tree has Persistent Leaves, they stay on the tree until
leaves come out in the spring. This tree provides a great
round. It's a native plant to this part of the country,
colored leaves in winter. It is a huge tree, can be 30 or
40 feet tall
and thrives in the shade. It's an under story tree, thus
over the top of it to thrive, has a course textured leaf
Bulbs create change in our gardens and create a bold display.
a bulb and in some parts of the world are considered a perennial,
meaning they will come back year after year. In the South
we need to
treat Tulips like Annuals, plant them in the fall, enjoy
them in the
spring and dig them up afterwards. Daffodils, are a great
should come back year after year. To encourage them we need
to feed them bone meal and give them an organic fertilizer
(something with a high middle number - like 5-10-5). This
will encourage flowers and roots to grow. Cut the blooms
at the base. Never cut back their foliage before it dies
because this allows the plant to photosynthesize and retain
energy it lost when blooming. Use bulbs, they make a bold
encourage change in your garden.
to plant bulbs can be a chore. Use a portable drill with
augur, it's a simple way to dig a hole for a bulb. You can
make it as deep as you like and widen the hole by making
another hole next to the first. If clay soil, go back and
forth so you don't have a glaze effect. Drill down about
two times the diameter of the bulb, place the bulb then
cover with soil. It's easy, fun and fast.
winter plant is Winter Daphne. It's fragrant, beautiful
doesn't need a lot of care. You'll find varieties with pink
blooms and you'll find them with variegated leaves. They
like dry, shady
areas with good drainage. When planting use some pine bark
mix in the
soil or gritty stones. It's a great plant for the winter
garden in the south.
a deciduous plant, it has no leaves but does have bloom
clusters. These develop in late summer and last all winter.
are yellow and have a nice fragrance. When the plant grows
into three branches, then again into three. If you're looking
something different, something that blooms in winter look
Edgeworthia, also known as Rice Paper Plant.
looking for a grass for a shady location, look at Rebel
Fescue. Apply one pound of Nitrogen per thousand square
feet and one or two pounds of seed in the cool time of the
year (early spring or fall).
Cut it tall in the summertime. During hot summer months
it may die out. For a situation where you've got really
deep shade probably nothing will do well, if you've got
high shade or light shade, Fescue's the way to go in the
Jenkins, in order to hide his sprinklers or to get them
different objects, has decided to hide his sprinkler heads
locations. He has put them in birdhouses, urns, columns.
functional, yet attractive.
Look Inside The Pot
Often time when we buy a plant we look at the flowers, foliage
would be better served to look at the stem taper - the size
of the stem
at the base of the plant compared to the size as it moves
up the plant.
If it is thicker at the base of the plant it indicates there
is a lot of
energy stored at the base of the plant. Another place to
look is the
stem root interface. That is just below the soil surface,
be plenty of roots coming out of the base of the plant,
right below the
main stem. Also check out the roots and root hairs. there
should be an
enormous number of white, crisp, healthy roots at the base
of the plant. Take the plant out of the pot and look at
things you normally don't see.
looking for something different look at Rosemary. It has
used in kitchens for years, it has a great aroma but it
beautiful grey-green foliage. It has a fine texture, plays
coarse textured plants and plants with large, shiny leaves.
Put Rosemary in well drained soil and make sure it has full
sun. Put it along
corridors or along walkways. It will be a nice addition
to your yard and garden.
food and water for your birds will keep them coming to your
property. If you want them to stick around for a while,
as well. Birdhouses can be utilitarian, interesting or whimsical.
selecting a birdhouse decide which of these you want. If
small birds like Chickadees and Nuthatches prefer an entry
hole about 1
&1/8 inches across, medium sized birds, like Swallows
need a nest box 1 & 1/2 inches across, White Brested
Nut Hatches need 1& 1/4 inches and larger birds such
as Flickers require 2 & 1/2 inch entry holes.
Bluebirds like houses about 6 inches wide and about 6 inches
deep and a bright blue color. It's best if the birdhouse
faces East or South, if it
faces West it will get hot in the afternoon, which is deadly
want maximum flowers, pruning at the proper time makes a
difference. For a Flowering Crabapple now is a good time
to prune. We
must pay attention to the desired form of a tree and to
boundaries for the tree. Then prune accordingly. Another
is branches that cross one another, thus rub against each
other damaging the bark. Remove one limb in this case. Suckers
should be removed. Open the tree up allowing sunlight and
air inside. Cut close to the base without cutting the main
trunk. Prune beneath a bud, thus saving that growth. Pruning
is not something to fear or avoid, it is good for the tree.
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