Thu 13 May 2010
Written by Jeff
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I don’t know how the Proven Winners LLC does it, but they manage to hybridize some fantastic plants. Here they are offering recommendations with at least one “new-to-me” plant thrown in. I am anxious to try the Snow Princess™ Lobularia hybrid in our arid and scorching climate. I want to see where in my landscape, if anywhere, it will survive. I had to water Alyssum daily last year to keep it going. Look at some of the other plants on the list as well.
One way to get more plants for your collection or to give away, is to take cuttings. Cuttings are also a good solution if there is a plant you have that is hard to find or one-of-a-kind. This can be very rewarding and it is also fun. At Chiot’s Run, they explain their system for achieving a 75-80% success rate with their cuttings. Read the post to learn how to be successful at increasing your bounty in a fun and economical manner.
OK, so you have taken the time and energy to grow a fantastic cutting garden and you enjoy bringing the flowers inside to be appreciated throughout the day. Questions need to be answered regarding the best way to take care of these cut jewels so that they can be enjoyed for as long as possible and celebrated in the best way. This PDF document by Amy Stewart, author of Flower Confidential, should help resolve some of the issues.
Earthworms have always had a reputation for being remarkable workers. They move lots of soil and aerate the ground while working their tunneling magic. This recent study, however, suggests a hidden side. They are not the solitary creatures we might have thought they were, but seem to like being in groups and making “joint decisions.” Read more about these enlightening findings at the link below.
In this video posted on the Fine Gardening web site, Paul Zimmerman, long-time rose grower and owner of Paul Zimmerman Roses in Landrum, South Carolina explains the basics and a few advanced concepts dealing with properly growing a rose on a trellis. Everyone wants to have roses covering the trellis, not just at the top. Mr. Zimmerman explains the best way to accomplish this garden “magic.” I think you will enjoy the humor and spirit of the post as well!
Gardening on the Moon, www.gardeningonthemoon.com, originally published this post