Time to dream about your garden!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

SEPTEMBER in your garden

  September in the garden
  • Plant perennials. Now is the best time. With the cooler weather they will begin to be established and give you a head start into next year. 
  • Leave the seed heads of spent flowers on the plant (at least some of them).  They are good for wildlife and will offer you seeds to harvest if you want to start plants from seeds next year. By mid September stop cutting roses and let them go to hips.  This is a signal to the plant to go into dormancy for the winter. 
  • Plant onions and garlic for harvesting next spring (onions) and garlic (summer).  Use transplants you can get from some nurseries or by mail order. You can also plant by seed some lettuces, radishes, spinach, arugula, etc for fall crops. Collard transplants can be planted. 
  • Order your bulbs or get from local nurseries.  They shouldn't be planted til mid October through December. Plant in sunny areas.  Plant 3x as deep as the diameter of the bulb.  You can also layer the bulbs by planting the latest blooming at the bottom of a big hole. Add soil, then plant the early bulbs (crocus, snowdrops, etc.). They will bloom in succession.  Daffodils are the best bet because they are poisonous to squirrels and other wildlife and also because they will naturalize. These animals know they are poisonous and don't dig them up or eat them.  'Tet a tet' is a great dwarf daffodil as is 'Jack Snipes' if you have small spaces. I like to order from Brent and Becky's Bulbs.  
  • Wait to prune until the shrubs and trees go dormant in the winter or early spring. 
  • Review your garden for the past season and make notes of what worked well, what you want to move or replace. Make notes.

Finally, enjoy the beginning of the fall color. Plant mums, ornamental cabbages and pansies.  The dogwoods are already turning colors. the ornamental grasses, especially the muhly grass, are showing their beautiful plumes.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thinking about planting bulbs? Why didn't I know about this tool before? And, bulbs can be planted in spring as well as fall

Bulb Auger !!!!!

After deciding to plant summer bulbs for the first time,e.g.cannas, callas, gladiolus, I remembered seeing a furniture making  friend plant fall bulbs with his drill and a special bulb planting auger.  I filed that away in my memory bank thinking maybe this was something that gardening woodworkers know but the rest of us are in the dark.  After that,  unknown to me, my husband ordered a set of gardening augers after falling for one of those crazy infomercials...$19.99 for a set of three different sized augers. Then my friend Patsy told me about her great auger so now it's a trend.

I've always been intimidated by drills...guess it's bad memories of dentist offices. However, this is just a regular drill with the attachment for digging holes in soil and certainly a tool every gardener should have. Of course it works best if the soil is loose and loamy.  After using it to plant a couple dozen bulbs in about 30 minutes, I'm a promoter.  It is now my second favorite tool (the compost crank is #1, more on that another time). It's also good for fertilizing trees and shrubs (you make a hole about two feet apart around the base of the tree, at least 3 feet away from the trunk) and insert the proper amount of fertilizer in each hole. Of course, I never fertilize trees but in case you do, this could be your favorite tip.

I'm told that nursery and hardware stores (or online stores) sell these tools so I am sure you can find them easily.  Can't wait to see my cannas bloom.  I'm going to do succession planting on the glads so I will have some  for cut flowers all summer. Will get to use the drill again.

By the way, this works for fall planting as well.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Home Garden

Garden I designed for a home garden. Full sun with a canopy of crepe myrtles.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Winston-Salem, NC Garden Nursery Reviews (Zone 7)

If you are gardening in Winston-Salem, here are some nurseries that I have used and found really good. 

House of Plants,  Small selection of annuals and perennials but high quality; also have one of the best selections of clay pots, bird baths, benches, etc. Lovely gift shop and indoor house plants too.

Reynolda Nursery and Landscaping, 5353 Reynolda Road, west of the intersection of Reynolda and Shattalon (where Old Town School is). Go past the road to Bethania and continue up the hill. Nursery is on the right. High quality plants and large selection; includes a shop for tools etc.

Frank's Perennials.  1744 W. Clemmonsville Rd. 650-111Excellent nursery for perennials.  Good prices.

Shouse's Nursery, Reynolda Road about half mile on right after intersection of Yadkinville and Reynolda. Has basic annuals and some perennials, shrubs and trees. Knowledgeable staff.

