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Ta-DAAAA!!!!

The bloom on my Hoya (Star of David, Wax Flower) has opened up and completely gob-smacked me – how gorgeous is this flower?!

May 2, 2018

This picture was taken on May 2, 2018, when I was getting pretty excited about this plant blooming!

May 8, 2018

And here she is in all her glory! There’s a lovely, delicate scent to go along with this bloom… wish you could all smell it too!

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The 2nd Floor Greenhouse Project – Days 2-3

This is where I’m at right now – nearly finished!

I worked at the greenhouse build in bits and bobs, about 45 minutes at a time over the last couple of days, and I’m pleased to say it’s nearly finished…. and I’m at a standstill because I”m out of plastic.

I have also yet to come up with a door solution – lots of ideas, though; I just have to test them once I’m plastic-enabled again.

This is a bigger space than the Belfry Greenhouse upstairs was (I had to dismantle that one in preparation for The Reno from Hell and believe me, I cried the whole time I was pulling it down), and I’m recycling the plastic used up there.

Still, the 2nd Floor Greenhouse is at least usable, now, so today I will spend my bits and bobs of time out there reorganizing and getting more seeds planted for the upcoming Tarmac Gardening Season. Below is a slideshow of the greenhouse build as I slowly enveloped it plastic…

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The 2nd Floor Greenhouse Project – Day 1

The time has come. The jumbled space you see above will soon make way for my second greenhouse build, on the 2nd floor balcony of my building.

This should have been done last fall, but The Reno from Hell (which is still, as I write this, the Unfinished Reno from Hell) was just beginning and I figured I would get at the greenhouse as soon as the 6 week reno was done.

Before the snow flew.

And then the snow flew and just kept on flying, long after Spring should have sprung, and the whole city has been depressed over it.

And the “6-week” reno is still not complete.

I’ve given up on the reno, but not the greenhouse, which would have made this just-past extra long winter a little more bearable, had I got the build done when I originally planned.

Anyway, today I start.

I lucked into a bag of insulation “ends” that was left outside next to my recycling split carts. Apparently, the erstwhile renovator decided that the City would take it with the household garbage – and that it wouldn’t be blown down John St. in a high wind. Both of these things proved false, but during the retrieval of the tumbleweed insulation, I decided I could put the ends to good use.

You can see my plan in the above photo – I don’t think I’ll even have to cut any insulation – just tuck it all up before I staple the moisture barrier over it.

By the end of today, I’m hoping that I’ll have the roof insulated and the end wall plastic up. The white plastic lattice will come down first (I have another use for that – several uses if I end up with enough lattice), and then the plastic will go up by various means, including a staple gun and sealing tape.

When I built my first greenhouse on the third floor balcony several years ago, I was pretty sure that staples and sealing tape would blow apart fairly quickly, but I was dead wrong. Over four years, all I had to do was patch a few holes in the plastic now and again. Hopefully, this level will hold up as well.

All of the junk out here is gardening junk. The Tarmac Garden in the parking lot has not yet been cleaned up after the winter, but most of this stuff can now be safely moved down and temporarily hidden under the back deck until the lot is shoveled and swept and planting can begin – aiming for no later than May 24th this year. We’ll have to see how that pans out.

So, as usual, I have a thousand small steps to take to get two tasks of this project done today. I generally fail miserably at scheduling, so I’m not sure it’s even feasible, but the sun doesn’t go down until 8:51 pm… how much do you think I can cram into 6 hours?

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A Nice Surprise…

I had no idea that my Wandering Jew (Spiderwort) was a flowering plant until I discovered this blossom today – a happy surprise!

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Blooming Ivy Geranium…

My Ivy Geranium (Geranium Ivy?) is flowering! These are such pretty plants! Soon, it will be warm enough for cuttings to go outside to climb the chain link fence in the parking lot…

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Gardening Houseplants Terry Becker Zenishness...

A Long Time Coming…

Terry’s Anthurium

Terry’s Anthurium has bloomed for the first time since before he died. Kyla gave him this plant when she moved out a few years ago, and he doted on it like it was his child. I had been promising him that I would repot it for months before he got sick again, and I just never got around to it until he’d been gone for about a month.

It holds a place of honour in his old living room, where I can see it, and talk to it every day, and I hope to be able to do so for many years to come.

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This Greenhousey Thing Might Be Panning Out…

Balcony Greenhouse - January 201
Balcony Greenhouse – January 2016
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

My little balcony greenhouse seems to be doing surprisingly well… I really didn’t expect this. The above photo shows most of the very tiny space.

Blooming Cucumber!
Blooming Cucumber!
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

I planted this cucumber from seed in October of 2015 – it’s still really tiny, as cucumber plants go; even cucumber plants grown in pots, if my summer parking lot garden of 2015 is any indication – and yet, it’s flowering! I can see a few more buds coming, which I’m grateful for, as I think I’ll have to propagate it by hand. Wish me luck with that.

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A Surprise in my Front Flower Bed!

Lily-of-the-Valley
Lily-of-the-Valley
Taken June 2, 2015 with Samsung Galaxy S3
© Les Becker, 2015

This was a nice surprise! I was cleaning out the sadly neglected “flower” bed in front of my building today when I noticed a group of really pretty Lily-of-the-Valley nestled waaaaay back against the foundation where, of course, they can’t possibly be seen and enjoyed without crawling through dirt and unidentifiable foliage.

I want to try transplanting them, but I’m afraid I’ll just shock them to death if I do. I don’t suppose anyone out there in the ethers knows how I should go about this…?

Anybody…?

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Am I Smarter than a Potato?

Inanimate Objectivity-Potatoes
Potatoes are Smarter Than They Let On…
My big project for 2014 (aside from becoming “Independently Self-Sufficient”, that is) was to be able to feed the household without having to purchase any vegetable I could grow myself.

Actually, the garden was a major part of the “Independently Self-Sufficient” plan – I just knew damned well that I could only just begin the project this year. I could only plant the stuff, and hope that in a year or two, I had learned enough and grown the garden large enough that we wouldn’t need to purchase items like tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries and blueberries, melons, peas… you know – the kind of stuff that people around here manage to grow in sufficient amounts in their backyards.

My main concern was that gardeners around here have a big one-up on me.

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The Lemon Tree – A Lesson in Patience

The Lemon Tree Project - 04082014