Saturday, February 13, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
The above is a picture of a succulent that I am not entirely sure what it is. When babies were given to me they called it burro's ears. Anybody out there know what its Latin name is. It blooms every winter in the greenhouse and then dies. Then I replant one of it hundreds of babies and start the process all over again.
Below we have my collection of amaryllis. Every year I buy a few after season when they go on sale and you can get them for a buck a piece at Lowe's. A few years ago I potted them up to see what would happen. Looking back I wish I would have picked a prettier pot, maybe I'll repot this year. Now every year they bloom profusely and every year I am amazed that they came back and some of the first bulbs are like 7 inches in diameter. It's ridiculously awesome. I'm not usually a bulb grower but it is quite rewarding.
There is plenty more but that is all for now. I have to go clean up snow!!!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
For weeks I've been doing quick checks on my Hellebores, watching all the new growth and soon to be flowers. I got the chance to clean all the old foliage and tree debris from around the little guys. Ahh, it felt like I was normal again after being stuck to just thinking about the garden all winter.
Cleaning up my Hellebore bed is an especially great experience for me because I just made this bed last summer, so this will be the first year to see what it can really do. Prior to this new bed I only had one Hellebore in my main garden. I will be sure to post pictures when they all flower. There are about 40 plants in this area so it should be quite beautiful.
My garden at home has been gloomy with no new growth (except the Hellebores) while my "garden" at work has started to grow and flower. I'll hopefully post pictures tomorrow of some of the new happenings.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
And I'm hearing about PDN because anti-Heronswood buyers have moved their business there, which brings me to my next point. I understand all you having some hate towards the Burpee/Heronswood situation, but give it another chance. I too disagree with Heronswood going to a flimsy catalog and leaning toward the internet to do its marketing, but I know the people running the show there are trying to turn it around. Not the big-wig, "experts" that were brought in from other large companies from states all over the map, but the people who are getting paid poverty salaries and are getting their hands dirty, caring for the plants. So I challenge you, Heronswood/Burpee haters and more specifically the bloggers out there like Mr. Garden Rant, to watch, listen, and just see if you don't see some changes for the better.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
As a plant geek by nature and a horticulturalist by profession I have a few things that I would like to get out there, but not all will be posted right away. I also hate bloggers that just babble on and on about boring insignificant facts. That will not be me. If my writing bores you to tears look at my pretty pictures. Such as these, including my profile picture. I had a difficult time trying to decide what to put there, I really did not want a picture of myself. While scrolling through my collection of photos I came across this beautiful weed and knew that is what I had to use. Many years ago, when I was a teenager, I spotted a beautiful fern like plant growing in my garden. I watched it and took care of it and it wasn't until it bloomed that I realized it was Daucus carota, or at that time I disappointingly thought, Oh Queen Anne's Lace, and ripped it out. However, that was not the end, it came back the following year with many, many cousins. I took digging it out and some roundup to rid my garden of it, but before I could say goodbye photos were taken. At one point this was a treasure to me and then became a nuisance. One gardener's weed is another gardener's treasure.