June 15, 2018
June 8, 2018
|Large Red Oriental Poppy|
I did buy some yellow California poppy plants to sell next year at Mimi's sales.
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June 1, 2018
|Fossil Rock found on Sulfur Fork Creek, TN|
I've recently promised myself not to rescue any more stones. But, needless to say, last weekend I went to the creek with grandson Tad to skip rocks. That boy can skip rocks farther than anyone I've ever seen! Anyway, I didn't need any rocks, told myself no more rocks. We were in the John Deer Gator, there was room in the bed, and of course, there were several lovely "flowerbed size" stones that called my name. I only got 4 big ones though, that's a record for me.
I am always repurposing rocks. I'll move them from one place to another, decide to get rid of them in one place and they end up in the "rock pile" way back in the backyard. One never knows when a good rock will come in handy.
|My Little Goldfish Puddle|
The other rocks from my little puddle never made it to the rock pile. I decided the old wooden raised herb beds near the pond were in real need of updating. Replacing the sides with wood again seemed counter-productive so of course, the pond rocks were the answer. I worked all day, sometimes in the rain (yes, I'm crazy). I reduced the beds from four 4x4 foot beds to two 8x4 foot beds. I love how they turned out and no more rotten wood to contend with! Bill sawed the old wood pieces into 15-inch lengths. We have enough wood for the chiminea to last all summer! Now if the grass seed I planted on the side will hurry and come up, it will be finished.
|New Herb Beds|
May 25, 2018
I have moved several of them with me more than once. My "Dawn" Clematis has been moved three times and still is the biggest showoff in my yard. It starts blooming in early March and has just finished in mid-May. The seed pods are nearly as interesting as the flowers too. They create winter interest when everything else is dormant.
Clematis vines like their heads in the sun and their feet in the shade. To accomplish this I mulch them well and often underplant them with a low growing perennial. Nowhere in my yard is there full sun and mine Clematis do great in simi-shade.
Many people cut the vines back to about 2 feet tall in late fall. This can force new growth in the spring. I rarely do that because I'm normally so tired by that time of year that all I want to do is sit on the swing. My vines grow as much as I need without pruning. The one in the Dawn in the picture above is growing on a big wrought Iron contraption that I repurposed for the garden.
Bill came up with a great idea for growing Clematis on our privacy fence: He nailed wire fencing to the fence posts. He turned the fencing sideways and the gap created by the fence posts allows the vines to weave through the support.
Propagating Clematis is fairly simple. One easy way is to cover a vine with soil (vine still attached to the plant), leave it alone for about a year and it will root. After it has a nice little root system, cut it loose from the mother vine and plant it.
Clematis can be propagated via stem cutting also. Cut a section of vine, make your cutting at a leaf node and leave one leaf joint above that cut. I trim the leaves on the top of the cutting in half. Dip the cutting in a rooting hormone, stick it in moist sand and leave it in a shady place. It may take a couple of months to root. When a slight tug results in resistance, gently lift the stem to see if you have roots. I'd probably pot the new babies in gallon pots and keep them in the shade until they are well established before planting in the ground.
Below are a few other Clematis vines that are growing in my backyard.
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May 10, 2018
|A Few of My Backyard Plants|
Here are a few of the plants still for sale. I'll be open every Friday and Saturday until the first weekend of June. Sign up for notices of special sales below the pictures. I promise not to send a bunch of useless emails - I don't have time and neither do you.
|Fire Island Hosta|
April 27, 2018
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