Friday, October 8, 2010

Herbaceous Plants!


is a term that stands for non-woody plants - annuals, biennials and perennials - not trees and shrubs with woody stems and branches.

Blue-eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium montanum
(Click on these words: This is a great site for information about this plant.)



I'm smack-dab in the middle of taking the Master Gardener Training/Class sponsored by the Iowa State University Extension Service. Last evening's 3-hour session centered upon the subject of Herbaceous Perennials. I was so excited! I've been reading and reading the text ... all about my (OUR) beloved subject of "Flowers!"


Herbaceous Plants

YOU post on them all the time, too!
Don't we love our garden plants and flowers?


I brought up the subject of these little greenhouses in class last night. There was a bit of interest. I don't anticipate owning a Real greenhouse, but most of the time this little endeavor works! And, for the moment, that's good enough for me! :-)

Anticipation...

The photo below illustrates the readying of our milk jug mini-greenhouses last January.

The first set of greenhouses - outdoors during the first week of January.

These were set outdoors in January, also... but this photo was dated March 6, 2010.
May 3, 2010 - on the front deck
from the bottom towards the top: Money Plant, Gaillardia 'Fanfare,' Blackberry Lily, Tennessee Cone Flower (I think) or Joe Pye Weed (I can't tell from here).

Below:
Ligularia
Other seedlings are in the backyard... this photo of the ligularia was taken about 1 1/2 months ago. It's looking even better now...

Last year's Tennessee Cone flower seedlings

are still in their nursery bed, but they bloomed profusely this summer!

Herbaceous Perennials! Gotta Love 'em! :-)

Happy Fall!

5 comments:

Jim Groble said...

You gave us the idea to try milk jug greenhouses. They are so very cool. jim

Rosemary said...

Shady great post on using milk jugs as a greenhouse.... Hummm now what could I possibly do....

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Yay master gardener class! Yay winter sowing! And yay blue-eyed grass; one of my faves.

Patsi said...

I would never think that can work...useing plastic jugs.
You've proved me wrong. Shame no interest with your clever idea at class.

troutbirder said...

And they saw money doesn't grow on trees. Well how about herbaceous plants! Shady the "Master Gardener" sounds good to me. :)