The quest for roses for poor soils all started quite innocently. I posted a David Austin Roses article about roses for poor soils on my #groundchat FaceBook page, and the initial response was less than positive. “Don’t you believe it,” …
Hellebores are some of the earliest blooming flowers in our gardens. Searching for hellebore’s soil preferences takes us to the southern and eastern European mountains. The native soil and root morphology tells us what we need to know about growing …
Clematis, the Queen of Vines, is grown in gardens around the world. A few myths surround its growing conditions, particularly around the soils for clematis. Contrary to popular belief, there’s a clematis for almost every garden, including plant hardiness zones 1 as well as poor soils.
We continued the #growyourown series on #groundchat last week with the divine Brenda Haas, host/moderator/organizer of #gardenchat. Bren shared her experiences with growing peas!
Recently I was invited to give a presentation on peonies and soil at the Oshawa Peony Festival. On the surface peonies soil requirements appear straightforward. What more could I add? That was before I did a little digging…
Nothing is more sought after than the hard to attain. Case in point: Gardeners with alkaline soils wanting to grow blue hydrangeas.
Pumpkin questions caught my attention at the Master Gardeners plant clinic this year. Pumpkin flowers, pollination and fruit set.
Pumpkins at the Dallas Arboretum
I don’t usually grow orchids. Many growers and gardeners advocate precise lighting, nutrition, water, temperature and soil conditions. Way too finicky for me! But since the mini-orchid was given to me, I thought I would give it a try.
I was in for a big surprise.
A couple of weeks ago, gardeners in northern North America were worried about the buds breaking prematurely. Gardeners on social media were wringing their hands in worry. But really it’s not a huge problem. Sure, there may be a few less flowers in spring, but most shrubs and trees will survive. The real problem is the numerous freeze/thaw cycles, which damage plants if garden beds haven’t been mulched.