Monday, July 16, 2012
A problem with one Pow Wow Berry echinacea plantA day after I plented the first PowWow berry echinacea plant, the one bloom turned real dark color, and the 3 other buds turned downward like they had croaked. I knew I had watered it well, I noticed that some of the leaves looked curly and I went to lift the head of the bloom and the entire stem came off in my hand. The rest of the foliage is fine. I never pulled on it hard at all. I was shocked..I d-mail the euchinacea expert(Clint Brown) for advice. He said he'd taken it back to home depot for a replacement or my money back. I have the store receipt in my wallet. I hate going to Home depot so I'm going to let it ride and hope for the best. The foliage looks healthy as far as I can see. Whether it will grow another stem and more blooms will have to be seen. I planted the other one this morning in the side bed.
It's already 91 degrees at 11:45 am..the sweat dripping down my face was stinging my eyes and I couldn't see. I'm in for the rest of the day till sun goes down or it rains and cools it off. We had a little storm yesterday afternoon with a fine, soaking rain. Not a lot but every little bit helps. Deadheaded the shasta daisies that is planted in front of pink phlox in garage flowerbed, next to mums in container.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
What I've accomplished this weekMulched all of the flowerbeds in back of house. I have been watering the flowerbeds almost every day as it has been so hot..We've had a reprive from the 100 plus temps, in the low to mid 80's..evenings much cooler.
Purchased 3 Pow Wow Wild berr echinacea plants last night at Home Depot/Aspen Hill store. Added more potting mix around the "Pretty much Picasso" petunias and fed them Miracle Gro liquid fertilizer mixed with water by way of sprinkler can. Yesterday I pulled off dried seed pods from Velma's Silver Princess shasta daisies, and divided them into small ziplocs for trading or sharing. Also learned how to collect the snapdragon seeds..Want to root some cuttings from Velma's Christmas Cactus. I thought I had peat or cactus soil but couldn't find either in garage. Will look again after I move the truck out so I can get to area where I thought that soil was. Maybe what I thought was cactus soil was really bone meal, a bag never been opened and I bought another bag last Thursday up at HD at Germantown..Looking for that receipt so I can return and get refund. I'm going to take an inventory of what garden supplies and products I have on hand. Thought I was out of Bayer 3 in 1 systemic rose and flower food and found several containers of it..Guess I didn't look very good or didn't look in the right cabinet or thought it was another Bayer product. So I am going to return that because the receipt is in my wallet from last night. Will buy 3 more Pow Wow berry echnicea plants if they still have them. When Jane comes home, maybe Velma had some cactus soil in the garage that I can have instead of buying some right away. I have vermitculite. Will save the seeds from the Peppermint snapdragons too to use for trading. Need to go get some more Bumper Crop soil at Good Earth so I can plant the Pow Wow's I bought last night. Think I will plant it in one of the front flowerbeds.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Plant swap at Holly'sWeather was perfect, met new gardening friends, was blessed with Iris and another Hearts afire dayliliy from John and Ruby, and a burgundy peony plant from Holly(gift table). I really didn't have as much to swap as some people did.
I'm hoping that I can remember all the new gardeners I met there.
Enjoyed the plant swap..but long ways to drive but the trip had a two fold purpose for us. We drove to Hummelstown/Hershey to put flowers on Mom and Dad..It had been 3 yrs. since we'd been up. Was able to buy a beautiful bunch of red/white/blue flowers with an American Flag among them.
Soon as I unpacked the car at home, I watered my plants.
Since we left yesterday morning, Patty's plum poppy has popped open and I see that rose campion has started peeking. Bet tomorrow more will be open. More larkspurs, rocket snapdragons and orange/red oriental poppies are in bloom as well as Dwarf Fairy candytuft..
I'm putting a call into Mr. Bower tonight to get him to come and cut down a few hydrangeas, so I'll have room for my daylilies, iris that is coming from July from NY plus my plant swap peony and Iris and I'll add more creeping phlox along the edge once the hydrangeas are cut down/dug out. I only need one mature hydrangea..
Friday, May 11, 2012
Peony ringsOrder strong peony rings in Sept. or October to put over the peony plants while the ground is still soft and they will be in place in the early spring when the new shoots start popping through the ground.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Garden NotesKeeping back issues of Garden Gate magazine allows me to go back over them for ideas and I learned in Dec. 2008 Issue#84 page 23..Article called Small-Space Secrets that if I don't want a spreader like Bee Balm to self sow everywhere that I can plant it in a plastic nursery pot, sunk in the ground. First cut the bottom of the pot out, and drop it in the hole so that the rim of the pot sticks up an inch above the soil. This will prevent the plant from spreading.
Another thing the article mentioned was to only make your flower beds no more than twice the length of your arm in depth. That way you can take care of them easily enough without having to step into it so you don't compact the soil.
Mix it up..To increase the visual interent fo teh bed, mix bright and pastel colored flowers such as the intense bee balm and the soft pink garden phlox. (Buy soft pink garden phlox)
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