Entries from April 2010

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Do Gardenias Like Diluted Vinegar?

Gardenia Love by ClaraDon TheGardenLady received this question from Mable. I was told to dilute vinegar in water and use that on gardenia’s with yellowing leaves. Do you agree? Gardenias by Jim-AR Gardenias love acidic soil. If they are indoors, gardenias should be planted in an acidic soil that has a pH level of 4.5 […]

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The African Marula Tree

Here is a video in French that TheGardenLady thought was cute. This is a video from a French documentary about a certain type of tree in Africa. TheGardenLady is not sure if the video is real and she believes that it is the African Marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea).  It’s also known as the Elephant Tree […]

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Garden Landscaping for Beginners – Part II

This is TheGardenLady’s second post about basic garden landscaping.  If you’re interested in reading part I on basic garden landscaping click here. When you’re doing your landscaping you will certainly want to check out the best nurseries in your area. Visit public and private gardens especially ones in your area to see what they grow […]

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Garden Landscaping for Beginners – Part 1

Garden Landscaping by rainbow_landscaping Because TheGardenLady has been asked about landscaping and/or choosing a good landscaper, TheGardenLady thought this would make an interesting column. Below are a few suggestions for anyone who is interested in landscaping one’s property. There are many outstanding female landscapers as well as male landscapers. (The word “he” was used most […]

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

7 Easy to Care for Flowering Shrubs

Hibiscus syriacus, “Rose of Sharon” by ConanTheLibrarian TheGardenLady was asked to recommend some less commonly known flowering shrubs that are easy to care for and will create a hedge or shrub border between two houses in temperature zone 6. “Easy care: to TheGardenLady means that the shrubs are pretty much pest free including pesty deer […]

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Daffodil Advice

Eyes on the Sun by Handcanons TheGardenLady received this question from Fran. I was given some daffodils at my garden club meeting this week.  They had bloomed already and there were just bulbs with green leaves on them. I live in zone 8 in Florida and was told that I could grow daffodils in Florida. […]

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Letting Go of Dying Marigolds

Lifeless by Rodrigo Neves On Monday, TheGardenLady wrote a post that answered a question from a Cassie about getting marigolds to bloom.  Here’s a follow-up question from Cassie. So should I just throw away the pathetic looking stems and the root ball? Cassie, I would not waste any more of your precious time on the […]

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Pruning the Butterfly Bush

Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) on Buddleia (Buddleja davidii) by Steve Greaves TheGardenLady received this question from Jocelyn. I have just returned to the Vineyard after being away for 6 months. My butterfly bush has already sprouted leaves. Is it too late to do a deep pruning? If it’s not too late, how low can […]

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Getting Marigolds to Bloom Again

Slowly… by Dialed-in! TheGardenLady received this question from Cassie. I recieved some  marigolds from a friend. They were orange and did not seem to be as big or sturdy as usual marigolds are. They bloomed well until it got too cold out.  I kept saving the flowers for the seed pods, and they grew very […]

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Carolyn’s Shade Gardens Hosts 5th Annual “Bulb and Wildflower Day” – April 10

Italian Arum – 20070804-vs-7131 by Made in Madeira Carolyn of Carolyn’s Shade Gardens says that her unusual bulbs and wildflowers seem to peak between her first two open houses, so she is scheduling her fifth annual “bulb and wildflower day”. Anyone who is interested in purchasing the plants listed below is invited to stop by […]