Jul 5, 2016

True or false?

Greetings!  How was your 4th?  Pretty noisy around here for days.  The picnic table's 1 1/2" pipe base and brackets were somehow bent.  Yep.  Putting it back together did not go smoothly.  I called my sister and asked how he was making out after about an hour, and she was sitting in her bedroom and not even watching.  I didn't know until hours later when he got home that there were major problems, but it's done.  She looked out the window when he was leaving and said it looks new.  Well of course it does!  He used the grinder on the rusted metal, filled the holes, sanded, painted it black, got all new wood for the top and benches.  Sometimes ..... well, never mind.
 
My Bubblegum petunias are doing well, some of the others are lagging behind, and when searching for growing tips I came across a bit of info that was unknown to me.  Seed pods.  After the tunia flowers and wilts, the bract that held it will develop seeds.  When the plant is putting out seeds, it believes it is dying and stops producing an abundance of flowers.  Makes sense I guess.  So I checked.  There were tons of them that the article said should be cut off.  They are green to brown and very hard, shaped like a Hershey's Kiss. 
Here's the difference.  You can also tell by feeling because the bud is very soft and the pod very hard.  So all along the stems where flowers had faded, there were pods, which I removed, and we'll see if it makes a difference. I didn't find the large ones on Bubblegum or the Supertunias, but all of the Wave petunias were loaded, some already brown and broke open. 
The article said this is mainly why the  Calibrachoa or Million Bells fail and die out in the center.  That and not enough cutting back.  Maybe the pods are too small to see on other varieties, maybe the guy didn't know what he was talking about and it doesn't make a difference in performance.  Does anyone know - true or false?
 
 
 
 
We finally have a few hot days coming which started today, and after Mark busted his butt working out in the sun, we cooled off with one of our favorite summer drinks, chocolate Coke.  Ice cold Coke, add a heaping measuring spoon (Tablespoon or more!) of Hersheys, whisk, add ice, oh baby.
 
He made my hornbooks for the two samplers and we've been to Lowe's, Home Depot, the local lumber shop, and NO one has a scroll saw.  Sears has one, their brand, and I guess it's our only option.  I do not want to order online sight unseen.  And Pat Catan's does not have the larger 6" round/tall box.  No more.  They only sell it in sets of seven now from 3" to 9".  I don't need them all and I will not order from web sources since quality is bad and I need to check each one.  Plus the price is almost double and I would have to pass that on.  Hobby Lobby had one, they break the sets open and sell individually so you get one at a time.  One more source about 45 minutes from here to check.
 
That's it folks.  I'm ready for another chocolate Coke.
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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19 comments:

Heartland Stitcher said...

Red fox arrived today. I love it! The hornbook is very nicely done also. Thanks you so much for drawing my name!! Your petunias are beautiful. Interesting to know about the seeds. I have never had luck with them. Hope you are up and about after your fall. Thanks again.

Judy Heartland stitcher

Barb said...

Enjoy the chocolate coke-it sounds very interesting! I did know that about petunias. I deadhead mine all summer and they keep blooming. Not sure about the other flowers you mentioned.

Robin in Virginia said...

Your petunias are amazing. Thank you for the tip about their seed pods.

celkalee said...

Great information on the seed pods. I didn't get any petunias this year because the fizzle on me. Could be the reason. And the chocolate coke...try substituting the chocolate syrup with chocolate ice cream. OMG to die for!!!

Rachel F said...

Petunias are beautifull. Shamed if you saw mine😱 Grateful for tips.

Jeannine520 said...

Gosh Marly, you're really getting me with that chocolate coke! I've never had one before and I can hardly stand it. My mom left a can of coke here a few days ago and it's sitting there unopened and I have homemade chocolate sauce, too. I just got in bed (and I don't even drink soda) and I'm about to risk waking the kids up to go downstairs and make one right now. Yep, I'm going....and taking my husband with me. ;-)

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

chocolate AND coke? good grief I'd be swinging from the rafters.
awesome tidbit about the flowers, thankya ma'am!
L

Maggee said...

I specifically avoid petunia just because they don't last... One year I got million bells, and they lied! Now that I know why, I may just try again! I am going to ask my son to make me some hornbooks... I can use some for the pile of finishing I have!! I drink Pepsi ordinarily, and Mountain Dew Live Wire in the summer (orange and loaded with caffeine!)... not going near your recipe!! Ha!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Chocolate coke? That is crazy! Your flowers are beautiful! I hope you haven't had to run around because of me!

Karen said...

Thank you for the information on the petunia seed pod. I like useful information like that. If I had a green house I would save them and try to start them from seed. Anyway I get petunias every year. I deadhead all of my flowering plants. I even go out and cut off the dead gardenias to brighten them up so to speak. Somewhere in my short longish history of being on this planet I was told that you pinch or cut back the petunias to prevent the leggy look and to keep them blooming. I have done that and mine bloom up to fall. The plants put energy into the blooms that have died presumably to produce those seeds so if you want the "energy" to go for further growth/flower production you have to get rid of the old areas. Made sense to me and it worked.

Grandma Andi said...

Back in the '50's after a day of shopping Mom would stop at the drugstore and we would enjoy chocolate cokes. Haven't thought about this in years.....thanks for the memory prompt.

Vickie said...

ooOoo! I am going to be trying chocolate coke!! tee hee!

laceystitcher said...

I may have to try the chocolate Coke! I usually fix a Coke float with vanilla ice cream, which is good too! Enjoy!

JodiBlonde Fletcher said...

I whack all of my annuals back drastically when they start to seed. They look bad for a few weeks but usually come back strong. I was shocked this year when the small petunias in a large container came back.

OldeThreads said...

The chocolate coke is to die for.........one is good but who can stop at one! Thanks so much for that recipe, gonna be a great Summer!

Karen Budnick said...

Thanks for the information about the pin stitch, Marly. You can always e-mail me at Karenbudnick@gmail.com. Your flower guy was correct. We need to cut most everything back about now to refresh for the rest of the summer. I hate it, too.

debbie haggard said...

Your chocolate Coke looks like it could use a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream to go in it. Yum!

KimM said...

Greetings! I know you don't want to order on the web....I bought my hubby a Dewault scroll saw via Amazon four or five years ago - he loves it.....
xxx

Three Sheep Studio said...

Chocolate Coke ??? Oh, I'm there !!
Petunias are gorgeous.
Rose

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