A Chick Does Tropical Garden

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

This wacky Houston weather -- and YES, stuff is still blooming!

My plants don't know what to do:  bloom or die.

We've been going from freezing temps to temps in the70's and I think our weather needs to be on lithium.

This is an angel trumpet, trying to bloom.  As you can see, the leaves were injured in the last freeze, but it looks like this little guy will still make it.

Here is a pretty little pink rose that is still blooming away!  I took a cutting of this off of a rogue plant along the bayou and it didn't bloom in the summer but is coming out now.  My winter rose!


  Instead of dying, my Bird of Paradise plants are still going gangbusters, as you can see here with the backdrop of the tarp I use to cover my plants during a freeze.


I also move the bromeliads I have in the yard under the tarp.  I keep them in pots and set them in the garden so they are easy to move in time for a freeze.

I just bought me some Asian blue "bench" pots (I don't really know what they are called) today with a gift certificate and Bull Frog Bucks from Nelson Water Gardens.  Love that place!  Makes the yard look even better during the winter months and adds a bit of color. I also got the rock fountain there earlier this year.

 I decided that instead of removing my tarps completely from the hooks and reattaching the on nights that we are supposed to have temps below freezing, that we would just tie them up and let them stay there until spring arrives.  Next year, I think I will replace the blue tarps with something less loud and boisterous.  Maybe I'll find some pretty white ones somewhere.

GROOVY COOLNESS GADGET


T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun

Friday, December 17, 2010

Three For Thursday! No, wait! Four for Friday!

"Incense" Passion Flower
I guess there is a trend for garden bloggers to post information and photos of three most-loved plants in their garden on Thursdays...  I was trying to get this out yesterday, but got too "blogged" down...so, I will add another plant to make it even cooler....







"Incense" Passion Flower
The first of my garden favorites is called the Passion Flower, or Passiflora.  This one is called "Incense".  It is called a Passion Flower because it comes refers to it's resemblance to Jesus' crown of thorns during his "passion" -- journey of trial, crucifixion, death and resurrection.  Since I love Jesus, I think this is pretty cool.  To me it's kind of like the beauty that came from such and awful situation when Jesus suffered and died.  Such a beautiful reminder to me.

These Passion Flowers bloom from May to at least October here in Houston.  I even saw some last month, and if this warm weather keeps up they will pop their beautiful heads out again.  The fill the plant with buds and blossoms and I have several of these on both my fences and in pots on my patio that grow up trellises.

GROOVY COOLNESS GADGET


T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Winterizing Worked Nice. Soooooo niiiiiiiice.

Tarp hanging from hooks on the awning
A few posts ago I wrote about my plan to winterize by hanging hooks on the awning and hanging blue tarps with grommets from it to cover my potted plants.  I've had a couple of opportunities in the last week or so to try it out, and it worked nicely!!!


I just used a bit of twine to tie the panels together and voila!  The thing we did find, however, is that you have to mark the panels as to which one you used where.  Even though they say they are all spaced 36" apart, the grommets are not all spaced evenly, and so when we put up a hook (measuring the next hook according to the next grommet) they didn't always line up.  So, we had to drill a few different holes.  But, before taking them down I just marked the top of the panel, and where it was to go ("Right side of Left Awning Panel", etc.)

Hanging from the pergola


I put tarps on each side of the front beam of the pergola, and so the tarp "tented" the pots beneath it.  I had to move a few pots under the tarps from the other side of the pergola, but it was easier than moving the pots into the garage.
GROOVY COOLNESS GADGET


T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun
T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun