Saturday, February 28, 2009
Tips for planting in Zones 8 & 9:
Don't pre-chill your bulbs.
Plant October-December, spaced aprt three times the bulb's width.
Deep planting (6-8") provides a more even soil temperature.
Mulch with chopped leaves, pine straw or mini pine-bark nuggets.
Location needs full sun through mid-March and summer shade (for cooler soil).
Water from October 1-April 1. Daffodils require fall winter-spring watering; drought causes poor blooming. Sumer watering and fertilizer will rot daffodil bulbs.
No herbicides. No slow-release fertilizers.
Daffodils are not fertilizer dependent, but love potash, and prefer a neutral soil pH. Apply bone meal in the fall and right after blooming.
Don't plant next to heavy feeders such as roses and daylilies.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Today my order arrived from Sunshine Gardens in West Virginia. They offered 7 plants of Iris Cristata for $35 including shipping. I just had to have them. I planted those in two-three places to see where they will grow best. I have a patch of "native" iris that were found at my friend's place --the "Alabama Treasure Forest" so I divided those and planted some in various places to see where they will grow best, as well. I hope they will soon bloom so that I can identify them.
As I sit here, the owls are "cutting up" in the trees behind the house near the Chickasabogue. They start late in the afternoon. I suppose they are mating at this time of the year.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
She brought me a bag full of daffodils!
Gardeners love to share!!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Ed has tomato plants about 6 inches tall and some older plants that are reaching the top of the sides of the greenhouse and full of blooms.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Horace & Bonnie Allen; Mickey Day in rear.
Marilyn & Ed Jones
The Quilting Group
Nita James, Joy Middleton, Nell Barnes
??, Margaret McFall, Diane Stanley, Nita James, Robert Barnes.
Our neighbor, who has been away for a long while, returned with her dog. The dog is stupid and she doesn't try to train it. Every time we go into the area of my greenhouse which is close to their fence, the dog barks incessantly. Ed finally decided a fence would be our only peace. Besides the fact we don't care to look at her laundry on the line where she chose to put the closeline next to our greenhouse. I'm out there trying to make beautiful things happen and she's muddying things up with a yard full of holes that the stupid dog is digging and hanging laundry. Who hangs laundry anymore???
A privacy fence will go up shortly!
Friday, February 13, 2009
I don't know the criteria for being designated such, but it's a great honor. I believe it has to do with maintaining a pristine natural foliage and fauna of the land.
In this forest you will see trailing arbutus, native iris, cypress and cinnamon ferns...to name a few!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I have not had much success with Irises here in Mobile. I believe the soil is too acid. But, it doesn't stop me from trying. I have them planted all over this place. There are bearded ones, native iris, water iris and african iris and probably some others growing here.
My friend owns one of our area's "Treasured Forest" and I shared some of the water irises for his pond. They naturalized and are beautiful.
I spent today applying bonemeal to the irises and other bulb plants.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Time to prune, clean up your rose beds, apply organics, and start a spray program.
Organics to consider to replenish the beds are:
4-5 cups well-composted manure
2 cups cottonseed meal
3-4 cups alfalfa meal or pellets
1-2 cups Milorganite
1-2 cups fish meal
Any combination or all of them will give your garden a kick start. Be sure to water well after applying.
Apply Epsom Salt once a month during blooming season, starting April.
Renew your mulch around the roses. Oak leaves are good. Mulch them, if you can, with a mower.
Be sure to spray with a fungicide after you prune and resolve to stick to a spray program this year.
Well, the best laid plans of mice and men...
Got myself all dressed up for going to church. Got in the car, turned the key, and click??? Nothing. Yesterday I got in the car to go water the plants at the church and after putting the key in the ignition, I looked in the tray to be sure the church key was there. It wasn't. I went looking for the key all over the house and never did find it, so I canceled going. However, I forgot to go back and removed the car key from the ignition. Thus the dead battery. (I did finally find the key in a jacket.)
In my "dressed up" clothes, I went to open the green house door for ventilation and the next thing I knew, I was busy applying bone meal to the irises and lilies.~~~~~
Saturday, February 7, 2009
He still has a collard patch that hasn't been touched yet. If anyone has a taste for some, please let me know. We'll happily share.
The past two days have been good for getting out and cleaning up some of the cold damage. I've had to cut back burned ferns. Some time was spent tidying up the work bench in the greenhouse, and I dragged the poinsettias out and placed in the flower bed in front of the greenhouse.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I will occasionally share a recipe with you. Here is one that think you will really like:
Thursday, February 5, 2009
The "Urn Plant"
I have one blooming now.
I enjoy growing Bromeliads--they are so easy! Of course, it's better if you have a little greenhouse with a diffused light, such as a shade cloth or opaque fiberglass roof.
Some Bromeliads may be planted directly into the ground if protected in extreme cold.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
By eHow Home & Garden Editor
I Did This
Poinsettias are generally temporary houseplants purchased before the holidays in full bloom and discarded after New Year's Day. They can be kept and induced to bloom again the following winter, but this is a difficult process. An easier method of ensuring a blooming poinsettia for the next holiday season is propagation of the plant. You must take some special steps because of the sticky latex inside the stems.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need: Rooting hormone powder
Step1 Keep the plant alive through the winter and into spring - don't let it get too dry. The best time to begin propagation is in the Spring.
Step2 Cut a three- to six-inch section of the stem way from the end of a branch. Remove the bottom set of leaves from the cutting. If you intend to keep the parent plant, mist the area where you took the cutting with water to help prevent excessive sap from leaking out of the plant.
Step3 Dip the tip of the cutting in a jar of water to help prevent sap from leaking out of the stem.
Step4 Fill a three-inch pot with a mixture of sand and perlite. Then add a half inch layer of sand to the top of the mixture. The sand helps prevent the propagation from rotting.
Step5 Add some rooting hormone powder to the tip of the poinsettia cutting and insert it into the potting mixture. Water the propagation well at first. After the first watering, water only when the potting mix dries out. Too much water can cause stem rot.
Step6 Wait about two months for the poinsettia propagation to take root. When new growth appears, treat the poinsettia as a mature plant.