Entries from July 2008

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Lagerstroemia aka Crape Myrtle

This GardenLady is absolutely delighted with her Lagerstroemia -Crape Myrtle this summer. Just a few years old it is blooming its head off. It is gorgeous! A showstopper. And this flowering shrub or tree can bloom up to 120 days- from July through September. I don’t think there is a flowering tree or shrub that […]

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Diagnosing Marigold Problems

                             Photo taken by juggzy_malone TheGardenLady received this question from Liz on her “Caring for Marigolds” post. I am growing marigolds in tall (3″) pots in a very sunny location of my backyard. In the pots I have also planted white flowering bacopa, ivy and a browny spikey grass (not sure of the name).  Everything in the […]

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Spigelia Marylandica

In the July 15th post, TheGardenLady wrote about her visit to Chanticleer. One of the pleasures of touring a garden is to discover “new” plants. TheGardenLady and her friends found a plant that they had never seen before. Chanticleer has, at each of their gardens, a list of all the plants that are located in […]

Saturday, July 19th, 2008


                          Photo taken by Dara at the New York Botanical Garden One day this hot week, TheGardenLady and friends visited the New York Botanical Garden. If you have never visited this Botanical Garden, you garden lovers must make it a point to go to see its 50 gardens and plant collections. Try to pick a […]

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008


Photo by Bluberd TheGardenLady loves to visit gardens both public and private, and this summer she has been doing a lot of garden visiting. Last week TheGardenLady went to tour a favorite garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania called Chanticleer. This 30 acre garden was donated by the owners’ son for the public to enjoy. It is […]

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Where Have All The Butterflies Gone?

Photo taken by Martin LaBar Is it just TheGardenLady, or have others noticed that there are very few butterflies in the garden this summer? Yes, TheGardenLady saw one yellow swallowtail, one viceroy, one black swallowtail and a half dozen cabbage white butterflies on her flowers and she saw a fritillary in her friend’s garden. She […]

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Acid for Hydrangeas

TheGardenLady received this question from Martha: How can I add acid around my hydrangeas? Because hydrangeas like an acidic soil – especially if you want the blue blooms- you can supplement the fertilizer and add acid.  Know that not all the hydrangeas will change color. Usually it is the pink and blue hydrangeas that can […]