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Viewing Pippi21's Garden Diary: More things to remember
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
My garden notes of today
I wanted to write these garden notes down here so they don't get lost in the pile of paper clutter on my computer desk..I sat outside this morning, enjoying the beautiful and warm sunshine writing down these thought after looking over my flowerbeds in the back of the house.
1.Start alyssum in nursery pots.
2. Start liatris seeds in 4 in. nursery pots
3. Feed the rose bushes or have Mr. Bower come by and do it.
4. Plant alyssum around edge of sunroom flower beds where Mom's bird bath is located. Go ahead and plant portulaca seed in it. Use the empty spice jar with holes and add a wee bit of sugar in jar with seeds so I can shake the seeds out. They are so fine, it is hard to see where the seeds are going. Try this method..
5. Saw where one lady plants hardy geraniums like Rozanne or Johnson's blue between her rose bushes and they add color and are a perennial so they will come back again.
6. See if I can find ajuga to plant as an edger on the side flower beds. It will give beautiful color in early spring and will spread, had them at our Olney house. Ajuga does sometimes get crown rot after about 3 or 5 yrs. so may have to replace them or start new plants from existing plants.7.
Mark off 6 and 9 in. marks on ruler, using magic marker or blue paint tape, so I can use as guide line for planting plants.. Remember to plant in groups, remember the numbers, 3, 5 or 7 plants in a group.
7. Plant some spring bulbs in rose bed in the Fall, plus more in hydrangea beds for more Spring color the following year.
8. Try using the 4 in. nursery pots to start more seeds. Kimba uses Glad Press&Seal over top until she sees germination and if weather permits, removes it. I think she said she keeps rubberband around edge of pot to hold the Press and Seal on. I could also use the transparent duct tape, which has worked well on the WS Jugs so far and easier to remove than normal sticky grey duct tape.
9. Try to plant more of mine and Velma' s shasta daisy seeds..they are the shorter variety and also have some already in WS jugs. The back flower beds get the morning and early afternoon sun so it's a good place to grow them.
10. Maybe transplant some bee balm seedlings but don't plant them too close to the side of house as they need air circulation so they don't mold or get mildew. Also transplant some larkspurs.
11. Buy a mandevilla vine and plant in front in patio container, even if I have to buy a new one. Do some more research on this first. Jenny L. has great luck with these, get her advice.
12. Add to these notes later.
13. Stopped by Good Earth today to see if the creeping phlox had some into the garden center. Young man that is a full time employee and knows his stuff and used to work at Brookside Gardens said they don't come in until toward the last of the month and they have a special book that write down requests so I put my request in for Emerald blue creeping phlox. I think I'll call back up there and add on Ajuga. I didn't know they take request like that., He said they will call when they come in. They had some container plants/bowls already made up and it was tempting to buy one some..
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Daffodils for Mrs. Davis
Today I went to HC Hospital to visit a church friend's Mother who's scheduled for major surgery on Monday. I cut a bunch of the daffodils from the side beds and took to her. These have been blooming for a few days, while the yellow ones are just starting to bloom. She already had a few yellow ones in a vase, so her daughter and I just combined them into one vase. They looked pretty.
Friday, March 9, 2012
The daffodils were blooming yesterday and today in the side flowerbed and some in the front of the house flowerbed.
Yesterday, I spray painted Mom's old bird bath with Krylon's Indoor/Outdoor paint with a beautiful color called True Blue. It has a glossy sheen and I love it! Can't wait till I can plant annuals in it. The past two years, I have planted portulaca in there and since they are drought tolerant, they did well there. Would love to try something else that would do well there. Wondering if petunias would grow in the shallow bowl? Succulents will always do well there.
3/13/2012 The Tete a Tete mini daffs that I planted last Fall are up and have buds on them, maybe with this warm weather we're having now, they will bloom out. Might throw some annual flowerseeds in same pot and hopefully get some germination or maybe wait and buy some annuals.