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Things to Come in the garden Amaryllis

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

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The garden has a way of tantalizing you. It is dead winter (zone8) and despite some very frosty mornings there are all tsorts of things beginning to poke their way through the cold ground. It is a reminder to me to get them a good dose of soluble fertilizer . And for all the other bulbs doing the same. I usually use a balanced fertilizer and sprinkle a time release bulb blooming fertilizer for the beauties to come. 

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Winterizing in North Florida & Pansies, Violas, Johnny Jump Ups

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

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Here in North Florida we have begun to experience Fall and Winter simultaneously. Suffice it to say that the Temperature has been as low as the high 20 and as hot as the low 70’s. One of our cold hardy hardy group of plants are the Pansies an their smaller relatives. Two weeks ago we weeded and churned the soil in an oft neglected flower bed. Then covered it with on average 10 layers of newspaper and then an inch of cypress mulch. Ads sprayed the bed with castor oil. If we don’t the armadillos tear the areas apart looking for grubs.

Last week we put in Violas, and Johnny Jump-ups. I will post those pictures when the plants get a little fuller. In the next bed over we will be putting pansies and something taller. But first It has to be prepared. I had cannas there but they never bloomed to my satisfaction

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RED DOGWOOD

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

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The Red Dogwood, Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’ is a bit tempermental in my area which is good for mostly Zone 8 though we are close to Zone 9. It does not grow as fast or as well as the native plant or some of the white hybrids. I keep it heavily mulched and feed it azalea-camillia fertilizer twice a year. It is near a high pine over-story so that it gets light in the morning and a good portion of the day. I am quite fond of this as it has taken several plants to find the optimal location in my yard.It has been well worth it!!!red-dogwood-for-dedication-page-crop-bbb-img_4136.jpg

Camelia japonica variegated hybrid

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

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The second picture to appear in my new book is of Camelia japonica Edna Bass which has just been watered. I keep my camelia garden well mulched with pine straw and bark . The garden is beneath a high pine over-story. I fertilize with azalea-camelia fertilizer twice a year . I water if it has been dry and frequently during the blooming season. (My season is long as I have enough plants to have early to late bloomers or about 4 months or more of blossoms). C. sinensis is the plant that tea comes from.

Japanese Magnolias–the wrap-around cover of Zen of Watering Your garden

Friday, November 16th, 2007

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The photo below is of part of the wrap-around cover of one of my Japanese magnolias. The whole photo is is in the October 21 posting. In the photo the tree has just been watered and the flowers glisten with droplets. this is most assuredly a hybrid. When you plant these trees or any trees you need to have a good tagging system. I have lost the name of this hybrid. I fertilize twice a year around the heavily mulched tree. I only water when it has been dry two weeks (a survival of the fittest practice) as it is a good distance from any of the gardens for the brief but beautiful vista it presents when it blooms. Does anyone know the cultural or historical meaning of these in Japan or China???