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What was your favorite perennials for June/July?

posted by: prairiemoon2 on 07.29.2008 at 02:49 pm in Perennials Forum

Thinking about next year's gardens and some disappointments this year that will have me making changes. Would love to hear what your garden experiences were this year. Particularly, in the months of June and July. I usually have a ton going on in April and May, but still haven't found what makes me happy in June and July.

So, I am looking for ideas of which perennials were long blooming, easy to take care of, disease and insect resistant for you. Whatever was very little trouble and made you smile every time you looked at it. Plants that really made an impact in your garden.

Right now, Hydrangeas seemed to have fit the bill in part shade. Ferns are my only happiness in shade. Roses, Shasta daisies were a big disappointment in full sun. Dianthus was very easy and neat and really nice when in bloom, but I was expecting longer bloom and rebloom after deadheading, which I didn't get, except with Siberian Blues, which does keep blooming for a long time with deadheading, but is not my favorite color. Peonies, were gorgeous and lasted all of 7-10 days.

There must be some plant ideas that I am missing. For full sun, part sun/shade and shade? Would love to hear about it.



clipped on: 08.07.2008 at 09:28 pm    last updated on: 08.07.2008 at 09:29 pm

Perennials for Space Between Garage and Alley?

posted by: elleni on 08.02.2008 at 03:21 pm in Minnesota Gardening Forum

We are getting a new garage and are gaining a bit more space in the area between the garage and the alley. The new strip of dirt is about 15" by 25 feet. The previous owners had the ubiquitous orange ditch daylilies in the space. While I saved a few clumps from the backhoe, I'd really like to plant some more interesting, but low maintenance, things next to the new garage.

I was thinking of some tall native grasses, but that might not be that interesting. What do you all think would be good?


clipped on: 08.02.2008 at 03:21 pm    last updated on: 08.02.2008 at 03:21 pm

Newbie Q - how to seperate honeysuckle

posted by: bubbles29 on 06.12.2008 at 11:12 pm in Minnesota Gardening Forum

My honeysuckle is going crazy, is there a way to seperate it?
I trimed it back in the fall, but it's still a bit huge.

What can I do?


clipped on: 06.14.2008 at 12:53 am    last updated on: 06.14.2008 at 01:24 am

Bagging apples - a question

posted by: dave_in_nova on 05.09.2008 at 08:20 am in Fruit & Orchards Forum

For those who put plastic bags on their developing apples to keep the worms out, I have a question.

This is my first year at my new house and I've inherited an apple tree, which I drastically pruned this last winter. Now every limb is reachable with a step ladder. There are quite a few apples that have set on. I've been using cheap zip-lock sandwich bags on the apples, thinning to the largest one per cluster -- they're about dime-size now. I've probably bagged about 50 at this point. Do a little every week as I have time. So far so good.

Besides zipping the bags up to the stems, I've been adding two small strips of duct tape to keep the bag from opening -- on either side of the stem. I can't see the zip-lock keeping the bag on by itself. Is this OK? We can get some strong winds with storms here. It takes more time, but I figure it's insurance. Any problems with the tape? I think there's plenty room for the apple to develop within the bag.


clipped on: 06.14.2008 at 01:24 am    last updated on: 06.14.2008 at 01:24 am