Saturday, September 4, 2010
First step taken toward Fall cleanupLabor Day weekend always seems to be the signal to gardeners that summer is over and Fall is creeping up on us. Hopefully the daytime temperatures will start dropping out of the 90's and get more into the 70 and 80's which is pleasant weather to start looking around and cleaning up the flowerbeds. I keep telling myself that I should make up a diagram where each perennial is located, pull up any annuals that are looking shabby. The azalea that Lloyd bought in April is dying. I found my receipt from Good Earth and plan to take it back. I called Mr. Bower yesterday and made an appt. for him to come the first week in October to prune and feed the hydrangeas like he did last year, clematis vines, rose bushes, basic bed cleanup and mulch for the Fall. Maybe I'll buy a few mum plants to plant for Fall color. The hose wand broke that we use on the hose in the front yard, so we need to go to Home Depot and buy a new one. Tired of the water leaking all over me when I water. These wands sure don't last long; think we buy a new one each year. Maybe I'll have some plants that I can dig up that I don't want anymore for the SSGC plant swap coming up Sept. 20. Need to check that date again.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Gardening accomplishments todayToday, I tried to work more on tidying up the flowerbeds. Cut the liatris back to the ground and cut the tops where the seeds would be and put them in a brown lunch bag, hoping that the seeds will fall off in the lunch bag. Any BES/rudbeckia that had dried pods, I cut them off and put them in a lunch bag too, to save the seeds for next year. Pulled up the cosmos, which I thought was my painted daisy plant until I found my mini-blind plant ID marker, Cut back the dusty miller that was at least 3 yrs. old and had become overgrown to the point of being invasive. Used my new digging fork that I bought several months ago and it worked like a charm on the Dusty miller plant. Boy, those roots were long and deep. Lloyd doesn't like dusty miller, so now he can't bitch about it. Zoey, from Perennial Passion blogspot has silver artemesia planted in the back of a bed, then rose campion, and light pink mallow in the front. A very pretty combination . I should write down combinations I see in people's pictures so I'll remember them next year when it comes time to plant. Zoey also has BES planted with scaevola which is a very striking combination. Zoey's blogspot also showed drumstick allium in burgundy color. So pretty. Breck's sells 16 bulbs for $7.99, while American Meadows Seeds sells a bag of 25 for $9.72.
They are deer resistant too!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Beds are looking tired and shabbyWe were away for 5 days, over helping take care of Herb and I've got behind in my flowerbed maintence and care. We took the back roads coming back home, through Haymarket, Leesburg and came across White's Ferry to Poolesville and down Rt. 28 to Gaithersburg. Stopped and had lunch in Poolesville at a restaurant called Bassett's. Neat little place and the food was good. Friday morning, my neighbor called and asked me to take her to ER as her legs were very swollen. Ginger went with us and we spent 5 hrs. there. All test showed no blood clots. I think I managed to pull some weeds Friday afternoon but can't swear to it. Know I worked in garage flowerbed Saturday morning and late afternoon. Cut all the zinnias off one plant that was hanging over sidewalk, put them in vase and took them up to Sylvia. I had not been up to visit her since she was in hospital for a blood clot in leg. She is doing fine now. Today, I will make another attempt to do the same to other Zinnia plant and with that big plant removed, I'll be able to find some bare ground and can tidy up that flowerbed. Want to put down the FREE brick stepping stones that I got 2 weeks ago from a couple in Burtonsville. Maybe I can buy a few Fall mums and get them planted to add some color.
The rose bushes out back need prunning badly. Thinking about calling Mr. Bower and see if he can't come by and prune the hydrangea bushes, clematis and the rose bushes. One of the roses has stems that look like Jack-in-the-beanstalk reaching for the sky. They are touching the window screen and there are only a few buds left. Want to cut the liatris back to the ground. In a few weeks, I plan to do some digging and moving of those liatris from back to front beds. I think I'll dig out some of the WS plants I'm not going to keep. Painted daisy and batchelor buttons will be among the ones going. I'm sure there will be more. The new Azelea we bought this Spring looks like the center of it is dead. I don't know if I still have my receipt for that or not but if so, will take it back for refund or for replacement, if it came from Home Depot. Need to cut the dusty miller way back, as it has begun to take over that area.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Longing for a breakBy this time or the year, I'm looking forward to Fall. I get tired of watering, weeding and the flowers are slowing down their blooms. The extremely hot summer temperatures have taken its toll on my energy level. I haven't been faithful at feeding Miracle Grow to my plants this summer. Today they're getting a boost of it. Now wondering what I can do for myself? Perhaps a trip to Dress Barn Woman might do it. They should have all the summer clothes on sale. I hate to go clothes shopping; it's depressing. The changing of the seasons, as well as changing of colors seems to help revive us. I grow a few mum plants but I'm not crazy over mums to begin with. I am looking forward to cooler weather so I can transplant or move plants that are in wrong location, and planting of perennials so they will bloom come Spring 2011. Have a small seed order coming from T&M ; probably will get here today or tomorrow. I will get the Burpee seed order sent in later on this month.
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