Wednesday, June 29, 2005Yesterday, I found fungi infection on two plants: the wintersweet and peony. People in DG told me it could be Botrytis cinerea (Graymold). So this morning, I cut some of the leaves out, and clean them. Hopefully they will be doing fine. Recently, the weather is very humid and hot. I guess it has something to do with the fungi infection.
I also got my Heuchera from Terre_'s coop. They look small but healthy. I should put them on the ground since the soil is so small that it might get dry out very quickly even though I don't feel like doing gardening in this muggy day.
I am into Hosta this days. Trying to fill out the garden gaps with those beautiful hostas. Need to find out where to get them. The local nursery don't carry too many varieties of them.
Two Musa basjoo in the garden. One is doing pretty good. It's about more than one foot tall. Another one looks weaker, just have three leaves out. I can see the second one's grow rate is slower than the first one. Planning to fertilizer them this weekend.
My neighbor's clematis grow so well, They are in bloom, pretty, purple big flowers on his arbor. I am waiting for DH to move the Rhododendron out of my garden, I will put the arbor in, and plan clematis too. The Rhododendron is about 6 feet tall. It's right in front of my wood garden. Since majority of my plants are small (less than 2 feet tall), the Rhododendron really blocks the view. It just doesn't go with my woodland garden. The arbor is in the garage now. Bought it from Kohls for $99 dollars. It's no the best one. Since I will grow the vine to cover it, so it doesn't matter.
The epimediums are doing great in the garden too. Two weeks ago, I bought 15 epimediums form garden vision (//www.home.earthlink.net/~darrellpro/). The price is great. They also have a lot of selections. I got the cheapest one since I just want to grow them as ground cover. The plants are really big. And I only paid $5 for each plants. But I think I am done with epimedium. Got to save some rooms for other plants. (Totally, I have 20 epiemdium).
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
I bought more plants the past weekendLast Friday 06/24/05, I went to the Great Swamp Nursery to see if they have any plants on sale. Guess what I found: I got Arisaema sikokianum for $6.99 plus 20% off. It was the only one. I was also surprise to see that they actually had this one. This nursery normally carries "normal" plants.
I want to have Arisaema sikokianum for a while. It's too pricy. Also I find out that it doesn't like the wet foot for the winter dormant season. Not sure if it will survive NJ winter. But since it's only about $6, I can give it shot.
I also got two Thalictrum Delavayi. The labels says Thalictrum dipterocarpum. Both of them are blooming. The flowers are really pretty. The problem is where should I put them?
Also purchased two heuchera and two Alchemilla mollis. I like heuchera a lot. Like fern, I found out they are easy to grow in the shady garden. I am going to plant them with the host on the side.
Alchemilla mollis are not doing well. It was my fault. I was away for the weekend. And the pots were dried up. When I came home on Sunday, I gave them a lot of water, also put them in the garden. Still, they look 90% dead. Maybe they will recover a little bit. Even though the Heuchera are in the same spot as Alchemilla, they are doing much better. I guess now I know Heuchera is more drought resistant.
The seeds I am growing now are Platycodon, green Japanese maple and Chimonanthus praecox. I bought platycodon from chinese supermarket couple months ago, didn't get a chance to grow them until now. I can see the little seedling. Even though the instruction says it doesn't like to be transfer, I decide to give it a try. This is bule one.
The story about Japanese maple is that Eric (my husband) wants green Japanese maple which doesn't grow too tall. But he won't purchase it from web since he would like to see it first and our local nursery doesn't carry it. So one day, when we saw it in a party event, we took some seeds from it. The seeds were still green to red, not sure if it's ready or not. Anyway, I sowed some of the seeds. Haven't seen anything coming up yet.
Last year, I grow one Chimonanthus praecox from seed that purchased from //www.boldweb.com. Since I am so proud of myself (also I like this shrub a lot), I bought two packs. Nothing yet. I sowed them about week ago. So patient.
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