Sunday, July 1, 2012
Tall garden phloxIt doesn't seem like the tall garden phlox that are planted in the rose garden bed gets enough sun and the soil in this bed is not so great either, despite us admending it. Come Fall..move these to the front flower beds. Make sure I buy peony support rings for the tall garden phlox as well as all the peonies planted on the side bed aka hydrangea bed. Add more creeping phlox.
It seems that the tall garden phlox does so well in the garage bed; Another could be added to the corner and move the rose campion elsewhere. Move the tall garden phlox to the left of Dr. Ruppel in place of Rose campion.
These plans are subject to change.
The tall garden phlox in the flowerbed in front of living room window is blooming now..one by rural mailbox seems to be a lighter color of pink then the one nearest the forsythia bush. The light pink one is really tall too.
I think I noticed some buds starting on the two small plants in the rose garden. I also noticed that one of the Prairie sun rudbeckia is blooming but it looks like it is either deformed or a bird pecked a few of its petals. They are not as tall as I expected them to be. But I don't pay attention to the seed pkt. so what do I expect? I love the planting information on Renee's garden seeds and their website..so easy to read the print size. Will buy more of their seeds I think in 2013 or order online before end of Fall.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Fall of 2012 plants to be moved or dividedThe pink creeping phlox need to be moved back some as they have spread so that some of them are over the scalloped bricks that outline the beds. Some Shasta daisies can be divided, the pinks that Christiane gave me is getting crowded out by yellow yarrow in front of garage bed, so I can move that to rock garden by sunroom. Need something yellow in that sunroom rock garden. I've been looking at this Basket of gold plant at Good Earth but need to check it's height. I am hoping my BES return or the ones I've got in 4 in. nursery pots will soon germinate. I scattered marigold seeds from my neighbor(Louise) about a week ago and am keeping them watered so hopefully that will bring some yellow color in rose garden bed when they bloom.
Something is growing in the sun room rock garden bed that I don't recognize so I'm waiting to see if it is a weed or flower that I don't have marked. The pink creeping phlox that were transplanted last year are doing well in that bed. I need to outline that bed with some type of border material. Either landscape timbers or scalloped bricks or big rocks. Will look for possibilities this week at Home depot.
Plant some daffodils in the rose garden beds in the Fall for more color the following spring. Think about moving the yellow miniature rose to a pot in front of house. Make a note on here and in garden journal book when certain plants and bulbs bloom.
Think of adding more color in hydrangea bed. Do some research on what might grow there. Daffs have done well there. Plant in groups of 5 or 7 for nice effect.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Sunroom bed revampingToday, I started on revamping the sunroom flowerbed. Two days ago I got in a mood and dug up all the BES but saved lots of seeds. I planted 3 daylilies that I had been given at the Plant swap..Frans Hals and Orange daylily from Gitagal and Hearts Afire or King of Hearts from John and Ruby. Decided to dig up some of the creeping moss rose/phlox that is hanging over the garage sidewalk. It was so easy to divide. I could just pull up the roots with my hands. I added garden soil and soil conditioner to the sunroom bed and mixed it well with what was already there. Had a terrible time with fiberous roots so decided to try to make it a rock garden. Took some columbines, and the creeping moss rose, and even dug up some of the purple alyssum from the other bed by front door. Dug the phlox that was in the sunroom bed that I had rec'd from 2009 plant swap and potted it up and moved it to front flower bed to be transplanted later. Also dug up two phlox given to me in fall of 2010 by Yvonne and potted them up and will transplant them in the front beds. I dug up another Malva zebrina plant and added the one I had potted up for the plant swap but never took it, so they are in small bed by sunroom door. Will add some low growing flowers/plants. Maybe Chocolate chip ajuga that Terri Kim gave me. I moved some creeping moss rose phlox in place of the nice size columbine that I transplanted over in the sunroom/rock garden. That may not look like much of a rock garden now but give it a year's growth and we'll see. I think I have a lot of other stuff I can add to it later. Must mulch all that tomorrow and water again if we don't have rain tonight.
Next week I hope to dig up and divide one of the larger coreopsis "Zagreb"
Fed the roses the same granular food that Mr. Bowers recommends and uses because of the black spot. Lots of blooming on all rose bushes. I'm going to dig up the minature rosebush that Ginger gave Lloyd a few years ago and put it in a container. Christiane put one I gave her in a container and it is doing nicely.
I still have to decide what I'm going to do with the Ditch Lilies. They are potted up on the side of the house between two hydrangea bushes. I took a lot of potted up seedlings down to the community gardens on Monday morning and one lady took all of them. Have some more I can take down. and put on the donation table and they'll be snapped up in a flash! FREE is the secret word down there.
Decided to ditch the ditch lilies..last Fall. Never planted them. Remembered how invasive they become from when I had them at our Olney house.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Existing coneflower plantsThis Fall one of the plants to be divided and transplanted will be the coneflowers. I think there are at least 3 large plants and I will have to find out how to divide and transplant them. The one that is planted in the sun room flower bed, I'll leave there. I think the phlox that I got at the May 2010 plant swap from a gal in Baltimore area, needs to be moved where it can get more sun. It has not bloomed at all this year and hasn't grown much either. I think I'm going to have to either make the Sun Room flower bed into a Rock garden because of all the tree roots or plant drought tolerant plants there. The Zagreb coreopsis needs dividing and I was thinking of using them back there with Stella D' oras or Happy Returns daylilies but that might not work either. Will have to study the sun/shade times more on those beds.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Daisy moving timeI found the grower's plant ID tag for the short shasta daisies that are planted in front of Dr. Ruppel clematis..they are called Snow Lady shastas..Grows only 10-12 inches tall. They need to be dug up and moved to the front of the border and of course, divided. When any blooms are finished, I will save the seeds and plant more. I don't know when those were planted but I'd guess maybe 2006. Don't think it would have been 2005 as we had just moved here in Feb. 2005. I will look in original garden journal and see if I can find any other proof or pictures..sometimes photos will have the year the pics were processed on the back of the pictures. The Asiatic dwarf daylilies also need to moved forward too. There are white Easter lilies in front of the Westerplatte clematis. I think the coneflowers are blocking view of those, so they maybe should be put in front of coneflowers..Measure height of each plant before digging. Snapdragons that are now behind the rose campion should be moved to front of bed. Rose campion gets tall and needs to go back toward the rear of bed.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Transplanting MumsThe bronze mums have spread so much that I decided to dig them up and transplanting them to the sunroom flowerbed, where I dug up one of the daisies for Chris a few weeks ago. SSGC is having a plant swap in Sept. so I'll start potting up some stuff for that.
