Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Favorite Plants From Seeds

Flowers - 10 Easy to Grow plants from Seed

Choose from these easy to grow seeds for a 
bright summer flower punch of color in your Garden.

1. Sunflowers
Sunflower - Plant seed into the ground, in full sun.  Support Stems in the summer mid growth.  Save the seeds for planting again next year.

Burpee Seeds

2.  Sweet Pea
- Plant Sweet Pea in a sunny spot with good soil.  Water often and give the vine support- Sweet Peas love to grow on a Vine Trellis, you can even make an easy trellis yourself. (see Pinterest   DIY Trellis) Sweet Peas need a careful watch to keep slugs and snails away.  (As Nan points out in the comment section below :) with beer

Nan says ( comment section) ---"I love these ideas. Wish I had more sunny spots. Put beer in a shallow pan and slugs will fall in it and drown (while feeling happily intoxicated).  "  ---Ha ha! Thanks Nan, it's not a bad way to kill slugs and snails.  Plus, it eliminates slugs without chemicals.

Sweet Peas are Annuals
Annuals, but re-seed, often come back the next year.  These flowers have a delightful fragrance.
There is also a perennial variety species, the everlasting pea (Lathyrus latifolius) doesn't have the same fragrance.

These flowers make a wonderful gift for a friend.
The Sweet Pea has a beautiful fragrant scent.
In a bouquet-  Perfect in a simple mason jar with a raffia bow and trailing Sweet Pea vines.  Links below to Amazon and raffia.

raffia from amazon

3. Nasturtium .
-  Plant these easy care seeds in your garden for bright color.   Personally, I love the orange ones.  I'm a little obsessed with planting these in every container (to spill over sides.) 
These flowers trail happily from containers and thrive in sunny spots in your garden or patio.

Thrillers, Spillers and Fillers    (P. Allen Smith)
Nasturtium seeds are great for teaching kids to plant, grow and enjoy flowers. 
Even I can grow Nasturtium.  The seeds are large, easy for kids to pick up.  They grow and bloom profusely all summer. 

These flowers are also edible and add color to a summer salad.

Nasturtium are Annuals. 


4. Columbine
-  These delicate flowers are good to grow in Sun or shade. (I find they work best in sun dappled shade)- They need to be started in a pot then transplanted. 

Oops! I sowed them into the ground last weekend...
I'll let you know what happens (if they make it) later on this summer.    hmmmmm ... ?

Burpee Seeds Columbine

5. Nigella (Love in a  Mist)
-To plant Nigella seeds, just scatter them on bare soil in a sunny spot. 
They re-seed the following year, too.

I want to look into bachelors buttons, a similar sweet blue flower.  
Each year, a friend grew them indoors in a pot,
then transplanted them to outside in the early summer.

Love in a Mist are Annuals, but reseed the following year. 

6. Red Poppy 
- The photo of the poppy below is not a California Poppy.  You may need to research your area for the best type of poppy for your climate.   (I live in the Midwest # 5) The Poppy likes dry soil and full sun.  These seeds are perfect for sunny and bare areas.  Plant in bright forgotten corners for a puch of color.

Poppy's are Annuals (sow into the ground-  self seeding)

7.  Marigolds
Bright sunny Marigolds. 
What a big punch of color from such a small seed!
Sow in groupings of the same color for a big impact wave of color. 
(I love to pair these with Nasturtiums in pots- as part of the Thriller, Spiller and Filler theory, - Thank you,  "P. Allen Smith")
- sow seeds directly into the soil, a pot or in the ground for easy bright color all season. Marigolds are Annuals- hmmm,  there may be some Zinnias in the photo below from Google Maragold search...?  The Marigold is fun to see and brightens any day.

