Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: A Little Bit of Magic

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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Nov 2, 2014 6:35 PM CST

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Well, it isn't really related to this picture but I thought this was a rather magical shot, so here it is. (From a container of mixed succulents I was given today. Hmm, I suppose that is a bit magical after all!)

Anyway. As I was bustling about outside today at some point, I looked down and a piece of fluff caught my eye. I realized it was a seed fluff (NO idea what the real term is!) and not bird feathers, so I picked it up and thought to myself "I bet this is milkweed." There were four seeds attached to the white fluff.

I was bustling and busy and had no place to put it so I shoved it in my pocket and went on with whatever I was doing out there. I've been meaning to get some asclepius seeds, by the way, but just hadn't done it yet.

I went inside and forgot all about my pocket, hurried up and changed my clothes and went off and did something else, came home and decided to do some laundry and, thank goodness!, remembered I had seeds in the pocket of those jeans.

I pulled out the squashed fluff and found all four seeds -- including the one that fell out and landed on my foot. Green Grin! Put them in an envelope, and then looked online to make sure: Yep, sure enough, milkweed seeds had landed at my feet today.

I guess the garden was telling me something.

Lovey dubby
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Nov 4, 2014 5:23 AM CST

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Lovely photo of the sedum, Kyla!

Cool about the Asclepias seeds! Thumbs up Have you picked out a spot for them? I've heard it's good for them to be planted in the late fall for winter stratification.

My tropical milkweed sprouted a ton of seeds which I let fall to the ground (or blow away on a breeze to the neighbors-- Big Grin ). Not sure if it will reseed itself for next spring or not but I sure hope so--it's so beautiful and the Monarchs loved it. Next year I'll save some for other MAGers! Smiling
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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Nov 4, 2014 6:04 AM CST
No, I haven't picked out a spot for most things. And I think I will stratify these in the refrigerator, and then wintersow them.

I'm pretty sure these seeds blew across the alley from the neighbor back there who had milkweed growing. But the fact that they appeared right at my feet! I love stuff like that.
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Nov 4, 2014 10:49 AM CST
Well, somehow I posted about the lemon tree info in the Inspiration thread, when I meant to post it here, but I guess inspiration and magic are pretty closely related, so it's okay. Green Grin!
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Roses_R_Red
Nov 16, 2014 7:36 AM CST
I try to raise dill from seed outdoors and indoors. The seeds that I deliberately plant in special pots, barely send up a few seedlings, which are so sparse that I didn't even bother to harvest them. They probably went to seed and I had WONDERFUL dill plants in all the neighboring pots and in the nearby gardens!! Go figure.
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Nov 16, 2014 7:43 AM CST
Magic at work!

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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Nov 16, 2014 7:51 AM CST

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This past season, in my attempt to create more host plant space for black swallowtails, I planted 3 different packages of dill seeds, plus I had the parsley, rue, and fennel from last year. The dill grew very nicely, but there was not a single BST cat on it all season! Thumbs down The parsley and fennel were bursting with cats. Glare I may not grow it again.
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
Composter Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Herbs Daylilies Sempervivums
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cat Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! The WITWIT Badge Winter Sowing
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kylaluaz
Nov 16, 2014 9:10 AM CST
Oh, I love dill! I have three kinds of dill seeds for next year. Let the BSTs eat something else, I'll happily enjoy the dill.

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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Nov 16, 2014 10:13 AM CST

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If it self-seeds, I won't interfere. Big Grin
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso

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