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I've got lots of Daffodil and Jonquil Blubs (my mum loves Jonquils) and I was looking around for some plants that make for good groundcover with blubs, a number of people recommended Freesias, I looked them up and they look alright

I started looking into getting some and how to care for them, and I noticed some people refer to Freesia Seeds and others to Freesia Blubs

 

so are Freesias a Blub Plant or a Seed Plant (I do better with Blubs than Seeds)

Freesias are one of my favorites, love the fragrance, and they have both bulbs and seeds. I've never seen seeds in the stores, only bulbs, but my mom always collected the seeds that form as the flowers die back, and planted many that way.

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I'm not really a gardener to much, but I still have a garden. I named all of my plants. Well, most of them.

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Freesias are one of my favorites, love the fragrance, and they have both bulbs and seeds. I've never seen seeds in the stores, only bulbs, but my mom always collected the seeds that form as the flowers die back, and planted many that way.

ok Thanx

can I ask if she did anything special before/when planting the seeds

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In my garden outside I have blackberries, rasberries, chives, onions, daffodils, day lilies, hyacinths, lilacs, hibiscus, bleeding hearts, and a few other flowers that I am blanking on the names of.

Inside I have bell peppers, aloe, zebra cactus, venus fly trap, spider plants, pothos, a few different lilies, and various tiny flowers.

Then of course my hundreds of aquatic plants... rolleyes.gif

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ok Thanx

can I ask if she did anything special before/when planting the seeds

I know she waited until the outside of the seed pod were dry, but the seed were still pretty fresh. The pods are about 3/8th of an inch in diameter. I've never counted the seeds but they're dark red, or a red-brown and about 1/16 of an inch in diameter. Maybe use a 1/4 inch of good soil to cover? They might not sprout until next year. I can't ask, because my mom's been gone almost twelve years now. I had a few pods on my plants this year, but either the local wildlife got them, or they decided to plant themselves before I could collect them. Remind me next spring or early March, maybe, and I'll take pictures. <3

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I know she waited until the outside of the seed pod were dry, but the seed were still pretty fresh. The pods are about 3/8th of an inch in diameter. I've never counted the seeds but they're dark red, or a red-brown and about 1/16 of an inch in diameter. Maybe use a 1/4 inch of good soil to cover? They might not sprout until next year. I can't ask, because my mom's been gone almost twelve years now. I had a few pods on my plants this year, but either the local wildlife got them, or they decided to plant themselves before I could collect them. Remind me next spring or early March, maybe, and I'll take pictures. <3

Thanx for the notes and that's sad to hear about your mum (sorry, I never know what to say because of the many ways different humans view death)

the best gardener of my family was my great nanna, she took most of her secrets with her sadly

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I have a small aloe garden composed of plants my dad gave me when I was in 6th grade. It requires almost no care at all which is nice. All I really have to do is cut off the flower stalks when they die and thin the plants out when they reproduce too much.

 

Recently I've been collecting herbs for a small porchtop container garden. I have a parsley plant which I've had for nearly a year, some oregano which an elderly neighbor let me take from his garden (he has a ton and it grows like a weed with no help at all), and last month I added 2 kinds of sage to my collection: garden sage and pineapple sage. The garden sage reminds me of lizard skin except softer and the pineapple sage smells amazing~ I used to have a basil plant but sadly it died. It got really big though. I got it at the same time as my parsley.

 

I also have a carnivorous pitcher plant which I was given as a birthday gift back in October. All it's pitchers died over the winter but it's growing new ones and I'm very excited. It's a lovely plant even without the pitchers but even more lovely and very useful with them.

 

I'm also growing some dragonfruit plants. I actually planted these as seeds so it'll take a long time before they reach full size. But I'm very proud of them. They're very pretty and if I can get them to produce fruit when they're big enough then I will be very happy. I love dragonfruit but it's usually so expensive. Here are my plants thus far:

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I'll post some pics of my other plants later when I get home.

 

Next I want to obtain several types of mint. Spearmint, peppermint, chocolate mint, orange mint, applemint, pineapple mint, and catmint are my top choices.

