Friday, July 22, 2011
I decided to plant a new Big Leaf Hydrangea earlier this month, the new Twist-n-Shout. It is pH sensitive so I will have to work hard to keep the soil slightly acidic, but I don't mind. I like the plants leaf color, which is supposed to turn burgundy red in the fall, and the interesting flower heads.
To help the plant survive the first winter here in Minnesota, make sure to keep watering the plant until the ground is frozen. Also, place four inches of mulch over the plant to protect it, usually sometime in November (or as I say, before the first snow). In the Spring, when the ground has thawed, remove the mulch so the sun can kick start new growth! Flowers bloom on new and old growth.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I pulled up my spinach last week because it was going to seed. As I was pulling up one row, I discovered this tomato plant growing in the middle of the spinach. Since my tomato plants didn't produce anything last year, I guess this volunteer decided to wait and give me hope this year. This week it has some flowers on it.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
So my best advice is to wait a little bit longer if you think a plant is dead, maybe even another season, as you could discover that the only thing wrong is that the plant prefers a later bloom time.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Last year a late spring frost killed all the buds so I babied them this year to make sure the same thing didn't happen. Six of the twelve bloomed this year (the ones from Klehms are still "young"). Here are the five I was able to photograph. Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt has the strongest fragrance...really nice!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I have tried mixing in new top soil when I can, but I can only dig so deep before I need a backhoe and a dump truck to haul it all out. Don't have the funds for that. So what I am left with is battling my soil conditions and planting what I think might survive in a area. Of course light conditions play heavily on what I plant where.
So far this spring I have lost some plants to rot:
- Two Coneflowers
- Two Coreopsis
- One Foxglove
- Hydrangea Bush
So I am left every spring wondering what will come back and what won't. Hopefully this summer won't be as wet as 2010 because loss due to rot comes down to one thing, how wet is your garden?
What have been your experiences battling the heavy clay soil of Minnesota?
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Each year I add new bulbs to the garden, but can never remember what type they are until they bloom. Here are some of the daffodil types I have in the flower beds. I took photos of the beds this year so I can remember where the daffodils are in relation to the tulips so I can plant accordingly. I think that my favorite daffodil I have planted so far is the "Tahiti" variety (show in the lower right of the photo above).
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I started them late this year (oops). They take a while to get started so usually I have them potted by the end of February or early March, but couldn't get to them until the end of April. Of course it is too cold in those months, so I sit them in a sunny location in my house and wait for them to start growing.
Pot them so the top of the tuber is at the soil line. Potting them below could lead to water pooling in the top and rotting out the tuber. If you leave a little bit of the stem from last year, you can easily tell which end is up. Below is a picture of one of them sitting in a pot, without the soil completely around it so you can make out the shape of the tuber. I added just enough soil to barely cover, then watered and set outside on nice sunny days. Once the weather warms up more, they'll grow more quickly.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
With Spring taking its sweet time this year, I just had to stop by Bachman's to see the lovely flowers, these being trays of Pansies. It took a lot of self control to not walk out with a bunch of them. My husband would not have been happy.
Monday, April 4, 2011
noticeable in the garden with their red arms sticking out of the ground. They are classified as either early, mid, or late varieties.