Sunday, May 12, 2013
H.F. Young ClematisI bought myself a Mother's Day Gift on Friday..a new clematis. I had seen them at Harris Teeter's in Olney earlier in the week and noticed how beautiful they were and how much growth they already had on them. When Lloyd was at PT on Friday, I went back to HT and there were about 6 left and I chose the better one, hoping it was in Group#3 but I couldn't find the tag with name until I got home. I know this variety is always a favorite one of many but it is in Group#2..stopped by Home Depot for a new wrought iron trellis. Am thinking of planting it on the garage brick wall so it can be seen and enjoyed by all but open to other planting locations. It's flowers are very large. Saw the first bloom on Dr. Ruppel yesterday morning. We've had a lot of rainfall this week. Almost 3 in. A few more warm days like Friday and a lot more perennials will be popping open. Right now there are still some tulips blooming, Azaleas in the garage flower bed are outstanding this year, the creeping phlox in that same flowerbed have been really lush. They are spreading over the scalloped brick pavers so I'll need to do some replanting next year so it clears the sidewalk. Several colors/varieties of columbines are strutting their stuff, the shasta daisies are starting to bloom as are the silene and forget-me-nots and the oriental poppies will probably pop open this week. Several Iris are blooming. Rec'd a beautiful purple one from somebody at last year's Sept. plant swap. Don't know who it was but it was a nice surprize. The peonies are full of buds; can't wait to see the ones from Holly and Christiane bloom. Holly's beauty is supposed to be deep burgundy and I have no idea what Chrisiane's color is. Of course, there's the white one that was left to us by the previous owner of this house. Will need to replace the old wooden trellis that Dr. Ruppel is on before the late fall. Also will need to find a new trellis for the others sprouting. I tried layering of Dr. Ruppel last Fall and a new growth has sprung up about 18 -20 inches from the original vine. Maybe I can dig that up and plant it by sunroom flowerbed, in the short bed by back door. I think I saw a dianthus blooming in the rose garden bed near the creeping phlox in that bed.
Must take cuttings off the light pink azaleas to start some new ones. That azalea always is beautiful. Gets the morning sun so that must be why it blooms so well and for so long. Some shasta daisies and more creeping phlox are blooming in the flowerbed behind the sunroom. Will take some cuttings from the bronze mum and start some new ones to squeeze in the side flowerbed for the Fall showing. Read somewhere to cut mums about 6 inches until 4th. of July for a good showing in the Fall. Will try to remember to do that.
Because of Lloyd's back surgery and many falls, I didn't get to do any Wintersowing in the milk jugs this winter. It's okay because I have plenty of seeds for next year or I'll start in the Fall. My work will really be cut out for me in the early Fall as I want to decrease the size of the garage flowerbed. This means digging up perennials, potting them up temporary till I can get those scallopped pavers uplifted and repositioned. That existing bed is 5 ft. wide, too hard to handle comfortably. Need to get my yellow stepping stones placed back in the flowerbeds. Will only make the flowerbed 3 ft. wide, helps not only me but Mr. Bower and Cathy that work in it. Daffodils were pretty but am missing a lot of my bulbs due to squirrels and they are digging big holes again. Have many seeds that I didn't get planted so my work in the Fall or next January is cut out for me.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Larkspur seeds discoveredSlowly but surely, I am learning how to look for and collect seeds from the plants I have in my garden. So far this summer, I have learned how to gather Sweet William, rose campion and this morning, larkspur seeds. I had direct sowed some larkspur seeds a few weeks ago from a pack of seeds that I had left over but they don't seem to be germinating yet, so I opened up the dried seedpods on the larkspur next to it, and scattered them. Some that had not dried up, I just laid in the area where I wanted them to grow, in hopes that they will open up and drop out and then germinate. Larkspur seeds are very tiny. I have noticed the long thin seed pods of the California poppy on one of my plants. Need to find out if I just leave it alone or cut it and let it reseed nearby the original seedling. Gardening is a learning process of trial and error and I'm enjoying the learning process. Had I not discovered and tried wintersowing, I don't think I would be as interested or as observant.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Plant wish list for 2011Cardonna salvia
Happy Returns or Stella d'ora daylily(This are rebloomers)
Irish Eyes or Prairie Sun rudbeckia
Grand Parade Monarda/Bee Balm..Find at Bluestone Perennials
Oertel's Rose Yarrow(See Lona Dawn's blogspot)
Blue Paradise, Eva Cullum, Starfire garden phlox
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Seed wish listIrish eyes rudbeckia
Happy Returns daylily(plants)
Dwarf fairy candytuft(mixed colors)from Crosman Seeds
Shasta daisy seeds(find a variety that is not over 30 in. tell)
California poppy seeds(Orange color) for back flowerbed by back door.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Garden notes to rememberThis replaces all the post-it notes I jotted down from various gardening blogs or websites
Pretty combinations are Hot Papaya coneflower with Russian sage, or May night Salvia, or with yellow yarrow
Clint Brown likes to use Butterfly weed with Goblin Gaillardia
Orange butterfly weed, walker's low nepeta, and yellow butterfly weed with coneflower (recheck this information) my notes weren't clear even to me!
