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“Pruning Techniques” Seminar

It’s that time of the year to get out the shears, clippers, and loppers to tidy up the garden.  What is your pruning technique?  Do you just whack away with no finesse?  Do you analyze each cut to death?  Or are you just too scared of killing the plants by pruning them wrong so you don’t prune at all?

Most of us are somewhat hesitant about pruning because we worry about doing it the wrong way.  Trust me, it’s actually pretty simple as long as you keep a few tips in mind.  So join me on Saturday, March 23, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., and I’ll teach you those tips.  Be sure to bring a chair.

Some of the plants we’ll talk about are roses, fruit trees, shrubs (evergreen and deciduous), bulbs, and spring-flowering plants.  Got a certain plant you want to talk about at the seminar?  Let me know about it and I’ll add it to the list.  Oh, yes, we will definitely talk about how not to commit “crape murder” on your Crape Myrtles.

Gibbs and I look forward to seeing you there.  Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Torenia fournieri

Looking for a shade plant to take the place of impatiens? Well, do I have one for you! I luv, luv, luv this little plant. It’s Torenia fournieri, aka Wishbone Plant or just plain old Torenia. It loves the heat and humidity of our summers. Plant in part shade to shade (not full sun). It’s great in the ground, in containers, or in hanging baskets, growing about 10″ to 12″ tall and wide with a mounded habit.  Besides the blue and pink, I also have them in lavender, white, and burgundy.

Wondering why it’s called “Wishbone Plant”? Well, inside its corolla tube, it has two wishbone shaped stamens that are joined at their tips until the flower is ready for pollination, at which time the stamens pull apart. Cool huh.  Look at the close-up pic of the dark blue Torenia and you’ll see the stamens.

Aren’t they just beautiful little plants!

 

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Gardening Equals Happiness

No wonder digging in the dirt makes me so happy!

“Gardening is known for its meditative and relaxing effects. Medical News Today reports UK scientists found a helpful bacteria in soil that affects the brain in nearly the same way anti depressants do – by increasing the release of serotonin.” Taken from Natural Cures Not Medicine

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Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Lake Helen’s “Prettiest Garden” Contest

So what do you think of when you hear the words “prettiest garden”? Is it a porch with matching hanging baskets and comfy chairs that’s just perfect for sitting for awhile with drink in hand? Maybe a perfectly landscaped and maintained garden with nothing out of place? Or what about an informal and touchable cottage garden with butterflies and bees flitting about? Or how about a small container garden filled to the brim with veges and herbs?

Well, to me all of the above can be considered a pretty garden. And we have so many beautiful, unique, perfect, cute, and, yes, pretty gardens in Lake Helen that I thought we should do something to show off those gardens. So I’m starting a quarterly “Prettiest Garden” contest. Winners will be announced for their prettiest Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter gardens on the following dates:

  • Spring, Saturday, April 6
  • Summer, Saturday, July 6
  • Fall, Saturday, October 5
  • Winter, Saturday, January 4, 2014

What will I be looking for? Well, all of the above garden types, plus many more. Does it need to be a perfect garden? Absolutely not. I’m more interested in creativity, good use of the right plants in the right place, structure, whimsy, color, use of natives, and just plain old pretty, than perfection. In other words…anything goes.

I do need your help, though. Lake Helen is small enough that I can look for pretty gardens while Gibbs and I are out for our walks and I can drive around looking for them, but that only works for ones I can see from the street. So if you know of a secret pretty garden, brag on that thing! Call me, 386-218-6932, email me, jeanni@rosesandgargoyles.com, or stop by Roses and Gargoyles and tell me about it in person.

Now for the good part…what each winner gets for all his or her hard work:

  • A $20 Roses and Gargoyles gift card
  • A “Prettiest Garden” yard sign
  • Recognition at that quarter’s Commission Meeting, in The City Observer, and on Roses and Gargoyles’ website and Facebook page
  • And, best of all, good old bragging rights

So… Does your garden have what it takes to be our Prettiest Garden??

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs