Sunday, April 29, 2007

Spring Flowers In My Garden

Lilies that started from bulbs. Aren't they so pretty?

Saturday, April 28, 2007

They Look Like Limes...

But they turn yellow when it gets bigger.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

What Does It Mean When Your Onions Start To Bolt?

Failure in onion production comes in two forms - - complete annihilation of the young seedlings during a cold winter or an abundance of spring onion flowers which decrease bulb size, weight and storage ability. Onion plants which are small and rapidly growing when the cold temperatures of winter arrive will probably not survive. Yet, if you plant earlier and the stem of onion plants are larger than a pencil when exposed to cold temperatures, the onion will initiate and produce a flower during the following spring. This flowering is termed bolting. Bolting requires low temperatures. Most rapid bolting is caused by temperatures of 40-45 degrees F. or below. Fall seeded crops are susceptible to bolting the following spring if warm fall temperatures, allowing excessive growth, are followed by low winter temperatures and slowed growth. Many gardeners believe that early removal of the onion flower stalk will cause onion bulb enlargement but this has not proven to be the case. Flowering causes a decrease in bulb size as well as a central flower stalk which enhances decay during storage. This is exactly what will happen to those who are planting onion transplants or sets in October or November with the hope of large onions next spring. The onion bulbs which produce a flower stalk may be large but they will be light-weight (one-half the weight of a comparable size, non-flowered onion bulb) and prone to decay. Obviously, what you see is not always what you get! The best way to insure success is to either plant the onion seed from October 1 until November 15 or plant transplants from January through February in Texas Zones III - V (USDA Zones 8 and 9). Read more here.

Spring onion flower in my garden. At first, I thought these were the "onions".

Sunday, April 22, 2007

One of the many flowers in my garden that attract hummingbirds.

My babies out in the garden this lazy afternoon.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Hawaii State Flower

Hawaiian Hibiscus (Hibiscus brackenridgei) is the state flower of Hawaii. Hawaiian hibiscus is a moderately popular ornamental flower in Hawaii. Hawaiian hibiscus shrubs bear blooms almost every day, but the blossoms last only for a day even when on the bush.

The striking and beautiful yellow Hawaiian hibiscus is also known as the pua aloalo or ma'o hau hele in the Hawaiian language.

Although, the hibiscus (a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms) is associated with the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean and the plant family Malvaceae includes a variety of species that are native to the Hawaiian Islands, those flowers regularly observed are generally not the native hibiscus flowers.


Saturday, April 14, 2007

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Cabbage Galore!

I want you guys to know that I've never grown cabbage in my life until now. *smiles*