Weekend Roundup…

I had quite a few gardening activity in the past few days…

Thursday, March 1, 2007

New Cactus and Succulent
I had a dream that the 99¢ store had new Cactus and Succulents, so I stopped by after work. I purchased two grafted Cactus and a Agave/Aloe-looking plant.

Dendrobium Kingianum Flower
One of the Orchids (Dendrobium kingianum) I purchased at the 2007 Pacific Orchid Exposition just started to bloom with slightly fragrant tiny purplish flowers.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Tausha's Pink Carnations Lisianthus and Carnation Cuttings
My coworker Tausha got a bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day. The flowers are now spent, but she saved the Carnations (and Lisianthus) for me. I’m going to take cuttings and see if they root.

Begonia Cutting from Steve Potted Begonia
A few days ago, one of our freelancers at work discovered that I was into plants. We then started taking about a Begonia he had and flipped through a Loggee’s catalog to see if we can find it. Well, we didn’t… Yesterday, he brought in a cutting of the Begonia for me. I potted it up once I got home.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Book Sale Purchases
As I returning my library books to the library, I noticed that they were have a huge book sale. I got 5 books and 6 magazines for $2.00. That’s 50¢ per inch thickness and these added up to about 4 inches. GOOD DEAL!!!

I then drove to the Sonoma Orchid Society Orchid Show and Sale 2007. See previous entry for more detail.

Succulent Pieces
After the Orchid show, I went to hang out with my friends Bill and Howard and watch the Chinese New Years Parade (on TV). Howard want to plant his succulents in a bigger pot so I passed by Home Depot to get some Cactus soil and Perlite for him.

I swear, it seems like they are either careless in shelving their plants or accidentally bump into it with a forklift, because they have dirt and plant pieces on the ground. I know they are just going to sweep it up and throw it in the garbage, so I rescued the three succulents.

Howard also gave be some pieces of the succulents he potted up.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

I rested and did laundry most of the day, but later in the afternoon, I took my Mom out to go shopping.

Coleus 'Unknown from 99¢ Store' 99¢ Cactus Peat Pellets Greenhouse Kit and Flower Tool Peat Pellets Greenhouse Kit
We went to the 99¢ store and I bought another Cactus, an Coleus and a Peat Pellet Mini-Greenhouse. My Mom bought herself a Gardening Scissor.

24 Terra Cotta Pots
We also stopped by Michael’s because they had a sale on small Terra Cotta Pots. They were 3 pots/$1.00 so I bought 24 total. Just in time for me to plants all those Succulents I bought from the Orchid show.

Looking back at this entry… I did a lot of shopping… but they were all good deals!!!… and for gardening!!!

  • got your message on Gizmo, but i could not reply :( weird, huh?

    • Hmm… I wonder why? Maybe I can’t receive message (but that doesn’t make sense)… oh well, I thought I would give it a try…

  • do peat pellets really work? they mention them all the time in the “what you should do” articles online, and then when i go to message boards i hear people complaining about them all the time, and how it absorbs things rather quickly, or how it becomes so soggy it rots. thanks for your feedback in advance :)

    • Hi _lukewarm, I tested using peat pellets last year, and it worked okay, but I don’t know if I like them. I still prefer using six-packs or drinking cups… When I used the peat pellets, the root grew out of them quickly and sometime the roots grew into the next pellet.

      I basically use the tray and cover and I crush the peat pellets and add it to potting soil.