Echinacea of the Month recommended by Clint Brown is PowWow Wild Berry. He likes Flame Thrower coneflower with Red Shift coreopsis
Magnus coneflower with Raspberry wine bee balm
Cornation Gold Yarrow with May Night Salvia
"Bath pink" dianthus is a very pale pink and needs something to compliment its washed out color. Goes good with Acapulo rose agastache
Check out Karma Fiesta dahlia..it is a beautiful red. Remember Dahlias have to be dug up during the winter so they don't rot. Learned from previous experience at Olney house.
Nice combinations are"Hello yellow" butterfly weed with solar red coleus. Be sure to plant coleus in front so it doesn't get taken over by butterfly weed. Also goes good with red nicotiana(aka flowering tobacco plant)
A2ZMom aka Robin Bickel from DG's website shows photos of Pina Colada violet penstemon, "ballerina" hardy geranium, "Red velvet" salvia, and Purple emperoro seum is pretty with "Tickled pink" veronica and "Red dreams" petunia.
Zoey from Perennial passion blogspot's favorite combinations: yellow marguerite daisies, black-eye stella daylily which is beautiful with Red/orange asiatic lilies. Zoey loves Drumstick allium(I printed off a picture of these..look for it in the pile beside of my computer desk!), "Vivadi" is a pretty pink Astiatic lily, "Condilla" double dayllies, "Laura" garden phlox.
Look for mildew reisistant garden phlox..the leader is "David" a white phlox
A2Z Mom aka Robin Bickel on DG's garden website has some beautiful photos of her "Rose Queen" salvia, "Kent Belle" bellflower campanula, "Walker's Low" nepeta, and "Bennerup Blue" siberian Iris. "Johnson's Blue" hardy geraniums with "Butterfly blue" scabiosa(beautiful combination) , "Birth's hybrid" campanula next to "Frosted Velvet" heuchera. Seen in her May and June online photo albums.
Zoey from Perennial Passion blogspot has yellow callas in a patio container. Also a beautiful burgundy calla lily called
"Anneka", "Troicana calla called "Picasso"
Hindernone from NC posted about her "Orange Perfection" garden phlox on Dave's garden. Check with her to see if she has had an mildew problems with this variety. It is a beautiful color!
Look for "21st. century blue star" annual phlox
"Sapphire Hills" one of the best blues in Tall bearded Iris; looking like the blue sky. Bred by Schreiner in 1971
Seen on Crownsville Nursery website.. "Miss Huff" lantana in front of "May Night" Salvia
Friday, September 3, 2010
CaladiumsMy gardening friend Christiane has two big flower pots of Caladiums on her back deck that are just beautiful. Her back yard is very shady due to all the mature trees around her, but they get enough filtered light to do so well. While I don't have much shady areas, I think if they were under the dogwood tree in the back, they would do well, but who would see them there but me so I have to think about this more. Most of the caladium growers are in Florida, mostly around Lake Placid area. Ordered a catalog from one company. Chris said she'd save me a bulb when she dug hers up. That's going to be an inconvenience too, digging them up and storing them over the winter. That's one of the reasons why we don't grow Dahlias..In our winters, if you don't dig them up, they freeze and rot.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Always wishingI know what I like when I see it but don't always know how to put it together in the garden. I'd like somebody that can help me do that in 2011. I had a consultation with a garden coach last November and I'm thinking of contacting her and see if she would help me with the planning of what combinations look best, what textures, shapes blend well. Her charge was $50 an hour. I'd be willing to do all the planting if she can guide me with the other procedures. My husband griped about the $50 consultation fee . I have monthly income from ss and retirement although it's a lot less than what he gets. Sometimes I just have to stand up to him and spend for myself.
I would like to order some more garden phlox and bee balm, a double knock out rose, some peony bushes for 2011.
I like the Blue Paradise phlox but others have said they are more pleased with Nicky or shortwood. I have several pink phlox and 1 light purple/lilac color that people have given me. It's the first year for all of those so hoping 2011, they will still be living.
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