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  1. The Hollyberry Lady

    The Hollyberry Lady New Member

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    Mmmmm - that sounds lovely, ShearMe.

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    P.S. Oh yeah, by the way...

    Eric where is your picture in the other thread? People will laugh their asses off!

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    Well, I guess this is the thread - so many windows open who knows for sure anymore - lol. I edited my previous post.

    Anyway, I am going to take some outdoor shots - be back to post them soon...

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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Oh, HBL, I forgot to say - there should be a packet of seeds winging its way towards you as we speak. Let me know when it gets there - it's the red Tamarillos and the Taxo passionflowers.
     
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    Beth, I have fainted enough in one day - and now you are doing it to me again! I cannot tell you how excited I am about that passion flower! Laticauda and ShearMe are sharing some of their kinds too.

    Yes, you know I will be emailing you the very day they arrive - not to worry.

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    Thank you so much.

    P.S. you can call me Sherry now - I am over it.
     
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    Well, Sherry, how about a recipe of those "spice concoctions"? My melons are getting munched on, and I'm not sure soap is working...
     
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    Um - I said Beth could call me Sherry! Now, now - you wouldn't want me to call ya Zac, now would ya?!!! Lol.

    Ok, here's the copied information that I just recently sent someone else:

    Certainly, I will share my recipes and methods with you...

    I use a 2L pop bottle filled with water and 1/2 a teaspoon of dishsoap. Add the water 1st and then add the dishsoap, and then shake. Apply to the plant you are trying to protect. Do not worry if there are soap bubbles on top of the soil around the plant - all the better. After waiting a few minutes for the soapy water and bubbles to sink in, you are ready to add your spices...

    I put a circle of whole cloves around the plant. Make the circle close to the stem, but not touching. Cloves work especially well to deter ants, but other bugs are very turned off by it also. Then on top of or next to the clove circle, I make another circle of crushed bay leaf, which is amazing at keeping chewing earwigs away, as well as other pests. I put whole bay leaves in a baggie, then break and crumble them right in the bag before sprinkling the pieces around the plant. You don't have to make a thick circle with the spices, or use tons, just put a bit at first and see how it goes. You can add more then just a circle's worth if you wish - I sometimes sprinkle all around the plant and beyond if I am really having a really tough problem.

    I finish it all off by sprinkling with a light layer of ground cayenne pepper all over the cloves, bay leaf, and beyond, but chili pepper seeds and flakes can work well too. Crushed garlic can send bugs packing as well as curry and cinnamon also. I just put as many spices as I can, to give the message to the pests that they are not welcome here.

    You must re-apply the spices after it rains, or as required. Sometimes the cayenne and curry can form a moldyness on top of the soil if it gets damp, but I just scrape it off with a spoon and apply fresh spice. It's never a problem.

    You can do the same thing to your potted plants also, and send bugs for the hills and away from your plants. I have success every time, when I am consistent and regular, my plant goes completely untouched by pests the entire season! A plant that would have otherwise been eaten down to a stub!

    If you buy your spices at the right places, they will not be too expensive. I buy no-name bayleaf at the grocery store, and the rest I buy in bulk at the 'bulk barn'. Just use regular plain dishsoap, not anti-bacterial.

    I hope this helps you. I think you are going to see a major improvement after doing the soapy spice trick on some vulnerable plants that are being attacked by pests. You will be happy. Feel free to ask anything else you are unsure about.

    Hope this helps, ShearMe. It sure works for me.

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    I have no problem being called Zac. :P

    I'll go sprinkle my melons now! :D
     
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    Well, I didn't quite make it outside yet, but here are some shots I just took now, inside...

    1st are my loquat seedlings, ShearMe! Nice, huh?

    2nd is my indoor seed grown 2009 'black velvet rose' geranium, now blooming away in my living room window - yippeeeeeee...

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    Pretty cool, that's better than I can boast. What's your watering routine for the 'quats?
     
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    Give it a try and you should definitely see an improvement.

    I had a couple seedlings a few weeks back, in the front garden, that were getting chewed down to nearly stubs! You shoud see them now that I've applied my spices around them - growing and thriving.

    Yup, I've been using spices to deter bugs for years now. It's extremely effective in dealing with the bugs that persist around here every year. Earwigs hate me!

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    Oh, watering routine? They are being watered whenever the soil looks like it's tending towards dry - depends on weather and sunshine too. I give them a weak solution of starter fertilizer also.

    They sure are happy little guys. I am starting to like them a lot - even if I never see fruit!

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    OK Tugo and Lorax you got me going now. Please explain a bit more about how to do this grafting method with Roses, I have just got to try that for next season. Tugo some seeds would be great if you can spare any and its not too much trouble. Just contact me via private message and I'll give you the address. Cuttings may not be so practicle.

    Lorax do you have any links to any articles on how to do this please as you guys pictures make my roses look ordinary? i don't even think I have seen roses like that in Xochimilco where they sell practically everything.

