Twenty Eight days until spring and the pollinators return, Are you ready???
As told by Tree Frog:
It is only One (1) more days until Groundhogs Day, so what. Why silly people have been using a Ground Hog or whatever they can find to predict the coming of spring and fresh flowers. Their guesswork is based on years of practice and refining. A tradition from the Pennsylvania German as it’s called Grundsaudaag or Murmeltiertag is celebrated on February 2. If it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks. Continue reading
Spring Is Coming 65 Days
On this cold January day we have only 65 Days left until spring arrives, are you ready? No one knows what is store for the next 65 days and neither does the ground hog that may or not see his shadow. The trees and bulbs are getting their necessary cold so that they can bloom. Put out plenty of bird seed so they can make it through the cold winter
©Ken Wilson Gardening Whisperer 2016
This is an ending picture of the year; it is tribute of lilacs of past spring and the consideration of next spring’s blossoms to come. I hope youall (southern term) have had a grand 2015 and will have an enormous 2016.
I hope 2016 will bring me time and energy to write more and take more incredible photos so I can share with my friends.
Once again have Happy 2016.
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.
© www.gardeningwhisperer.com 2015
Full Moon III
April Pink Moon
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.
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The native Red Maple is very diverse and has many cultivars because of this multiplicity in its gene which allows it to ranges from Canada through the southern states. From east and west it runs from the plans to the coast. The diversities of this plant can be seen as it grows from the low swamps to the rocky out crops of Missouri.
Because of the range of habitat of this tree it can grow in the moist area of the yard as well as dryer sites. While growing in dryer areas however the roots tend to come to the surface and can give rise to some problems as the tree matures. Continue reading
On a dull cloud covered rainy winter day I noticed that the Snowdrops ‘Galanthus nivalis’ that I planted 20 years ago were coming up and starting to bloom. This is in contrast to last year as they waited until it was February before they poked the little heads out of the ground to bloom and announcing that spring was coming. Continue reading
In an age of small dominative plants that do not drop anything on to the manicured lawn of urban America it is refreshing to see a tree that produces large amounts of acorns being triumphed is astonishing. However this fast growing Swamp White Oak was selected not for the urban home owner but rather for the wild life and to be used in areas where the is deer and turkey populations abound. The attributes of this new and great tree are earlier flowering and fruiting large number of acorns thus giving the wild life, turkey and deer and waterfowl a good diet of natural food, making this an excellent tree to put into your food plot for the wildlife. Continue reading
This wonderful vegetable, one of the oldest edible sources known to mankind, found in a bewildering array of recipes and preparations, be it your favorite salad, gravy or curries. It has also been in used in traditional medicines since ancient times for health promoting curative properties. Onions are a cool-season vegetable that can be grown successfully through most of Temperate America. They may be started from seed, sets, or transplants. What starts onions to enlarge is day length. This is in March April. Different varieties of onions require different day lengths. Local garden centers will have the proper varieties for your area. The normally sweet onions that are grown in the south take a longer growing season to turn the starches into sugars.