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 [...]
Recently, when moving a storage building onto our property, our pole saw was indispensable.
I remember it vividly. The freezing rain started in the early afternoon and by dusk there was a thick coating on everything outside. It was beautiful, magical, like a fairyland. Amidst the beauty lay a killer, one that would strike during the middle of the night.
As I went to bed I was very concerned for the beautiful live oak in our front yard. It was quite [...]
Or, should I say pine needling up. However, I don’t think you would have understood that like you do the title. I’ve been working hard in the yard this spring and finally got to cleaning out the blueberries and giving them a deep layer of pine needles.
What a mess…
As you can see from the first picture they were not a pretty sight. The winter winds had blown most of the grass clippings off of them and even some of [...]
Old Hydrangea Problem
In the olden days hydrangeas were an iffy plant at best. This was because they only bloomed on old wood, so if you had a sudden spring frost or a particularly cold winter that killed the previous years growth you’d have a nice mound of foliage, but no blooms.
New Endless Summer Varieties
Kiss those blossomless days goodbye. The introduction of the new Endless Summer hydrangeas means that, even in places where they grow but rarely bloom, you’ll be graced [...]
I think this might be the winner. It’s only 3′ tall and wide, and it has a little bit of a golden cast to it, which would contrast with all the dark glossy green leaves.
I’ve been spending some time looking online for plants to use as foundation plantings. Originally I thought I wanted yews across the front, but in my research I’ve found that they won’t do well in the location I was considering, especially when I just read [...]
Amazingly enough I’ve got almost all the vegetable beds ready. Only one big one and one small one to go. I should have them all cleaned out and amended in time to start planting my early spring crops next week, as we’re supposed to have a pleasant warm weekend, without rain, coming up.
Trimming trees so that they’ll grow for better crop production is important.
One task that many of us need to be about right now is trimming back some [...]
Procrastination Doesn’t Pay
It doesn’t look very foreboding in this picture from a couple years ago, but the bush in the center of the picture grew to enormous size and pricked everyone who tried to enter the house!
Well, at least it ought to be! Yesterday my procrastination caught up with me. Seven years ago we moved into our house, just a few days before Thanksgiving. At that time I transplanted a tiny little autumn olive from the property we moved [...]
Bad Haircut Versus Bad Tree Trimming
How many of you have had a bad haircut? I think almost everyone has. With a bad haircut it grows back without any affect on you, but a bad trimming on a tree can stunt it for life, or even worse, kill it. We’ve all seen trees butchered like the picture shown here. As a matter of fact, just down the street from me there are a couple people who regularly trim all the main [...]
I was looking through my old posts and found that I had never talked about the heat index. I can’t believe I would leave out such important information! Please excuse my omission.
Horticultural Zone Information
Almost anybody that does even a small amount of gardening knows about the horticultural zone index, but many don’t know about, or are not familiar with, the heat zone index. Just because a plant will grow in a certain zone, does not mean it will thrive.
If you [...]
So, I’m looking at the overall success of my gardens this year, and there were some definite winners and losers.
Carnation ‘Chabaud’ did great this year. It was worth the wait!
A Look At The Winners
Last year I started a seed packet of carnation ‘Chabaud Mix’ and ended up with 36 plants. I planted them in the garden last fall and quite a few of them made it through the first winter. These guys produced an abundance of frangrant flowers up [...]