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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Grow Tulips in Containers

A better choice is terra cotta or ceramic, both of which will breathe, and allow moisture to escape. Regardless of the material, though, you need to make sure your containers have enough drainage holes. Don’t be afraid to add more if you don’t think there are enough. Even if your containers are new, it’s probably a good idea to wash and sanitize them first. This can help prevent diseases like tulip blight from spreading or carrying over from one growing season to the next. A weak bleach solution should be enough to kill most any fungus or bacteria present. Be sure to rinse containers thoroughly after washing. In order to keep your soil from leaking out through the drainage holes in the bottom of the container, you’ll want to add about an inch of gravel or pottery shards before filling your container.

Make sure your gravel or broken pottery has been washed and sanitized as well. Next, fill your container to the proper level with good quality potting soil. If you choose a soil specially formulated for growing tulip bulbs, you won’t have to add more soil amendments. If you are using a general purpose potting soil, adding some bone meal or bulb fertilizer at this point will help ensure a bountiful tulip crop. You might also want to add a layer of coarse sand at this point. Tulips hate being too wet, and the bulbs will quickly rot if the soil isn’t well drained.

Adding a layer of sand helps keep your bulbs on the dry side, just the way they like it. Inspect your bulbs carefully for soft or discolored spots. Discard any bulbs that seem damaged or bruised, have missing tunics (the papery bulb covering), or feel completely dried up. Tulip bulbs should feel heavy for their size. Place your tulip bulbs with the point facing upwards and the root, or basal, end in the sand. Refer to the planting instructions for your bulbs to determine how far apart to space them. Tulips tend to look best when planted in uneven numbers, between five and fifteen bulbs per pot. Completely fill your container with soil and water well.

Containers should be stored for the winter in a protected place, such as inside a shed or garage. If you live in a particularly cold area, however, you might want to let your tulips overwinter in a basement or root cellar. It’s important for tulips to have six to eight weeks of temperatures below about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring your tulip containers out in the late winter, about the time you’d start looking for signs of life from your perennial garden.

Design Pink Tulip Gardens

Usually pink tulips look best with various shades of white, light blue (usually a different type of flower rather than a tulip), magenta, or a variety of bright-colored tulips. Pink tulips look good in one and two colored tulip beds as well as in multi-colored tulip beds. You can plan ahead to design the tulip garden that you want. For example, you can purchase and plant tulip bulbs that bloom at the same time and reach the same height.

For example, the Apricot Beauty tulip is offers one of the palest shades of pink tulips. This tulip blooms in mid to late spring, that is from mid-April to mid-May resulting in a light pink – orange color. A parrot petal type of pink tulips is the Pink Fountain tulip which has fringed petals and blossoms in mid-Spring. Pink Impression tulips yield single jumbo blossoms that bloom in mid-season and reach a height up to 26 inches. The Strawberries and Cream Peony tulip is a double-blossom tulip that reaches a height of 18-22 inches in mid-to-late spring.

Another pink tulip is named the Angelique tulip. This one is a mid to late spring bloomer and it grows up to 18 inches tall. If you want a variety of colors other than pink in your flower garden it is recommended to mix this tulip with the Blue Hyacinths, a flower that is similar in type to the light purple Lilac. You could also plant this with a white tulip such as the Purissima Jumbo Deluxe White Tulip, which is a jumbo sized single blossom tulip.

Some online nurseries offer a collection of pink tulip bulbs. One colorful mix of pink tulips is the Appleblossom Pink Tulip collection which contains a mixture of both light and medium pink tulip bulbs and echoes the pink delight of apple tree blossoms. If you want to plant a pink tulip border around a flower bed, consider the Toronto Tulip, a single pink-edged vermilion tulip that reaches a height of only 10 inches.

All of the above are just a few examples of tulips that you can plant in a flower garden. This of course can be mixed with any color combinations of tulips that you want in your flower garden. Most of the time these are planted a few inches apart either in clusters of varied types of tulips or in one-color tulip garden patches.

A large part of choosing which colors would go together in a pink tulip garden is simple. Think of these basic combinations — white and pink, red and pink, purple and pink. Think about what you choose from your pink wardrobe to dress attractively. The same thing goes for your yard. Look at the variety of pink tulip bulbs that are available. Then choose the ones you want, buy and plant them. Get ready to see your beautiful pink tulip flower garden get dressed up for a spring morning next year.

Create a Rose Garden

When it comes to planning out your rose garden, you will have dozens of choices when it comes to flowers and styles. You can mix and match different types of flora and fauna with complementing hues. These combinations will create excellent rose garden designs. You may also want to consider placing in shrubs and borders as well as any type of ornaments or even garden furniture like a gazebo or an ornamental bench.. The best way to get a good idea of how to create a fantastic rose garden is by sketching it out. This will help to give you a physical and visual guide as you plant and see your imagination become a reality.

A great question to ask yourself when it comes to your design is what type of shape do you want in your design. Most of the common shapes that are performed in a garden design are circular and rectangular shapes. Squares are also commonly performed. If you want your garden and entire yard to appear larger than it really is, then you may want to consider a diagonal design. Rose gardens have a sensual look to them. Planting and maintaining a rose garden will bring to your home an entirely new essence. The best part, is now you are the creator of this beauty. You will be able to map out exactly what you want your rose garden to look like and the perfect design.

You can use various types of flowers to enhance your rose garden’s look. Some flower designs that you can use include the cottage flowers and shade flower designs for yards with lot’s of shade. You can design wildflower gardens which wild roses can be used, butterfly garden designs which use flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbird flower designs which include flowers like honeysuckle, rose of Sharon, petunias, delphinium and morning glories.

Your flower design can always change considering which types of flowers you want to use. One of the most beautiful flower designs is the wild flower design with the wild roses as the centerpiece. Nevertheless, you can always mix and match any of the designs with any of the flowers. Something that is crucial to keep in mind is that the flowers need to be planted according to their preferences. Roses need a lot of sunlight so you cannot plant them in a place that has a lot of shade. Also, roses need an excellent drainage system so while you are planting make sure that each flower has its appropriate drainage system.

Garden Pest Control

To discourage animals and some insects from eating your plants, combine one cup of water, 5 garlic cloves and 6 large hot peppers. Blend thoroughly in a blender, then strain into a spray bottle. Add another cup of water and spray away.

For red spider mites, mix 4 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid in one gallon of water. Spray plants weekly until mites are gone, then monthly to stop them from returning.

Encourage native birds into you garden with bird houses, water baths and native flowering vegetation. They will eat many times their own weight in insects.

Cucumber peels on an ant route will make them go away.

For hardshell scale insects, mix 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil, 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon mild liquid soap in two gallons of water. Spray or wipe on plants once a week for 3 weeks or until gone.

Put beer in a shallow pan in the garden to trap snails and slugs overnight. Vinegar in a shallow pan will do the same thing.

Salt sprinkled on snails and slugs will kill them instantly. Go out in the evening with a flashlight and salt shaker and protect your plants!

Orange or grapefruit halves hollowed and turned upside down placed around the garden will also attract snails and slugs. Go out in the morning to shake salt on those hiding under the peel.

Put a whole garlic bulb through a garlic press and let it sit in a glass jar with several ounces of mineral oil. Mix a few spoonfuls with dishwashing liquid, hot pepper sauce and water in a spray bottle. This will discourage rabbits, gophers and woodchucks from entering your garden. It will also keep beetles off most vegetable plants.