Entries from June 2009

Monday, June 29th, 2009

How Calla Lilies Can Hold Their Pink Color

TheGardenLady received this question from Deb. How do I keep the flowers pink on my calla lily plants?  They are turning white. As much as TheGardenLady loves calla lilies, because she does not live in a zone where calla lilies are happy and can be left in the ground all year long she does not […]

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Container Gardening

TheGardenLady received this question from Joyce. We have a long raised planter that gets quite a bit of sun but only in the afternoon. It’s very shaded most of the day.  I tried impatiens there last summer but they got too much sun. Any suggestion for colorful easy to grow and fairly low growing annuals? […]

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Controlling Fungus Gnats

TheGardenLady received this question from Devon. Do you have any tips on controlling fungus gnats.  I have some in a herb planter, so i don’t want to use chemicals because I’d still like to be able to consume the herbs. Fungus gnats look like tiny mosquitos that are about 1/8 inch in length. They lay […]

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Carolyn Walker’s Shade Garden is selling compost

Carolyn Walker’s Shade Garden is selling compost.  If you do not make your own compost and want some, you should contact the owner’s son immediately. But you have to pick up the bags. Final Call for Compost: Carolyn Walker’s sons, Matt and Alex, have a limited supply of beautifully sifted, fully decomposed compost available. Carolyn […]

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Avocado Tree Problems

TheGardenLady received this question from Jonathan. I recently planted a 3-4 year old avocado tree which is now about 8ft tall.  Since planting the leaf tips have been going brown and some leaves are very brittle, despite watering once or twice a day. Am I over watering? When I feel the earth around the tree […]

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Eastern and Western Dogwoods

This spring has been an amazingly beautiful one florally. Usually during most springs on the east coast one sees the magnolia trees burst forth in bloom; but very shortly after they open there is a deadly frost that kills all the flowers. So what were once beautiful magnolias trees are now laden with frozen, brown […]

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

51st Annual Dearborn Garden Walk

Dear Shelly, Thank you for letting the readers know about the 51st Annual Dearborn Garden Walk. (Read about it below.) We hope, for the sake of readers who can not attend, that you take photos and write a small article about this garden event and submit it to TheGardenLady.org so that we all can enjoy […]

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Caring for Encore Azaleas in the Summer

The following information is for your Encore Azaleas and it comes from Encore® Azalea. The heat of summer can be harsh on all plants, and we at Encore® Azalea would like to help you prepare. Keep a watchful eye on the moisture level of the soil around your Encore Azaleas. The shallow fibrous roots like […]

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Marigold Mystery

TheGardenLady received this question about marigolds. My marigolds are planted around the edge of the garden and watered 2x a week with the rest of the garden.  After a month they just started dying with no visible infestation.  Do you have any idea why?  Last year I planted marigolds in the same vicinity under a […]

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Vegetable Gardening for Newbies

TheGardenLady received this question from Tricia. I am very new to gardening, but would love to grow my own veggies. I have a starter set with lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers. I have a large space in my backyard, but it is full of wood chips. Can I plant here? If so what is my next […]