Wednesday, January 26, 2011
According to Doug Green’s Perennial Garden Tips: “The name Echinacea comes from the Greek, echinos or hedgehog.” I can almost see a little hedgehog in the spiny seed head. You can read the rest of Doug’s article here.
As I worked on my spring to do-list this week, I added another low-maintenance perennial that needs some maintenance.
Even low maintenance plants require some maintenance.
The no-maintenance garden is spelled C-O-N-C-R-E-T-E.
More information: “Dividing Perennials” from Clemson University Cooperative Extension
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
My original plant was a division from a neighbor. I have 3 clumps now. There are only a few things to do to keep them tidy.
If you don’t have a weed whacker offer your neighbor a beer to come whack them down. Each plant takes about 45 seconds. It’s worth a beer (or a case of beer if you have a lot of Liriope).
Saturday, January 15, 2011
It’s winter. Snow shoveling comes with the territory in zone 6, I guess. So far we’ve been lucky with no major snowfalls just a bunch of minor ones. It’s not as much fun as planting a new perennial or starting a new garden bed.
But, I’m told the snow is good for the garden. It conserves moisture in the soil. It insulates and protects perennials. It keeps the soil temperature more even and prevents heaving from alternate feeze/thaw cycles. And, it paints a pretty winter garden picture.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The “Perennial Care Basics” section contains a lot of information to absorb. From starting a new garden to revamping the old garden, there are so many tips and tricks simply make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
Not in a lifetime could I get so much information in one book. Each one of the 125 perennials in the “Plant by Plant” section includes growing tips, seasonal care and troubleshooting. Inserts for most of the plants contain tips and facts not found in your average plant description.
I guess you can tell I’m a big fan of this book. I’ll be happily dreaming through it all winter and beyond!
A reminder for local gardeners:
SPRING GARDEN SERIES
Get out of the house for an evening and start thinking SPRING! The first session starts 6 PM January 17 at Bethlehem Township Community Center. Call 610-391-9840 to reserve a spot or print the brochure in the link above and send it in.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
This plant could be Schlumbergera russelliana - that's my best guess. It is the granddaughter or great-granddaughter of the original plant I got 50 years ago. The flowers are brilliant red and it is usually blooms at Christmas. I have never seen one exactly like it at the garden centers.
I’ll transplant each one to individual clay pots one of these days. These plants seem to do better in a clay pot. (Plastic pots may keep the plant too wet.) Also Christmas Cacti tend to get top heavy. The weight of the clay pot keeps them from toppling over.
I will give three away. I'm looking for takers.
I’ll keep one to start a new generation.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Back to reality and time to plan for spring!
2011 Master Gardener Spring Garden Series
Evening Classes (6 PM) begin Monday, January 17 at the Bethlehem Township Community Center, 2900 Farmersville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020. Phone: 610-746-1970. The first classes will be “Cottage Gardening” and “Pollinators”.
Saturday Classes (9 AM) start February 12 at the Lehigh County Agricultural Center, 4184 Dorney Park Road, Allentown, PA 18104. Phone 610-391-9840. “Heirloom Tomatoes”, “Composting” and “Pollinators” will be the subjects to start the series.
Spring will be here before we know it. ---- I am so over last year!