I'm going to direct sow some more larkspurs in front flower beds. I see the ones I planted last week are starting to sprout. They were old seeds, don't know how many will sprout. Will transplant more marigolds into big patio pot that's empty now. In a few weeks, that will be fun.
6/22/2011 I see another good size bronze mum plant in the front flowerbed that needs transplanting to another location. Will see if I can't do some moving of other plants to make room for that to be moved to the sunroom bed.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
snapdragonsUsed my digging fork to lift the large mound of snapdragons out of the ground yesterday. Shook the soil off the roots and found that the roots were entangled, and I used the prunners to cut them apart and separated into 2 good size plants, and replanted them both. I clipped some cuttings off and planted them in 4 in. pots, dipped into Rootone, so hope they will root quickly so I can replant them in the flowerbed. There was a bare root so am going to bury that and see if it will grow more snapdragon plants. What do I have to lose? Wondering if I should have planted them in flowerbed instead of nursery pot?
Gardening is all trial and error..Maybe I'll try some both ways and see what happens; which does best.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Plants to be moved in the FallThis winter was my first try at Wintersowing and while the seeds were germinating; I had this vision in my mind of a perfect Cottage garden look. When it came time to spring those seedling from their containers and plant them in the flowerbeds...that vision went "out the window." I found myself to be a bit overwhelmed at the success and I planted those seedlings anywhere there was bare soil in the flowerbeds, without any consideration of height, color combinations or type of plant. There are many tall plants that need to be moved to the back of the flowerbed, some aren't getting the proper light and need to be moved to another location. The evening primrose(aka sundrops)that I got from the plant swap in May is being crowded out by shasta daisies and coreopsis sunray. October skies aster is being smothered by Blackeye susans, a dianthus "firewitch" I planted several years ago doesn't seem to have grown at all. It is planted in the bed at the base of the Comtesse de Bouchard clematis. Maybe it is not getting enough sunlight and maybe the soil needs to be amended there, yet the clematis does beautifully there. Coneflowers are different heights and I have no idea what variety they are, they came from donated seeds, with no name . Columbines became invasive. I pulled a lot of them up that had seeded already and planted them elsewhere. The garden phlox will probably need to be moved too. Two of them are planted behind my rosebushes and that may not be good for the roses..as roses need more air circulation to prevent mildew and blackspot. Shasta daisies in the garage bed need digging and divided. Same with the "Moonbeam" coreopsis that my daughter gave me. The black-eye susans that my daughter gave me look more like rudbeckias as they don't have the fuzzy leaves. They have done so well and I like the show they create for my neighbors behind me. My plan is to get some more bee balm planted in the sunroom bed and the garage bed and front flowerbed. Hydrangeas will need prunning again and feeding. That was done last November and they really put on a beautiful showing last month. Each bush was really loaded with beautiful blooms and about 7 of my neighbors got hugh bouquets that they said lasted them 2 weeks in the house. One neighbor even took hers and put on her husband's grave, spraying them before she left with Liquid fence to keep the deer from eating them down at the cemetery. I would have never thought of that. Sounds like it would work, why not?
In front of my Dr. Ruppel clematis are some deep brick red astiac lilies that I need to dig up when all the foilage of the clematis is dormant and move to a better location. They bloomed last month but it was hard to see as the clematis vine crowded them out. The silver lace dusty miller that is planted in the flowerbed by back door is hugh. It will need to be cut back. I let it flower this year and it had pretty yellow flowers/buds or whatever they are called on that plant. I am going to try to take cuttings from it and spread it among the flowerbeds out front. Need to talk to my friend Chris about the bleeding heart and the lanium that my friend Tam sent me. The soil where they are planted is not good and is full of roots from a lilac and dogwood that was planted there. I cut the lilac bush down and there are suckers all over that area. It was planted so close to the white dogwood tree by previous owners of this house that Mr. B. said it would be hard to dig out so he recommended just cutting it down. Maybe I should have taken Roundup to the area where I cut to keep the suckers from growing? I know there'll probably be more to move around come Fall, but this will help to remind me which ones to start with. I forgot about my Pinky Clavel carnation plant. It did flower last month and I took some of the seeds and sent them to Micheal T. in Mass. so she can plant them for her plant sale to benefit Children's hospital in Boston. Azeleas all need feeding, as well as clematits prunned and fed. Leaving that to Mr. B. to do. Might call him and get him to slide by one day and prune the clematis now and see if they will get more blooms. I need to remember in the spring when the clemaits start to grow and climb to get them tied up right away. I didn't get to them soon enough this year and it showed. Would love to add a new clematis in the sunroom flowerbed and have it climb on a metal obelisk that I saw at Plow and Hearth. I almost forgot that the liatris that are planted in the bed with the roses and BES/rudbeckia need to be moved to the front flowerbeds back row.
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