Entries from July 2009

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Liquid Fence: A Good Deer and Rabbit Repellent for your Roses

TheGardenLady received this question from Bonnie. We planted a knock-out rose bush this past spring. It started blooming and had beautiful roses. We noticed that the stems were cut. The deer are eating them. What can we do? Deer love roses. It seems strange because there are thorns. In spite of the thorns, I guess […]

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

More Questions About Knockout Roses

TheGardenLady recevied these additional questions about Knockout roses. I just heard about the knockout rose and think it will be perfect for my side patio. Two questions: The above picture? are those purple or pink? How does the Knockout do in partial shade? There is no purple Knockout rose. They have single and double pink, […]

Monday, July 27th, 2009

35 Acid Loving Plants (with Photos)

So many of TheGardenLady’s readers seemed to be interested in acid loving plants.  Here is a partial list of 35 acid loving plants: 1. Amelanchier- Juneberry 2. Andromeda- Pieris 3. Azalea 4. Balsam Fir

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Blooming Problems With Knock Out Roses

TheGardenLady received these two questions about Knock Out roses from Mary and Diane respectively. I planted eight knock out roses in the sun last year and they bloomed. After blooming the first year I put mulch on the base of the rose bush and the ground was not frozen. This spring I cut them back […]

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Overdosing Acid Loving Plants

TheGardenLady received this question from Rene. I have two adult Lady of the Night plants. I fed them Miracle Gro for Acid Loving Plants. Will anything happen to them? And if so what can I do to save them? TheGardenLady is assuming your Lady of the Night Plant is Brunfelsia americana. How lovely to have […]

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Creating a Roof Garden in NYC

TheGardenLady received this question from Michelle. I live in NYC, and would love to plant flowers and herbs outside my apt. Outside our kitchen window is a blacktop roof. I’ve tried to grow basil and parsley, but they never stay moist enough–sun is too strong. But, I would like to build something bigger to include […]

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Gardeners in the Northeast: Beware of Late Blight

The following article was not written by TheGardenLady, but she thinks it’s a valuable one that the public should know about. Irish Potato Famine Disease affecting Gardens and Farmers throughout the Greater Northeast Revised by A. Wyenandt, NJAES, Rutgers University and M.T McGrath, Cornell University – Original article by Thomas A. Zitter, Cornell University, Ithaca, […]

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Preparing the Garden for a Drought

Summer is here. The main jobs in the garden are weeding, WATERING and deadheading. Those of us in the Northeast have been having the mildest summer this GardenLady has ever experienced. July feels like May; the weather is so Springlike. TheGardenLady has been watching the weather reports for many parts of the country that are […]

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Shade Loving Plants

TheGardenLady received this question from Kevin. I have a very small front area, very small, 2′x25′ with very little sun. I was thinking about some kind of ornamental grass for height and some other colorful flowers.  Any ideas? In order to give you a more precise answer, TheGardenLady would need to know your temperature zone […]

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Sansevierias: Where to Keep Them – Inside or Outside?

TheGardenLady received this question on her post “Taking Care of Your Mother-In-Law’s Tongue Plant“. I’ve had the Mother-In-Law plant for about 3 yrs, and kept it outdoors. I’ve been told its good to have these types of plants indoor, say, the office, as they give out plenty of oxygen.  Please advise whether it’s a good […]