March 31, 2009
March 30, 2009
Without pruning it would get leggy and ugly. Pruning makes it more dense. Below after pruning:
Doesn't look very handsome NOW, but believe me it will look great - round and dense - in 2 months!
I am not an expert - just share my experience with you and I would be very happy if you share your experience with me, by adding comments.
I have read somewhere, that it can be pruned in the Summer, after flowering, to keep it shaped nicely and flowering every year.
I did not like yellow flowers, so I was not particularly looking for flowers of Santolina chamaecyparissus.
Assuming that I would like to promote flowers of Santolina - what shall I do?
March 29, 2009
There is a lot advantages of Twitter, but the main one is that you can connect in real time with other garden bloggers. Imagine it as big digital party where you meet different people and talk about newest film, car etc. This is the place to learn with speed of light all newest info about whatever subject interests you: curing your credits, film schools, best acting schools in your area, cooking recipes etc. After you have a group of people that represent your different interests you may ask questions starting from insurance advice via organic gardening, and finally at how to consolidate school loans etc.
Sometimes, when I open Twitter in the morning, the party is going on despite of hour. So, I log in and what I see? One of my favourite garden blogger in California just before going to sleep, somebody in Singapore just after work and somebody in Australia.
The whole world is present in your real time and you can feel it!
After you sign up, there are also Twitter Groups you may join:
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See you there!
March 28, 2009
I hope potatoes available in the shop are not treated too much, but this is only a hope. There is no real control over that process.
Grow potatoes yourself - completely new idea to me, appeared recently as a result of seeking real tastes od childhood. This is just fun - growing potatoes for one or two meals.
Anyone can do it - you can grow potatoes even on the balcony, in the bags with soil.
I picked 4 not too big, nicest looking potatoes and now will keep them in egg tray to let it sprout. Potatoes are more productive if they are sprouted before planting and the growing season is shortened.
I think they should be placed now in half-dark place. Some people advice cutting them by half, but second half says 'cutting doesn't make sense'. It sounds more convincing to me to pick small potatoes rather than cutting them.
March 27, 2009
My poinsettia is still growing flowers instead of getting dormant.
Poinsettia we buy before Christmas have very small root system, so they need constant moist soil. Now, after 3 months I can see that even if the soil dries up sometimes, the plant is still fine - it survives even few days, without dropping leaves.
All my other blooms you may see in my last GBBD post.
Blooming Friday is organised by Katarina at Roses and Stuff.
Jump there to see more. You may also partcipate!
March 25, 2009
~~ Robert H. Schuller
What are you doing to put garden notes together?
March 24, 2009
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March 22, 2009
If you missed that story of 3,000 years old ancient Egyptian pottery used in the garden and stored in shed in UK, read the story here.
My Organic Vegetable Garden After Winter and What in Common Has My Garden with Veggie Garden at the White House - aha?!
Not everything died during cold winter in my zone 6 - salads were sown in September.
Rucola - elegant and peppery spicy on plate, reliable and winter hardy while growing. Rich in vitamin C and potassium.
Rucola [Eruca sativa (syn. E. vesicaria subsp. sativa (Miller) Thell., Brassica eruca L.], also known as Garden Rocket, Rocket (British English), Eruca, Rocketsalad, جرجير jarjīr (Arabic), Arugula (American English), Rucola (Italian), Rukola (Slovenian, Polish), Rugola (Italian), Rauke (German), Roquette (French), Rokka (Greek), Roka (Turkish), Ruca (Catalan), Beharki (Basque), Voinicică (Romanian) Rúcula, Oruga and Arúgula (Spanish), Rúcula (Portuguese), Ruchetta (Italian) and Rughetta (Italian).
It gets more famous nowadays, because it will be grown in organic vegetable garden at the White House. Details were revealed last Friday, when Michelle Obama oficially started the works. On the White House blog you may also see the plan of garden and all veggies that will be growing for the health of presidential family.
My seeds (bought in Turkey 5 years ago and they still germinate in satisfactory amount) were sown in September. As you see on the picture big, healthy salads has grown while I was dreaming about Spring.
I found also some small carrots, that were hiding from me in the summer.
My organic corn salad (Valerianella locusta) is also winter hardy. Germinated last Autumn and growing straight in the cold garden. Blesses me with freshness in March. Nutritious corn salad has three times as much Vitamin C as lettuce, beta-carotene, B6, B9, Vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids. Best if gathered before flowers appear.
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March 14, 2009
March 13, 2009
The best time to prune hydrangea is it in the spring, after the most severe frost is gone. Rather do not prune plants before winter, as it easier for them to survive when the real cold hits the garden. Not pruned plants and not cleaned perenninal remains give the shelter to many beneficial creatures. Look at this picture, how many ladybirds (natural aphids enemies) have been hiding from the cold under dead leaves on the flower bed.
Recommended further reading Hydrangeas in the North: Getting Blooms in the Colder Climates
Hydrangea paniculata pruning
This one is easy, because it always flowers on current year growing stems. Therefore main role of pruning, as you can see, is to keep the proper shape and density of the plant. This is especially important when hydrangea paniculata is still young - pruning makes it more dense right from the bottom. The general rule is to keep 1-3 buds pairs on the stem.
In the first year it looked like this before pruning:
Next year I prune it 10 cm higher (1 buds pair)... (see how Hydrangea paniculata Limelight looks 6 months later, while blooming in August'09)...
......and additionally, I keep the inside stems higher, while outer stems are cut shorter. This will give hydrangea paniculata nice symmetrical shape. If your H. Paniculata is too large, you don't have to be affraid - just prune it as much as you need. It will show happily new leaves soon.
Hydrangea macrophylla pruning
(Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Lacecap Hydrangea, Mophead Hydrangea, Penny Mac and Hortensia - all name same plant)
H. macrophylla does not require too much pruning, unless it is really required due to frost or physical damage of the plant.
First of all examine entire plant and check what is the situation with buds. From nature buds are naked, they do not have any protection against freezing - this is why they flower best in the zones = or lower than 7.
In lower zones, it shoud be planted in cosy corner, sheltered by other plants. It also may needs covering for winter. This winter mine were not covered, survived -20C, buds look so-and-so.
If you look at the buds and see, that they are completely brown - this means high possibility of damage - such buds must go!
If you see green inside of the bud.... like on the picture below........
- there is a chance that flower, formed previous year, has survived. So we spare this one and see if we were right.
Pruning of Hydrangea macrophylla is easy if you remember to not prune it too much - it will love you for this. Next thing you should do is to remove dead flowers, that are so ornamental in the winter garden - and look where is the nearest set of green buds and cut 1 cm above it. That is all you need to do to keep it ready for the happy summer.
Hydrangea aspera pruning
It does not require pruning and actually it doesn't like it. This is large shrub (up to 5m), so you need lot of space to make it real stunner.
Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle
Flowers form on current year stems, so in general you may prune it to keep the shape of the shrub. However don't prune it too hard if you don't want to stalk your flowers. Fresh stems are not rigid enough to hold big, white flowers. I make rather cosmetic pruning - only if I see dead stems or want to change its shape. As you can see this hydrangea does not need pruning this year.
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Recommended further reading Hydrangeas in the North: Getting Blooms in the Colder Climates
March 9, 2009
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