Potting soil for Delphinums

Potting Soil for Delphiniums   John Innes Potting Compost Seed compost: 2 parts sterilised loam 1 part moss peat 1 part sharp sand The loam and peat is put through in 3/8 in (9mm) sieve. To each bushel (8gal/36l) is added: 1.5 oz (42gm) superphosphate 3/5 oz (21gm) ground limestone Potting Compost: 7 parts sterilised loam 3 parts moss peat 2 […]

USA Official Flowers

Provided is a listing of Offical Flower for each State.  Two names are provided, the common name and the botanical name.  A link is provided to provide more information about the plant. Alabama Camellia Camellia Alaska Forget Me Not Myosotis alpestris Arizona Saguaro Cactus Blossom Carnegiea gigantea Arkansas Apple Blossom Pyrus coronaria California California Poppy Eschscholtzia californica Colorado Rocky Mountain […]

Growing & Care of Apricots Trees

Apricots Of Mediterranean origin and flowering in late February and March, outdoor apricots demand a frost-free sunny site. Bush trees can be grown only in the southwest and southeast North America and England; elsewhere, as fan-trained trees on walls facing east, south, or southwest, or in greenhouses. Apricots prefer a moisture retentive, friable and well-drained soil: they object to stiff […]

Estimating Weight of Giant Pumpkins and Squash

The last update was dated January 1999 when I had 722 measurements. I now have 1194 measurements. The most important additions are for fruit over 900pounds and between ½ to 50 pounds. The ½ to 50 pound measurements were needed to significantly improve estimates for small fruit. The NEW tables provide estimates for fruit down to 31 inch Circumference and […]

How to Grow Raspberries

Raspberries Most raspberries bear red fruit but a few have white or yellow berries. Most ripen in July, some in September or October, and some in either season according to when they are pruned. For varieties fruiting in summer, pruning is carried out immediately picking has finished, the old canes being cut out completely and replaced by the new canes […]

Growing Delphiniums – Larkspur

There’s fully as much difference between the older and the modern delphiniums with their long, gorgeous spires, as there is between old-time roses, gladiolus, peonies, and dahlias, and the newer creations. If you’re a beginner, and close to a supply of the modern hybrids, buy not old plants (one year or over), but strong, young plants. If plants aren’t available […]

Garden Guides on Annual Flowers

Annuals…tiny seed to lovely flowers in one season For quick cover and decoration of bare areas where perennials have winter killed, and in numerous “nooks and crannies” throughout the garden, annuals are in the number one spot. In perennial beds and borders, annuals can be used to brighten dull areas and blend together various perennials. In beds by themselves, annuals […]

How to grow Lilacs

How to grow Lilacs When it’s lilac-blooming time again this year from early May until end of June-will your garden be replete with their white, violet, pink, blue; and purple flowers? Certainly they are among the most popular of all flowering shrubs, and nurserymen have over 250 named varieties to offer for your planting. Perhaps you’re holding back just because of […]

Growing tips for Paeonia

Growing Peonies – Paeonia May and June gardens would lack something without this outstandingly beautiful garden flower. The peony shoots off its display of bloom in a relatively short number of weeks but retains the perfection of its green and arching foliage through the season. Peony growing information The herbaceous type of peony that dies down in the autumn is […]

Growing and Caring for Delphiniums

These beautiful perennial plants require cool growing conditions if first class specimens are to be produced, and are well suited to the North West, although it is possible to obtain reasonable plants in other areas by raising them from seed at frequent intervals. They are used most frequently in herbaceous borders, mixed borders, and in front of shrubs. Few flowers […]