Nandina Domestica – Heavenly Bamboo Seed Pods

Nandina Domestica aka “Heavenly Bamboo”

A beautiful shrub year round however the real showy display is during the fall and winter. Hardy in U.S. zones 6 thtough 11, Heavenly Bamboo is evergreen too.

Here is a photo from December 2015, located in Derby Kansas—

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Nandina Domestica aka “Heavenly Bamboo”

Seed Pod Harvest is in January when pruning for plant health is recommended.

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Nandina Domestica – Freshly Harvested Seed Pods available upon request.

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When the seed pods begin to drop – harvest other pods to extract seeds.

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Seed Pods – 2 seeds in each pod – Freshly Harvested Pods Available!

To acquire pods, freshly harvested in January 2016 please contact Eileen Brown through private message at Facebook.

Note — seeds pods turn black within a couple of weeks of harvesting.  THIS is the natural progression of the pods.

This evergreen shrub is not a real bamboo plant. Nandina belongs to the barberry family, but resembles bamboo because of its jointed cane-like stems and lacy looking leaves.   In U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 11, nandina is planted outside as showcase plants or hedges where new plants are needed to fill in the area.

Propagation is achieved by sucker division, stem cuttings and sowing seeds.   Nandina is evergreen in designated zones.

Find more on Nandina at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandina

How To Grow Nandina From Seed

 

Nandina thrives in hardiness zones 6 – 11.   Find your hardiness zone at http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/#

  1. Locate a mature nandina plant from which to collect the seeds and wait until the fall when berries turn bright red in color. Pick the berries off the plant. Each berry contains two nandina seeds.
  1. Fill a small to medium-sized bowl half -full of lukewarm water and place the red berries into it. Set the bowl aside and allow the berries to soak for 24 hours, which softens the outer pulp. Note – pods or “berries” may turn black in a couple of weeks. This is the natural progression of the pods – Seeds will still be hardy when extracted from black pods.  Longer soaking is required with black pods.
  2. Squeeze the berries using your fingers to scrape away the outer pulp and reveal the inner seeds. Scoop up the seeds, which float, from the top of the water and discard the pulp and water from the bowl.
  3. Fill 3- to 4-inch diameter plant pots with a sterile potting mix until it reaches 1/2 inch from the top rim of the pot. Poke a 3-inch deep hole in the center of the soil in each pot using a pencil.
  4. Insert one nandina seed into each hole and fill in the holes completely with additional soil mix.
  5. Place all of the pots into a shallow tray to make transporting them easier and to collect water drainage. Water the top of the soil in each pot until it soaks all the way to the bottom and drains out. Cover the tray with a piece of clear plastic wrap. Water the tray hereafter to keep soil moist.
  6. Place the pots in an area that maintains a consistent temperature of 69 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer and has bright sun exposure. If needed, place the tray on a heating mat to achieve the proper temperature.
  7. Wait until the seeds germinate in approximately 60 days and then remove the plastic wrap. Continue watering the seedlings throughout the winter and plant outdoors in the spring when frost threats pass. Choose a location with full sunlight conditions and well-drained soil.

With luck you will have some beautiful and winter hardy evergreen shubs in a few years time!

True Religion is Living

True Religion is Living

“True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.”
— Albert Einstein

True Religion is Living

True Religion is Living

With all the debate about religion around the world today, haven’t we had enough of fighting over this issue?  I believe in one true God, and of course in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  But I am not a proponent of religion as a whole.

Spirituality, and the belief of our having a soul that will live on may not be enough for some people but it is probably the best way to describe my own beliefs.

If we live our lives as fully and deeply passionate as possible, in accordance with our own beliefs then we are religious to the extent that we show and spread goodness, kindness and love to others; possibly we are living our religion.   Albert Einstein is probably right in this observation.

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Work Benefits

“Work banishes those three great evils:  boredom, vice and poverty”                                                                                                 —Voltaire

Working for life

We work to pay the bills but we also work for happiness.  Everything we do, even all those wonderful things we enjoy immensely, are work of one kind or another.

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Physical, mental, creative

Most people think to achieve happiness they need more free time.  Why? Because the word “work” seems to mean doing something we don’t enjoy. That is categorically untrue.  Everything we do involves some amount of ‘work.’

  • PHYSICAL – See the hikers in the example photo?  They are thrilled to be on top of that hill.  How did they get there?  They hiked, of course.  Physical work – walking to get there.  Walking may not seem like work but they certainly exerted themselves physically to achieve that goal.
  • MENTAL – This should be a no-brainer folks.  We think in everything we do, even when meditating.  We must use our brains to get where we want to be – a mental state of total relaxation, peace and possibly joy.
  • CREATIVE – In the collage image you see crafts, music and art.  ALL are creative outlets and we find much to love about any of those activities – being creative is satisfying and brings a feeling of accomplishment to us all.  Being creative is also work.

So work – working at anything – helps us achieve a more fulfilled LIFE.

Remember to count your blessings today and give thanks for the ability to create joy in your life and the lives of others through working to make it happen.

Have a great Sunday.

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Live Life Every Day

“May you live all the days of your life.” — Johnathan Swift

As we get older we often ask ourselves, “What did I do yesterday? Last Week? Last month? Even last year? Do you sometimes wonder WHY you did not do a few more things today? Things you really wanted to do?

We have but one life on this earth. Each day of that life is a gift. Remember how it feels to open a gift, especially one that is dear and may be dear to you for the rest of your life? The love you feel? The appreciation? That is also the gift of each and every day we are given.

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Live those days to the absolute fullest – do at least one thing that will warm your heart or the heart of someone you care about. Think about opening the gift of life everyday and finding JOY, just in the being able to live it, and maybe share it with someone.

Today’s Vow

  • I shall do something I really want to do. Tonight when I lay down, I will think of what I did and be happy.
  • And I shall give a gift of joy to someone I care about by telling them how much I care.

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The Best Days May Be Yet To Come

By Eileen Brown

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”   — Ralph Waldo Emerson

At the beginning of this new year – 2016 – it is a good idea to always think that this will be the best year ever.  As we get older we often feel like our days may be numbered.   And maybe they are.   BUT, also thinking that “today will be the (or one of) best day of my life” might be a great way to start each and every day.  A bright and happy outlook makes any day a good one, at the very least.

Remember to count your blessings, and everything else will work it’s own way out – to a happy conclusion.  Having the right attitude helps.

Have a good Attitude!

Have a good Attitude