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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Yellow Roses for Your Home

Yellow roses are one of a number of different colored roses that are available in garden centers and even discount department stores. But, there are so many varieties to choose from that you shouldn’t limit yourself to whatever those places have on hand. Check out your local garden center for an idea of what they offer, but then explore the yellow rose varieties online as well. It is not a difficult task to find rose distributors who are able to supply yellow roses to the average customer. And, in doing so, you allow yourself to have many choices at your fingertips!

To find a distributor of yellow roses, simply use any major search engine like Yahoo or Google and type that phrase in. Hit go and you’ve got at your fingertips a wide selection of choices. Begin your search by comparing color, size, hardiness, and even price. Once you know what you want, try a couple of different places to find just the right characteristics and features available.
With the Internet as a tool, it is easy to see how you can accomplish this in just a few minutes.

Remember to take into consideration the type of soil you will use, the surrounding area where you will plant the yellow rose, the amount of sun it will receive, and the temperatures it can tolerate. With all that said, finding gorgeous yellow roses isn’t too bad of a task at all.

Flower Garden Layouts

One of the first issues that any gardener must decide is where the garden will be located. The soil and lighting conditions will have a tremendous amount of influence over what type of layout and plants can be used. Shady conditions will accommodate different plants than sunny ones so gardeners must know their area before investing in plants. Another major consideration is space. Obviously larger spaces can accommodate larger garden layouts. However an extremely large space may look better with several small shaped gardens as opposed to one large grouping of plants. Small spaces, although a challenge, are not necessarily at a loss for grandeur. Incorporating texture, color and even potted plants can mean putting many different plants in a small space while creating a manageable and beautiful addition to any landscape.

Once these considerations have been calculated gardeners are free to begin deciding on colors, textures and pleasing plant combinations. Perennial plants, plants that will generally survive growing season to growing season, are a great way to invest in a flower garden for years to come. But for color and bloom all season long incorporate annuals or flowers that will last only one season.

For the look and feel of a traditional English Garden look for a combination of perennials and annuals that will tolerate moderate sun. Tall perennials can be planted in threes behind a colorful array of annuals for a flower garden layout that is guaranteed to please.

Flower garden layouts can be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Borders and background gardening can add major curb appeal to almost any property. Buildings, fences and hedges make great backgrounds for most flower garden designs. They add depth to the garden and the garden in turn adds depth to the structure. Creeping plants such as Morning Glories or Clematis are an asset to fences and they create a wonderful backdrop for other flowers such as a tall Zinnia or a random grouping other colorful annuals. Walkways look great with a trim boarder of low growing flowers such as Begonias, Pansies or Marigolds. But remember to allow room for each plant to grow or the walkway will become a path of overgrown flowers.

Plant Bulb Garden

Starting with a Simple Plan

First, decide where and how big you want your bulb garden to be. When you’ve determined where you want your bulb garden located, make a good estimate of the total area (the square footage) of the area to be planted. You may even want to make a rough sketch of the area to be planted. This will help you plan how many bulbs you should buy to create a dramatic bulb garden. Virtually all bulb catalogs and bulb packages in garden centers include information regarding the recommended spacing for specific bulbs.

Shop for the Right Bulbs

Many bulb catalogs have great deals on larger quantities, and some bulb catalogs even offer planned bulb gardens with recommended combinations and diagrams for planting. Generally speaking, within any specific variety, the larger the bulb, the higher the quality. Larger daffodil bulbs are almost always better than smaller daffodil bulbs, and they’re more expensive. The higher the quality, the more likely you are to have a great display the first year, and the more likely you are to have a bulb garden that will last several years.

Note however, that not all spring-flowering bulbs will last for many years. Daffodils tend to last a lot longer than most tulips, for example. Some Dutch gardeners actually regard most tulips as annuals. And, some bulbs are more likely to succumb to deer or rodents. Deer usually won’t eat daffodils, but they love tulips and lilies.

Check the bulb catalogs and web sites for complete information regarding deer tolerance.

Remove Sod from the Planting Area

If your new bulb garden is going to be in a location that is currently lawn, it’s much easier to remove sod than to attempt to till it into the soil. You don’t want grass plants to compete with bulbs for food and water.

Prepare the Soil for Planting

Bulbs need soil with good drainage. The objective is to prepare a bed that has both good tilth and good fertility. If your soil has a high clay content, you should till in compost or other organic material, ideally to a depth of at least 12″ and as much as 18″ deep if possible. Regardless of the size of your bulb garden, it’s much easier to plant in loose, tilled soil.

Remove the Soil or Make Wide Furrows for Planting

Depending on the size and shape of your bulb garden, you may want to temporarily remove the soil to a depth equal to the planting depth of the bulbs you’ll be planting (usually 8″ or so for tulips and daffodils, and 3 to 4″ for smaller bulbs). For narrower bulb gardens, you can use a tiller with a Plow attachment to create large planting furrows.

