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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

passing on flowers

My mom came to visit. We had such a wonderful time! She brought along with her a variety of plants that my aunt has passed along to me. My aunt is moving and did not want to move these with her, so I am the lucky one to give them a new home.
This is one of my shaded flower beds and as you can see, the plants are quite large and take up a good amount of space. I am not sure if these plants will thrive in this spot, so I am hoping that some of you might be able to tell me where they will be able to survive. This bed is shaded during the biggest part of the day, but does have bright light.
This is a purple shamrock. It is quite large and very tired and wind blown from the trip in my mom's back of the truck ride. It probably needs a good feeding. It has a few little pink/lavender blossoms. Does it need shade or sun? Do any of you keep it in a container or in the grounds? Can another plant be made by clipping or separating bulbs?
This is an Asparagus Fern. It has beautiful little white blossoms and lacy leaves. As beautiful as it is, it has one prickly problem, it is quite thorny. It is in a large container, but has outgrown the container, with it's top edge about 3 inches above the container. A friend has told me that they are quite difficult to transplant because of the compact thorns and roots. Do you know whether it would be ok in the ground or should stay in a container? Does it need sun or shade? When I asked my mom about how my aunt kept these plants, I think she basically just left them out on the porch and did not fuss over them too much. I fuss over every thing too much!{: It has berries on it also. Can those berries produce other ferns?
This is an airplane plant, needing a new pot and it is full of babies. Again, does it need shade or sun?
This is one of the many Caladiums that I sprouted out in the greenhouse. This one is potted and going home with my mom. She was so pleased. I just love the pink splash on the leaves. Once again, thank you, thank you, one and all for your sweet comments and advice. I look forward to hearing from you!


Anonymous said...

wonderful plants!

Bainbridge Island florist

Jane Smith said...

I'm so glad you had a good visit. Most everything will do good with a good bit of light, & well drained soil.

Mom has some of the shamrock in pots in a screened in porch, but getting a good bit of sun. Only problem with the pots is keeping them from drying out. If they die back for any reason, just water them & there is a good chance they will come back. One neighbor of hers plants them directly in the ground. You should be able to separate the bulbs like most any bulb plant.

I would think the fern would like the shade. I don't know much about them.

the airplane plants do really well in hanging baskets to allow the babies to hang, but you can snip off the babies with a little of the cord that they are hanging from & plant them. They are pretty easy to handle.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Wish I could help Kathleen, but I'm afraid I can't...I will say that they are gorgeous! And you must be proud of your Caladiums! They are looking wonderful!

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Kathleen,
Most of those plants look like they'll do great with mostly shade. Bright light will make them bloom more often, so it sounds like you've found the perfect spot! If Aunty didn't worry about them, I'm sure they'll do wonderful where ever you put them.
Patricia :o)

Linda said...

Hi Kathleen, what a lovely group of plants...and they will flourish with your TLC. I think you are right about mostly shade...I've seen the fern and air plane plants in hanging baskets and in pots on plant stands. Enjoy, Hugs, Linda

Pam said...

Oh, Kathleen the plants look wonderful.
Hope you have a great weekend.

grammyof13 said...

I too love the plants, and have a bed in the shade. Well...in fact most all of my flower beds get only morning sun, but my caladums grow wonderfully well, and the other you mentioned are not familiar to me.

Trust your green thumb will keep them growing.


Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

How wonderful! Living heirlooms!