YELLING ABOUT YARROW

No matter where I am, I always try to notice what is growing around me. Last week I was stuck in traffic on a busy commercial street not far from my house. Gazing at the gas station on the other side of the intersection, I noticed that the owner had installed a long raised planting bed, about 18” high, made […]

Do you have the Correct Bedding Plants in your Garden?

The description bedding plant is not an exact one and only means that the plant is grown elsewhere in some quantity and then planted out as a temporary occupant of the bed; this being known as `bedding out’. The bedding plant in private gardens has, in general, had its day, since this style of gardening entails much expense. In public […]

How to prune roses this Spring

SPRING PRUNING of established roses is always a gamble. If you prune too early, late spring frosts can kill all the canes. If you prune too late, some of the plants’ strength will be lost in the growth of the top shoots (spinach). You and you alone must be the judge of when to prune your roses. All roses must […]

How to grow Achillea – Yarrow

Named after Achilles, who is said to have used it as a treatment for his wounds (Compositae). Yarrow, milfoil. Hardy perennials, for the border or border rock garden. Species cultivated : Border A. filipendulina, large, plate-like heads of yellow flowers in summer; cultivars include ‘Gold Plate’, 4-5 feet, ‘Flowers of Sulphur , 2 feet, soft sulphur yellow flowers and powdered […]

Growing Fruit trees in a greenhouse in pots

Growing Fruit trees in a greenhouse in pots Fruit trees may also be grown in the unheated greenhouse in pots, tubs or boxes. The restriction of the roots induces early fruiting and keeps the trees small, while the glass catches the sun’s warmth, thus forwarding growth slightly, protects the blossom and fruitlets from spring frosts and renders protection from birds […]

Herb Gardening – Harvest, Design, Storing Herbs

The form and size of a herb garden is determined by the interest these plants hold for the individual. It can be a tiny border of commonly used culinary herbs such as mint, parsley, sage and thyme or an elaborate garden designed to house a wide collection of herbs. Many plants could legitimately be included in one of these large […]

Lathyrus – Perennial Plant, How to grow

Lathyrus is the ancient Greek name for the pea (Leguminaceae). A genus of hardy annual and herbaceous pernnial climbers, from temperate zones and tropical mountains. Perennial species cultivated                L. grandiflorus, 5 feet, rosy carmine, summer, southern Europe. L. latifolius, 10 feet, everlasting pea, bright carmine, August; var. albus, white flowers. L. magellanicus, 8 feet, bluish-purple, summer to early autumn, Straits […]

HOW DRY WE ARE – Gardening

Gardening is such an integral part of my life, that I can’t imagine not doing it. That’s why I cringe inside whenever I hear someone say, “If we have a drought and water restrictions this spring and summer, I just won’t plant my garden.” Drought and water restrictions may force us to act differently. It may even force us to […]

HOLLYHOCKS

There are lots of signs that summer has arrived—children get out of school, otherwise normal men get out of regular clothes and into lime green golf pants, and, in many gardens, the weeds get out of hand. To me summer means hollyhocks. Flower fads come and go like UFO sitings, but hollyhocks, those tall, lanky members of the mallow family, […]

Veronica – Perennial Plant, How to grow

Origin doubtful, possibly named after St Veronica (Scrophulariaceae). Speedwell. A genus of some 300 species ‘ of hardy perennials, annuals and sub-shrubs, mainly from northern temperate regions. Those described are hardy perennials, their flowers often borne in spikes. Dwarf kinds are suitable for the rock garden. Species cultivated V. agrestis, procumbent speedwell, prostrate, flowers pink, annual weed, Europe including Britain. […]