Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Repotting DONE!

Well mostly.

I FINALLY decided it was time to try and get my plants repotted so they can hopefully get in shape for the 2013 AVSA Convention which is in Austin TX this spring. (the last day, June 2nd, is my BIRTHDAY, you want to be there, trust me!)

I should have done a "before" pic, but it was much too embarrassing, so I've just done some "after" pics.
The Stand - Yes I'm in Maine, but this has nothing to do with Stephen King.. But the sun coming in bouncing off the snow is giving a horrible back-lit effect. The Shining maybe? (seriously, watch that video, you will LOL so hard)
The view from my stand, Jesus & friends watch over my plants from across the way..
And shake their heads every day at all my mistakes.
There, I put the batik fabric (aka ghetto curtain) down to block the sun so you can see the stand better...
I still need to repot most of the mini Sinningias..
I'll get to it after I've got the seed pods I'm trying to get.
Hoping that Frosty Bubbles in the front there will do well.

Possibilities.. Midget Silver Fox and Cherry Princess.

TWO Eternal Orbit plants back there...
Hopefully I can whip at least one of them into a decent show plant?

Not everything got repotted. Here are my only standards.
I have a badly neglected Fancy Free that I need to tackle and leaves down of Cranberry Crush that are making babies

Yes I know I need to take these out from the dome....
But at least I repotted every single one of them! That's one step of the battle done at least.
Saved the best for last--My super-faves, the itty bitties!! I've got 2 Ness' Tiny Flame, and 1 each of Rob's June Bug, Li'l Ballerina, and Li'l Periscope. I keep these covered on purpose, the pots are only teeny 1 inch thumbpots and they dry out in like an hour.
So yeps, that's what my stand looks like today. And I'll be honest, I threw out a lot that I just didn't wanna deal with. (I'm kinda ruthless with plants that way, if it doesn't do well on my stand, it goes in the trash.)
In a couple days, I have to go up north to care for my 90 year old Grammie for 2 weeks (she's recovering from a broken hip), so who knows how great they'll look once I get home from that. But it's ok, my Grammie RULES (proof in that video, click it!)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Micro Sinningia PORN

So I got a wild streak today and decided to take 2 perfectly blooming micro sinningias and make them have sex with each other. Well I didn't *make them*. That would be wrong. I just assisted. They never said "no", so nobody needs to call a hotline or anything.

I took pics and a video for all you sick plant porn fetishists out there. Also for those folks out there who are legitimately wondering how it all works with micro sinnies.

Please forgive the complete CRAP quality of the vid, it was the first time I tried doing a plant-related video on my phone. I prolly won't do that again. It shoots HD, but not that close-up apparently. Bew on that. Oh well, ya get what ya get. I took some pics too, to make up for it.

So first we have our "father" plant, Lil' Georgie.
Who's ya daddy!?
How do we know he's the father? Nope, don't bother calling Maury. First, Lil Georgie sounds like a boy's name. Second, he's donating the pollen. Third, he also selfed himself--as most guys are want to do, amIright? Heh heh... But really, Lil' Georgie is going to be both a father and a mother because I crossed him with not only himself, but with Star Eyes also. He's a multi-tasker!

Next we have our "mother" plant, Star Eyes.
Woah, mama!
She's pretty, look at those cool little notches on her petals!

All joking aside, my real goal here is that I want to get Lil' Georgie's floriferous trait, combined with Star Eyes' cool little notched petal trait, on one hopefully very awesome plant.
I mean seriously, look at all those flowers on daddy! And that's after months of neglect.

OK I'll shut up now and you can just watch the dirty movie. (And it is kinda dirty, I have really grimy nails from repotting, and brown leather dye on my wrist from working on rehabbing a vintage leather Coach bag earlier! Oh,  such an exciting life I live..)

Since that video SUCKS, I also took some pics:
Slitting the flower up the center...
Slit and spread open!
Petals folded up, and pollen sacs out!
HOT PLANT SEX!! And boom goes the dynamite.
Ovary BEFORE swelling
THE GOAL: Swollen ovary (ouch?) AKA seed pod!
SO ANYHOOZLEZ, that's all for today. Hope you enjoyed and that you still respect me (and the plants).
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