Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Usually I post about easy-to-grow plants, plant I'm growing or my clients are growing. But I just had to share a photo of this Fuchsia I saw at a nursery yesterday. It's my favorite variety called Bicentennial. I love the coral orange stripey thing going on. In fact I've killed this plant several times! Fuchsias die in our SoCal Valley summer heat :-(. I've tried many. I used to grow about 6 varieties. I also love the white ones.
Oh, maybe I should try just one more?
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Please note the difference between a basal cane and a sucker. Most modern roses are grafted onto a different rose rootstock. You can see the graft or bud union at the base of the rose where all the branches form. Sometimes that rootstock will decide to grow under the graft, usually right out of the ground. It is advisable to remove those suckers. Or the rootstock may overtake your grafted or desirable plant growing just Dr. Huey which is a once a year red flowered climbing rose. And the part above the graft will die because the rootstock is more vigorous. So definitely watch for suckers too! Happy rose growing!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Many people think Marigolds are too common or too stinky or snail fodder. I think they really give the best show of color for sunny locations here. They DO smell a little weird and do attract snails. Sluggo works well killing snails and slugs. None of my clients let me plant orange Marigolds! So now that we have our own place I planted them as a border along one of our walkways.
I don't know if you can see in my photo. But I bundled, twisted and rubber banded the fading Daffodil leaves along the walkway. One is supposed to leave the foliage to turn brown as it dies back because it's storing nutrients for next year. But it looks messy and takes up space! I used to braid the long leaves. But that takes too long and is back breaking! I planted the Marigolds between the bulb leaves since they'll be gone in the summer and the Marigolds will fill in then.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
After my last post, we put up metal screening between the stakes for the tomatoes, cucumbers and gourds. I finally found one artichoke plant at Lowes. Rick asked for radishes so I sowed some seeds too.