Tuesday, September 4, 2012
dividing daylilies and patroling weedsFinally good rain due to recent hurricane in the south. I have dug in dirt and pulled weeds yesterday and today. The daylilies are very crowded and overgrown. I also separated some iris. This summer has had record temps in my area and the landscape shows it. Many plants stressed and weeds galore. The grass in growing but lots of weeds and crabgrass. My dogwoods are barely alive, and will have to replace at least one of them in the front yard. I will get 2 large shade trees and try to have them set out as it will take brute strength which I dont have anymore. The marigolds and zinnas are the only annuals that have actually prospered this summer. The petunia baskets faded in the heat and I finally threw them out. I planted white mums in my big pots on the brick wall. White mums are hard to find around here. Dont really know why. The local Mennonites dont grow them and they are terrific gardeners.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
New very small garden area in FloridaRecently bought small condo with enclosed screened patio in Tampa. I have never gardened in Florida and I will not be a full time resident there. I need suggestions on what to plan in small in ground area and some pots that can pretty much care for themselves. Is there someting that I can plant and hope that the rains will keep it alive. I will be there some, but not so much in the HOT summer months of June July Aug
Thursday, October 28, 2010
planting daffodils is hope for springPlanted the rest of my daffodils in various beds in the yard. We got 2 really good rains so earth is easier to dig. Something almost spiritual about planting bulbs I think. You plant them when the sadness of falling leaves, and frost with the hope of a brand new growing season. It always makes me think about how many more springs I have left. (sorry about the morbid thought)
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Planting new shrubsToday we planted 3 golden spirit smokebush. another 75% off from Lowes. supposed to space 8-15 feet but we planted much closer so that they would grow together. Put under the bathroom window in the back yard. Hubby also raked and seeded more of the yard in anticipation of rains that weather channel says is coming. I planted daffodil bulbs around rose in mailbox planter have about 40 more to plant in a few weeks.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
got to dig in dirt todayBought some plants at lowes today 75% off (yippeeee) Planted 2 Karl Foerster Feather reed grasses, nanho purple butterfly bush, and dark horse weigela. Suppose to rain tonight, boy hope that it does. Also my hubby put two more huge rocks in my flower bed. I have a real love for boulders. I have anew bed which is 15 feet long and narrow in width. It is on lower level and has bathroom window probably 20 feet off the ground. Does any one have ideas as to what evergreen would grow tall and slender that I could put in this spot?
Sunday, October 17, 2010
second entry of my garden diaryWent to cincinnati with grandkids this weekend. Very warm in the afternoon and fall colors abound. It is still pretty dry so the watering of my lawn continues. I have included a picture of a beautiful butterfly. They are moving slower now as the mornings are cooler. This one let me get up close and personal.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Today is my grandmother\'s birthdayThought that I would start a garden diary. Today was my grandmother's birthday. She , my mother and I all love to garden. Grandma is no longer alive, Mom has alzheimers now, but I will try to keep the tradition alive.
I have gardened , mostly flowers, and landscaping for 30+ years. Just planted a Little Gem Magnolia Saturday to replace a weeping cherry which died this summer due to extreme heat and drought. I have 2 sprinklers going in the yard right now, as we have a new lawn that is suffering.
Most of my flowers are fading now, we had slight frost last week here in my part of KY. I dug my elephant ear tubers yesterday and stored them in mesh bag in the basement. I have to next carrry the outside terra cotta pots inside before really cold weather and plant about 50 daffodils. I loooovvvvveeee red tulips, but alas the deer here love them too so I will increase my daffodil population.
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