Hello Charmer friends……it is hot, hot, hot and humid the last few weeks. As I walked my garden early this morning, before the bustle of the world invaded my ears, and the heat threw me inside, I gazed over my garden children to see how everyone’s looking and feeling. As I walked through her I notice Powdery mildew, a good… Read More
Hello Charming friends! With the weather we’ve been having, cooler and TONS of rain, I’ve been noticing a familiar insect in my garden. It looks like this…
One of last year’s MG series was about shrub pruning. There are two pruning types: 1) rejuvenation and 2) renewal. If you would like to learn the details on how to do the pruning, click here. In my back garden beds there is an Arrowwod Viburnum shrub.
I’ve never understood America’s love affair with their Blades of Glory, but here’s a few Tips For Healthy Lawns! Oh green, vibrant rich thatch of earth, so perfectly cut, each blade precise; As tufts of cyan and amber sprout wild and feral in an unruly tangle. My hapless endeavor, with tool in hand, against weed and root I wrangle. The… Read More
It’s late Spring and I’m already thinking about my gardens Fall blooms (perennials). Why? Because what I do now will give me compact flowering plants in Fall such as Asters, Sedum and Chrysanthemums! For behold the winter is passed;the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing come, and the voice of the… Read More
Last week I started working on designing the front gardens of the church I attend. The beds are not that large but one bed has many undesirable elements (plagues that can’t be covered, a HUGE memorial stone of a founding founder and a few more). I’m also donating all the herbaceous plants and the church is covering the cost… Read More
As I’m getting ready to start planting the containers (25 of them) in my garden. It got me thinking about doing this master gardening series on Reusing Last Season’s Potting Soil? In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy. Robert Brault Short answer: yes. Some home gardeners think they have to start with new when… Read More
My beautiful wisteria is in full bloom right now and was the inspiration for today’s mastering gardening (MG) series topic.
Ornamental grasses have become very popular to use in gardens and landscape. It’s a good idea to understand how they grow which in turn will help you understand how to use them and often avoid disappointment or frustration. Grasses are broken down into two classes: Cool season and Warm season. Grasses start to grow based upon temperature. Some grasses will… Read More
It was cold last night, and I had a space heater on high in my greenhouse. The temperature was below 60º, not warm enough for them to grow, but certainly warm enough to keep them happy. Today I am taking steps protecting plants in a freeze. We, here in the Midwest, have weather predicted for possible frost the next few… Read More
Today’s Mastering Gardening Series is about Clematis care and pruning. Clematis is one of my favorite climbing vines. If you don’t have a trellis Clematis is great planted at the base of a small tree or shrub. like a clematis she withers after August is reborn next May Daniele Bios
When you buy plants, whether annual or perennial, they usually contain a label that provides the “sun” exposure preference of the plant. Today’s Master Gardening Series will cover why it’s important to know plant light requirements. Full sun, partial sun and so on! Oh, spring came to my garden And caught it unaware Wearing just a few old leaves And… Read More
Depending on what area you live it can be time to start your seeds…it is for me. So I thought it’s a good time to do this master gardening post on Seed Starting. I have found, through years of practice, that people garden in order to make something grow; to interact with nature; to share, to find sanctuary, to heal,… Read More