Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
- If you see something cool growing in someone's yard, before asking if you can have some make sure it's not growing ALL over their yard. Definite things to stay away from: Loosestrife of any kind, Bishop's Weed or Snow on the Mountain, etc. No matter how cool that Gooseneck Loosestrife looks, it's not cool when you have to try to eradicate it from your garden for years to come.
- Always water new plants well after planting them. Don't be lazy and wait for the next rainfall to come. An unwatered plant is a dead plant.
- Almost all of those plant catalogs you get in the mail in winter, though tempting, are not worth ordering from (unless it's seed catalogs). More than likely you will receive plants the size of your pinky that will be dead upon arrival or die within a couple of weeks. It's always best to buy plants local where you can see them, or from reputable mail order companies. Look at Garden Watchdog before ordering from any garden company.
- In my experience, almost all those cool colored coneflowers eventually revert back to all pink. Green Envy and the white ones have been the exception for me.
- If your containers are not near a water source, it's best to make your container self-watering so you don't have to water them by hand every day during dry spells.
- Setting up a drip-line system is easy, and it beats dragging a hose around the yard to water all the time.
- As much as you want to share your hostas with friends, let them grow a few years before deciding to divide them.
- Never leave your husband home alone with a loppers in your garden.
- NEVER use landscaping fabric. It dries out your plants, weeds still grow on top of it, and it's very hard to dig through it if you want to add plants. Instead use cardboard to line your new garden beds.
- Rocks are only good for cactus and succulents garden. Unless it's big rocks you will use to line flower beds or add interest to your garden.
- Don't plant things too close together, either the strongest plant will survive or you will have to dig it out and move it down the road.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
My big posts may be a little less for a few weeks. I am one handed typing until my shoulder heals. I had surgery to remove bone spurs from my shoulder and hope the surgery will bring back full range of motion, which I haven't had for a long time. We are referring to it as hosta shoulder.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
|Male and Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.|
|This is the black form of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail female. The female can also be yellow instead of black.|
|The male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.|
|A close-up of the female.|
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
|This is a female Monarch, because the lines are thick. Males usually have thinner lines, and they also have black spots on their bottom two wings.|
Monday, August 22, 2011
|Black and Yellow Garden Spiders|
|European Garden Spiders|
Friday, August 19, 2011
|These are seeds pods on a hosta that are not ready for collection yet. They are still green.|
|Notice these seed pods are brown and starting to crack open, these seed pods are ready for seed collection.|
|Close-up of a seed pod that's ready for collection.|
|These are the hosta seeds inside of the seedpods.|
|This is a seedpod on a daylily, it is not ripe enough for seed collecting.|
|This is a ripe seed pod, you can easily shake the seeds out.|
|Close-up of daylily seed (black one).|
|These are the bulbils on a tiger lily.|
|Not the greatest picture, but I was trying to show the bulbils are ready to pick when you start to notice roots coming off the bulbils. The small white line coming off the bulbils is a root.|
Thursday, August 18, 2011
|Close-up of hole, looks like maybe it could use some toilet paper or something.|
|I tried to shine a spotlight in the hole to see if I could see any inhabitants.|