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Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Gigantic Cup of Roses


My neighbor had Moss Roses across the front of her house. They were in the sun all day and a bit neglected. The color was so pretty. Another neighbor used to put them in an old dishpan by her little red pump, in the backyard. I have never grown them, but thought I'd give them a try. A daughter-in-law gave me a large planter shaped like a coffee cup. It is red and white. I am going to put it on the table on our deck. The deck is the sunniest spot in our yard...I hope they do well here

This is what I found about them on a website....

Nothing beats this annuals nonstop showing of extremely vibrant colors that last all summer long. These cheerful spreaders enjoy full sun and are very heat and drought tolerant.They're fast growing and will reach a height of 6-8 inches and a 6-8 inch width. They look their best on bright sunny days where you'll find their blooms fully opened up. If you plant them 6-8 inches in spring you'll have a mass of color in no time.The fleshy prostrate plant looks best when massed in a large group in sandy, dry, well drained soil. They're also fantastic in containers and hanging baskets because their stems will cascade over the pot. They can be found in either single or double ruffled blossoms of red, rose, yellow, orange, and white--some are even striped. Transplants need a high amount of water at first, then you can cut back to deep waterings when the top 2-3 inches is dry to the touch.Portulaca seeds should be sown outside after your last frost has passed. You can also sow them indoors making sure the soil keeps a 68-86 degree temperature. Seeds will germinate within 10-15 days.

I'll take a picture, when I get the coffee cup planted. The only thing that I don't like about them, is that they close up on dreary days and when it rains. Well, most days in the summer are sunny...so I will have a cupful of color most of the time.

Balisha

13 comments:

OhioMom said...

Oh me like, I have been looking for more flowers to add to my container garden, I am going to try to find these .. lovely :)

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Portulaca is something I always fail with. I´ve tried so many times now that I´ve given up on them. But they sure are beautiful!
Christer.

Gram said...

Balisha, this is one of my favorite flowers. My mother always had them in the yard and I fill my fathers wheelbarrow with them every year.

Balisha said...

Hello everyone...It seems that so many love these old fashioned flowers.Lot's of memories come with them. I will do my best to keep them going.

Lynn said...

They will be beautiful, I had them years ago and loved them. They were a favorite of my Father-in-Laws... I got a few new things at the garden center lastnight I put them on my blog... have a great day...

One Woman's Journey said...

Balisha, this is one flower I have never had at my home. I have looked at them often over the years and just never bought one or had any given to me.
Enjoy them!!!

Elenka said...

Could you tell me WHEN you wrote about the 'chocolate plants'? I should have written it down when I saw it...
(It was YOUR post, wasn't it???)
Thanks!!

Lynn said...

Hi, Things are a little crazy but better. My Mother-in-Law is out of hospital and doing much better and my uncles Funeral is tomorrow. I worked at school today and the garden center tonight then went to funeral home. Keeping busy... I only came home from work with one plant and a bag of pro mix... LOL
Hoping for a little break from rain on Sunday... I may start planting at 6am Sunday just because I can!!!

Balisha said...

Hi Elenka,
I wrote some info at your blog. Let me know if you need more help.

Balisha said...

Hi Lynn,
You are such a busy bee. Work and family can take so much time and cause us a lot of stress. Gardening is a great stress reliever. Take care of yourself, Balisha

Balisha said...

Hi Ernestine,
I have admired these flowers and now I will try them out.
balisha

perennialgardener said...

I've grown Portulaca in the past, the fern like foliage is as charming as the bright colored blooms. Can't wait to see your new little planter filled with flowers! :)

Margie's Musings said...

I usually grow Portulaca too but haven't bought any yet this year. I have a large barrel that we usually put tomatoes in but I think I will plant it in Portulaca instead.