Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
I have been playing out there and have made an Easter urn. Simple, yet effective, I think.
I'm off to the Bahamas and will blog from there. You should see the plants! They are blessed with so much sunshine and rain that things just grow like crazy. I will send you pictures of the beautiful flowers and wonderful foliage.
Friday, March 19, 2010
The warm weather makes us go out in the garden and itch to get our fingers dirty. But, be careful about treading in the garden too much if your yard is soggy. You will compact the soil and prevent some plants from growing.
But you do need to get out for regular tours to check on plants which may have heaved out of the soil. Be on the lookout for the ones who are indecently exposed! Those plants will have roots at the surface and a the network of tendrils out in plain view! Kindly cover them with soil and gently pack it down. You should be noting which shrubs need a pruning for a better shape. If they are not spring bloomers, prune them now to maintain the shape you want. In my garden, with the exception of the snowdrops, the bulbs are just pushing their tentative first shoots above the soil. The early purple crocus have appeared and the happy yellow faces of the winter aconites are most welcome. I have made the mistake in years past of uncovering plants too early and causing them to get frost bite. Now is a good time to add soil to amend the nutrients in your garden if you know where all your plants are.
If you have to play, plant your urn. I put a limited selection of items for the urn at the front of my property, mostly decorative elements.
I will have an urn workshop on April 20 at 1 pm. We will plant perennials that can go into your garden when you change to the summer display! Email me for a spot in the workshop:
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Oh, oh. My sad rhododendron is sitting with its leaves all furled up, waiting for rain and warmer weather. I feel quite remiss when I look at its poor cold leaves and wish I had built a burlap shelter for it to weather the weather! But I don't like the look of a burlap swaddled front garden and I want plants that can survive and thrive in my front garden, bringing interest in all 4 seasons. But when I look at rhodo's furled leaves I have twinges of conscience. In the hope of warming up the plant, I put some peat and the remainder of a bag of potting soil around the roots. Like a guilty mom, I carefully filled buckets of snow to dump on the newly laid soil so the moisture would melt slowly and blanket the roots. I can only be ruthless in giving advice in other people's gardens. Please bloom, I silently plead.
The snowdrops are out. They have been merrily multiplying each year and I help them by moving them into areas that could use their white nodding heads and beautiful green rimmed edges. I've been checking to see what has heaved its roots above ground. It's always the newly planted shrubs and perennials that seem to pop up. I make a mental note to keep a few bags of soil in reserve for this time of year to tap around those indecently exposed roots. I scraped enough earth out of the compost to place on some of the mose seriously exposed.
The birds are busy tweeting and moving about in the bushes. Propably looking for likely nesting sites. I have the most beautiful cardinal who sits in bare branches of a small maple gladening my heart every morning.