Farmstead Nursery. Corner of PeaceHaven at Robinhood. Good selection of annuals and perennials. Seasonal. Spring and summer only. Is closed until next spring (April).

L.A. Reynolds. Biggest nursery in Winston-Salem. Has wide variety of good quality flowers, shrubs and trees, including good selection of roses. Includes many pots, soils, mulches, etc. also.
Styers Ferry Road. Prices are higher but quality is good.

Myers Nursery. Stratford Road just northwest of intersecton with Stratford Rd. and Jonestown Rd. Small and diverse nursery. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Some vegetables they have been grown from seed. Very reasonable prices.

Mitchell's Nursery (King).  Excellent. 1088 W. Dalton Rd., King, NC. 983-4107. One of the best in our area.  Go up HWY 52 and take King Exit. Stay on Main Street until intersection with W. Dalton Rd. Turn left.  At least 2-3 miles.

Best selection of vegetable flats but also sell trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials.

If you have others to add, please let me know. I can assist you in choosing plants and/or determining which plants are best suited for your situation. Ellen

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Fall ideas

September delights.  With the dog days of summer behind us,
September opens with cooler air and less humidity, creating
a fresh scent and a sense of excitement.  The source of this
excitement may be for no reason other than it is bearable to
be outside once again.

Indeed, September, and throughout the fall, is an ideal time
to plan and plant new garden beds to ready oneself for the
next year.  September is also an ideal time to enjoy what
the month has to offer.

As I walk the gardens I created on my plot of land I call
home, I realize that neglect from summer doesn’t mean
 I need to shelf the garden for the next 30 days.  Instead,
I can deadhead, dead leaf, weed, and watch the wildlife
September brings.

While watching the butterflies alight lantana, I begin to
wonder.   Carefully looking around, I take inventory
of the nectar-rich plants; the berries, fruits, and seeds.
Is there enough for September?  Is there enough for
the wildlife to gather nourishment for the next phase
of their migration North or South?  Is there enough
color, texture, and form to excite me throughout this
one month?  Many are planning ahead, but I plan
to live for the moment.  My inventory reveals
September has enough--more than enough.
Now is the time to enjoy the garden’s lasting

Color has been extended into September
with asters, anemones, eupatoriums,
helianthus, salvias, and sedums.  There’s
beautyberry, fothergilla, goldenrod.  I
delight in the Chrysanthemum‘Sheffield
 Pink’ given to me by a friend; the flowers
make the most perfect landing pad for
a butterfly.  I watch as a hummingbird
pauses mid-air to sip nectar from a
canna, tanking up on sugar for energy
 needed to make the long journey South.

Milkweed seeds are puffing about.
Monarchs are grateful to find nectar
still rich. Gingers are releasing scent
to waft the thinner air, with flirty
flowers causing reason to stare.
 Roses are regaling, hardy begonia
beguiling, amsonia amazing.  The
month of September is a month not
to be missed.

Reds dominate.  Yellows generate.
Purples empower.  Grasses sway, with
 flags as flowers.  Finches steady themselves
as they feed on seeds.   The box turtle
moseys around the tomatoes eating what
 the birds or deer knocked to the ground.
Life abounds.  September was made for
sitting on the patio to watch in wonder. 
The work will wait.  Take your time in the
September garden.  September is your reward. 
September gardening does not need to be
all about what needs to be done for the future.
 It can also be about what is available now.
In the wise words of garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence,
 “Even if something is left undone, everyone
must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”

Enjoy your garden this September and all the
Septembers to come.  As you plan and plant,
 include September sensations in your choices. 
Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through
her business,www.GardeningWithConfidence.com.
She also serves on the board of advisors for the
JC Raulston Arboretum.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Containers-window boxes

Large and small pots or windowboxes are a great way to create a mini garden. Samples here are easily created. Here I demonstrated how to create a window box on HGTV.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Community gardens

Community gardens are a great way to bring people together to grow food and beautify a neighborhood.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Home Shade Garden

Small garden for condo dweller.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

School Garden

School gardens are a great way to introduce children to the world of plants while connecting to a diverse set of curriculm objectives, including science, math, art, literacy.