Garden Calendar – September 01 Episode

Perennials

I am not going to bore you with all the names of the flowers that can be planted between now and late October to give a little color to your garden as summer flowers fade away.

Suggested list of perennials to plant:

Anemone, Crocus, Daffodils, Dwarf Irises, Hyacinths, Siberian Squill.

Plant perennials in rows for a formal look or scatter seeds in open beds for a more natural look. Plant this month, so the young seedlings will be ready to be transplanted into their permanent location next spring.

As the weather cools down, plant new or replacement perennials and dig and divide overcrowded perennials. Move them to a new area or give some away to your friends and neighbors. Bearded and Siberian irises and peonies can be divided, now this is the ideal time.

The foliage and the seed heads on perennials can be colorful so don’t be in a big rush to cut them all back.

Migrating birds love these seed heads for food too.

Cut back those that might become weeds if they’re allowed to go to seed, also cut any blossoms that are looking past their prime or have some disease on them.

Sometimes you just run out of anything in certain areas of your beds and there is just no color. You can go down to your local garden shop and buy some perennials or late-season annuals to add in right now, check the ads that come in the mail there should be some sales.

Bulbs

Dig up summer bulbs that you want to keep soon after the first frost and put them in a cool dry area for winter storage.

Once the soil temperature drops below 60° spring flowering bulbs can be planted. You can be assured your bulbs will be disease-free healthy bulbs if you order them from reputable garden shops. Add in a good bulb fertilizer or bone meal as you prepare the soil.

As a rule of thumb, you should plant your bulbs three times deeper than the greatest diameter of the bulb. Remember bulbs always do better in well-drained soil. This keeps the bulbs from rotting over the winter.

By now you should have already selected your bulbs from your online catalog, but there is still time if you haven’t. Here are a few links to some online catalogs.

Gardens Alive

Wayside Gardens

Be adventurous try some new varieties of bulbs. This will give you an idea what really does well in your area.

Here are a couple of tips you can try to enjoy your more colorful flowers.

Pick some flowers that are in bloom and dry them for future arrangements.
Bundle the flowers together, hang them upside down in a dry sheltered area. They’ll be ready for your winter arrangements.

Resources for you.

Here are a couple of links to some sites that are a good resource to figure out what kind of bugs you have on your plants or in your house.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740

http://www.whatsthatbug.com/buglinks/

Email From Mari:

Mari sent me a note requesting help for her garden.

She wrote “My garden looks terrible. My agapanthas are thinning and dying. What should I do?”

“Answer from Phil The Gardener”

Mari, make sure your agapanthas are in full sun, have good drainage, and are not being over watered.

http://www.philthegardener.com

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