3 Chores to Do in Fall for Spring!

It's that time of year again, time to think about spring! Yes, I said that right. Spring! Fall is almost here but if you want to maximize the potential of your garden next year fall is the best time to get some work done. The autumn leaves will be changing soon and now is the best time to get some garden preparation accomplished in the cooler weather. What preparations can you do in fall for a good spring garden? (All supplies pictured in this post were provided by Lowe's through Lowe's Creative Ideas!) Mulch in the Fall Mulching your garden beds is one of the best things you can do for your perennials and trees. Mulch insulates the soil from the cold weather can help borderline plants overwinter better. It also protects the soil from compaction and adds organic matter to the ground over time. Cover each bed with a…

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I’ve Got Sunshine On a Cloudy Day

Rather than continue with lyrics that will end up stuck in your head for the rest of the day, let me tell you why I say "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day."  The weather has turned back toward winter which brings with it clouds and cold, but the unseasonable warmth of the last month has led to earlier show of spring flowers.  Most of which right now are golden yellow.  Our sunshine is not in the sky on these cloudy days but in the garden in the form of daffodils and winter jasmine. Here's a look around the garden at my "sunshine"! The winter jasmine brings a bright gold to the front porch area. Currently the jasmine is in a vining form but most prefer to be more of a shrub.  I like it how it is so I'm not sharing that bit of information with it. These daffodils…

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Surprised By the Red Spider

Red Spider Lily that is!  This Saturday I was mowing and passed by one of the garden beds on my riding mower when this bright red flower jumped out at me.  Did it really jump?  Nope but one day it wasn't there and now here it is. Spider lilies (Lycoris radiata) are also called a variety of names like Naked Ladies (which are actually Lycoris squamagira), hurricane lilies, and surprise lilies. You can see why the last name fits but the other names have their logic too. If you examine the picture you will note that there are no leaves.  Those come later on after blooming but for now this lily does look rather naked!  These lilies also appear during hurricane season which is why the hurricane lily name has become attached to this beautiful flower. I don't know how this spider lily came to grow in my garden. There…

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Give Things that Live!

When gift giving holidays are upon us (and happen during the growing season) I like to find gifts that can be planted in the ground and will give back the pleasure of the first gift many times over. I did that again this year with Valentine's Day. My usual gift to my wife is the sweetly scented hyacinth.  The flowers won't bloom outdoors for another month or so but inside we can enjoy their fragrance then plant them in the ground after their foliage fades to enjoy again next year. I took two more pictures, one with the flash and the other without. It's amazing how different resulting colors can be. The other plant is nothing other than a good ole' dogwood tree! Cornus florida is common around here but it's value as an ornamental tree and as a wildlife nourishing tree sure makes it worth planting. Especially so when…

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Signs of Spring Coming

This time of year more than any other when the cold weather is still stuck upon us we look for any signs of spring. We scour the garden for any hints of warmer weather that will hopefully be on its way soon. We have it lucky right now here in Tennessee. While the snows are burying parts of our country we sit with frigid air but no snow. Warmer days are coming, I'm sure of it! The signs of spring are beginning to appear in my garden. The daffodils are beginning their growth. They have only just begun to emerge from their winter sleep. Soon they will be highlighting the each garden like little pieces if the sun shining from the soil. But they are not alone. The Tulips are also in on the game. Negrita and Shirley are pushing up from soil of the front sidewalk garden. The signs…

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Shirley it’s Time for Tulips!

Shirley Tulips in Bloom And here's where you can find Shirley! The Front Sidewalk Garden. This is the third year the tulips have come back in this garden. I've heard people complain about tulips not returning but these have been very faithful. The front sidewalk garden is located on the north side of our house and receives little sunlight during the winter which probably helps with those necessary chill hours. The purple tulips are 'Negrita' and I'll show more of them later in the week. Neither type of tulip has peaked yet but they are close. In the center of the walkway is creeping phlox which I plan to highlight later in the week also. What kinds of tulips do you have in your garden?

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Hiding Spent Foliage

I like daffodils and tulips, but you know their foliage just isn't much to get excited about. Once the flowers are done we all know the best thing to do is to cut back the flower stems to prevent them from going to seed (unless you are hybridizing or want to collect the seed) and leave the foliage to absorb the suns rays. So what do you do with that mess of foliage? Can you stand it? Often gardeners get tired of looking at it and cut the foliage back while risking reduced vigor the following year in the process. I prefer to think about plants that help to hide or disguise the unsightly foliage. In this picture you can see the daffodils I have in my front garden. To hide the daffodil foliage, or disguise them rather, I have a couple other perennials that will come to the forefront.…

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The First Daffodil Bloom of 2010

During these gray overcast days of a winter almost past, seeing the first daffodils of spring bloom in our yard is like watching the sun sprout from the earth. Our garden is behind most at this point but that's OK because it means that there will be more blooms overlapping each other than usual! When did your first daffodil bloom shine?

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It Won’t Be Long…

...before the daffodils bloom! We are definitely behind last year's blooms. The only daffodils I saw outside today were 1-2 inch leaves protruding from the ground. Anyone have a guess as to when the first daffodil in my garden will be blooming? Latest Greenhouse Post: How I'll Use My Greenhouse.

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Tulip Time in Tennessee!

After the daffodils and hyacinths have completed their performance the tulips take center stage in the front sidewalk garden. This time of year the front sidewalk garden is full of two kinds of tulips 'Negrita' and 'Shirley'. These were both impulse purchases at a box store in the fall of 2007 and have really gone beyond my expectations. I planted them en mass to try to achieve a wave of color in the spring.  'Negrita' is a dark purple colored tulip.  I'm partial to purples and blues in the garden so 'Negrita' was a natural fit.    'Shirley' is an interesting tulip because of her petal colors.  The mature petals are the white and purple colors they were supposed to be but the young petals began as yellow.  This surprised me the first time they came up and I thought the box the tulips were in was mislabeled.     'Shirley's yellow tint…

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