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zenofwatering.com » 2008» January

Archive for January, 2008

Teach Your Children Young

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

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Teach Your Children Young
Even a 14 month old will mimic behavior. She is just waiting for the water . Which wont come today because eve thouh we live in zone8-9 it is under 35F outside. She will be surprised though when the grass changes as the winter rye comes up. I doubt she is having a Zen-like experience. But she has learned the importance of hand-watering

Loropetalum chinensis

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

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Loropetalums are shrubs widely planted in this area Zone8-9. They tolerate poor soil conditions. I had to search for this one–not your typical winter photo. Rather it was found in full sun as opposed to mine which are in half shade and wont bloom for another few weeks. I chose this to brighten everyone else’s winters.
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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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Featured in Newspaper

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

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Today I and the Zen of Watering Your Garden were the feature story in the “Living Section” of the Tallahassee

Democrat a Gannett owned newspaper at

http://www.tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=LIVING.

Or just go to the Tallahasee Democrat at www.tallahassee.com

and click on the word ‘LIVING’ in the left hand column of bars

then click on ‘Find Peace in the Garden’ just below the photograph of me and the entire story opens.

 

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Johnny Jump-ups

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

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As promised here is a Johnny Jump-up that has done some growing and is interesting as a photo because it shows the flowers in all stages. these are easy to grow in my part of Zone 8. Surprisingly this plant survived two frosty mornings with temperatures below 20F. This may or may not be due to being under a partial over hanging canopy. johnny-jump-ups.JPG

Breaking the Rules

Friday, January 4th, 2008

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Viola in Garnet and Gold

I initially intended to show photos from the book in the sequence that the photos appear in the book. But I broke that rule when I went to the pansy photo. And as you can tell some of the other photos are already out of sequence with the previous comments. c’est l vi ! I am learning to use the blog software so please be tolerant as I hope the photos are dazzling. I had to struggle to get the wet quince photo into the blog in a size that was not a postage stamp.That said, in addition to breaking the sequence rule I think it will be fun for the readers particularly those in zones higher than 8 to see what is going on in North Florida. Hence the pansies below and the viola above and if I master this, then some more violas and Johnny Jump Ups will follow!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

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