I love teaching about gardening, but I am ashamed to admit I do not always practice what I preach in my community-gardening programs or when coaching a home gardener. I feel it is time I fessed up. They say that confession is good for the soul, so here are seven of my gardening sins. I will first state what I teach, and then tell what I actually do. (I'm illustrating this post with pictures that I took in my garden this morning.)
|Arctic Fire™ Red Twig Dogwood Cornus stolonifera 'Farrow' loves this sunny spot. I'm too ashamed to show you a picture of the one that I planted in the Horseshoe Garden.|
2. Rotate your crops. I am pleased to say I do this faithfully with my vegetables. I have a four-year rotation system that ensures diseases are not passed on from year to year. Unfortunately, I do not always remember this with my annual flowers. I planted zinnias around a wall fountain every year for several years, resulting in zinnia leaf spot disease each time. Now I try to find new places for them each season, although that is difficult in my small cutting garden. Choosing more disease-resistant varieties helps.
|The cutting garden is the long bed on the right. I plant it intensely with zinnias and other annuals. Can you see the new wind spinner at the end? A birthday present from my daughter, Duane calls it The Whirligig. I have weeded and raked the kitchen-garden beds ready for composting. We had a large load of mushroom compost delivered this morning.|
|There is always room for one more hellebore|
6. Put peony supports in place before the plant grows too tall. Hurray, I have not missed the window of opportunity for several years ....
|Of course, I didn't take this picture today.|
|As the snowdrops faded in the Serenity Garden, these sweet daffodils began to flower in front of Helleborus 'Ivory Prince'.|
|The hellebores that Jon and I planted last year in the stumpery are blooming.|
|A young Japanese Andromeda, Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire', sometimes called Lily-of-the-Valley plant, beginning to flower in the Woodland Walk.|
|The Bees are Back!|
|Glad to capture this picture before the deer ate all my crocuses!|
I am linking with Sarah at Down by the Sea for her monthly 'Through the Garden Gate' meme. Thank you, Sarah, for hosting. I believe you have been getting some nice, warm weather in England, so I'm sure you have many more blooms than me this month.
Stay safe and well.
|The first daffodil to bloom each year is in Abundance Garden.|
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