Monday, March 30, 2009

Smug Mug

I was doing some checking on links on discovered that the Smug Mug link didn't go where it was suppose to. The link is now corrected. They have a very nice set up.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

New Garden Image site


Well it took me a long time but I finally got a few pages up.
I'd like to know what you think.
I don't have a comment page set up yet, but you can leave the comments here for now.
The image on the main page is a digital watercolor I created using Painter X.
I'm hoping to upgrade to the new version before the end of the year.

Now in my new Encyclopedia you will find more information on individual plants.
When possible, links to a source is added also.
The main page layout will also change when I have an index set up.
Now the pages will be smaller to make it possible for those using mobile devices to view the full page without having to scroll down.
So if I have too much to fit the small frame it will go on a second page.

Something else you might like, no banner ads on any of these pages.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cherry Rose Helianthus

Sunflowers are easy to grow and there are lots of varieties to choose from.
The seeds do not always match the photos on the packets.
I found a variety called Cherry Rose from the Ontario Seed Company.
This is a pollen-free variety popular with florists.
What grew out of mine, is more likely to be from the Fantasia Hybrid Mix (See photo).

I got another packet this year.
I'm hoping, that this time, they will be the actual Cherry Rose variety.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New details pages

I finally found a way to include more information with the photos. You may have noticed that I have been changing the index links to details. This allows me to add more. So far I only have Red Blizzard , Bella Regal and Barbe Bleue But now that I have a template to work with, the rest should be easier.

I will be adding pages for the White and Blue Blizzards soon. I also started 24 pelargoniums from seeds in Jiffy pots and propagated those I grow as houseplants.

Update: I now use Joomla to manage my site. The photos are larger so you can see more details. The menu makes it easier for you to find what you are looking for. The front page is updated almost every day during the growing season. If you have any questions, a contact link is part of the menu.

My garden images

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bella Regal Pelargonium

Bella Regal pelargonium

If you are looking for a good online source of pelargoniums, I recommend a visit to Holt Geraniums. or P & J Greenhouses They have a wide selection including, Angels, Stellars, Uniques and many more.

Details  Card  Prints

Monday, March 9, 2009

Tony Sweet

Just pre-ordered Tony Sweet's Fine Art Digital Nature Photography His site is also worth a visit. I'm hoping to publish a photo book myself someday.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Pelargonium Peltatum Red Blizzard

Ivy Pelargonium
Name: Fisblizdark sold under variety name Dark Red Blizzard. Trailing pelargonium also called ivy geraniums. (Joanne McKinnon)
Finally found the name of my lovely rich red pelargonium.
I was flipping through Geraniums and Pelargoniums by John Feltwell and recognized the name of the variety sold in local nurseries here.

Last year I bought a Pink Blizzard from Loblaws.
The red was given to me by a gardener that doesn't keep records.
Now that I have a name, I like it even more.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Salpiglossis Sinuata

Seed Starting

I've started a Salpiglossis Sinuata from Thompson and Morgan's Casino Mixed F1 before.
They also offer Kew Blue which I'm trying next for my own garden.

P.S: Lost seedling when my attention was needed elsewhere.
Will try again.