I have a love-hate relationship with hummingbirds. They are brilliant and quick, tiny and bold. They are also territorial, dive-bombing murderers. Yes they have chased birds into windows. So it was with this new that I told my neighbor the cheery demons were all hers. Sho she great plants and feeders. But today I happened… Continue reading Hummingbird visits the Monarda
Kaolin Clay – a natural powder barrier to coat leaves and fruit to repel pests. Spray the leaves, goes on wet and dries. Japanese beetles damage is lessened by using this barrier.
A few years ago I received milkweed seed from a plant nursery giving it away for free. I spread some of the seed in various areas of my yard with no luck. But a year later – up pops one where none were spread in a place outside any garden bed. Nature is funny that… Continue reading Monarch nursery in my garden
Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot, Beebalm (Sf,DM,A,N) 2 – 4 ft H x 2 – 3 ft W. Spider-like lavender blooms in late summer on single flowering stocks. Great plant to bring in wildlife. Blooms: Late Summer to early fall (Sf) Moisture: Dry to Medium (DM) Soil Type: All soil types when local ecotype is available… Continue reading Monarda fistulosa – Wild Bergamot
This year I am testing a bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer. This is a natural fertilizer that provides not only phosphorus but calcium. Calcium helps avoid blossom end rot that can ruin a tomato. If you have pups you may want to follow the wet directions**. **Note these are not the product directions… Continue reading Using bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer.
Where better to sit than next to a pond? With the drum of spilling water drowning the drone of man’s machinery. The original plan for the patio included a dark gray breeze (small rock chip) base material next to a dry, white boulder pond. A contrast of dark and light, a modified Taijitu. ☯ Using… Continue reading A patio by the pond
Elymus trachycaulus – Slender wheatgrass (Su,DM,A,N) 12-40″ Tall x 12″ Spread, light blue-green wide leaves. Slender wheatgrass is a perennial, cool-season, short-lived, coarse, tufted bunchgrass. Leaves are from 3 to 13 inches long and upto a half inch wide, with basal leaves longer than upper leaves. The culms are erect, ranging from 6 to 48… Continue reading Elymus trachycaulus -Slender wheatgrass
This week two yards of mulch will fill in various beds. At one point all my flower beds had a good couple inch layer of mulch to keep weeds down. The last time I posted about mulching was in 2009. So you can imagine its not high on the list. Though it should be! After… Continue reading Catching up on long overdue chores – mulch
Roses, Penstemon, delphinium, viola. Mint has reappeared in the flower bed, obscuring a Campanula(?) In the prairie, dill starting to bud, black eyed susans starting to bud, prairie coneflower blooming. The pink lemonade honeysuckle smells lovely. Koeleria Macanthra (June grass), Dianthus gratianopolitanus, Cerastium tomentosum ( Snow in Summer ) all mid bloom. In the shade… Continue reading What’s blooming week of June 21st
What might look like a fungus on a rose is actually tiny pests. Every year I have a single rose that seems to get eaten alive by these bugs. Rose Leafhopper Edwardsiana rosae (Linnaeus) (Homoptera: Cicadellidae). This guy will cause damage to bottom of rose leaves and can attack a variety of trees like apple,… Continue reading Spot the Rose Pests