Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Thomas Murray on July 29, 2017 at 11:19am

   The other day my wife came hurrying in, grabbed my arm and pulled me outside.... and there in our backyard ... a flock of wild turkeys strutting, single filed toward our creek.

   This is the first time I've seen wild turkeys. We counted three adult females and 12 little ones.

I thought wild turkeys were extincted but this proved not to be.

Comment by kathy: ky on July 28, 2017 at 1:51pm
Joan, you're very welcome. Even though they are called annuals mine come back from the roots system every year. They seed heavily so you can collect seeds and save them. Some spots where the seeds drop will have hundreds of little flowers in the spring. In our area anyway. But they are easy to pull up and toss aside. Or use the vinegar/ water mix and spray them and kill them off.
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2017 at 8:41am

I don't care for the light blue mums, but do like the dark blue and purple ones.  I feel the same about most blue flowers.  I especially like fluorescent blue flowers.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2017 at 12:18am

Kathy, thank you for the information about Moon Flowers. That led me to nigh blooming plants. A wonderful idea. I know just where I will sow those seeds. It is an annual this far north, but the literature stated it will grow and blossom in a season. 

Comment by kathy: ky on July 27, 2017 at 11:15pm
Daniel, there is a moon flower vine that's much like a morning glory but the flowers bloom at night and are small. The moon flower bush is far more beautiful and the flowers are huge. The bush is also easy to trim back and keep under control while the vine gets wild and puts out seeds that take years to get rid of. Very much like morning glory vines do in this area.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 27, 2017 at 4:29pm

Oh~ my mistake, Daniel, I found this site from you and reposted. 

I have trouble finding blues for my gardens, and the one they show on the "Borrowed genes" article is not something I want. There is a photo deeper into the article that has some very pretty blues. I'll have to be careful when I order to make sure I get a color I want. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 27, 2017 at 4:17pm

Borrowed genes give mums the blues

Thanks to "Naonobu Noda, of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization in Tsukuba, Japan, and colleagues were surprised to find that inserting only two borrowed genes into chrysanthemums created blue flowers. One gene, from Canterbury bells, got the enzyme process started; the other, from butterfly peas, further tweaked the pigment molecules."
Borrowed genes give mums the blues"

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2017 at 2:40pm

Home grown potatoes every day.   Makin' me jealous with those tasty tubers.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 27, 2017 at 7:27am

I've never heard of a moonflower. I'll have to google it.

It's finally dried out enough where I can do some garden weeding. My beets were "hidden", not only because of the weeds, but rabbits love beet leaves.

I've allowed spinach to go to seed. And did you know you can eat the seed pods of radish plants gone to seed? They taste just like regular radishes.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 26, 2017 at 11:42pm

Kathy - I love moonflowers. Don't have any here, but a friend back in the Midwest who was a landscaper had some wonderful specimens. I'd say they're magical but I guess that's not politically correct for atheists.


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