Garden Project Review for 2009

It's time for my end of the year garden project review. In the remote case you don't know what I mean I'll explain. This is where I go back and see what I actually accomplished from among the lofty project goals I established on January 1, 2009. I'll have a new set of projects for 2010 very soon but some will be a carry over from 2009. Let's see how I did! 1. Prepare and plant the self-seeding garden. I'll have a specific post up for this idea later in the week but to sum up my plan I want to create a garden with easy to grow annuals, biennials, and perennials that will seed themselves year after year. The self seeding garden was double dug, planted, and enjoyed throughout the summer. We'll have to see what comes up this year but the 2009 occupants included the following: Black and…

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Propagation with Hardwood Cuttings

I thought I would take a moment to talk about hardwood cuttings. It is the beginning of winter and which is also a great time to go out and try to reproduce many of your favorite woody trees and shrubs in the garden. Many plants will easily propagate through hardwood cuttings and I've included a short list below that you might like to try. Hardwood cuttings root easier than softwood cuttings (at least in my experience!) So what is a hardwood cutting? It's a cutting taken from a mature branch of a woody plant usually during the late fall, winter, or early spring while the plant is dormant. How do you take a hardwood cuttings? With a sharp pair of clean pruners cut a mature section of your specimen with at least 3 nodes. That is a general guideline I use and it seems to work pretty well. The best…

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Merry Christmas To All!

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! These pictures were taken after a rare snowfall last December (2008). While we are celebrating the holiday I will be taking a break from blogging until the beginning of January. Of course I reserve the right to write whenever the mood strikes but don't be surprised if you don't see anything until January! I hope all of your Christmas' are filled with joy and family fun and that the New Year (2010) brings you good luck and good fortune. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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A December Sunrise

To me it has always seemed that winter makes up for the lack of color in the skies of the sunrise.  What do you think? Are the colors of the sunrises and sunsets a substitute for the flowers and foliage of the spring, summer and fall?

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Coral Bells of December

To say I'm a fan of heucheras is an understatement. I like to think of myself as a collector of coral bells, as they are often called, even though my collection is still just a work in progress. I'm gradually adding different varieties to my garden but seem to be running out of room in the corner shade garden (corner shade garden in 2008).  Thankfully I'll be able to use some areas in the backyard near the greenhouse once it's complete to add more of one of my favorite foliage perennials. I've grown some heucheras from seed and others I've collected from nurseries but they all retain interesting foliage throughout winter and that is definitely welcome in December! Why I like Heucheras: Low maintenance Many can handle dry shade Can handle some sun and humidity Deer and rabbit resistant Usually pest free! Year round color So here are a few…

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Greenhouse Slideshow

I put together a short slideshow of the greenhouse pictures I've taken since beginning the project. They start in August with pictures of the site and end with the greenhouse's current state (in December 2009). I hope you enjoy the look back!

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From the Beginning Until Now

I thought it might be interesting to look back at my greenhouse shed project from where it began to its current and still incomplete state. I have a lot more to do to get it ready for holding equipment, gardening supplies, and (of course) the plants! I put together a slideshow to share the greenhouse project's progress from August (with pictures of the site) until December (and its current appearance). I hope you enjoy! (You may have to pause it to see the pictures as they go by fairly quickly. The total video is 4 min and 36 seconds long.)

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2009 Fall Color Project Wrap-up

As the official date of the beginning of winter is almost upon us it's time to say farewell to fall! What better way to say good bye to the fall of 2009 than by taking a look back at all the wonderful posts that our fellow bloggers have written about fall foliage. The weather was an issue for many who participated in the project with its effects either improving the colors or completely confusing the colors! Whatever the case, the Fall Color Project participants did a fantastic job of showing off the fall foliage around them. Let's take one more look back to see what Autumn 2009 was all about. (Please note that all the text below is from the original summaries of the individual fall color posts. I'm happy to add anyone who may have missed the 2009 Fall Color Project at any point in the future. Just take…

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Random December Gardening

Today I did a few garden related things just to get outside - nothing major - nothing terribly exciting. Just a few little things as an excuse to breathe some fresh (and rather cold) air. The weather forecast calls for snow flurries over night but little or no accumulation - at least in our area. Butterfly Bush Cuttings I took about 20 cuttings from one of our butterfly bushes. It's the one in the birdbath garden and was admired by my garden club when we met at my house in the summer. Of all the plants in my garden that I find fascinating the red twig dogwoods, the 'Powis Castle' artemisia, the salvias, the gaillardia the one that received the most comments was the butterfly bush! I gave away many cuttings that day but no one has reported back to me that any lived. I figured I would root some…

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Are You Ready For Spring Gardening?

I don't know about you but I'm ready for spring. Notice I said spring not spring gardening. I haven't done everything I need to do to get ready for the new gardening season but I'm already lamenting the cold temperatures that we are destined to have for the next two months (January and February). When March comes we usually have some nice days mixed in with the cool ones but until then we'll just have to bear the frigid temperatures, cold winds, and snow. Oh did I say snow? We'll see about that one! But now it's time to start thinking about getting ready for spring gardening. There's always something to think about while the garden and gardener is dormant during the winter. Tulips (Negrita) Front Garden Here are three things I do to get ready for spring gardening: 1) Analyze. I don't make any formal analysis of anything but…

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