8. Hardy Geranium,  Crainsbill
-sow from seed or from bare root - bright, grow all season, spread quickly. come int purples, blues or pinks.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Flowers to Plant from seed in June

Flowers to Plant from seeds in June (Renees Garden)

 (my favorites, nasturtium)
simple to plant, long trailing vine and bloom, sweet lily pad like greenery on vine.  - seed packet, pencil, poke hole in potted plant, depth 1 inch,  cover with soil, water= long lasting flowers a month later.  germination 10-12 days, sun and part sun.  Easy to grow, edible flowers   


Plant flowers
in June from seed.
marigolds,  sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias, four o'clocks, nasturtiums,
annuals that usually burn out by late summer.
these produce a second crop of blooms around labor day

June and July -
start seeds for perennials and biennials to bloom next spring.
Sow in a protected seed bed.
Transplant seedlings in fall to winter over and bloom, for blooms in the garden the next year.

seeds- fast growing
Sweet alyssum, celosia, cornflower or bachelor button, marigold and cosmos. Zinnias, sunflowers and morning glories for color and quick growth, a favorite- nasturtiums 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Notes to self - pruning in spring

My apologies to anyone reading this (other than myself )   ;)

These are my notes to self on how to clean up my flower beds each spring,
so I don't have to keep repeating research how-to's.
One day, my gardens will look cared for.

help  Mo Botanical

Front Gardens

Garden 1
  • mulch  -
  • fertilize
  • hydrangea -keep old wood- add acid, coffee grounds - prune some in fall? as I go.
  • Russian sage - Russian sage
    Fertilizer every other year
    Cut to ground in April
    Or cut 6 inches tall .cut just above 2 leaves 
    Cut again spent flowers for regrowth                                                                                                         prune early spring  6 weeks after last  frost end of may- first of June - pinch back at 12 inches early summer - prune away dead and damaged stems- midsummer prune dead flowers
  • cat mint - shear back, divide, cut spent flowers. needs shaping and dividing
  • lambs ear - control? replant?  would look nice with white aster or white daisy.
  • mums- good- leave alone- divide every 2 to 3 years
  • lavender-  Plant in amended soil, low to ground. Leave moat surround and raised edge to water 2-3 times a week.  Prune in spring. Never prune in fall.   Fall pruning weakens plant.
    Prune when plant starts to green up in the spring. May dead head in summer. Not fall .
                               don't cut old wood   - cut back 1/2 every three years- prune after flowering don't prune in spring or fall- old plants don't like to be divided
  • phlox- plant care - full sun moist
  • trim monkey grass
  • cut ivy WAY back
  • rhododendron and azaleas - acidic soil ph 5.5  - pinch back- prune early spring - gently they don't bloom for 3 years afterwards.
  • hostas  (clip ivy around) divide early spring, use a clean spade.
  • chocolate chip ajuga (add bright green hosta fire island contrast) avens  corydalis yellow - evergold  coral bells
  • Annabelle hydrangea - blooms on new wood - prune to ground ONLY in the fall- NOT spring . cut way back plant in a hedge prefer morning sun dappled afternoon shade plant  3 to 4 feet apart .  basic pruning - before AUGUST 1 st - remove dead stems  - prune to ground after 5 years
  • pee gee -remove cross branches
  • endless summer  - add gypsum - slow release npk ratio 10-30-10 

plant lilacs and Annabelle hydrangeas

2nd bed around tree-
lambs ear- add color or keep as easy care?

3rd bed
blanket flower (doesn't do well, but like the color)
Stella D'ora
lambs ear

4th bed
River Birches- prune
ivy- cut way back
sedum stone crop and (brlliant) purple phlox
lambs ear and trim birds nest spruce
chocolate chip ajuga
(sedum harvest moon) . was beautiful, didn't return well

5th bed
- liriope
- ivy
-stella dora
box wood
blue star juniper 

award winning ?  Weeping Temple Juniper    look up care?
- liriope
- ivy
-stella dora
blue star juniper

yews how to prune?
a variety

Back Gardens

 Garden 1 

butterfly bush
When To Prune Buddleia: blooms on the new wood of the season and should be pruned in late winter /early spring to encourage new growth.  Prune before new growth starts to appear to approximately 12 inches (30 centimeters) above the ground. - highly benefit from a severe pruning.  "Hard" pruning Butterfly Bush promotes many new arching branches with larger flowers than if the plant had not been pruned. 
stella dora
lambs ear- texture
stone crop
Pruning: Lavender is a woody subshrub, and pruning techniques should reflect this. Do not prune in spring until new growth appears, and leave plants alone for the winter. Plants may be sheared back and shaped after flowering, but do not cut low into old wood. If older plants become unsightly, cut back by a third every three years.DO NOT TRIM FALL WINTER
Annabelle hydrangia
china girl holly
columbine- needs more sun
black eyed susans
tall white phlox
bushy daisys
Coreopsis -

by studio 

butterfly bush
lo and behold butterflybush
stella dora
lambs ear 
cat mint
stone crop
Annabelle hydrangia?
black eyes susans
tall white phlox
becky daisys

potted plants

butterfly bush
peonies afternoon sun
drought tolerant
sedum yarrow
feather reed euphorbia coneflower aster hollyhock Russian sage
aster daisy veronica