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I hope those mints are going to be part of the potted plant garden. I once made the mistake of planting spearmint directly in my garden, and it took over -everything- else in the place. It took several tries before I was able to get rid of it all.

 

I mean, mints are hardy, which is great if you're a mediocre gardener. But mints are hardy and invasive, which can be a problem.

 

That said, I'd love to get some mints again... in pots, this time... now that I'm finally in an apartment with a balcony that gets a decent amount of sunlight. And maybe some grape tomatoes and cucumbers as well. I miss making my own dill pickles.

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I hope those mints are going to be part of the potted plant garden. I once made the mistake of planting spearmint directly in my garden, and it took over -everything- else in the place. It took several tries before I was able to get rid of it all.

 

I mean, mints are hardy, which is great if you're a mediocre gardener. But mints are hardy and invasive, which can be a problem.

 

That said, I'd love to get some mints again... in pots, this time... now that I'm finally in an apartment with a balcony that gets a decent amount of sunlight. And maybe some grape tomatoes and cucumbers as well. I miss making my own dill pickles.

I just read the other day that mints will take over an entire garden, bamboo does too.

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I hope those mints are going to be part of the potted plant garden. I once made the mistake of planting spearmint directly in my garden, and it took over -everything- else in the place. It took several tries before I was able to get rid of it all.

 

I mean, mints are hardy, which is great if you're a mediocre gardener. But mints are hardy and invasive, which can be a problem.

 

That said, I'd love to get some mints again... in pots, this time... now that I'm finally in an apartment with a balcony that gets a decent amount of sunlight. And maybe some grape tomatoes and cucumbers as well. I miss making my own dill pickles.

Yes I've read that mint grows like a weed. I'm holding off on buying any mint plants until I can get a couple of large containers for it. I want it to have room to spread out a bit but still keep it contained. I wouldn't care of the mint decided to take over the yard, our "grass" is mostly a mix of various weeds anyway, but I don't want it taking over the garden plot I'm preparing for my less invasive herbs. I already have a nice big pot for my oregano (which also grows like a weed) and I'm thinking more of the same would be good for the mint.

 

Just imagine how a lawn composed of peppermint and chocolate mint would smell when mowed.......mmmm........

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Just imagine how a lawn composed of peppermint and chocolate mint would smell when mowed.......mmmm........

Dang it, now I want Andes mints. Or mint chocolate chip ice cream.

 

When I was a kid, my lawn had patches of scallions growing wild in it, so it would smell like the beginnings of homemade pasta sauce whenever it got mowed. (Our yard was pretty shady, so my dad never cared too much what was growing, so long as it was green, lol. He just didn't want bare patches, and knew that the standard grass seen wouldn't take too well due to the shade.)

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Dang it, now I want Andes mints. Or mint chocolate chip ice cream.

 

When I was a kid, my lawn had patches of scallions growing wild in it, so it would smell like the beginnings of homemade pasta sauce whenever it got mowed. (Our yard was pretty shady, so my dad never cared too much what was growing, so long as it was green, lol. He just didn't want bare patches, and knew that the standard grass seen wouldn't take too well due to the shade.)

Ah homemeade pasta sauce~ One of my favorite smells. XP

 

Seriously though. Even oregano would make a wonderfully smelling lawn if it were a little more grasslike. It's pretty hardy too. One time my neighbor's yard guy weedwhacked his my mistake, leaving only 2 pieces of it alive and in a few months it came back even stronger than before. xd.png

 

If I do end up getting catmint, though, it may end up being an indoor plant. I don't know if other mints attract cats but I hope not. I don't have enough sunny windows to hold all the mints I hope to have someday.

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I absolutely love to garden.

 

For flowers: Yellow roses, sunflowers, any color petunias, and irises are my favorite! Though I plants lots of other things as well.

 

For fruits and veggies: Cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, peppers, watermelon, grapes, and strawberries!

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I absolutely love to garden.

 

For flowers: Yellow roses, sunflowers, any color petunias, and irises are my favorite! Though I plants lots of other things as well.

 

For fruits and veggies: Cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, peppers, watermelon, grapes, and strawberries!

