I see these ads on my Facebook feed. They’re usually from a company called Jack Seeds, whose advertisements claim that gardeners can grow exotic plants with vibrant, never-before-achieved colors – all the gardeners need to do is buy these magic seeds from Jack Seeds. Right. And then the beanstalk grows and you get to find…Read More
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Crimson and Clover is all I have left…
In my third (and likely final) attempt to grow the rare “skeleton flower,” the diphyllia grayi, I bought four skeleton flower plants from the nursery. I put them in separte pots, and I named each one after – just for luck – a Tommy James and the Shondells song. This is what I want. Those…Read More
I see green! I see green!!!
Update on my gardening plan. As you know, I’m trying to grow some Diphylleia Grayi plants, also known colloquially as “skeleton flowers.” These are the plants that have white blooming petals, and the white petals are so delicate that if they’re touched with rainwater, the petals will turn clear. Oh what a photo that would…Read More
I wasn’t sure if they would arrive in time. But yesterday they appeared on my doorstep. Four little nurslings. This is my last chance to get this to work. Let me explain. Two years ago, I learned of the existence of a very special plant, a “skeleton flower” with delicate white petals. In springtime, when…Read More
One more attempt to avoid plant murders.
Two years ago, I ordered some plants with the idea of photographing their beautiful petals. They grew pretty well for my efforts … then one day, a late-winter snowstorm wiped them out. Last year, I ordered those same plants with the idea of photographing their beautiful petals. They grew pretty well for my efforts ……Read More
I killed the damn plants again…
An update on my attempt to grow those skeleton flower plants. This morning, I thought it would be a good idea to take the plants out of the house and let them get fresh air and water. I put both pots on the porch sill, and went to the day job. I came home ……Read More
K-Chuck Radio: Music to help pretty plants grow
As you know, I’m trying to grow some “skeleton flowers” – Diphylleia Grayi, to be more precise – and in addition to adding soil and fertilizer and sunlight and whatnot, I thought my plants deserved some soothing audiophonic music. I’ve heard of such studies where relaxing music can actually cause plants to grow larger and…Read More
Searching for Skeleton Flowers
Recently I caught a glimpse of a very special flower … one whose delicate white petals turn translucently clear after a rainstorm. The plant’s clinical name is Diphylleia Grayi, but it’s more colloquially known as the “Skeleton Flower.” The rare plant comes from marshy, shaded areas in China and in Japan, and they are quite…Read More