Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Diggin up that red clay

Boy 'O Boy..   I am determined to dig up that red clay ---  add nutrient ready soil... whether for my mini cactus garden...

I added another Red Brick walkway
I must have hydrangeas....
I must have hostas

and my Peonies my thrive and survive....

 especially my roses.... I must have roses.

Ice plants, Succulents, Cactus and more!

Hardy Ice Plant  (Delosperma) is a succulent, perennial ground cover with daisy-like flowers. The ice plant is not called an ice plant because it is cold hardy, but rather because the flowers and leaves seem to shimmer as though covered in frost or ice crystals. The plants grow to be about 3 to 6 inches tall and 2 to 4 feet wide.

Shady-Luvin HOSTA
How to Grow an Ice Plant
Ice plants prefer full sun but can tolerate some light shade in the garden. Because ice plants are succulents, they do not tolerate wet soil, though they do well in poor soils. In fact, wet soil, especially during the winter months, is likely to kill the plants. In areas where the soil stays consistently dry, this plant can become invasive, so it is best to take this into consideration when planting it.
The ice plant can be propagated by division, cuttings or seeds. If propagating by division, it is best to divide the plants in the spring. Cuttings can be taken anytime in the spring, summer or fall. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Landscape my Flower Oasis

Hosta~My Garden Grows ~ May '2016

Healthy Hosta and Tough-old Iris Perennials

My, my, my   picture date is April 4th.....

Picture date for Beaded Iris is April 4th.....Here on the East-side Shade of our shed/house unit....  The Beaded Iris were multi-purple... quite bushy. and just about thru with their early blooms.   You can't see the HOSTA from this angle.......

To picture date April 14th.....  My HOSTA is stunning in its growth rate...

SO.... I'm dating this picture April 27th.... and the HOSTA is stunning..... taking root this second year in the PERFECT SHADY SPOT!!!..... Since the blooms had faded.... on the Iris.... I chose to cut away HALF of them....YEP I DID!

My soil looks good, I placed newspaper on it last's almost weed-less!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Potting Perennial Plants in a President Election Year!

It has been a LIFETIME...different election in my dear USA.... The ending of my Obama Era....  So I discover a 4-inch pot with a bulb like protrusion... spikey long standup leaves.... and it has LUCIFER as it's name....  just at Westlake Hardware store....

 CROCOSMIA 'Lucifer'
.. . . .  is a beautiful member if the iris family that displays elegant, arching sprays of showy, scarlet red, tubular flowers in early to midsummer. It is a tall plant that bears neat clumps of long, sword-like leaves of bright green. 
All montbretias grow from corms, which can be dug up and stored overwinter where plants are marginally hardy, and grow best in sites with full to part sun and average, well drained soil. Lucifer's flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and will brighten any large, sunny border. 
These perennials are most impressive when planted in large clumps.
 So, I filled a pretty potted plant.... placed it in my front yard amidst the ducklings.... and Ah-haaaaa