Sunflowers are lovely. Roses too. We have a rose plant in our yard that produces a single pink rose every year. When I was in elementary school I used to give the rose to my teacher for teacher appreciation week as it always blooms around that time of year.

 

My 2 favorite flowers come from flowering trees and fortunately we have a ton of both all over our neighborhood and both are blooming right now. I love crape myrtle. I'm not sure how many colors it comes in but we have the light oink, dark pink, lavender, and white varieties in out neighborhood. I've also seen it come in red but I've never seen that kind around here. Which is a pity because the red is my favorite. Now if only crape myrtle came in a rich sky blue then my life would be complete. =q= My other favorite flowers are magnolias. All the magnolias in our neighborhood blood at almost the exact same time and the scent is strong enough to knock you over. xd.png I normally don't like super strong smells as I have a bit of a sensitive nose but magnolia scent is one thing I can make an exception for.

 

One year when my mom planted a tomato garden we ended up growing some kind of mystery melon. We think some seeds got into the compost we made for the garden. It wound up being unfit to eat but we let it grow anyway. It wasn't hurting the tomatoes and it was fun trying to guess what kind it was. I think it was either a honeydew melon or a cantaloupe. We took any seeds out and composted it afterward.

 

Eventually when I have the funds to start and maintain a large garden I'd love to start a veggie garden. I might try growing potatoes this year as they don't seem to need much care. I almost grew potatoes by accident in my compost last year. XP I didn't turn it enough. I wonder if I could grow sweet potatoes too.......

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As a youngster I would on a flower stall so I have always had a slight interest in plants and flowers. Not enough to do any gardening at this point but who knows what the future holds.

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I am specialised in cacts,succulents and carnivorous plants.I have about 20 cacts of different types (all of them with babies,meaning about 50 cacts),11 types of succulents and 3 different types of Nephentes Pitcher Plants and a Dioneea Muscipula.

Besides those,I also have 2 Lemon trees (one from a randomly planted seed and one I have saved last winter.It was infested with some white fluffy parasites,it's pervious owner was an old lady who died and nobody wanted the little citrus,so they just left it outside to freeze.),3 Japanese roses (yellow,red and a mixture of both),a bamboo (aprox. 7 years now and it has branches of 2 m),a Cambria Orchid (but it doesn't make any flowers and I don't know what I shall do),a Croton and an aclimatized Corner Flower (Floare de Colt in my language.I don't really know what it's name is in English.)

I'm also trying my luck with Passiflora Incarnata right now.

I also have had a Carmona bonsai tree and some Mimosa Pudica but I went to Greece last summer and the person who was in charge for them basically killed them T.T

 

Also,last winter I have managed to get 3 Japanese Persimons,4 Lychees and 4 Grapefruits.I guess that's indoor gardening lol

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I love to garden anything, but the added bugs that come with the garden are a pain. :/

The insects are actually a favourite part of gardening for me smile.gif We have lots of cute Pill bugs (aka roly polies) around here that are always popping up in the garden beds. They're fun little guys to observe. I'm even planning to attempt to start my own indoor colony this summer!

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The insects are actually a favourite part of gardening for me smile.gif We have lots of cute Pill bugs (aka roly polies) around here that are always popping up in the garden beds. They're fun little guys to observe. I'm even planning to attempt to start my own indoor colony this summer!

Hehe, I just don't appreciate the added wasps, ants, and grubs. On the other hand, ladybugs are the best. happy.gif

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Hehe, I just don't appreciate the added wasps, ants, and grubs. On the other hand, ladybugs are the best. happy.gif

Yeah, wasps are not very nice dry.gif I agree with you on that! Ladybugs are adorable <3

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Last year, I ordered about 1000 baby praying mantises in their egg sacs and then let them go in my garden when they hatched. Cutest things ever. smile.gif I hope I see at least a few grown adults this year. I know they didn't all make it, not even most of them, but I'm hoping at least a handful are still alive. I did the same thing with boxes of lady bugs. I planted hundreds of flowers. Some of them have bloomed and were just gorgeous. The way I staggered them all, I'm hoping for flowers till fall.

 

My front yard is like this lush, overgrown jungle and I love it that way.

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