Author Archives: Ken Wilson

GLADIOLAS

GLADIOLAS

Gladiolas Pink

Gladiolas Pink

Gladiolas or Glad’s as some people call them are a great summer bulb. Their attractiveness has diminished in the last decade or two. They were highly used as a cut flower in massive bouquets.  They are not winter hardy and have to be dug and stored over the winter and planted the following year. As it is not a native and the time involved to grow them many a Gardner has chosen not to grow them.

If you grew them this year it is the time to dig them and store in a 45. degree non lighted area.  Do not let them freeze.

However this all said they are a glorious addition to a garden and are a great cut flower. Look now for some great looking colors for next spring.

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History of Bees

Bee History

Bee & Milkweed vine smallWe are in the dog days of summer and many summer flowers are the stopping off place for many insects that also enjoy the summer flowers. Bees are looking for pollen and nectar that help maintain and build their hives over the winter. Honeybees are one of the first animals that were domesticated by man. Honey and bees wax have long been a sought after products by man. These little work horses are good at turning pollen and nectar into a food fit for Kings and the wax was used for many things. It does not go bad without refrigeration and stays good for some time.  It was also fermented to make mead a drink talked about in ancient times used by Vikings and Roman Gods.  The wax used as preservative and a source for light. Continue reading

Book Review 100 Easy To Grow Native Plants

100 Easy To Grow Native Plants

For American Gardens In Temperate Zones

By

Lorraine Johnson

 

100 Easy To Grow Native Plants, For American Gardens in Temperate Zones. This book is reviewed by Kenneth Wilson “The Gardening Whisperer”.

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This review is prepared to be on www.Gadeneningwhisperer.com  Lorraine is a writer and gardener, she has written over 23 books mostly on gardening in the urban settings and other topics.  On her posts in ‘The City Farmer”; http://www.cityfarmer.info/2010/05/01/lorraine-johnsons-city-farmer-adventures-in-urban-food-growing-coming-on-may-22-2010/ , she writes on gardening and topics that are important for a city garden. The book is published by; ‘A Firefly Books copyright© 2009.’ Continue reading

Two Full Moons in July

 

Full Moons of July

Or

Full Buck Moon and Blue Moon

 

We just finished the wettest month (June) ever in St. Louis. Going into the June we were behind the yearly average by 1.59 inches. June’s has an average rain fall of 3.83 inches; we received 10.51 inches thus we are a head of the year by 5.09 inches. The forecast for July is hot, hot, and hot so this may dry us out; I hope.  The normal rain fall for July is 3.9 inches and the total for year is 39.79 leaving us with only more 15 inches left for a normal year.

 

July has two full moons; One, July1 which is called the Full Buck Moon and the other on July 31 is called the Blue Moon.  Read why it called the dog days of summer and what is behind the names of the full moons on The Farmer’s Almanac; http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2013/07/15/julys-full-buck-moon/

 

Other tidbits the Japanese Beetles are back and misquotes if they are not here they are Continue reading

DECORATION DAY

DECORATION DAY

This is my seventieth DECORATION DAY, (yes I know the name has changed) but it has always been a special day as it was the day my mother prepared flowers to decorate the graves of our ancestral history and the forgotten soldiers that had fought to make America free. From where we lived we had to trek in all four directions to visit the many cemeteries and graves this process took about a week to accomplish. I wish I could remember the stories mother told of each person that we stopped by and there location but time has eroded my mind. Continue reading

Book Review “Brining Nature Home” by Douglas W. Tallamy

Brining Nature Home

…How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens

By

Douglas W. Tallamy

 

Brining Nature Home …How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, Douglas W. Tallamy, Timber Press, Portland, Or;  Copyright 2077;  272 pages. Reviewed by Kenneth Wilson “The Gardening Whisperer”.

 

This review is prepared to be on www.Gadeneningwhisperer.com

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Bees and Pollinators

Peony And The BeeThere have been much emotional talks on the decline of bees in the past few years. The graphic representations show that bee hives have declined since the mid forties. Then when several massive bee kills in the past have happened fingers were pointed at insecticides. In order to get massive headlines they place blame at the newest insecticide, Neonics. GET RID OF ALL INSECTICIDES. Well that is a blown up headline grabbing statement and not a real solution to the problem.  Continue reading

Book Review “Coffee For Roses by C.L. Fornari

Coffee for Roses

…and 70 other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening

By

C.L. Fornari

 

Coffee for Roses, …and 70 other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening, by C. L. Fornari, St. Lyons press, Pittsburg 2014: 146 pages. Reviewed by Kenneth Wilson “The Gardening Whisperer”.

 

This review is prepared to be on www.Gadeneningwhisperer.com  C.L. Fornari is a writer, speaker, radio show host, and an avid plant person and blogger. She has written and talked about myths within the gardening and horticulture lore. Many of these myths have been passed along for a number of years. As see on pg. 88 “News Paper in 1913, Reports that Department of Agriculture’s bureau of soils was evaluating the loggerhead sponge for use as fertilizer”. Continue reading

Pink Moon April

Full Moon III

Or

April Pink Moon

 

From my Front Yard

From my Front Yard

Yes, once again there is a full moon upon us on April 4th.  Besides there being a full moon there will also be an eclipse starting at 6:15 and by 6:33 CDT the moon will be 70% covered in Chicago.  One of the several names for this moon is the Pink Moon. It is because of pink Phlox or ground Phlox which is native and blooms for a long time in the spring. Best days to go fishing are the 5th, 6th and 7th April.

Go to this link and read the full story.

http://farmersalmanac.com/blog/2015/03/31/now-its-the-moons-turn-to-be-totally-eclipsed/

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Roses

ROSES

Roses are the best know flower though out gardening and to some it is the queen of all flowers.  Roses have a past and I knew that there are several breeders in England and France however in an article by Harald Enders “A New Home FOR OLD GERMAN ROSES” ” http://media.wix.com/ugd/e6654e_42a58c08b17d606a6c8826823a2cbe7d.pdf “I found that many roses were bred in Germany and brought into commerce before 1900.  Through time and three wars many have GW Rose Redbeen lost but Harald Enders is trying to find them and bring them back into production.  Many of these could be the genetics of our modern rose. On further investigation I found that there are many rose gardens in Germany the best being Sangerhausen which began in 1896 it now has about 75,000 roses. Continue reading