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pot

02/22/2011 in art, gardening

pot

Had a pot show up yesterday at Anita’s garden from Jam’NDesigns

Naturally, I wanted to discuss garden philosophy… I attempted to discuss how difficult container gardening was in this area…

Lol… Containers are his meal ticket…
Tom (the proprietor of Jam’N), quickly defended container gardening, insisting that it was easier then in ground gardening… that the problem with container gardening was when people tried to garden in too small of a pot… that he moved his pots around until the plant seemed happy… that it would get planted when it looked good where it sat…

I could see his point… He believes in his product…
But… being a Yankee, Tom wasn’t understanding about southern gardening and how missing a watering or two will result in a dried out plant that can not take up water when you water it… I spoke to him about the importance of saucers that go under the pots… fill the saucer with water, and allow the soil to absorb the moisture from the bottom over a period of hours….

From his plantcaretips page:

WATERING – The most common reason that plants in containers do not survive or eventually die is from OVERWATERING.

True enough… for houseplants…

Well… the painted sticks that Anita added to the pot aren’t going to suffer from a lack of water…. Makes this whole discussion academic…

And … Tom has a booth at the Southeastern Flower Show, and I don’t… so I reckon I better not say too much negative about growing stuff in pots…
:b

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some bugs

01/29/2011 in gardening

This morning, a blogger in my facebook group posted a bug blog.
I was like… I have a buncha bug pics from last summer that I could post!… One good bug post deserves another… Right?

It gives me a chance to try the gallery script again…


I tried putting up 8 pics, but that was just too much!
It was way more pictures than I’d normally put together on a blog post.
I hope everybody will let me know how their computers dealt with these 6 pictures.

Be sure to click the links (below the pictures) for additional information about these critters…

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pruning

01/24/2011 in gardening, winter gardening

Back at the end of 2007, I posted a blog about winter projects… Among which were included finding a source of soil amendments, checking the shape of our trees, and breaking new ground.

Today I was doing another kind of winter job… one that I disagree with.

vitex winter-pruned
Vitex

crape myrtle winter-pruned
Crape myrtle

It isn’t normal for your trees and bushes to look like this!

The problem is that if you ever do it once, you’re gonna be locked into doing it for the rest of the tree or shrubs life!

Once you cut the ends of the limbs off, they never look right…. the only time they look ok is immediately after they’ve been winter pruned…

Not sure what the deal is in everybody thinking that cutting the ends off the limbs is a normal routine maintenance task…

Some years ago, I saw a vitex bush growing at the local arboretum that must have been 20 foot wide… maybe 30 ft…
I thought it was beautiful.

Some people around here allow their crape myrtles to grow as trees, never shortening them… and it IS true that the blooms are in the canopy, pretty much out of sight… but if you’ve ever looked closely at a crape myrtle bloom, they’re kind of disappointing… they’re better seen from a distance…

Your vitex needs some kind of control, I had one in Jeffersonville that took over my path, and I had to do some selective pruning to get the path back… which is a very different thing from cutting the ends of ALL the limbs off!

But… there is a certain artistic appeal about the knobs at the ends of all the branches…

Speaking of artistic appeal…

hardy orange
trifoliate orange

Kinda makes you think of Rapunzel, doesn’t it… That thicket that put out the eyes of her lover…

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