All bulbs need phosphorous for good root development. While all garden soil contains some amount of phosphorous, a new bulb garden will benefit from the addition of some phosphorous at the bottom of the planting bed. When you’ve removed the soil, or created your planting furrows, add some bulb fertilizer, bone meal, or superphosphate to the soil bed.

Position the Bulbs Properly

Most bulbs are somewhat flat on the bottom and “pointy” at the top. Place the bulbs with the pointy side up, and position the bulbs so that daffodil bulbs are 4 to 6 inches apart and tulips are 3 to 6 inches apart. Smaller bulbs, like crocus bulbs, can be planted 2 inches apart.

If you’re planting multiple varieties with different heights, position the taller flowers in the back of the garden, with the shorter flowers in front. It’s almost always more appealing to position the bulbs in “clumps” rather than rows to create a more dazzling display.

Carefully Cover the Bulbs

Replace half of the soil for mass plantings, or fill your planting furrow about halfway. Now is a good time to add a balanced slow-release organic fertilizer, especially if you’re planning on maintaining the bulb garden for many years.

Water gently to settle the soil around the bulbs and to give the bulb roots a good head start. Be careful not to over-water, as some bulbs will rot if they’re forced to sit in waterlogged conditions too long. If you’ve tilled the bulb bed as described above, you shouldn’t have any problems with bulbs rotting.

Replace the remainder of the soil, and water again – gently – just enough to settle the remaining soil.

Add a layer of mulch, to prevent late season weeds and to hold moisture.

Enjoy the Show Next Spring!

Daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths are great as cut flowers and also make wonderful bouquets for friends.

When the Show is Over

Don’t remove the foliage immediately after the flowers have bloomed. Even if the daffodil foliage begins to turn yellow or brown, the longer you leave it alone, the more energy will be sent back to the bulbs for the following year’s display. You may choose to “dead head” your flowers; this will usually divert energy that would otherwise be used for seed development back to the bulb for next year’s flowers.

Carefully Remove Foliage and Stems

You can carefully remove the foliage and stems, well after they’ve turned brown. Use a clean, sharp knife to cut foliage at the base of the soil, being careful not to “uproot” the bulbs. Or, you can simply mow the foliage with your lawn mower, if the bulb garden is large and the foliage is easily accessible.

Plant Flowering Annuals for Continuous Color

You can continue the show for the remainder of the season by planting annuals on top of your bulbs. Generally, bedding plants will result in a quicker display of color, but annuals can also be directly seeded. In either case, be careful not to dig too deep so that you don’t disturb the bulbs.

Tulip Trees

The Tulip Tree is sometimes called “The King of the Magnolias”. It is called Liriodendron tulipifera in Latin, and it belongs to the Family Magnoliaceae. The Tulip Tree is related to the Chinese Tulip Tree (Liriodendron Chinese).

The Tulip Tree is utilized as timber and is very appreciated among carpenters since the wood is easy to work with. Tulip Tree wood has a pale yellow color and is particularly popular in furniture, wood carvings, cabinetry, veneer, jewelry boxes and musical instruments. Earlier, the Tulip Tree was frequently used in canoes created by Native Americans. The Tulip Tree bark has been used as a substitute for cinchona in traditional remedies.

The popular Tulip Tree is known by many names in English, including Canoewood, Saddletree, Tulipwood, Whitewood, Canary Whitewood and American Whitewood. The Tulip Tree is not a poplar, but it is still commonly referred to as Tulip poplar, Hickory poplar, White poplar and Yellow poplar.

Apart from being an appreciated timber tree, the Tulip tree is also planted as a shade tree and ornamental tree. It is a remarkably fast growing tree and can grow 50 feet tall in eleven years.

During spring and early summer it will blossom with beautiful flowers. The twigs of a Tulip Tree will turn red and become shiny during the winter, which will add colour to the garden.

The fruits of the Tulip Tree are also very beautiful. Immature fruits are green and will gradually turn brown as they mature. In fall, they will be ripe and have the shape of small cones. Tulip Tree fruits are popular among squirrels, rodents, rabbits, birds and other wild animals. Bees and butterflies will instead eat the nectar from the flowers, and the deer will happily browse the new twigs.

The Tulip Tree is though, adaptable and will withstand most tree diseases and pests. Plant your Tulip Tree in moist and nutritious soil, ideally close to water. Tulip Trees are very found of moist soil and will often grow near marshlands, streams and rivers. Acid soil should be avoided. The Tulip Tree requires direct sunlight, but this is usually not a problem since the Tulip Tree grows fast and becomes very tall. The oldest known Tulip Trees are older than 15 years.

In North America, Tulip Trees are found from the Great Lakes to Florida in the south. Forest growing Tulip Trees will typically reach a height of 100 feet and form a tall limb-free bole. If a Tulip Tree is planted in a more open area, it will instead grow a pyramid shaped crown that eventually turns oval with age.