Monday, April 30, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Colour effects in planting
Gardeners should study colour behaviour in the countryside as well as in the garden, and above all learn how painters and other colour craftsmen have built up colour associations in their work.
The principles of colour manipulation remain much the same although the painter works with exact colour mixes, while the gardener labours in a constantly changing world. Both use colors not only in pleasing associations but also to play tricks to convey architectural and linear effects.
As gardeners, we are artists of living, growing, changing color. Isn't it a beautiful thing?
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I'm trying to stick with a yellow, pink, and purple, color pattern. So far it is going really well. Can't wait to see how everything looks together when it blooms. I plan to put the two new daisies in this bed. 'Mynelle' will go in that bare spot on the left. I'm not sure what to do with 'Marguerite' Daisy . I kinda want to put it where 'Ruby Giant' is and then maybe move 'Ruby Giant' to where 'Twilight' was? I dunno. I'll figure all that out this weekend.
I also have to turn a deserted area in the backyard into an herb garden. We shall see. I'll leave you with some photos from the backyard today...
Purple Iris and Autumn Fern
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
After the farmers' market, I made my way over to Mynelle Gardens for the Master Gardeners' annual plant sale. They had a good selection. Many of the plants were the "passalong plants" you'd find in Felder's book with the same name. After about 20 minutes of browsing I decided on six cast iron plants to go around a tree in the backyard, one 'Mynelle' Daisy, and one 'Marguerite' Daisy. I plan to put the daisies in the perennial bed this weekend. The Landscaping students at Hinds Community College were also having a plant sale, but I didn't have time to get over there. I hear that their selection is fabulous.
My herbs should be coming in today. I need to get out there and get that spot ready for them. Hopefully I'll have some time after work today to get a little dirty. The zinnia, cosmo, and sunflower seeds are coming up all over the semi-circle bed. I am super excited about this bed because I haven't had zinnias and sunflowers in years. It should make for some pretty photos and great bouquets.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Rosemary, Pine Scented Rosemary & Spice Islands Rosemary
Dwarf Garden Sage
Lemon Thyme & Hi-Ho Silver Thyme
I also ordered a few perennials while I was looking around:
All Purple Mexican Bush Sage
I wanted the victoria sage and the spanish lavender, but they weren't in stock. I want an assortment of purple perennials to compliment the yellow rose bushes. Any suggestions?
Monday, April 09, 2007
After church on Sunday I had some time to prepare my semi-circle bed for annual seeds: sunflowers, zinnias, and cosmos. These seeds remind me of my grandmother's country garden. She lines her huge vegetable garden with sunflowers. It is such a sight to see in the summer. She also has a big flower garden with Rose-of-Sharon, gladioli, hibiscus, zinnias, bachelor's buttons, and cosmos. I just love it!
Last year, the semi-circle bed was a wreck. The ground was super hard and the bed was full of rocks and roots. I couldn't even get a shovel through the topsoil without jumping up and down on it. I spent God-knows-how-many hours digging, adding compost, turning, and mulching. I was worried when I put the first shovel in yesterday. Would it still be yucky? Thankfully all my hard work paid off! The soil was in great condition for seeds.
Here's the seed list. I got these from the Burpee kiosk at HD.
Mammoth - 12ft
Evening Sun - 7ft
AztecGold - 6ft
Del Sol - 5ft
Purple Prince - 3ft
Sensation Radiance - 4ft
I have a few other seeds that I plan to put in the front of the bed, but I have pansies there now. Pretty soon I'll pull up the pansies and plant the other zinnias and cosmos.