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Stonecrops Rock. GARDENING TIME. Hoe and Shovel: 5 Reasons To Make Your Own Shade. Do you have time to wait for trees to grow?

Hoe and Shovel: 5 Reasons To Make Your Own Shade

No matter how old you are, I say, yes. If you like shade, go ahead and plant a tree ... or ten! Trees grow while you're sleeping, while you're at work, while you're raising your children, while you're cleaning the house, while you're gardening. Put them in the ground and a few years down the road you'll be glad you did it! If I had known 20 years ago when I planted four live oaks and two drake elms in my back yard how much I was going to LOVE shade-gardening I probably would have planted a forest of them. Each oak tree started out no taller than me and hardly 1.5" in diameter. As the day progresses, and the sun moves from east to west, a good deal of light floods in under the edges of the canopy. Photos like this one remind me of a time when every square inch of the space shown here was lawn.

Gradually. Shade gardening is so much easier than full sun gardening. The Garden Professors™ – Advancing the science of gardening and other stuff since 2009. Front Garden - Deb's Garden Blog. What's in Bloom. Our Coastal Garden – The Frustrated Gardener. Our tiny coastal garden is a quiet haven in a bustling seaside town.

Our Coastal Garden – The Frustrated Gardener

It’s packed with subtropical plants and dominated by foliage of all shapes, sizes and textures. Exuberant flowers introduce drama and colour through the spring and summer. Sheltered on four sides, it’s a perfect place for entertaining guests and our many feathered friends. We use the outdoor kitchen all through the year, even in the winter. Our garden is what greets visitors to The Watch House and provides the picture we see daily beyond our windows. Location: Broadstairs, Kent, on the east coast of England. Aspect: East facing. Soil: Imported topsoil (alkaline) over solid chalk. Weather: USDA Zone 9a. Plants: Follow this link for a full list of everything we grow. Robert Kourik's Gardening & Landscaping Links. Peaceful Valley Farm Supply www.groworganic.com 888-784-1722 Great source of "all any organic gardener needs to have a happy garden".

Robert Kourik's Gardening & Landscaping Links

Fantastic chart about the effects/uses of dozens of organic fertilizers by generic and trade names. Raintree Nursery. Trees - Deb's Garden Blog. Welcome to Digging! Digging is for anyone who loves gardens, photos of beautiful plants, a sense of connectedness with nature, real-life plant info, design insights, how-to gardening tips, and virtual garden tours.

Welcome to Digging!

Dirt-under-the-nails types and armchair gardeners alike will find plenty to enjoy here. Floribunda Rose. Our garden: site analysis. I’m afraid I’ve let all the work we’ve done on our Kigali garden recently move well ahead of writing posts about it.

Our garden: site analysis

We — the gardener, two temporary workers, and I — made some substantial changes during June. So much so that we’re now taking a week or so of relative rest before the gardener and I start phase two. (When I got up in the middle of the night about a week ago, I thought I was going to die, my muscles were so sore.) Hint: I’ve been using flour to mark the new outlines of planting beds. So while we pause, I’ll back up and give you some “before” pictures and a little site analysis. (I’m going to use the present tense while describing the old garden features, so as not to give away the changes we’ve made). This is a good-sized, “working” diplomatic garden that hosts two or three receptions or ceremonies a month. If you slip in a small space between a couple of those shrubs, as in the photo below, you find an old stone path leading to a no-longer-used concrete flagpole base.

Plant This. Death Star-adapted plants tend to be small-leaved and airy, the better to retain precious water.

Plant This

But our native Turk’s cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) defies that expectation with vaguely heart-shaped leaves the size of a napkin scrounged out of your car’s glove box, and just as crinkled. For the foliage alone, which the deer ignore in my garden, Turk’s cap would be worth planting. But the twisted, tomato-red flowers that blaze among the leaves from late spring through fall make Turk’s cap one of my favorite perennials for shade or part sun. Hummingbirds adore these blossoms, and you’ll see them zipping around for a drink all summer long. Turk’s cap will grow in either sun or shade, although it can look wilted by the end of the day in full sun. The Enduring Gardener - Part 2. I recently had a wonderful day at one of Rosebie Morton’s Rose Days at her farm in a deeply rural part of Hampshire.

The Enduring Gardener - Part 2

She is best known as the founder of The Real Flower Company – the company that sends out the loveliest and most indulgent of handmade bouquets of fragrant roses and flowers – all grown on their own farms. Behind that public face is the wholesale business she has evolved to supply the roses, other flowers and foliage for her own company and the wholesale floristry market. The courses are run from her own house and garden next door to the flower farm.

