Last week, a reader commented on my Facebook Page about the cockscomb blooms in What Blooming Wednesday #18. This reader said that her mom dried her Cockscomb blooms, either by hanging them upside down or in silica gel, but she wasn’t sure which.
I did a search on Google and found a YouTube video about drying by hanging them upside down. There are things to consider when cutting the stems, so here’s the video for you to watch for the full low-down.
After watching the video, I did a little cutting and hanging to dry this week, myself.
Obviously, I was asleep during the part about removing all the leaves.
I removed them later, and also the fuzz at the top of the stems.
A friend recently shared some cut purple cockscomb with me. It is gorgeous!! (After drying it, I’ll pull a few seeds and spread them around next spring, so we’ll see some deep purple blooms next year, hopefully.)
Fall is definitely setting in, even though it’s not cool here (but tomorrow looks promising for cool temps). My Hyacinth Bean Vine is forming some bean pods.
I snapped a picture of one lone blooming stem a couple of weeks ago but didn’t think it worthy to mention.
With my lack of dedication to watering things this year, this poor vine barely grew. I must (!) do better next year so you can see the beauty of the entire fence covered in the blooms and seed pods. I love that the stems are purple, too.
The purple display is scrumptious when planted with hot pink flowers!
I snapped this picture back in early May after killing the weeds growing here. HH wanted to string me up by my toes last year after spraying the grass in this spot with weed killer.
The gutter downspout was creating problems. During rains, water was getting hung up in the grass section and backing up into the corner gravel bed and not draining properly. I wanted to extend the gravel bed on around the corner.
Here’s the new look. (Thanks, HH, for finishing this gravel job…your
sorry creative wife strikes again with another half-complete project.) With gravel, weed killing is a breeze!
The beginnings of a rock garden it is…drains much better now, too. I plan to place a large pot of something in front of the trellis next Spring.
I have some updates on the flowers that received a haircut a couple of weeks ago. This begonia is flowering again beautifully, although there are no red blooms this time.
This little Snow Princess was blooming beautifully early last month. (Do you remember it from What’s Blooming Wednesday #15?)
After trimming her for Fall re-blooming, and even with fertilizer treatments, she still has very few blooms.
So, maybe not every blooming plant gets inspired to bloom profusely from a haircut! Live and learn.
Are your plants and flowers getting into Fall mode yet? Is it still very hot in your area?
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