Author Archives: Ken Wilson

Hellebores

HELLEBORES

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“Lenten Rose”

At the first job I had as a grower in a small green house in fall, eight (8) weeks till Christmas I was handed a box of plants to grow for Christmas, the label said it they a plant called Lenten Rose. There were little or no instructions just plant and keep cool until they bloom around Christmas. They were add to the other plants I was growing to compete with the Poinsettias that were Lenten Rose Beverywhere in the greenhouse.

This was well before the first perennial boom of the seventies (70’s) and they did well as pot plants but I pinched the remainder of those not sold. If I had only known the value and worth of these plants, I would have put them into the perennial plant section I was growing for spring.

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Full Moon

 Full Worn Moon

This Month’s “Tonight to be exact” is a Full Moon. It has several names and The Farmers Almanac has a great article on them. http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2013/03/26/march-full-worm-moon/

Go and read the article.

The moon and the full moon have always been connected to gardening and planting. I have always been interested in how it affects planting. I will discuss more in later.

Moon A©Ken Wilson the Gardening Whisperer LLc 2015

Dormant Oil

DORMANT OIL AND SPRING SEASONAL PREPATION

On the eve of another snow storm all over North America it might be difficult to see the spring that is coming around the corner. Adding to the perception of we get this week we are still behind by two (2.5) inches, but we will catch up. Now is a great time to think about several ideas that will shorten your work time in your yard this summer. 

  • We watch the precipitation or moisture we receive: This will determine if irrigation is necesI 16 copysary all from germinating seed to new plants that we will plant in spring… Will find out how much we get and let you know…
  • Remember what insect problems that occurred last Year: Decide if you had insects, like aphids, scale, tent caterpillars or others, if so a dormant spray would give you a jump on the expanding numbers of these insects. If you do this in winter then you keep from burning leaves when they unfurl. There are several types of dormant oil, go to your garden centers and learn what your options are. Continue reading

Liriope “Monkey Grass”

GROUND COVER (LIROPE – Monkey Grass)

 

Some of the best ground covers are natives of Asia about thirty (30) varieties of a genera called Liriope. Now there are two types of liriope, one ken cherrysthe other muscari.  These two species have many interchangeable common names lilyturf, monkey grass, variegated lilieturf, and blue lilieturf.  When looking for any of these one must remember the difference between the two, muscari types are clumping and spicata types are spreading. The majorities in the market are muscari types, they come in green or variegated with either white or yellow leaves. The flowers can be purple, blue or white. Continue reading

Ground Hog Day

GROUND HOG DAY

Well the first month of the year is over, and as winters from the past it was not unpleasant. The perception was down from the average but in this winter in Missouri we received one (1”) inch we will be thankful.  Like a lot of times Mother Nature comes back on the first day of February we have I 16 copyalready gotten one half of an inch (.5”).

Today is what my father called a great holiday. No it is not really a holiday but he would talk about as he felt it was the coming of spring. He also knew he would have to start plowing to get the garden ready for the rest of us to plant.  There is a great article in the ‘Farmers Almanac’ telling how any why ‘Ground Hog’ Day came about. Continue reading

Red Maple “The Native”

Red MapleThe 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

PLANTS FOR THE CURE

PLANTS FOR THE CURE
In the past years there have been many gardens of pink to honor the lives of Breast Cancer victims however a few breeders and growers have stepped up to give gardeners a some impressive plants for the foundation.
As we all know Breast Cancer has been a devastating disease in the past half century. Every family that not been effected in some way by this disease. Breast cancer has been the most published form of cancer. It has been the not talked about problem facing American women. I 16 copy Continue reading

Snow Drops

SnowdropsOn 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

Flowering Dogwoods

Preparing for Spring

  One can gain knowledge of what spring flowering dogwood trees will be like from looking at what is occurring in the fall. In the late summer tree Dogwoods or (Cornus florida) or (Cornus rubrum) types start their groundwork for a grand spring flower show. This requires both proper water and temperatures. Continue reading

Bucks’ Unlimited Oak

ADDI1-129[1]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