Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Some of what I have learned:
It is planted as an ornamental although it escapes quickly by it's prolific seed set. Some of it's success is due to it's seeds in "Wildflower" mixes. Studies on Dame's Rocket are not extensive and is not widely recognized as an invasive. Effects of Dame's Rocket are not known, it could compete with native species.
Prohibited in Massachusetts...banned in Connecticut...invasive in Michigan...invades wild areas everywhere but the deep south.
It is NOT to be confused with Phlox paniculata...Phlox has 5 petals as pictured below.
Where as Dame's Rocket has 4 petals as pictured below. This one plant grew out of a wildflower mix last year, in a container. I saved the seeds and now have seedlings up in the greenhouse. I really like this flower.My question to you : What do you know of Hesperis matronalis--Dame's Rocket in your area, friend or foe?
Today I am Thankful for the sunshine outside my window!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
It will be a very low maintenance area and reward us with lots of entertainment. I believe it will compliment the Pear tree come Spring. We have another Pear tree to the left of this one a little higher on the hill that I will be doing the same thing around.
Today I am Thankful for being able to work/play in the yard!!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I cut three African Daisy blooms, placed them in the bottom of the mason jar with the back of the blooms facing up. I then laid a sheet of green tissue paper on top of a table lamp and set the jar on top of that.
Today I am Thankful for these photography challenges.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Posted for Gail at http://clayandlimestone.blogspot.com/ drop by and tell her I said, "Hi." She has a beautifully photographed and written blog about her quest for filling her gardens with native plants.
Today I am Thankful for learning about our birds. I am also inviting you to check out The Great Backyard Bird Count at http://www.birdsource.org./gbbc/ it will be Feb. 18 - 21, 2011. Hey, if you are watching birds anyway, might as well print out the form, note your observations and submit them. It's free and helps keep track of the birds and their migration habits.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I have questions about a few of these....This Golden Euonymus is one slow grower...it also gets those nasty tiny gnat/aphid lookings things on it in summer.
Any growing/pruning tips?
Today I am Thankful for the days getting a little longer and the temps a little warmer.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
It's time for GBBD, hosted by Carol over at http://maydreamsgardens.blogspot.com .
A few blooms are opening on the Loropetalum--I love the fact that you can prune this anytime. It helps my itch to prune this time of the year if I just snip one or two tiny branches.
We have the old winter dependables...Pansies..I did not purchase flats of them like I normally do...The cold usually wilts the blooms but the plants themselves will be fine when it warms up a bit.
Everyone have a blessed weekend.
Today I am Thankful for the warmth of gardening bloggers.