Sunday, April 27, 2008

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Viburnum Opulus

I did more plant shopping this weekend and found this Viburnum Opulus. At first, I thought it was a white variety of hydrangea. It's flower (pictured on the packaging) just made me think of it. Anyways, it's different. So they have this six inch cutting (rootstock?) with a really well-established root system protected in a bag of peat moss. I carefully opened the bag shook off some of the peat moss and transplanted in a pot of ordinary garden soil. This one goes in a sunny location as it loves the sun. Hope it grows fast so I'll start enjoying it's flowers. I'll keep you posted on this--

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Help Me I.D. It

My garden is frequently visited by wild birds some of which are crows. One day this crow had something in it's mouth. It was trying to break it open but couldn't so he finally gave up. Dropping to the ground this fruit/seed - well, it looks more like a nut to me. I have no clue but it's all round and it is very hard - must be the coating and the seed inside it. The other day I've sown it and hopefully it'll germinate. I've put a pea seed next to it for comparison. Do you have any clue as to what this is?

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Experiment: Jasmine Pods/ Seeds

I found a couple of pods on my jasmine plant and got curious if the seeds on these pods would ever sprout and grow. Kind of an experiment, so i carefully extracted the seeds out. I was able to get about eight on the largest pod and about 3-4 on the smaller ones. The seeds look cute with their "hairs". So I planted them in seed starting soil and placed in a bright location away from direct sunlight. Now we're going to patiently wait what happens. Never did a research on this but we'll see.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Lily of theValley

I did a google search on "most expensive flower plants" and to the list I found "Lily of the Valley". They have become rather popular for use as a spring wedding bouquet. Mine is the bush type. Plant in the spring in a filtered shade location (mine's still pot-bound). It prefers a loose, well drained acid soil that is kept moist but not wet. No pruning is needed, but cut off the old flowers before they go to seed, unless you would like it to spread. Keep in mind it spreads aggressively.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

How to Propagate Impatiens

Cuttings are taken early spring or autumn. You need a pruner and a glass jar.
Cuttings are about 2-3 inches long. Pick the best stem and make a cut just below a node.
Remove any extra leaves leaving just a few (3-4) at the top. Remove any flower or flower buds if there are any. You want all it's energy into making roots and not foliage or flowers.
Put it in a jar of plain water and make sure the leaves don't touch the water.
Keep it in a bright location away from direct sunlight. In a few weeks it'll root and ready to pot.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

How to Grow Green Table Onions or Scallions

I've got a bag of 80 bulbs for planting. Bulbs are the size of chestnuts, sometimes larger, pear-shaped, narrowed in the upper part into a rather longpoint, and covered with a white coloured paper-like skin. The size of the bulb affects the plant size and maturity. For uniformity, planting similar size bulbs is essential. To harvest over an extended period, plant the largest bulbs (quarter-size) first. After they mature, plant medium-sized bulbs (nickel-size), and finally the smallest bulbs (dime-size).
For green onions, plant the bulbs 1/2 inch apart in rows and 2-3 inches deep. And for dry table onions, plant the bulbs 3 inches apart in rows 12 inches apart and barely cover with 1/2 inch of soil. Harvest after top growth has fallen.
After a few weeks
My first homegrown scallions!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Spring Jobs For Gardeners

Plant tropical and subtropical trees, shrubs, vines and groundcovers, warm-season annuals, vegetables and turfgrasses; hardy plants only as necessary (fall planing preferable).

Sow warm-season annuals, vegetables and turfgrasses.

Fertilize tropical and subtropical plants including fruit trees, camellias and warm-season turfgrasses.

Control aphids, mealybugs and other pests.

Spread mulch, build water-basins and maintain irrigation equipment.

Deep-water trees and shrubs after dry winters.

Water fall-planted stock carefully as the rainy season ends.

Attend botanic garden plant sales.