Garden Design Diva

simple planning brings great rewards

   May 22

Getting ready for planting

The beds are weeded and edged,  mulch is in place and tulips are in full bloom.  The annual planting season is fast approaching.   As a matter of fact, I began annual planting yesterday, containers and hangers were planted last week.  At Fairview, I like to edge the beds around the clubhouse with begonias, currently with the late arrival of spring here in the Northeast, the tulips are residing in the begonia location (usually the tulips have past by Mother’s Day with the exception of the Northwest side of the Clubhouse).  Luckily, in the fall I planted the tulip clumps a bit farther apart than I usually do, leaving enough room to sneak the begonia between the tulips.  Yes, I plant new tulips annually around the clubhouse in the fall.   Each year I can’t wait to get planting, and each year I can’t wait to be DONE PLANTING.   Its a love/hate relationship I have with planting.  I LOVE that the weather is warm enough for these tender beauties, however, I can’t wait to done planting flat after flat of annuals.  The ever changing aspect of gardening keeps me engaged and challenges both my mind and body. HAPPY PLANTING!!!

I have added a few ‘how to videos’ I took earlier in the season and a photo gallery tab,  so look for the new pages, up next to my contact page.

Fairview Terrace

Tulips Fairview Terrace

Fairview Clubhouse

Tulips Fairview Clubhouse


   Apr 27

Pruning Roses

I often get questions on when to prune roses.  In the spring, I wait until I see buds appear.  The reason I wait until this point is, it is much easier to tell which canes or branches have died.  Any dead branches or canes should be removed completely.  Another reason for waiting until bud break is, you can guide the shape of bushes.  Where you cut determines the growth of new shoots.  I always cut about 1/4 inch above the bud, at the same angle that the bud is growing, and you want to cut above the bud that is on the outside of the branch.  If you cut on an inward facing bud the new growth will be toward the center of your shrub instead of outward.  Always be sure to remove any branches that rub or cross other branches at this time as well.  If branches are rubbing, they are more susceptible to disease or pests.  The Knockout Roses I grow at the golf course will triple in size after pruning, knowing this guides my pruning.  See pictures below.

Picture one

Picture two

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