Roses have been blooming heavily since mid-April so they are slowing down now, but a round of fertilizer would give them some nourishment they can use for a little boost. Suggested feeding is 1 tbsp of urea per plant every other week. Fish emulsion is another great snack for your roses this month.
Deadheading is important to keep your roses from producing rosehips. Rosehips sap valuable energy from your rose plants, energy that is better used toward making more blooms. When you deadhead, clip the stems short to leave as much leaf material to aid in growth of the plant.
Typical Watering in June – two inches of water twice a week.
Mulching is important to maintain a consistent temperature for the roots and it will also help maintain moisture.
I’ve never been to Lotusland, but looking forward to a visit someday. This will have to suffice in the meantime:
Flying Through Lotusland from Lotusland on Vimeo.
Good bye to legendary Pete Seeger May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014
Stating the obvious, 3000Tomatoes.com has been on hiatus for a few months. I’ve moved a couple of times, and I am without a garden at the moment. I am feeling like a fish out of water. Most of what I typically write about is what’s happening in my garden, so for the next few months, I’ll need to focus on other peoples’ gardens and other garden related tidbits that I find interesting. A bit of a challenge, but with the new year started and life settling down, it’s time to get past the writer’s block and be productive again.
Aloes are blooming now. I love this time of year!
Fortunately, it’s not what you think! Diapers do the job, containing a great water retention project that is useful in gardens, too. Interesting video, and I learned a lot more than I expected. I wish I’d known about this when I was building my vertical succulent shutters!
If the idea of buying diapers bothers you, there is an alternative. Hydra-crystals can be purchased separately so you can have them on hand whenever you need additional water retention properties without having to take apart diapers. There is a source called WaterSorb
in one of the comments at this link
. Also, read all the comments because I think there is additional, interesting info that might be helpful.
As evidenced two posts ago, I have moved. The house was sold, the garden dismantled, plants given away, but a small collection of plants has traveled with me to my latest abode, a rental we’ll live in for a few months while our new little house gets a remodel. A lot of my plants didn’t fare well because I withheld water to keep them light for the move, but it was also a hot week during our move so there was a lot of stress to me and the plants! We’re all recovering and pots will thrive again, but in the meantime I had a little surprise when I looked out the kitchen window. Two of my stapelias have bloomed – a big one and a tiny one. Stapelia – simple pleasures…..
The flowers on this big guy are salad plate size. Two blooms at the same time!
These little guys are about the size of a dime. Three flowers blooming together!
Here’s a shot for comparison. Always stunning!