    Nath
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Rose grafting? I've always done splint-grafts (also called stub grafts) - you know, make a slice in the rootstock stems, slide in the scion, cover with grafting wax, and bind with cloth.

    The North Carolina State University has an excellent page with illustrations of the different methods of grafting. I'm lazy, so I usually only do stub/splint grafts and cleft grafts. Link here!
     
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    Thks Lorax.
    I needed that link!

    Bob
     
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    Um...are you the Bob from IBS?

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    By the way - a few more shots of interest, of some more of my seed grown plants. The basjoo was not seed grown though.

    1st is my passiflora vine (caerulea) in a pot - have one in the ground also.
    2nd is my pot of mixed hot peppers - more sprouting
    3rd is my red geranium, just now beginning to bloom
    4th and 5th are my indoor basjoo banana plant

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    Dear Lorax; what you made was the most perfect explanation as could be and so simple and plain, easy to understand. Such information I could never find in any where else.
    Really thank you very much and sorry for being late, didn't have the chance to read your message before.
    So I learned something new and such "out of standart applications" really gives me huge excitements.

    And will it be too much if I ask you also from which part of the rose to get the sap and inject to the healthy one?

    When I get the answer of this question also, be sure that I will be too often seen around with a syringe in my hand and who knows what the neighbors will thing about me.

    Dear Nath, ofcourse I can send you seeds, tomorrow I will check and see if any ready and will contact you.

    Thanks all the participants of this lovely and useful thread:))
     
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    Sure hope it works out for you, Tugo.

    Here is my freshly showered Jerusalem Cherry plant (Solanum pseudocapsicum). A lovely but poisonous plant. I grew this one from seed.

    Some people in this thread have been sent seeds for this variety also. It is extremely ornamental and makes an excellent houseplant...

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    Dear HbL, wish you good luck with your new filed baby. Tomorrow may be I can put a photo of my last trial, which goes far a head of the previous ones, more healthy leaves etc. This time I used much wider container and placed it just directly under the sun, from the very first day. This made the positive change I believe.
    Regarding yellow Nelumbo; most of the sources I read in the web, point out that the yellow one is "Nelumbo Lutea" which is native to America. Even some seed dealers from Far East, use this name.
    Do you have any information on it?

    I learned that Nelumbo Nucifera var.Caspicum, native to Volga river sooo it is the most hardy lotus against the cold seasons. To find their seeds will be my new target:))
     
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    As soon as you find those seeds Tugo - you will share them with me ( I am trying to hypnotize you)! Lol.

    As far as the yellow one - this person in the States collected them for me by going into an actual bog where it was growing and collecting the seeds from the pod! I don't have any other information. I am hoping to collect more seeds from the plants myself, as I only have one or two of each color.

    The one outside by the backdoor is beginning to grow. It was stunned for a few days when I first put it out, but now I see a new shoot developing. It is the same plant I had inside over winter, but the leaves all died from lack of light due to my neglect! It is now re-growing. I was told it is hard to kill them, so it must be true. I love them.

    I heard my neighbor out the window today saying 'I think it's some kind of a water lily she's got growing there', to her brother. I'll be sure to tell her it's a lotus. I would love some water lily seeds too though, or any other aquatic plants for that matter. I could easily get addicted. Water plants are awesome.

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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    From the stems.
     
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    Thanks Lorax, for the information.
     
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    Well to fill in the BIG silence :-) every one .
    Tugo sorry the RED Baron is actually called "PURPLE BARON" Ornamental Millet. Someone in this forum told me its was a RED BARON;-)
    So now my Numbelo has a new friend a Thai Water Hyacinth that flowering vigourously in an ULTRA delicate way. Enjoy.
     

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    I had one bush of those in South Africa. They were called ther Follies Roses. I know different countries different Roses. "LUDWIG RODES " in South Africa http://www.ludwigsroses.co.za/ he had over 800 species . Nothing to compare with Canada that is why I was so cross with the poor World Rose exhbition here a few weeks ago. He has a Catalogue you can find more about it or write to Mr Ludwig he is Austrian like me and very friendly!
    These were the same http://visualsenses.smugmug.com/gallery/8632058_zNuF7#569614107_zssFt they come in RED & PINK and RED and WHITE and have tendancy of changing drastically while blooming. In my garden they are RED and PINK and RED and WHITE ..I love them .
    Here is one of mine http://visualsenses.smugmug.com/gallery/7233002_K7nmU#464853730_cLAm8
    Here is the RED and PINK one
    http://visualsenses.smugmug.com/gallery/7233002_K7nmU#464873430_pDXho
    From here onwards is are many pics of a beautiful group who bloomed at the same time
    http://visualsenses.smugmug.com/gallery/7233002_K7nmU#464894435_taxmQ
    Enjoy...God do I miss that garden here in Canada..
     

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