Tuesday, November 16, 2010
This week's title comes from a good piece of advice I got from a very wise person (I forgot who). Anywho, this is that time of year! I just wish I had 3 more weeks of this Indian Summer before Thanksgiving and Christmas, and all that jazz. But, alas we are down to the wire. I hope you got all your bulbs in (outdoors). You can't just throw them in the fridge and plant them in spring. We (who are hiding from the calendar) are still potting tulips in the "g" house for forcing inside. After potting they winter in the basement (which is wet) and we bring them up into the warmth after an extensive rooting period (12=16 weeks).
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Oh we are connected at the hip to our computers these days, aren't we? So as I listen to Simply Red "Fairground" on Youtube, I want to share some websites with y'all...........
Who has time to read gardening magazines? Not me ......so when a friend hands me one, I feel guilty and peruse at my own risk. Voila, a great article about a well respected friend in the latest Garden Design. Amy Goldman is a Dutchess County resident when she is not traveling the planet on her crusade to reintroduce heirloom vegetables to the human populus. Her "back 40" is a living museum and you will never meet a more elegant or eloquent person.
Find her in cyberspace at http://www.rareforms.com/
Bulb planting season is winding down. Sometimes it feels like a necessary evil, and then you realize it is the easiest way to get a huge bang for your buck with relatively little effort. Bulbs are clean, light and easy on the pocketbook. So what was I groaning about? ............Still time for tulips and lilies, and (trust me on this one) the bulb connection is Scheepers in Bantam, Conn. http://www.johnscheepers.com/
So while you're driving on the internet highway, Google this.............Planting Fields Arboretum, Chanticleer, Chicago Botanical Garden, House of Flowers, and Piping Rock Orchids.................there that will keep you busy :-)
Monday, November 1, 2010
Yes, I guess the growing season is over: 4 days with lows in the 20s and highs in the 40s is a reality check to get all those garden chores done. So, we are doing just that! The last of the bulbs get planted (lilies in the cutting garden), moving delphiniums to the Long Arbor (taking a risk, but I will mulch around the crowns), and cleaning out all the excess debris in the beds. That should keep us busy until Thanksgiving (which is only weeks away).
|Malus 'Donald Wyman'|
|Malus 'Donald Wyman'|
There is still some color...........Malus 'Donald Wyman' looks more like a cherry than an apple and those Korean mums are still going strong!