Friday, September 17, 2010

Sun’s Face Daylily

Summer is going to end soon. Most flowers are withering now. In our garden, what is still blooming well is rose and tall mallow. One morning, when I watered and trimmed flowers in the garden, an unfamiliar golden yellow caught my eyes. The sun’s face daylily I planted this summer is quietly blooming too! What a happy ending of the summer.

Snowman Sweater for Infant Boy

Same style as the previous ox ones, these are snowmen.

Ox Sweater for Infant Boy

Several years ago, if someone talks to me about sewing, knitting,,.…etc, I would say ”Why bother? Just buy it.” In my opinion then, it’s wasting time. However, now as a mom, I know how much fun it is to make something for adorable kids, although I ‘m not a talented sewer like some friend.

When I was pregnant, there were many changes, of course. One of them was the sudden desire to knit. … Isn’t it funny? For me, knitting seems to be related to hormone. My hb says, maybe it’s one of the symptoms of nesting instinct. Anyway, the enthusiasm began from pregnancy and decreased when babies began walking.

Here are 2 ox sweaters. I knitted them last summer, but the picture was taken in winter when I took them out.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Grow Carnations from Cuttings

Carnations, also called Dianthus, vivid and colorful, are often used as garden border. They thrive in hardiness zones 6 to 9 where there is full sun environment and low-acid soil. Although carnations are perennial in theory, their blooms often fade after several years. Then they need to be replaced.

Stem cutting is an easy way to grow new carnations. Also, carnations have many colors and styles. Stem cutting will guarantee gardener have the exact replica of what he wants.

Later summer is a good time to grow new carnation from cutting. I just did it a couple of weeks ago.

(1) Choose a healthy and thriving carnation stem on which flower has withered. Remove the flower or bud. Cut it above a bump which leaves about 6” long. Make a smooth clean cut at a 45 degree angle (diagonal cut).

(2) Cut off leaves on the lower half of the stem. Leave 4-6 leaves on it.

(3) Plant them in a pot with sandy soil. Push the stem tip approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of the way into the soil, covering some of the spots where the leaves were pinched off, but not letting any leave touch the soil. Leave big space between stems. Add fertilizer if you want.

(4) Use spray bottle to moisten the sand thoroughly. Later, water it twice a week.

(5) Place the carnation cutting in a shadowy but warm place without direct sunlight. If weather is not nice, put it in a greenhouse. To be simple, a big bottle upside-down over the pot can create a good environment.

(6) It takes about 1 month for the cut stems grow enough roots. Then you can transplant it into the garden when weather is still nice.