The Plants

Viburnum Fall Color

Viburnum

Viburnum in the Fall…

…so nice to have a plant that gives interest in more than 1 season.

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Viburnum turns a lovely shade of red in the fall.

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You can read more about Viburnum here.

Are you enjoying the beautiful autumn leaves?

Proverbs 11:25

“The liberal soul shall be made fat:

and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. 

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Loving Glads

I’m in love!

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After being away from the garden for almost 2 weeks, for our church campmeeting,

I trekked out to the garden to see the damages.

Yes, things had become overgrown.

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But look what I found growing among the weeds!

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Beautiful, beautiful gladiolus!

This package of gladiolus corms was bought from one of my grandchildren,

as a fund raiser for our Christian school last spring.

They were planted in a row along with other veggies,

and I hadn’t given them much thought-

just weeded them along with everything else.

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How pleased and surprised I was to find these gorgeous flowers-

I love them!

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What lovely flower bouquets they make for the house.

Glads will be a must grow from now on!

Gladiolus

Tall flower stalks with large, showy flowers

Excellent cut flower

Blooms mid-summer

in a wide range of colors

Plant early, mid, and late season varieties

or stagger the planting for a longer bloom time.

Full sun

Well-drained soil

Shelter from strong winds or stake

Plant corms in the spring after last frost

Plant 4 inches deep, with pointed end facing up

Space 4-6 inches apart

Water when needed

After bloom, cut back flower stalk, leaving the foliage to mature

Dig up corms before frost and store in a frost free place

Psalm 55:22

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord,

and he shall sustain thee;

he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved”

 

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My Mystery Plant-The Allium

I mentioned in a previous post about a plant coming up in my flower bed that I knew I had planted, but couldn’t remember what it was.  You can read the post here.

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Well, it has bloomed, and this is what it is…

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Flowering allium, or flowering onion.

Now I remember!…..I had received this bulb as an added bonus in one of my seed orders a number of years ago, and had just stuck it in the ground in the corner of the vegetable garden, as I didn’t  know where I wanted to plant it permanently.  It had grown well there, and bloomed every year very nicely,  but I had dug it, and divided it, and planted  it through out one of the perennial beds.

And then forgot about it, and of course, couldn’t remember the next year what I had done.

Am I the only one who is so forgetful?  Have you ever planted something, and then forgot about it?  And then were left wondering what it was?  And then were pleasantly surprised when it bloomed?  (And didn’t I do this last year!?)

Oh, my.

Hopefully I will remember next year!

Allium

Allium is a well-behaved perennial, and easy to grow.

It is very eye-catching when in bloom,

as it stands up straight and tall,

with it’s globe-shaped flower.

Allium is deer and rodent resistant,

as well as being pretty much pest-free.

It takes up little space, and can be left in place or dug and divided for more plants.

You can find alliums in different heights and flower forms,

and different bloom times, as well as different colors.

Alliums colors can be blue, rose and white, and different shades of purple.

Allium likes most any type of soil that is well-drained;

it is drought tolerant and likes full sun.

It is hardy to zone 4, and should  be planted in the fall.

Psalm 33:1

“Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous;

for praise is comely for the upright.”

 

 

 

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Lilac Time

 Lilac Time!

 

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The lilacs are blooming.

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Ah, such a sweet, haunting fragrance!

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Anticipating cutting arm loads of flowers for our Sunday table.

Yes, I know that my favorite flower is the one that is in bloom at the moment, especially if it is a fragrant flower.  What a joy to be working in the garden when there is a blooming lilac near by!

This particular lilac bush was given to me by my wonderful mother years ago, and I call it Grandmother’s Lilac.

The lilac, syringe vulgaris, is a flowering, woody shrub.  This is one plant that does not mind hard winters, as proof of its blooming so beautifully after the brutal winter we had this year.

It is hardy to zone 3.

Blooms can be had that are blue, reddish pink, purple, white and yellow.  This variety pictured above is the old-fashioned variety of mauve or light purple.  I am longing for the other colors.

Lilac likes to be in full or part sun, and does not bloom well without sunlight, at least 6 hours.

It can be planted in any type of soil, but does not like to sit in overly wet soil.  They also do not like to be over fertilized, but mulching is good to keep down weeds.

Lilacs bloom in the late spring to early summer, and the flowers are good for cutting.  Because lilac is a woody plant, it is best to bruise or cut up the flower stems to facilitate water uptake for longer lasting cut flowers.

Lilacs are easy to grow and low maintenance.

They can grow to 15 feet, so prune them after blooming in the spring to keep them in shape.  Cut them back right after they bloom, to not remove next years blossoms.

Lilacs do send up suckers and these need to be dug out and they are good for propagating new plants.

Proverbs 23:17

“Let not thine heart envy sinners:

but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.”

 

 

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The Thanksgiving Cactus

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How happy, that with the coming of fall and winter (and it seems like winter already!), that the gardening season is not over yet.

Before the temperatures drop too low, all of the tender house type plants are brought in to overwinter.  The pots are all cleaned off,  the foliage usually pruned back, and they are placed in a sunny location to spend the next few months.  They are watered and fertilized, as new growth will begin with the warmer inside temperatures.

It seems like the plants are hardly moved inside, when the Christmas, or Thanksgiving cactus begins to bloom and puts on a beautiful show.

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Isn’t it beautiful?  In just a few weeks, the cactus was covered in gorgeous blooms.

This variety, a pink, a favorite color.  There are other colors of Christmas cactus as well.

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New buds, ready to open at the end of the segmented leaves.

The proper name of this cactus is schlumbergera, or zygocactus.

This is a very easy care plant-I move mine outside at the beginning of summer, where it spends its time on the shady back porch.  It is watered and fertilized along with all of the other blooming annuals, but receives no other special care.

It needs watered (bottom watering works best) when the soil is dry to the touch, and fertilized 2-4 times a year.

Bring it inside before the temperatures drop into the 40s.

And then, as you can see, it blooms beautifully, in time for Thanksgiving.

About a month or so after it blooms, it should be pruned back, to keep it tidy.  Prune by twisting off at the leaf segments.  The pruned segments can be air-dried, to harden the ends, and then pushed into a pot with regular potting soil, to root for more plants.  Treat these new cuttings just like a mature plant, and it should root fine.

Have you tried growing a zygo cactus?

Psalm 37:4

“Delight thy self also in the Lord;

and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

 

 

 

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