Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Swimming Lettuce And Horizontal Zinnia

Since I started gardening I've noticed that lots of things seem to move in slow motion. All summer I've watched my plants like a hawk noticing every little change in my garden plants but the slow growth makes everything seemmmmmssss likeeeeee itssss movingggg innn slowwwww moooootionnnnn. I know...."a watched pot" blah blah blah.

This past weekend it seemed like it rained for 40 days and 40 nights but it was actually only a couple of days.
As you may remember, there was water actually standing in my homemade cedar planter boxes that I had freshly planted with 3 different kinds of lettuce seeds. I just knew my lettuce was a goner, but look look! Man this stuff is growing like crazy after I removed the Bulls umbrella and exposed it to a few hours of sun. I was told by the CSA guy that I'd be eating fresh salad greens in 3 weeks and I did not believe him but after seeing this extreme growth I think he might be right!
I've noticed that my Zinna gets so tall that it kind of falls over. Take a look at the picture below. See how the pretty pink Zinnia looks like it's laying down? I love that! It's probably not so great for the plant but I think it's very cool looking. Does your Zinna lay down?


7 comments:

  1. See, I told you lettuce was tough! My zinnias stand up straight, but I've noticed that they immediately wilt if I wait too long to water them in their container. They do last a long time if you cut them and put them in a vase. I'm trying to decide where I'm going to attempt growing zinnias in the ground next year. I want a ton so I can cut them for vases and leave a nice selection growing. My container just didn't have enough plants for that this year.

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  2. Well, my asters are laying down. It could be because the dog trampled them while barking at a squirrel.

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  3. Looks like you've got a terrific lettuce crop on the way! It will be really pretty in just a short while. Be sure to thin them when they get bigger.

    I've had plants fall down and then they automatically start to grow upwards towards the sun. It makes for a unique look - or bouquet.

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  4. Oh, Gina, the wind knocks things awry here--we have horizontal monkshood, delphinium (now finished), daisies and rudbeckia, aster plants (asters not yet blooming) and sunflower 'trees' that are laying down on the ground totally horizontal. I stake a few things but mostly let stuff do as it will--because who can beat the wind.
    Good news about the lettuce, and the melons, too.

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  5. heather - we had more storms and the top planter box isnt looking nearly as good as the bottom one. i hope it makes it. ill keep you posted!

    wrenna - there is a fine line between "laying down" and "trampled on" ;)

    alyssa - thanks for the tips on thinning. i'll be sure to do that. i really love the laying plants because the flowers point up and don't really seem in distress. i think its very cool! wait - i already said that.

    jodi - i think its the wind here too. do your other plants seem to be okay when laying down? like the delphs?

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  6. Zinnias do like to sprawl....I like to plant them between rows in my veggie garden and that helps support them a bit and makes everything beautiful. :-)
    If your lettuce planter boxes aren't TOO heavy it might be a good idea to rotate them occasionally, since the bottom one probably doesn't get as much direct sun and that may be why it isn't doing as well.

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  7. I have two Zinnia plants one became very bushy and stands up straight and the other became extremly tall and eventually just started to lean like yours.

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