled very much. Therefore, it is important to never take out from a Flower Pot.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Calystegia pubescens

Calystegia pubescens by Gerris2
Calystegia pubescens, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

Calystegia pubescens

Calystegia pubescens by Gerris2
Calystegia pubescens, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Nikon D70
Auto Mamiya/Sekor 2/50mm

I like the bokeh this classic old manual focus lens made for me in this image of a rarely seen double flower form of Calystegia pubescens.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ipomoea nil 'Windmill Rose'

Ipomoea nil 'Windmill Rose' by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil 'Windmill Rose', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I like the reduced wings of the dragonfly leaf that is developing on these Japanese morning glory seedlings. The flower is to display a rose star which I can't wait to see.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Planting out Morning Glory Seedlings

Container Hole by Gerris2
Container Hole, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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In the following series of photos, I hope to show how I am trying a new way of installing my morning glory seedlings.

Every installation of a plant begins with the hole. I dug down into the container about 5 inches to allow the addition on amendments.

Charcoal Green Biochar

Charcoal Green Biochar by Gerris2
Charcoal Green Biochar, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Here is the label on the pail of activated and inoculated biochar from Charcoal House. Read more about this product on their web site: www.buyactivatedcharcoal.com/product/charcoal_green/bioch...

Activated and inoculated biochar

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I placed about six ounces volume of biochar down the hole first. This product I bought from Charcoal House on their web site: www.buyactivatedcharcoal.com/product/charcoal_green/bioch... .

Biochar and Vermicompost

Biochar and Vermicompost by Gerris2
Biochar and Vermicompost, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Once I placed the biochar in the hole, I put in a generous portion of worm castings (vermicompost) to the hole and mixed it up with the biochar. I then placed the transplant seedling on top of this mixture and filled in the hole with good quality soil-less potting mix. I wet down the mix with fish-based fertilizer/water mixture and firmed the mix around the seedling.

Ipomoea nil

Ipomoea nil  by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil , a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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The newly installed seedling, a plant from Emma Hill's Fuji Country Blue genetic line of morning glory. I cut the identification from the seed cup to use as an ID in the final growing container.

Ipomoea nil

Ipomoea nil  by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil , a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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The newly installed seedling, a plant from Emma Hill's Fuji Country Blue genetic line of morning glory. I cut the identification from the seed cup to use as an ID in the final growing container.