29 May 2016

The Eye of the Beholder

Around the greenhouse, end of May.

27 May 2016

A Deep-coloured, Dramatic Container

Plant list
  • Spike dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
  • ‘Salsa Purple’ salvia (Salvia splendens ‘Salsa Purple’)
  • ‘Limelight’ coleus (Solenostemon ‘Limelight’)
  • Black Velvet petunia (Petunia ‘Balpevac’)
  • Phantom petunia (Petunia ‘Balpephan’)
  • ‘Blackie’ sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’)
  • Aztec Magic Silver verbena (Verbena ‘Balazsilma’)

Putting it together

Step 1: Select a container with adequate drainage holes and cover with a piece of landscape fabric (available at garden centres) to prevent the soil from washing out of the bottom.

Step 2: Partly fill your container with an all-purpose potting mix that contains fertilizer.

Step 3: Start with the dracaena and salvia in the centre, flanked by coleus on either side, adjusting the soil height so the tops of the root balls are just
below the rim and firm down. Then add the petunias in the front and back of the container, filling in the sides beneath the coleus with sweet potato vines and trailing verbena. 

Step 4: Water well and place in a sunny location.

Planters, HomeSense; plants, Sheridan Nurseries, The Home Depot; watering can, Fresh Home & Garden.

17 May 2016

May, Spring and Robert Frost

May is here with apple blossoms, tulips and daffodils.  The lilacs have begun to bloom and even the peonies have opened their luscious buds to embrace the sun of spring.  My favourite season.  Robert Frost says it best in his poem Prayer in Spring which he opens with: "oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today..."

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; 
And give us not to think so far away 
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here 
All simply in the springing of the year. 

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; 
And make us happy in the happy bees, 
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. 

And make us happy in the darting bird 
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, 
And off a blossom in mid air stands still. 

For this is love and nothing else is love, 
The which it is reserved for God above 
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil. 
("A Prayer in Spring" was first published in 1915 in a collection of poetry titled A Boy's Will.)

15 May 2016

Climbing Hydrangea - Hydrangea anomala petiolaris

I'd love to give this gorgeous climber a try.  Hydrangeas are one of my absolute favourite plants so of course this climbing hydrangea is on my radar.

Climbing Hydrangea - Hydrangea anomala petiolaris: Fast growing vine once established with clusters of lace cap white blossoms in the summer. Deep green glossy foliage turns yellow in fall. Self clinging to brick or stone walls. An outstanding feature to any landscape. Height and width depends on how trained.

See the Bylands page for growing conditions and a photo.  http://www.bylands.com/plant/climbing-hydrangea-hydrangea-anomala-petiolaris#.Vzk8q8TnSbk.blogger


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