Hosta Curley Fries
The Hosta of the year for 2016 is Hosta Curley Fries. In 2008 breeder Bob Solberg introduced this magnificent Hosta. Its curly chartreuse leaves form a diminutive mound of about 6” high and 16’ high giving it an unmistakable appearance. It was from a seedling of Hosta Pineapple Upsidedown Cake. The best color comes from growing it in an area that has morning sun with afternoon shade. This is the most distinctive hosta to be introduced in some time with its highly ruffled narrow leaves that emerge yellow and then fade to near white. In midsummer deep purple scapes emerge on top of the plant with lavender flowers. Continue reading
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
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 been 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
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 everywhere 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.
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 the 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
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
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. 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
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
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