Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pictures of sunlight

Today was such a grey day. At least it was in the morning, which is when I was out. Although when I had to stand around the car while we waited for Dad to come rescue us, I had plenty of time to stand around in the sunshine. But more on that later.
On to the flowers!

Gladiolus

19. Gladiolus
Already knew: Glads are a bulb plant that form gigantic spiky stems with the flowers clustered on top. Florists love to use them for weddings, funerals and other formal flower arrangements because it's an easy way to get good height. They also last a really long time when cut and put in water, so they are ideal for the purpose.
Recently learned: They are related to Irises. Apparently they do not grow from bulbs but from corms (which is a bulb like structure, but I don't care enough to figure out the difference.) You should plant them in full sunlight, in well drained soil in mid May - mid June.

Purple Hydrangeas

20. Mophead Hydrangeas
Already knew: Hydrangeas are a shrub and the color of the flowers depends on the ph level of the soil they are planted in. On a probably not interesting note, the variety of colors that are here in my neighborhood is staggering. Usually I see two colors per 5 block radius, but on one walk, I saw 4 (blue, white, green and purple. There were even two colors of purple, dusky purple and oh mi god are you sure that's real? purple)

Green Hydrangeas

Recently learned: The latin name is Hydrangea Macrophylla. The color change caused by acidity is because the flower pigments react to Aluminum ions. Other plants in the Hydrangea genus don't do that. They don't do well in full shade, and in this climate we can plant them in a place where they get more then half a day's worth of sun. It is impossible to tell a lacecap and a mophead Hydrangea apart, unless they are in bloom. The Hydrangeas you find at the grocery store in a foil wrapper are usually root bound, but if you try hard enough, you can save them. But it's better to buy one from a reputable nursery instead

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