Wednesday, June 27, 2012
June 27, 2012 journal
Just to add a challenge, and continue to peak Ava's interest in plants, I purchased and started carnation seeds. One seedling is in the lower right corner and the other seedling is in the center of the top row in the photo.
I was telling Ava that we could make the carnation flowers pretty much any color we want, by placing them in water, with food dye. Now, she is wants to make a "rainbow" flower, but, we will see how that goes. My wife suggested coloring the petals with an artist brush letting the dye soak in. Hmmm, that may be a good idea. In any event, carnations need cool growing conditions, and they take about six months to flower, so I will grow them in a tent, in the basement, where it remains fairly cool all summer.
The carnation cultivars I am growing are: Yellow Carnations, Chabaud, and a dark purple variety called Grenadin King of Black. Also, I have decided it might be best to grow them two plants to a pot.
I can just imagine my basement smelling like a funeral home just in time for the Christmas Holidays.