Glory's Garden

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tour of Penn State Botanical Garden

Since my garden has gone to weeds--tell you about that when I have the time-- I thought I'd take you for a mini tour of Penn State Botanical garden.

Crushed sunset... that is the name this color inspires in me. What would you call it?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Travelog: Go west ye wee gardener

Travelog star date: 6.28.2013...okay, so, I've been watching too much Star Trek... but anyway, this travel update is about Utah where we--Tommy and I-- are right this minute.

Go west ye wee gardener! Someone said and so we did...must have been Uncle Mac...sounds like him anyway.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Wet tour of the garden

It seemed to rain for an entire two weeks, so this is to be a wet tour of the garden.

The rain was so bad it knocked own my Karl Marx Peonies, the ones I got so many years back from my mother's garden. What possessed me to remove and not replace the support I usually have around this plant is beyond me. have to remember to put it back.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Easy to grow annuals

In all honesty I dislike the term easy-to-grow annuals. It’s redundant, you see. Almost all annuals are easy to grow. At least they are if you know the tricks. In general the seeds need only to make contact with moist, regular garden soil, some sun and poof! They grow into nice  plants with copious amounts of blossoms in virtually every color imaginable, all sizes and shapes. A little feeding during the season, some deadheading and they’ll reward you endlessly.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Never enough Hosta

Have I told you I have a lot of Hosta in my gardens? All sorts too, but you know, you can never have enough Hosta. It's one thing to have loads of one single cultivar, but I have at least ten or so varieties, most, if not all, unnamed. Not that it's important, but some people are real sticklers for cultivar names. I am not one of those people.

My first hosta was from my mother's house back on Long Island just before she sold her house and moved her living to the Dominican with my father. It was my job to salvage as many of her plants as I could, and her bright green Hosta with the white stripes was the best of the bunch, with the Peony Karl Marx being the second. Still have both and both are thriving wonderfully.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Calendula officinalis (Pot Marigold)

Calendula officinalis is also known as the Pot Marigold for its culinary uses. It is a self-sowing annual with flowers in bright, sunshine yellows, light to bright oranges and soft apricot and cream colors. This frost-hardy, sweet, little plant, 1 -2 feet tall at best, has sticky, distinctly scented, long leaves with rounded tips. It has a tendency towards legginess and falls over to sprawl on the ground. This habit makes it good for the hanging basket and as edging plants to soften harsh

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Big Gardening Mistake

My pal Alexandra Heep, who I started on her way to gardening success just by sending her a dozen or so packs of seeds, was just recently lamenting her big gardening mistakes. To that I say, "BAH! you don't know big until you see my gardening mistakes!"

Case in point: My French Pussy willow. Talk about big mistakes!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bachelor buttons: All time favorite annual

I found this ancient Helium article on one of my all time favorite annuals, the pretty as you please Bachelor Buttons, and thought I may as well post it here for you.

Bachelor Buttons or Centaurea Cyanus as they are known botanically  is an annual. It grows in all zones self-sowing to its heart’s content. Some call it the cornflower because of its tendency of frequently popping up in and around the borders of corn fields. In some areas they have become a wild flower and make a nice addition to any meadow with its traditional blue flowers.

 The more common seed mixes on the market contain flowers in pink, burgundy, white and rose colored flowers as well as the blue. If allowed to hybridize on their own the blue will not produce a true seed . That is to say the blue color might be supplanted by the other colors if the bees pollinate all of them together. If you wish to collect your own seed and to have a ready supply of seeds that produce the distinct and coveted blue cornflower try to keep them away from Bachelor Buttons of other colors. Plant them in opposite ends of the yard might help. Perhaps the bees will cooperate. If you end up with all colors but blue you’ll have to try again and buy the only blue varieties.

Bachelor Buttons got their name when they were frequently used as  boutonnieres. These pretty plants grow from 1 to 2 ½ foot tall. It branches nicely if given enough room. It has narrow 2-3 inch long, green, gray-tinged leaves. Flowers are 1 -1 ½ inches across . They generally have no fragrance but the butterflies like to settle themselves down on them and the bees are always buzzing happily around  for the nectar.

The Bachelor Button likes any average garden soil and is quite drought tolerant. They like a less acidic soil so add a bit of lime where you want to plant these unless you know your soil’s pH level. They make a great addition to a cut flower arrangement lasting relatively long. As with all annuals, snipping off flowers at intervals will prevent the plant from going to seed too quickly and will promote more flowering. Caring for the Bachelor Button couldn’t be easier. Feed with a mild fertilizer or your own homemade compost tea as you would your other annuals and perennials.

One of the more popular and widely available Bachelor Button in garden centers and nurseries is “Jubilee Gem” with deep blue flowers. It comes in a bushy plant about a foot high. The very popular “Polka Dot” strain comes in all the usual cornflower colors. These are sold mostly in seed form.

One plant which technically isn’t a Bachelor Button though it is often mistakenly called such is Centaurea Montana. This one  I highly recommend for the superior flower size and color and that you don’t have to replant it every year makes it that much more welcome. This one is actually a perennial which needs to be divided ever two years to keep it happy. You can easily find this on sale in most good quality garden centers, Home Depot or Lowes. The bushy plant grows 1 ½- 2  feet tall and wide. It has seven inch long grayish-green leaves and the flowers are a whooping 3 inches across. They even look as pretty when they are all gone to seed as they do freshly opened.

The seeds of the Bachelor Buttons should be sown in early spring but those seeds that were left behind in the garden over winter will readily sprout all on their own. In mild winter areas a late summer or fall sowing is fine. I’m certain you can find a nice place to put this curious, unassuming  little plant. It has long been a childhood favorite for meadow bouquets picked especially for Moms all over the country. Here’s hoping you can pick your own by the next growing season.