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Monday, December 8, 2008

A chill.......

The banana is wrapped in the c9 Christmas light to help it get through the Winter. I hope to have bananas next Summer! I also found some nice 3 gal Sabal Minors at Home Depot so I purchased about 7 of them!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

State Fair

This is a great reminder that its time to prepair your garden for the Fall. Its also time to clean up and spray the house plants that are outside to prepair them for comming inside. Purchasing new trays to prevent floor and shelf damage, too!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A chill is in the air!!

Its time for mums, bulbs, and anything else you can get! Winterize the ponds and rain barrels and clean out those gutters!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Low water lawns.

Even though I have replaced most of my lawn with beds of perennials that are drought resistant I still would like to maintain a small area of lawn about 30 feet by 20 feet near the street. I have been researching low water lawn grasses and here is a great website and provider of alternative grasses that are more drought tolerant than the common Mediterranean grass so common today!

http://www.highcountrygardens.com/catalog/product/27053/

Best Regards

Arthur
www.arthurinthegarden.com

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Study shows twice a week lawn watering is enough!

http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/3097728/

Lawn-watering limits under consideration in Raleigh wouldn't harm most lawns, according to a study by four North Carolina State University professors.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Time Flies.

The past few months have flown by. The drought has returned and I am glad I did not plant many annuals like I was planning to do when we had all the rain in the Spring. The water conservation rules are still being enforced and the temps have been in the 90s with barely any rain! The water has even evaporated from my old garbage can that I use as a second rain barrell!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Lots of Rain!

I have never been so happy to see rain. It seems that our weather is back to normal? Everything is growing like crazy ---and the rain barrels are full!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Doves and Bugs

The European Collard Dove has rapidly spread across North America in the past 30 years and is often confused with the common ring-neck dove which is a common cage bird and if often released. Here is a good page to help you with discerning which bird you are seeing.
http://www.internationaldovesociety.com/RNColorPics/RNECDCompare.htm

The weather has been warm enough lately to allow some early bug populations to take off! Nip these in the bud using environmentally safe pesticides.

Arthur
www.arthurinthegarden.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Is winter back?

One last cold snap to remind everyone that Winter is not over, yet! This should be the last, though. The rain has made everything nice and green. The trees are just about all leaved out. Its looks like Spring is over but the temps don't say it yet!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Indy Week recipes on line

http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/Archive?searchPhrase=Kroger%3A+रेसिपेस

Indy Week recipes on line

Garden Balsam

Old Fashioned Garden Balsam

Garden Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) is a native of India and is known for it's quick growth from seed to bloom. The annual blooms are slightly hidden by the dark green foliage, but both are pretty and charming. If given plenty of sun, rich soil and water it will spread out about 12 inches wide and it will grow to two foot tall. Double Camellia Mix, which is easy to locate in seed catalogs, grows to about 10 inches tall and has a double bloom which is very pretty. The stems are thick and sturdy, so they won't need support.
You will find varieties in white, pink, rose, red, orange, lavender, purple as well as combinations of colors. Start your seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost if you'd like early blooms, but they can also be direct seeded in the soil when frost has passed. Balsam transplants well, even when in bloom, which is a definite plus if you tend to plant too many and need to make room, as I have been known to do on occasion!
Though balsam has very short stemmed blooms that can't be used as traditional cut flowers, they can be cut and floated in glass bowls for a pretty summer accent. The blooms are similar to small open roses or camellias. Though the bedding impatients, available in garden centers are far more popular, I think Garden Balsam is a lovely old fashioned plant that should be added to everyone's garden.
Garden Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) is a native of India and is known for it's quick growth from seed to bloom. The annual blooms are slightly hidden by the dark green foliage, but both are pretty and charming. If given plenty of sun, rich soil and water it will spread out about 12 inches wide and it will grow to two foot tall. Double Camellia Mix, which is easy to locate in seed catalogs, grows to about 10 inches tall and has a double bloom which is very pretty. The stems are thick and sturdy, so they won't need support.
You will find varieties in white, pink, rose, red, orange, lavender, purple as well as combinations of colors. Start your seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost if you'd like early blooms, but they can also be direct seeded in the soil when frost has passed. Balsam transplants well, even when in bloom, which is a definite plus if you tend to plant too many and need to make room, as I have been known to do on occasion!
Though balsam has very short stemmed blooms that can't be used as traditional cut flowers, they can be cut and floated in glass bowls for a pretty summer accent. The blooms are similar to small open roses or camellias. Though the bedding impatients, available in garden centers are far more popular, I think Garden Balsam is a lovely old fashioned plant that should be added to everyone's garden.

You can usually find the seed in the heirloom section in the garden center or on on-line

Flower Seed Resources:-Thompson&Morgan Seeds--Nature Hills Nursery -Park Seed-Monticello Garden Shop

http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week337.shtml

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Wind, Rain, and a little cold!

The nearly week of regular rains have been welcomed. Unfortunately, the cold has damaged some blooming plants such as my Asian magnolia. The winds help in clearing dead limbs and such. If you have a limb grinder you could add them to you compost for you garden.

Remember, in planning for you garden this year its important to remember the drought and don't plant too much that needs regular watering. This will save you money on wasted plants that die (like I did) or on plants that are not going to thrive.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Make your own seed starter pots!!

http://underwoodgardens.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/836
Paper PotMaker
Ingenious, environmentally friendly way to recycle newspaper into 2 1/4 in. seedling pots which hold water remarkably well and can be planted directly into the garden. Economical and easy - even a child can do it. Made of solid maple to last for years and even become an heirloom.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Wow! An early spring.

It just keeps getting warmer. The daffodils have just about bloomed out. Cherry trees are in full bloom and its only March 1st.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Wow, Is spring here?

Will all the warm weather and rain it feels like Spring.

I have already decided to not plant anything next year since Raleigh is now in stage 2 water restrictions and you cannot water anything. Not sure how I am going to handle that??

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Super Warm!

Its been so warm lately that even the bananas are growing again! I suspect that by the second week of February we will have temps back in the low 20s that would even cause the Acubas to wilt!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Water Wise gardening

http://www.thewaterwisegarden.com

The above link is a great resource of information for waterwise gardening. It is an Australian website but still is a great resouce for information my plants