Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 11:33 pm
Heucheras is also known with names as alum root and coral bells. ) are related to the saxifrage, and all species, of which there are around 40, are indigenous to North America; the Native Americans used some species for medicinal purposes.
Heuchera may appear as a nondescript-looking plant, but it is infact pretty enough when producing its coral-red flowers in early summer.
‘Palace Purple’ is a typical variety in herbaceous plants with both stunning foliage and attractive flowers. Heuchera species hybridise with gay abandon to produce some of the most sought-after plants around today.
Most of the eye-catching varieties available include hybrids of H. americana, a plant with leaves variously colored from pale green to purplish, and hybridizers have produced an enormous number of cultivars from this and other heuchera species,in a wide range of leaf colours in green, pink, yellow and bronze, often mottled or variegated, and white, green, pink or red flower spikes, often described in catalogues as appearing in spring. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 at 9:18 pm
During the month of July gardeners must be cautious of development of mold and fungal diseases in their gardens.
It is extremely important in gardening to monitor for mold and fungal diseases. If your flower garden having annuals and early blooming perennials has started appearing shaggy then it would be better to trim these plants back to improve appearance and promote more bushy growth. Trimming plants will further facilitate increased air circulation around adjacent and later-blooming plants. This in turn will reduce drastically the conducive growth for mold, mildew and fungus.
The vegetable gardeners should preferably use straw as a mulch to retain soil moisture and reduce fluctuations in soil temperatures. Straw will also serve as a potential barrier between fruits and vegetables and the damp soil. Do not ignore the factor of ensuring good air circulation which is needed to reduce probability of occurrence of mold and fungal diseases in the vegetable garden. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 at 11:48 am
For a garden full of fragrances you need to select suitable plants that keep a sweet-smelling garden year-round.
There are many plants that add fragrance to the interior or exterior garden including trees, shrubs, vines and perennials.
Trees that could add fragrance to your garden may include ylang-ylang, citrus, magnolia, frangipani and wild cinnamon.
Shrubs such as lemon grass, gardenia, angel’s trumpet, rosemary, spice-wood and sweet viburnum will also keep your garden fresh and live. For a ground cover or a vine, plants with fragrance include mint, scented geraniums, confederate jasmine, creeping thyme, oregano and honeysuckle. Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at 11:36 am
If you are planning for a perfect water-savvy garden then start with selecting plants with adaptations for dry weather.
Subtropical plants in your garden will last through long dry spell. Heliconia subdulata with lobster-claw flowers is a tropical species having thick rhizomatous roots like ginger to store energy to survive through the drought periods. Heliconias bloom with lovely flowers in clumps.
Among many adaptive plants the succulents are the best survivors with their plump juicy innards acting like little water vessels in their natural desert habitat.
Banana plants contain plenty of moisture in their stems and trunks help the plant survive through the drought. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 12:13 pm
Getting rid of voles is a challenge. The best strategy for gardeners is to learn to live with voles, minimizing their damage. The most vital tool for controlling voles is good information. You must know your enemy well.
Voles are pretty interesting little critters. They’re closely related to house mice and about the same size, but with shorter tails and different habits. Voles live outdoors, moving around through a system of tunnels that keeps them out of sight most of the time. They live only about a year, on average, but in that time they stay busy having lots of babies, sometimes several litters per year. They don’t hibernate in the winter; they keep right on eating their vegetarian diet of leaves and seeds throughout the year. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 12:00 pm
With spring gardening season around many gardeners must be planning and working out with their landscapes, home gardens, and farms. Generally the landscape plant choices are based on aesthetics and hardiness. However, you should never neglect the plant toxicity. Even if owners plant trees, shrubs, and flowers well out of pastured or stalled horses’ reach, the animals could still be exposed. Strong winds, storms, and flooding, for instance, can carry branches and other plant materials into pastures. Horses also can escape from confinement and gain access to areas normally out of reach. Garden workers might discard plant trimmings in pastures, unaware of how toxic some can be.
Trees to avoid are red maple and other maples, wild cherry, black walnut, black locust, oak, Kentucky coffee tree, buckeye, golden chain tree, mimosa, persimmon, chinaberry, tung nut, and cycad palms. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 12:06 pm
Stop mildew from spreading on roses by spraying weekly with diluted skim milk (1 part skim milk mixed with 9 parts water) or with products containing triforine or chlorothalonil fungicide. Although no fungicide will remove mildew that is already on the leaves and buds, these sprays prevent mildew from starting on new growth. That way your roses can outgrow the effects of mildew. It also helps to spray rose foliage with plain water early in the morning, but never after mid-morning or in the evening.
To prevent or stop clearwing borers from damaging your peaches or nectarines, spray malathion on the trunks and branches now. New borer larvae hatch this month and must be stopped as they crawl from the ground to the trunk and branches, before they get inside the bark. Borers eat away at the growing and nutrient-carrying tissues inside. Neglecting this problem results in a dead tree – or in a tree so weak that it can hardly produce any fruit. Spraying in mid-May helps to keep peaches, nectarines and other stone fruits safe from borers. Read the rest of this entry