Garden by Back Wall  
lambs ear 
cat mint
stone crop
Blushing bride hydrangia
black eyes susans- not growing? why?
becky daisys  not growing clay??
sweet pea? not growing? why 
skyrocket holly
evergreen tree a ?


Lace Leaf Maple
Dog wood
Blue Evergreen
3 white pines
Blackeyed susans didn't grow
Daisy's didn't grow
knockout didn't grow
Euonymus bush - trim
neon pink spirea
purple loosestrife- non propogating (love it)
Mexican Bush Sage
day lillies
evergreens yew
stella dora
lambs ear
stone crop
Annabelle hydrangia
black eyes susans?
tall white phlox
Coreopsis -

Garden back 

Conifer garden
false cypress
false cypress

help  Mo Botanical

cut back to side shoots or buds to leave a natural look. Be sure and use sharp pruning shears. Good pruning is an art that develops with practice, but here are the proper pruning techniques to use for some of the common evergreens.
Pine: cut or pinch off up to one half the length of the new growth, as they elongate in late spring. This should be done yearly to keep plants small.
Arborvitae: shear along sides and top to keep the growth thick and the plant at the desired size. Prune in early spring or in mid-summer.
Juniper: this is a large and very popular group of evergreens. Shear upright forms regularly at the sides and the top to keep the desired shape. Prune shrub forms by cutting back the most vigorous branches to side shoots. Pruning can be done at any time of year.
Japanese yew: shear or selectively prune back to side shoots or buds depending upon the effect you want. Light pruning throughout the year is best, but severe pruning can be done in early spring if the plants are overgrown.
Spruce: spruce needs very little pruning. If growth is rapid, open spaces may develop. To reduce open spaces at the top, cut the leader back to a lateral bud in the early spring before new growth begins. If the pruning causes a double leader to form, remove one of the leaders as soon as you detect the problem. Although spruce can be sheared, the effect is unnatural and not generally recommended.

Friday, January 8, 2016

January- Time to Paint the Garden!

This has been a time of great loss for my family.   I'm thankful for my beautiful mother's life.
Through the year we've also lost my mother in law, a sweet elderly friend and my husband's best friend.  
...I'm not going to write about it.

Because it's January!  
Time to PAINT the Garden.  

Oh! how I love to paint my garden.  (It's always much more beautiful in my dreams.)  Reality requires work.      

How to paint a garden?  Use the months of January, Feb and March and April to dream about what your window vignette should look like.  Imagine each window as a frame to a beautiful, ever changing painting.  With God as the artist, it is always a masterpiece.

Imagine paintings changing season by season, day by day.    Add in bark and evergreens for wintry days plus lots of color for spring and summer.  

Yes, my garden is still an all you can eat buffet for the many critters living nearby, deer, squirrel, fox, groundhogs, and raccoon.  Last year, we caught three groundhogs in Have-A-Hearts. Then turned them free miles away in the woods (last spring). Could the same ones return? or do we have three new Groundhogs?
My dad and mice- too funny!
...when dad caught a mouse in his Have-A-Heart, he painted their toenails with bright red fingernail polish (toes peeking through the cage below).  
Even when driven miles away, red toed mice would show up again and again in our have-a hearts.
Wonder what those mice thought?

Did I mention I haven't been taking care of my garden?   This just happened last year, despite my neglect.  Beautiful!   

My husband watered

Guess who I discovered in the shower one early morning!?

I saw wee bits of nature while at my parents home in West Virginia.  
It's not a stretch to see where ideas come from.  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Petunias *sigh*

I've been away all summer and came back to these perfect petunias! 
No care- how did this happen?