Garden Bloggers Bloom Day December 15, 2011.
The only thing blooming in my house is the yeast. (I’m making bread today)
I killed all my Amaryllis this past summer. But more bulbs arrived today. However, I may not even have amaryllis blooms next month, January, because it will take at least 6 weeks for blooms to appear.
But enough of the pity party. A ring of the door bell, and This sweet poinsettia was standing there in the hands of my sweet neighbor. “You always give me flowers all summer long. So I thought I would give you one today.”
This sweet red poinsettia flower, in a 4" pot, is now sitting on my mantel.
So, my blooms are store bought.
The result of the blooming yeast is here:
Multigrain bread baked in my oven on a pizza stone.
Garden Blogger Bloom Day is a project of Carol at May Dreams Gardens. You are welcome to join. She invites all gardeners to share what is blooming in their garden every month on the 15th.
If you have a cut Christmas tree, look for a new product called Vacation. It will keep the tree green and fresh much longer. But I have to tell you how I use it – on potted poinsettia plants.
Vacation is biodegradable and contains no toxic chemicals.
Vacation can also be used on poinsettias and other potted plants to keep them from drying out. Just mix two capfuls of Vacation with a cup of water (or three ounces per gallon of water). Apply the solution as a watering to the entire pot until the soil is saturated. Poinsettias will then survive without water for up to two weeks.
You can be the sweetheart neighbor or daughter with the green thumb, if you add this to the potted poinsettias before you give them as gifts. It will keep Auntie from overwatering her plant if you include a tag. “ Do not water this plant until: January ____.” (Over watering is what kills most poinsetties at home).
Fresh Christmas Trees
Vacation, an all-natural plant anti-transpirant, will keep your Christmas tree fresh for up to three to four weeks. One 8-oz. bottle of Vacation with one gallon of water is all it takes. Vacation is biodegradable and contains no toxic chemicals.
Summer and Winter Vacations
Supertunia® Pretty Much Picasso™ Petunia from Proven Winners survived a week's vacation with no water.
My summer vacation is no picnic for the plants left unattended while I am away. But now they can have Vacation when I am on vacation.
While you are getting the 8 oz bottle of Vacation, get an extra bottle because this product saved my container plants and a hanging basket last summer while I was on vacation. What a pleasure to come to home to blooming plants.
I only tell you about products I have used and Vacation saved my plants this summer and it is now keeping the poinsettia looking a lovely as when I brought it home.
An 8-ounce bottle of vacation sells for $14.95 online at Nature Hills. Or, find a retailer near you at Natural Industries
Posted in Go Away, My Gardens, My Homeplace, Oh Grow Up!, Traveling
Tagged Christmas, Natural Industries., Nature Hills, petunia, poinsettia, Pretty Much Picasso, Supertunia, tree, Vacation. 8-oz