Saturday, August 11, 2012
Way past due for another feedingI am sorry to say that I haven't been faithful in rose feeding and because of high humidity and extreme high temperatures and my error in watering the foliage, I have black spot. I sprayed today with Daconil fungicide that I was using on Holly's peony.
8/14/2012 This is what I hope to accomplish today..Feed the rose bush, picking off leaves with blackspot.. Cut back the liatris and Becky shasta(by A/C unit), plant the daylily that Yvonne's neighbor gave me..Should be able to divide that into several plants..
Check their perennials out at Home Depot;.should be on sale..Try to Summersow some flower seeds..Start some more shasta daisies and move some of the BES seedlings from sunroom bed.
Purchased slug and snail bait. No longer called Sluggo that used to come in box. Now put out by Ortho and comes in plastic jug like Bayer products.
Also bought MG singles..that I can mix up in watering can and don't have to drag the hose around.
Also bought two beautiful yellow mums..They were only like $4.98 each.
Planted the daylily that Yvonne's neighbor gave me. It is supposed to be a red color but he didn't know the proper ID for it. Was able to make 5 plants out of the plants in the pot. Planted them on side flower bed.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Good Bye pink rose bush!The pink rose bush has black spot so bad this year and has not produced many blooms, but for the past few years it has shown other signs of deteriation, especially in the main trunk..I cut it all the way back to the ground and will attempt to dig it up or have Mr. Bower to do it and I have decided not to replace it. LRE has cut this rose bush all the way to the ground before and it comes back the next Spring without any signs of damage.
Since the bad storm of 6/209/2012, we've had 34 days of between 90-104 degrees and it has taken a toll on the coneflowers..I "whacked" them back yesterday also. Today I will try to clean those up and cut them back closer to the basal root/crown. I will offer those tall coneflowers to anybody who wants them. I want to replace them with Kim's knee highs which are shorter..
Friday, June 8, 2012
Things I want to get accomplished today1. Summer is here and pansies don't like hot weather so I pulled the pansies I'd had since last Fall out of the pot they were planted in. Put them in yard waste bag.
2. Fed rose bushes..first time this year. Still need to spray for blackspot because of so much rainfall last month.
3. Tried to shovel prune one large creeping phlox/moss phlox with square edged shovel and it is so dull. Asked Lloyd to please sharpen it for me. I managed to yank some of the moss phlox/creephing phlox and transplant it on side bed..Gave it a mixture of transplant solution, also moved some young larkspurs over.
4. dug up several dwarf fairy candytuft plants and transplanted them to area where Comtesse de Bouchard clematis used to be, Dug up some carpet of snow alyssum seedlings and transplanted them there too. Fed MG transplant solution, hoping for success. I had a pack of my own seeds of dwarf fairy candytuft that I gathered from own plants last year and I scattered them on top of soil, plus planted some peat pots with same seeds. Watered them well with MG transplant solution and put mulch around the existing plants. Keeping my fingers crossed.
I ran out of mulch and potting mix and it's 87 degrees so I'm stopping for the day. Will make up a new list for the weekend of things I didn't get accomplished.
5. Buy more mulch and potting soil. Annuals for flowerbed in front of living room window.
6/11/2012 This morning the Mary Todd daylilies that John and Ruby gave me last Sept. started blooming and they are real beauties! I accidently broke one bloom off while trying to cut some foliage to another plant near by and felt like crying. I quickly picked it up and came into house and put fresh water in my bud vase and put it in there. No stem so it will probably not survive. Sure is a beauty! Hearts afire daylily they also gave me last year and another one this past May and these probably will bloom next but they are a much smaller plant but I'm anxious to see those bloom too. They should be red in color. Mary Todd is the color of sunshine or lemon.
6/11/2012 I cut the foliage of the Brilliant(red/orange color) oriental poppies
down and also the Geum. The foliage of these plants have crowded other perennials out and I want to see where I can put some annuals later on this week. If they don't come back, I'm not going to worry about it but I think they'll probably show up next Spring..I cut off the spent pods and let them dry out in the sun until they open and spill out their seeds so I can use them for trading with other gardeners. I'm quite sure some seed pods opened on their own and have dropped down around the original plant and will reproduce more plants come next Spring.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
2nd. application around this summerI don't recall which day it was this week but think it was Tuesday that I mixed up a gal. of Rose food solution and fed it to my roses. It has been in high 90's and somedays it went over 100-108...garden specialist are telling people not to fertliize in hot weather, as it will burn the plants. I think they mean grandular method.
We have been using the soaker hoses for last few weeks and leaving them on from 45-60 min. every other day. I have been watering faithfully my flower beds in the front, especially the new flowering Vinca plants and the creeping phlox I separated and transplanted and any other WS seedlings that are still small. The bee balm has finished blooming and when it cools off I must get in there and deadhead..Am going to try to root a few pieces of it or see if any young shoots have popped up around on the ground area.
It is all I can do in this terrible heat wave to keep the flowers watered.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Lots of rose buds makes me happyI don't know if it is a combination of hot weather or the Bayer Rose food I've been feeding the roses are making a big difference. Especially in the coral color rose. I took a picture before Bambi and friends decide to have a midnight snack off it. Today, I counted 20 buds on it, some are already open. It is beautiful. My yellow minature has 14 buds, where the pink colored rose doesn't seem to only have 2 tight buds on it. Maybe it needs to be cut all the way back in the Fall.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Don't forget to smell the roses!Today I noticed what appears to be blackspot on roses so I first sprayed them with Bayer's rose spray and fed the roots Bayer's rose food. Mixed 8 Tbsp. to 1 gal. water and fed them. Yellow minature rose bush isn't doing as well this year as last. Maybe due to the rainy Spring we have had. The temperature reached 99 here yesterday with high humidity and today promises to be same but no humidity. It's already 87 and it's only 10:45 am. Woke up a few minutes after 5 am, and it was already 73 degrees then. Watered both front and back flowerbeds before 8 am.
Purchased two beautiful plants yesterday. They are called Royal lilac but they remind me of a burgundy velvet dress one would wear at Christmastime for a special event. It is in the pelargonium species..looks like a Martha Washington geranium to me! Transplanted them to a larger pot. Wished I'd bought more but at $10.98 each, I tried to be thrifty. Wonder if you can buy seeds for this? Hmm! Will check the seed vendors.
6/9/2011 Applied Bayer Rose food to rose bushes. This is second application.
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