Saturday, May 06, 2006

Three questions

This is a little different from what I usually write, but I'm curious about a few things.

What are these flowers? I know the fourth one is a Raia flower. (Yes, she was eating dirt.) What are the others? Unfortunately, none of them are clear. Sorry! I think the first two are the same, just different colors.

Does anyone know what happened to my snapdragon seeds? They came up really well and then "melted."

What language is this? Our neighbor gave us some old clothes for Raia, and one shirt was covered in these little conversations. We can understand some of the words, because they're close to Russian, but we can't figure out what language it is.


BabaJulie said...

Hi, Phyllis! Those flowers look like Gloxenia (sp?). I have received them as gifts, but have never seen them growing in the ground, however. The blue/purple one looks kind of like a Grape Hiacynth. (If I could spell these things, it would help!!) The Raia flower is the prettiest of all, however!! (: We're enjoying our visit with your parents and I think they are enjoying their conference at Calvary. Love to All!

Nancy Stebnicki said...

Dear Phyllis:

The writing on the tee shirt is POLISH!

Blessings, Nancy in Poland

Phyllis said...

That was our main guess! So, what does it say? :-)

Anonymous said...

I'll secong the grape hyacinth--does it have a pretty scent? If it does, two or three are enough to lightly scent an entire room! As for the seedlings they probably died of damping-off disease. It is a disease that can live in soil. Check this out

but if computer time is limited here is a nutshell version. It is a fungal disease and is very common. Use sterile soil. Bake it in the oven if you have too. It will stink! but is cheap. Then water from the bottom if you can. And once the plants are up put a small fan on them to keep air moving. And try not to plant too close--very difficult with small seeds and small children.

Stephanie in AR

Krakovianka said...

Definitely Polish. The fox is saying, "I'll probably visit (something/someone) at home in the forest." Or something along those lines. I couldn't make out one or two words.

We have some of those grape hyacinths, too--the areso pretty blooming beside the red tulips!

Anna said...


The hyacinths look like the wild variety that come up in my yard. The actual flower is much smaller than the hyacinths that you buy in the store. But who knows, maybe those are the original and theones in the store are hybridized to have huge flowers.

Earth Girl said...

The first two are primroses (primula vulgaris). There are many different colors and are just beautiful. The blue one is grape hyacinth which is much smaller than hyacinths. The grape hyacinth naturalizes easily.

Mom said...

Hi Honey--

What fun to see the photos with your questions and then to read the responses you have received. I second the primrose answer for the first two photos, have no idea for the third one, and easily recognize the Raia flower.

Do you remember when I sterilized soil in the oven? I used a 9x13 glass casserole, baking it at a low temperature for half an hour or so. It seemed to do the trick...although I think we were dealing with nematodes instead of damping-off disease.

How I wish you could see the pansies at the Hunsuckers' home! Beautiful!

Much love to each one...

Phyllis said...

Thank you so much for all the answers!

Anonymous said...

I like the Raia flower best of all!!!! I love you all. Miss you lots!