Time to put our plants to bed.
Tucking Our Plants In
Here in the mid-Atlantic it’s time to put our gardens to bed for the winter. The only gardens I keep going are a small greens garden, as it will give us fresh greens throughout the winter, and the front door bed, which is now planted with pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale, as well as regular cabbage and brussel sprouts.
Now is the time that all the clean up work kicks into [...]
Simple and fascinating to watch. Try growing some of your own!
In The Beginning
It started with small white tails after just three weeks. Then it proceeded on to small green sprouts after about another week. After approximately four weeks I’m now the proud mother of about a dozen or so tiny Amaryllis seedlings.
It all began back when the Amaryllis bloomed a couple months ago. My husband has always been fascinated by them. They grow so fast and have such huge [...]
When the leaves are edged in frost you know the growing season has ended. That means it’s time to start preparing for next Spring.
Throughout the US those areas that experience frost have had their first hard one. Many people retreat back into their houses until the first warm days of Spring. However, there’s much that can be done to ensure you have a more fruitful Spring.
First off, after the first hard frost is the time to put spring [...]
Well I did it. I succumbed to temptation. I’d been doing so well, not buying any fall plants, but then I saw all the beautiful pink tulip bulbs on sale for half price. I could have bought several bags of each kind they had available, but I managed to keep myself to one bag of early, mid, and late bloomers. It was really, really hard though.
Believe it or not these were really nice quality bulbs I saw a Walmart. [...]
Crocus will often bloom right through the snow!
Amazingly enough, right now is the time to be planning for a beautiful spring garden. There are some plants that need to be planted in the fall in order to bring you spring beauty. The chief among these are bulbs: tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses, etc.
To get the most out of your bulbs you need to know when they bloom. Many bulbs have early, mid, and late varieties. You’ll need to check and [...]
Not even February 1st and the crocuses are already starting to bloom!
Ack! I was outside yesterday and the first crocuses are already blooming! I’m so far behind. I still have bulbs sitting in the storage room waiting to be put in the ground!
Even the best-laid plans can go haywire when you have to work around weather, work, and other obligations.
It looks like I’m already into the spring madness. Seems every year I get myself into the same pickle. I [...]
Shade patterns change throughout the year. Keep a log for successful planting.
Maybe you’ve got it on you resolution list to finally do something with the yard. You’ve got some ideas, but aren’t sure exactly which plants will work well for each garden.
The first thing you need to do is know the lay of your land. Which way is north, south, east, and west? How does the house line up with these directions? Where are large trees or shrubs located [...]
My beautiful amaryllis, posing for a portrait.
This is the time of year when you see all the special packages of Christmas bulbs to force into bloom. The all-time favorite is the amaryllis. When I grew my first amaryllis the only color you could get was bright red. Now you can get red, white, pink, and bi-color. There are even specialty colors available from online sources.
Watching an amaryllis grow is something everyone loves. You open the box, start watering, and [...]
Bulbs are often a very underused, misunderstood plant. I think part of the reason is that you usually buy them when they are dormant and not very interesting. However, taking the time to plant some bulbs now, will bring you a wealth of color in the early spring.
There are plants that bloom almost any time of the growing season, but they are best known for spring because they are usually some of the very first color after the bleakness of [...]