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Category Archives: Garden

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.

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.

Plan Grow Your Tulip Garden

Tulip gardens are easy to create because apart their stunning beauty they are readily available, cheap and have a wide range of colors and forms. Most garden outlets and bulb catalogs sell the large-flowered garden tulips in packets of mixed colors according to group or in packets of named individual varieties. The large-flowered garden tulips are just made for use as bedding plants – they combine really well with forget-me-nots and wallflowers. They also can be used to great effect planted in scattered clumps among perennials or other bulbs. The smaller species tulips have a less choice of colors than the garden tulips, but they have a more delicate form and are ideal for rockeries and container gardens, or the front of borders.

The requirements for successfully growing tulips are:

* choosing large healthy looking bulbs

* have well drained alkaline soil

* plant in a sunny spot

The soil must be well drained and preferably alkaline; if it’s acid apply lime just before planting. Now’s also the time to add a fertilizer which releases it’s nutrients steadily to the soil and provide long lasting feed for the bulbs.

The bulbs of garden tulips and the Fosteriana and Greigii hybrids are best used as bedding plants or as group plantings in borders. Plant in early winter-if they’re put in the ground any sooner any early growth could get frost damage. Dead-head as the first petals fall, leaving the stems and leaves intact to feed the bulb. It’s best to lift the bulbs when the leaves start turning yellow, but if the site is needed for summer bedding, lift the tulips earlier, replant them in a spare corner, and lift again when the leaves have died down. Place the plants in shallow boxes and store in a dry shed.

Plant the bulbs of species and Kaufmanniana hybrid tulips in early winter, in well-drained soil in a south-facing position, sheltered from strong winds. After flowering, remove the leaves and stems as they die. Leave the bulbs in the ground and keep the area free of weeds.

Basically that’s it…just remember the main 3 points

* choose large healthy looking bulbs

* have well drained alkaline soil

* plant in a sunny spot

and lift and store all bulbs except the species and Kaufmanniana hybrids.

Tulips Of Spring

Another really great idea is to plant early tulips with other early spring flowering plants such as white anemones and red tulips the tulips will look like they are floating above a sea of white. Very attractive. You can really mix other bulbs as well that will bloom just before the tulips such as hyacinths. The hyacinths will bloom and fill the area with some early color not to mention the incredible fragrance and then be followed by the tulips.

For shade beds why not plant early spring tulips between Hostas and Astilbes as the tulips are fading these plants will come up and cover the tulips as the leaves start to fade and go brown. This is also a good way to add color that would liven up a shady area before the leaves start to emerge on the trees.

Some Quick Tips

  • Tulips like a quick draining soil they do not do well with soggy conditions
  • Usually Tulips put on their best show the first year treat them as annuals and replace every year for the best displays.
  • Always plant in thick cluster 4 or 5 bulbs wide avoid single row planting it does not look very impressive.
  • Plant your tulips at a depth that is twice the width of the bulbs usually 4″ to 6″ deep.
  • Try both complementary and contrasting color blends to draw attention to your beds.

Using these ideas will give you a beautiful array of color and a full color show next spring that will surely impress every one and really please you!