Larry.s Creative Zone

Larry.s Creative Zone

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday's tidbits......


My cheap book of the day is Garden Magic.  At this time of the year I start to dig through the pile and see what will bring me back to life.  I really can only dream as these gardens in here as they are farther South from where I live.  I did see a  pavilion in the book that inspired me to build. 

NOT MY GARDEN!  

I did that because sometimes bloggers don't always read your copy and they might think this was mine.  This is the top half of the cover photo with the agapanthus in the pot. I have two containers of this plant and I saw on of them meagerly bloom two years ago. I keep it in the basement in the winter and have had the plants for four or five years. 

It is nice that it has good foliage because I hadn't figured out what I was doing wrong with it's care.  I did learn a few years back that they like to be crowded.  So I have repotted them only once since I got them.  Also on a tv segment  last week, they showed how you could plant them in bark and not soil, if they were crowded enough, and that you had to fertilize heavily.  Wow!  That will be my new procedure.  They aren't orchids but it sounds like they are a plant that wants water and the fertilizer would maybe get them to bloom.


I was hooked on the plant when it showed up on the cover of a Garden Design magazine, and I bought them when I ran across them at a Woodsmith garden center. I have never seen them for sale locally ever again.  The article about them said they were the common filler plants in California and people tend to just glance over them as a common plant. 


I have a daily chore of cleaning the snow out the bird feeders each morning, and it has warmed up to 14 degrees F.   We were  colder than that in the night. We are suppose to be on the edge of 35 mph wind today here on the Plains so we will have quite  a show this afternoon. Tom is keeping track for me as to how many days to spring, and I am glad that he is, as I can only hope we will be able to see the ground again someday.  We are on day 63 of complete snow cover. 


Everyone take care and thanks for stopping by.......

5 comments:

Prospero said...

Nice book, Larry. The publications often serve to stir the imagination.

Unknown said...

For what it's worth, agapanthus is not a reliable bloomer in Atlanta, either. It's available in all of the bulb catalogs, and apparently some are more cold hardy than others. I will say that the one I have that does best is completely neglected, lives in a pot that I put into the perennial bed in spring, and drag into the garage in winter. Crowded roots would be an understatement!

Rae said...

I like to look through gardening books too. I enjoy seeing all the possibilities. I can spend hours pouring through each little detail. It is relaxing and it helps seeing something other than snow. We are getting those same winds today and more snow on top of the 6 inches still on the ground.

The Retired One said...

I have been looking at the gardening catalog now and dreaming about my spring bulbs coming up....I have to calm down...it will be MONTHS here before that happens! ha

Far Side of Fifty said...

Winter is a good time to dream about spring, and to discover new plants that will rejuvinate us as gardeners..:)