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  • TAKING CARE OF FLOWER POTS

    Posted on December 16th, 2011 Pam No comments

    I am probably the last person in Idaho that has brought in my flower pots. It is never a good idea to leave them outside all winter. Especially if they are the costly terracotta pots. They can break down over winter from freezing and thawing and eventually deteriorate into a pile of expensive red clay. The best solution is to empty the soil onto a compost pile, or place it on the garden. Then move the pots into the basement or garage.

    The earlier that these are brought in the better. I tend to procrastinate because maybe the flowers are still blooming, or something else needs to be done first. But, if these are cleaned up and put away before the snow flies, the pots will be much happier and last much longer.

    How about this idea? Put up the Christmas lights the same day as the pots are put away. You know, when it is still warm outside and before the snow is on the ground. Something for me to work on next year.

    It’s the job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.
    -–Unknown

  • TRUTH ABOUT TULIPS

    Posted on May 30th, 2011 Pam No comments

    I have probably already said this before…..

    But here goes.

    Tulips are almost through blooming this time of year, they were beautiful, they showed promises of Spring. But, they are gone now. Never fear, other flowers will be blooming soon to replace the tulips.

    Just a few reminders about caring for tulips after the blossoms have faded.
    1. Cut the stem off above the first leaf. Leave as many leaves on the tulip stem as possible.
    2. Keep the tulip leaves on until they turn yellow, the leaves feed the bulb so the blossom will be bigger next year.
    3. The top of the stem has a seed pod, if this isn’t removed the tulip spends lots of it’s energy toward seeds, not strengthing the bulb. If the tulip stem hasn’t been cut, at least snap off the seed pod.
    4. Mark places in the garden that need more tulips or need tulips to be divided. Don’t wait to do this or the tulips leaves will fade and it will be hard to remember where the tulips were.
    5. Take pictures of the tulips, to enjoy them next winter and to document placement and color.

    Remember, plant tulip bulbs in September and October. Plant lots and then get ready to enjoy them next Spring.

  • DAFFODILS AND TULIPS DON’T MIX

    Posted on May 7th, 2011 Pam No comments

    This is the season for early bulbs to start or maybe even finish blooming. My Tulips are just starting to bloom now, buy my Daffodils are going strong.

    There is nothing better than a fresh bouquet of flowers from your garden on display in your house.

    So there is a couple of things to remember about these two most popular flowers.

    Daffodils have a thick liquid that leaks out of the bottom of the stem. When putting Tulips and Daffodils together in a vase, the liquid from the Daffodils will harm the Tulips. So if they must go together in a vase, put the Daffodils in water for about two hours first. Then put them together in a bouquet.

    Oh and one more thing, take a picture. It is a way to enjoy your garden next Winter.

  • A DAY IN THE GARDEN

    Posted on May 5th, 2011 Pam 2 comments

    Everything in the garden is starting to come to life.  Tulips are budding and blooming.  Daffodils are in full bloom. 

    Here are a few pictures to show what I mean, these were taken May 4th and 5th of 2011.

    Here are a 'bunch' of tulips in the front yard. Small, but thick.

    These are Daffodils, they are the 'double' kind.

    This is just one bunch of Daffodils, the buds have doubled in numbers each year.

    This is my Crown Imperial, showing yellow buds, ready to bloom.

    More pictures from the flower bed in the front yard.

    This is my curved flower bed in the East garden. Daffodils blooming, tulips in bud. Taken May 4, 2011.

    This is the same garden spot, May 5, 2010.

    Same place, lots of tulips blooming last year on the same date.

    These are the tulips I sold at the Farmer's Market last year, on May 1st.

    Okay, back to this year, more tulips.

    Daffodils I forced to bloom on the back porch.

    There are 13 main types of Daffodils, but over 15,000 varieties. Here are nine varieties I have.

    Also, here is my May 5th bouquet.

    There are over 20 Daffodils in this bouquet!!!

  • A WEEK IN THE GARDEN

    Posted on April 30th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Here is a garden update, (in pictures).

    The bees are out!!!!! April 12, 2011

    More Crocus, I love these Spring flowers!!

    Another picture of crocus, these are very small and delicate.

    Update of my 'cold frame' cress and onions doing great.

    This is cress, it looks good. To bad I killed it about a week later. I left it in the cold frame without venting it. It turned yellow and died!!!!! So be careful when the sun is out, it can get very hot in an enclosed building.

    This is a cool ground cover, it is a perennial. I love it, but I don't know what it is called. Can anyone tell me?

    Also, I want to pick a bouquet every 5 days. I will post a picture of each bouquet, wish me luck. Here are the first two.

    This bouquet of Daffodils was picked April 20, 2011

    The first bouquet of Tulips. Picked April 25, 2011, I forced these to bloom, they turned out okay.

    One of my favorite pictures of a Daffodil.

    This is a flower my nephew Devin gave me 5 years ago. I forgot what it is, does anyone know?

    Chionodoxa luciliae or Luciile's Glory-of-the-snow. It is a bulb that came from Turkey. These are about three years old and are really filling out.

    I love these tulips, they are so early. I love the pattern they have made.

    These are some old tulips my Mother had, I love the yellow centers.

    This is a tulip with ice and snow on it. This is a cool type of tulip, it has pointed petals.

    These are the same red tulips with the pointed pedals, this time without snow.

    Some cool pictures of Daffodils.

  • POTTED PLANTS, MORE CROCUS AND TULIPS

    Posted on April 4th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Saturday I planted over 160 gallon pots of plants. I planted Oriental Lilies, Asiatic Lilies, forced Daffodils, Tulips and Muscari bulbs. I have so many pots, I can’t believe it, I hope they grow fast and healthy.

    Here are just a few of my pots, these are 40 Oriental Lilies.

    Below are a few pictures of Crocus and Tulips in bloom now.

    These are light lavendar crocus, my favorite.

    These are a 'bunch' of crocus, closed up for the evening.

    Another huge bunch of purple crocus. There are over 50 buds in this group.

    Beautiful tulip, I forced these to bloom early in the house.

    This is my favorite, taken with natural window light.

  • A DAY IN THE GARDEN

    Posted on April 2nd, 2011 Pam No comments

    This is a flat of garden cress, it is spicy, kind of like water cress. They were planted about 10 days ago.

    A few of my tulips, I can't believe how good these look.

    These are Crown Imperial Lilies. They are kind of rare flowers, these are yellow. They are fast growing and will bloom in about a month.

    Below are a few pictures of one of my favorite Spring flowers, Crocus.


    These yellow Crocus really brighten up a Spring flowerbed.