Monstera propagation

I have a mature Monstera deliciosa plant that lives under my pecan tree in the spring/summer. Last fall, I noticed it had a couple of baby leaves at the very bottom so I decided to take a cutting, making sure I got enough of the stem with nodes. I put the cutting in water on a windowsill and eventually it grew a few long aerial roots. When they were long enough, I took it out and potted it in a small 6 inch container with soft seed starter mix. I kept it consistently moist for a few months in my greenhouse. After growing lots of new solid leaves, it finally put out a leaf with fenestrations. Plants are amazing!

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If you find yourself in need of a small simple flower arrangement for an occasion, a friend, or yourself, let me know. I would be happy to make one for you! I grow, cut, and arrange all my flowers. DM me on Instagram or send me an email to laotraflora@gmail.com

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LOVE IN A MIST

Nigella is such a stunner in an arrangement. She can bring height, an airy element, or fill up a space with intricate detail. I throw out seeds in the fall and by March they pop up with little fuss. The pods are great dried and the seeds can easily be harvested for the next season. A must have for a spring garden.

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APRIL

April definitely brought lots of showers. Ranunculus and anemones are done, poppies are on the home stretch, and I’ve been sowing seeds for summer and fall. I’m excited for my Mexican Torch sunflowers and seeing all the different varieties of zinnias I’ve planted.

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LATE AUTUMN

One of the perks of having mild winters in central Texas is the extended growing season. HUGE perk actually. There is still so much life in the cool mornings and evenings. So far, it’s been exceptionally wet this autumn with one early big freeze that ended the warm season flowers. Here’s what’s happening in the garden and greenhouse.

anemones are popping up!

anemones are popping up!

wildflowers are popping up!

wildflowers are popping up!

PAPERWHITES are popping up!

PAPERWHITES are popping up!

I propagated my Pilea. NINE BABIES!

I propagated my Pilea. NINE BABIES!

Something new I’m growing is ranunculus. So far so good. I pre-sprouted them for 14 days before digging them in the ground. I’m not messing with them much so I think they like the independence.

Something new I’m growing is ranunculus. So far so good. I pre-sprouted them for 14 days before digging them in the ground. I’m not messing with them much so I think they like the independence.

Propagation

Lately in the greenhouse, I’ve been playing with plant propagation. I used a root hormone for the ficus and have been keeping them all evenly moist. So far its going well! (fingers crossed)

Succulent and baby pilea peperomioides

Succulent and baby pilea peperomioides

Felted Peperomia (Incana) and Golden Council ficus (altissima)

Felted Peperomia (Incana) and Golden Council ficus (altissima)

WISTERIA

I ran into this vine recently in north Texas while I was visiting family. It was growing over a pergola and had these dark beautiful flowers. The stems were thick and braided. It was massive and I was taken aback, this was a very old plant. It looked happy. It looked like wisteria, but I only knew of the purple wisteria that blooms in spring. So I asked my fellow instagram friends for an ID and IT IS WISTERIA. An evergreen wisteria which blooms in the summer. It loves full sun but will tolerate some shade with well drained soil. It can get huge so make sure to have plenty of room for it to be happy. I love learning about new plants. I definitely plan on finding one around here and planting it in my yard. (Also it reminds me of dragons.... ? :) ) 

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GREENHOUSE

I've been busy setting up and dreaming in my greenhouse lately. YES I GOT A GREENHOUSE!  A 6x8 ft Palram Harmony, polycarbonate greenhouse. Even though its 100 degrees outside in Austin, I'm still out there in the late evenings and early mornings fighting mosquitoes figuring out how to best deal with this heat and planning for the upcoming year. I have some research to do and this year is definitely going to be a learning curve for me, but I have to come to the conclusion that I can't have crazy expectations and I have to keep my goals simple. Also I will fail at some point and I'm okay with that, because thats how we learn right? 

I eventually had to take out my Hoyas because it was WAY too hot and some got scorched. :(

I eventually had to take out my Hoyas because it was WAY too hot and some got scorched. :(

Thelocactus tri color loving the heat. 

Thelocactus tri color loving the heat. 

FAVORITES

These are just a handful of my favorite blooms of this warm season in TX. 

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Peony Poppy 

Only one of these seed made it and I savored her everyday. 

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Cactus Zinnia

I love the textured petals on these.

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Nigella 

Love in a Mist! So soft and detailed. I love saving the seed pods for drying. 

Panache

Sunflower of my dreams! So much texture in the center and they last forever in a vase. 

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Red Sunflower

This one was more bronze, but that glow around the center is stunning. 

ELDERFLOWER

The elderflowers are blooming all around Austin! These plants are incredibly useful. They are easy to take care of and will grow fast. The blooms are very fragrant and will fruit into tiny berries. Certain elderberry fruit are medicinal and have lots of benefits like immune boosting and sinus relief.  I also just learned the berries can be used as a natural dye! I've been into natural dying lately, so I will be experimenting this summer. 

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