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Daylilies - an Asset to Your Landscape

What a great year for daylilies!  They’ve had sufficient spring rain and a good winter and the blooms promise to be abundant.

They are one of the easiest plants to grow, requiring little maintenance. They are not fussy about soil but they prefer it well-drained.

In general they like at least 6 hours of direct sun per day, but will tolerate part-shade. The  reds especially benefit from partial shade conditions in the heat of the day. If you love daylilies but think you can’t grow them, try some of the —–read more—-

Sweet Woodruff

May 4

I guess it was at least 25 years ago that a friend gave me Sweet Woodruff.

Herbs and dried flowers were her passion and she propagated and raised them for market.  She also dried them for market and the great room in her home was filled with dried herb bouquets hanging from the rafters. In addition, there were hundreds of beautiful straw flowers with wire stems held in porous blocks.

Hilda taught me just about everything I know about herbs and that training has added so much to my gardens and my life.

Since our area has its roots in colonial times, many people who grow herbs here plant formal herb gardens.  That has never been my choice, as I prefer to mix the herbs among other perennials and plants.

I remember Hilda’s gift of Sweet Woodruff and even where she suggested I plant it.  It never did especially well for me, but I managed to keep it going although sparsely.

When we first moved here, the area in our back yard that we now refer to as the tree bed had 4 large trees, hundreds of old crushed crab pots, old engine blocks, a iron fence, lots of other trash —–read more—-

Planting Perennials - Is Bigger Better?

Last year there was a section of my border/garden that was totally neglected.  This year it got first billing — well almost anyway— and in January we reduced its size and altered its shape. I lifted many plants (dutch iris, daylilies, aster, phlox) and laid them beside the border until I could get to them.  Then the cold and snow came in February.

Here it is April already and only yesterday (March 31, 2010) did I finally get to the huge plants that had been lifted and left bare on the ground.

Having these huge plants before me made me think back to some of the folks I have sold perennials to over the years.  They would have loved to have had a huge 10 to 20 lb clump of a plant to plop —–read more—-

Slug Damage - Solution - Review

When I picked lettuce yesterday it was overcast with a slight misty rain and about 55 degrees.  Perfect day time conditions for slugs who are usually active at night.

This is one garden pest that if not controlled can make you want to give up —–read more—-