Identification is job #1 before spraying for bugs or diseases in our gardens. I’m a huge believer in Integrated Pest Management, which means letting the good bugs come into our garden to do their job of getting rid of the bad bugs. Here’s a good article about mealybug destroyers (good bugs): “Don’t Spray Me, I’m Not A Mealybug.”
Tip of the Day: When rain is in the forecast, I try to get my organic fertilizer spread either on rain day or the day before so it can get watered in by Mother Nature. My favorite general purpose organic fertilizer is Milorganite. It’s slow release, has nitrogen and iron in it, won’t burn the plants it it’s not watered in right away, and enriches the soil as it gives the plants the nutrients they need. I use it on everything … yes, even veggies.
If your Milorganite stash is running low, let me know, 386-310-9969 or email@example.com, and I’ll deliver more to you!
It’s Plant Of The Week time! This week’s special plant is the beautiful and exotic looking Mona Lavender.
Isn’t she pretty! Regardless of what her name says, she isn’t related to lavender. She’s called ‘Mona Lavender’ cause of the pretty, light lavender color of her flowers. Her botanical name is Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’, and she’s in the Lamiaceae family, which means she’s actually related to Swedish Ivy. She gets extra points for being on the Florida Friendly Plant list. Yes!
To keep ML happy in your garden she needs part shade, well drained soil, and water on a regular basis. She’s a tender semi-evergreen perennial in zones 9b – 11, meaning if it’s a normal winter she should overwinter with no problem. If we get one of the rare cold winters, then she’ll probably die and you’ll need to replace her in the spring. No special fertilizer is needed on ML, just whichever general organic fertilizer you use. Personally, I like using Milorganite on all my garden beds.
Her pretty little flowers all perky on their upright stems repeat bloom quite frequently. The flower stems are above the foliage so from a distance it looks like a little cloud of lavender puffiness. Very pretty. Deadheading does make her look nicer and helps her to rebloom quicker. The flowers last a good while on the plant. The ones in theses pictures have been blooming for about two weeks. I’ve never tried them as cut flowers. If you have, do they do well?
ML grows to about 3′ x 3′, so give her room to mature! I planted this one in front of the Hawaiian Ti plants where she’ll fill in that whole area. She’s been in that bed less than a month but already has new growth on her. Can’t wait for her to fill in. I think the pink Ti leaves will be beautiful growing through the purple and dark green leaves of ML. Did you notice that the backsides of the leaves are dark purple! How cool.
Mona Lavender, Foxtail Ferns, Hawaiin Ti
ML does great either in containers or in the ground. She does have somewhat brittle stems, so don’t plant her where she’ll be brushed up against, like next to a walkway. Oh, and she does attract bees, which is a very good thing … unless you’re allergic to them. Here is a pic of a mature ML (how awesome is that!) and one in a container with Creeping Jenny (both pics courtesy of the internet).
Mature Mona Lavender
Mona Lavender in container
Now that you’ve learned all kinds of cool things about Mona Lavender, I’m sure you have the perfect place for her in your garden! Let me know how many you want and I can deliver, install if needed, and/or create a container garden for you. Call/text, 386-310-9969, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule your delivery.
When adding yard art to the garden, think outside the box to show off your personal whimsy. I was going to get the usual Shepherd’s hook for this cute little picket fence bird feeder, then remembered I’d pruned trees in the garden boutique area and had a perfect large branch that might work. And it did! Of course it won’t last forever, but it was free, saved me from having to cut it up, and it looks adorable.
My next project is taking my greatnephew’s old pull wagon and making it into a container garden with a birdbath.
So take a look around your house to see what you have that can have a second life as yard art. It’s fun!
Btw, did you see the mockingbird sitting on the brush pile and on top of the bird feeder post? He grabbed himself a tasty grasshopper a few minutes after I took the pics.
It’s a grey, cloudy, rainy day so pics of Golden Celebration’s gorgeous yellow blooms are just what we need.
GC has all the wonderful parts of a David Austin rose: fragrance, beautiful buttery yellow color, and repeat blooms. I grew it when I lived in Savannah, and absolutely loved it. It grows about 6×6 with an arching habit. It cannot take full, all day sun. Shade from early afternoon on is best for it.
Do you have a favorite David Austin rose you want me to get for you?
Good morning to all my lovely flower freaks. Y’all know what day it is … it’s the first day of Spring! Yay! I love the rejuvenation of life we see this time of year: new leaves popping out, blooms opening up from flower buds, new shoots rising through the earth. It’s just a glorious time to be alive.
Gibbs and I walk by this house every morning, and I’ve have been watching the Pink Jasmine bud up. Today it just busted out all over with these beautiful, very fragrant flowers. I knew I had to share with y’all. Too bad it’s not scratch and sniff cause the fragrance is to die for awesome.
What’s blooming in your neighborhood?
Ready for new life to be put into the garden at your home or at your business? I can do that for you! Give me a call or a text, 386-310-9081, or email, email@example.com, today.
Much of Louisiana has had it rough with flooding problems these past couple of weeks. Don’t despair if your garden is looking sad from all the rain … it can be rejuvenated with some work. Here are some good tips on getting your garden back in shape “Flooded Landscapes”.
Don’t have time or energy to do the work yourself? No problem, give me a call and I’ll take care of it for you.