Her story is very inspiring. As a young married woman she looked after the sheep on her husband Matthew’s farm – but small three children made this impractical so she decided to ask for a corner of one of the fields and initially planted 60 well-scented roses that in four years expanded to 300, then 1000 and then field scale – when she took over Matthew’s best wheatfield. Margaret Merrill Chandos Beauty – aka Perfect Child. Outside the Box. Q: I am frustrated with the boxwoods I am growing and know you have a large collection at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Outside the Box

Mine have orange/brown and dead areas and just do not grow or look as nice as yours. What is the "secret? " Ruth B. – Hoover, AL A: I think your boxwood troubles are primarily two-fold: bad genes and poor culture. Gardening and Landscape Blog by Deborah Silver - Part 2. Narcissus, commonly known as daffodils or jonquils, flower in the spring in my zone from bulbs planted the previous fall.

Gardening and Landscape Blog by Deborah Silver - Part 2

They are native to southwestern Europe and North Africa. From Wikipedia, “The species are native to meadows and woods in southwest Europe and North Africa with a center of diversity in the Western Mediterranean, particularly the Iberian peninsula. Both wild and cultivated plants have naturalised widely, and were introduced into the Far East prior to the tenth century.

Narcissi tend to be long-lived bulbs, which propagate by division, but are also insect-pollinated.” It is generally accepted that there are about 50 species of narcissus, and another 60 known naturally occurring hybrids. The narcissus Poeticus does not remotely resemble the large brassy yellow trumpet flowered daffodil that is common in spring gardens throughout the US. It is no secret that I am a big fan of spring flowering bulbs. The daffodil Broughshane was bred by an Irish hybridizer, Guy Wilson. A Small Property. A small property is uniquely suited for the creation of a landscape that can be fully charged with an atmosphere and aura all its own.

A Small Property

In a small space, every gesture is deliberate, apparent, and personal. Nothing escapes a keen eye. The scale of a small space is a scale a single person can easily become part of. The experience of a beautiful small landscape is compelling, as every element is geared towards interaction. A small space can be readily absorbed and savored. Large landscapes and parks can be awe inspiring. In the summer, a very beautiful low stone wall is obscured by a seasonal in ground planting. Danger garden. Rebecca's Texas Garden. I was slacking the last couple of months on posting blooms for Carol's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day over at May Dreams Gardens (even though I was diligent about taking pictures), and since I have minimal August blooms, I figured I play a bit of catch-up with my summer-time bloom pictures.

WARNING: an excessive amount of flower pictures follow. Since we had a mild start to our summer temperatures and a lot of early summer rainfall, the June blooms were fabulous. One of my favorites for the month were the sunflowers. I love how bright and cheerful they are. The bees certainly loved their pollen. Some of the sunflowers were planted on purpose, like these along the fenceline. Flora Wonder Blog. I re-entered the nursery just as Eric Gossler was leaving with his order for Gossler Farms Nursery. He tossed me his 2015-2016 retail catalog and I didn't have to pay $2.00 like it says on the cover. I shoved everything to the side on my desk and sat down. The first two pages contain the introduction, a folksy recap of their past year, and it is signed by Eric, Roger and mother Marj Gossler, the latter with impeccable cursive. Then follows 35 pages of offerings. An Online Nursery that is the best place to buy new plants online for your garden. Henry's Garnet Sweetspire (Itea virginica Henrys Garnet) at Wayside Gardens.

Why get just one season of beauty from your shrubs when this Sweetspire is happy to offer three? Looking at this shrub in spring or summer, you can admire its sweet fragrance and lovely cascading blooms against fresh green foliage, but you might wonder why on earth it has "garnet" in its name. Not until the cool weather of autumn arrives and every leaf turns a sizzling shade of rosy-pink to red will you realize that while you've been enjoying the beauty of this shrub for months, you've actually been seeing it "offseason"! Plant Finder. Lespedeza thunbergii 'Spilt Milk', Bush Clover. Agastache 'Peachie Keen' PPAF: Order A.S.A.P.❗️❗️

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It’s one of those somewhat cold-tender plants that I’d wait to plant until late spring in order to give its roots a whole growing season to establish before winter. It appreciates morning sun or bright shade in my garden. I’ve heard that deer find it tasty, so mine are planted in the fenced back garden.