Saturday, November 19, 2011

HOw do you plan on designing your garden(s) this spring/summer?

hmmmm ..... Wish I could spend a lot more, but decided to plant on one side all blue gladiolus (around 30 I guess), in the middle a jiant spread of huge zinnia's/color variety, then on the right side a slew of fushia w/white lillies (so expensive but very gorgeous flower indeed!) The background will be the biggest/tallest/largest sunflower possible/plant those every year. Aren't sunflowers charming? and inexpenive :-)

any idea's for a nice border? some type of greenery that's highly attractive, grows well in full sun?

What's your gardening plans this season? :o)

HOw do you plan on designing your garden(s) this spring/summer?
sounds good so far....but let me advise...if u dont mind. I am a master gardener and have just this year decided that I dont like bulbs (gladiolus)....cause after they bloom...then what??? Do a lilly specimen garden. In the back, plant 'Obedience plant' or (physotegia)...sp??...then in the middle plant some nice day lilies, then in front plant some nice low growing Asiatic lilies....good luck...hope it goes well...
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When can I plant seeds outside?

I would like to plant zinnia seeds and other annuals outside now in Cleveland, zone 6

When can I plant seeds outside?
It should give planting suggestions for each zone on the seed packet. If it's been warm where you are for at least 3 or 4 weeks you could probably plant but it might be best to start them indoors and move them outside later.
Reply:read the back of the package.

Are most perennials planted by seeds?

I am new to gardening but would like to grow stuff I see in my garden book like candy tuft or astilbe, or alyssum or foam flower, or shasta daisies, etc.

I am new to this. do you just buy seeds for these at Wal-Mart or something and just throw them out like Zinnia seeds or something??

Are most perennials planted by seeds?
You can plant them from seeds, it will take much longer for them to establish (a full year or two), generally they are propegeted by root division. Usually a large established clump is dug up and divided into many smaller clumps, best done in the fall. Usually root divisions will bloom the first year.
Reply:I've started getting into flowers the past few years. It depends a lot on where you live -- what zone is it? I live in a very cold climate (zone 4), so what works for me may not work for you. I'd go to the library and check out some old gardening mags if I were you. Fine Gardening by Taunton Press is good, and so is the old Organic Gardening -- I'm thinking the early to mid 90s.

Alyssum I would grow from seed, but in little pots that I'd set by a sunny window. I'd put them in the dirt about the middle of March so they'd be ready for the garden in the middle of May. They self-seed I hear, but I've not had much luck with that. Alyssum is an annual, BTW.

Shasta daisies, if I remember right, are easy to divide. They spread by growing through the roots, so find a gardener who has them, and ask if you can dig up a scoop of the daisies. (-: They tend to take over a garden if you are not careful.

You can find gardening brochures for your area at your County Extension Agent. If you have a big/rich county, they may even be on-line.

Throwing out seeds sometimes works (I have done this with poppies), but I often find the weeds take over. Starting seeds in little pots gives them some strength so they can fight the weeds. Also, you get a good chance to see what the babies look like, so you don't accidentally weed them if they self-seed next year.

Good luck!
Reply:go and buy the plants when they are available, most things are not all that easy to raise from seed, though shasta daisies, zinnia and marigold are easy. you need to weed the area, rake the soil till its very fine, make a row with a stick and drop your seeds in a couple of inches apart, then cover with a thin layer of soil. some seeds need to be deep, some need to be on top of the soil, so its much easier to plant the plants.
Reply:I bought "mixed wild flowers" last year in a package at Walmart. Followed the directions on the package. On the package there is a picture of short %26amp; tall flowers of all different colours. They are perenials. They were the most colourful beautiful flowers I ever had. I planted them closer a bit than directions on package so the wind couldn't blow them over. Shop early planting date is on package. I plant all perenials by seed. You can bye then already planted to transplant.


Basic gardening tips for planting Zinnias?

this past summer my mother bought some Zinnia plants which i planted and grew beautifully. i would love to grow them again %26amp; have already bought seeds, but have never planted seeds before %26amp; will need some help.

i live in south texas where it is allllways hot. i hope to plant them next month hopefully. it is always summer in this town so i don't think it would be a problem. seriously we had like 7 cold days for 'winter'

Basic gardening tips for planting Zinnias?
My mom always had these in Waco, Texas - not quite "south Texas," but still plenty hot in the summer. Just space the seeds about an inch apart, cover with dirt, and water on a regular basis, and you should have zinnias in no time. Once the plants get about a foot high, pinch then ends off so that they will branch, unless you want just a few big blossoms. They're EASY to grow - enjoy!
Reply:i plant these every year.. I'm in zone 5 and i usually just place the seeds.. loosely.. then lightly cover with dirt... then water thoroughly... keep then moist until you see them sprout ...

they will flower fairly quick... if you want a lot of blooms .. pinch off old faded flowers and it will continue to bloom.. pretty quick ..some of my favorite flowers..

in some spots i plan them, i plant cosmos with them..;)

good luck..
Reply:You could almost throw them out in the soil and they would thrive! I use to plant a row of them along the end of our veggie garden ( seeds too) and always had beautiful flowers. Get the giant Zinnas. You will be very pleased with the way they look when blooming.
Reply:Super easy to grow. Throw down some seeds, water daily until you see sprouts. Zinnias love warm weather and full sun. You'll probably have volunteers from your last season plants. MiracleGro every 2 weeks. Don't be afraid to cut lots of flowers for inside, encourages more blooms. Save some seeds for next year.
Reply:Not hard or compacted soil for the development of baby roots. Zinnias are very easy. Plenty of sunshine, air movement between plants, and water well. They work well as cut flowers. Dead head older blooms to encourage reblooming. They are tough plants and have a long bloom season. You should have no problems.
Reply:Make sure you've got some good soil~ add compost. Zinnias are fairly easy plants and give you alot for hardly any work. Once the bloom, cut spent blooms and cut for bouquets. This encourages new blooms. Being in the south where it's hot, they'll need PLENTY of water. They are sun lovers, just water them often. Also, you can save spent blooms and dry them~ using their seeds for planting next year. Enjoy!

How to bring back this flower?

my friend has some zinnia and she had a lot of snails around and tried to get them away from the flowers by pouring salt on them. thid in turn also caused the flowers to wilt. does anyone have some suggestions on how to bring these flowers back to life or is their no hope?

How to bring back this flower?
You have to wait until the flower is gone, as in it decomposes. I had a flower that was like gone and you could only see soil. Then, I watered it and took care of it and it came back to life and now, it is blooming beautifully.
Reply:Try cutting most of the part that is above the soil. Continue to water and fertilize it and it should come right back up. it might take a while though.
Reply:Scoop up as much salt as you can off the top. Are they in pots? If they are put them in the sink and fill the sink with water. You are going to have to get the salt out of the soil or they will die. If they are in the ground flood them you have to get as much of the salt out as you can. The next time there is some products that help with snails one is diatanatious earth. I don't think I spelled that correctly but when they crawl over it the belly gets cut causing the snail to die but it will not hurt you. If they are in a flower bed get some tin pie pans and bury them to the rim poor in beer the beer will attract them because of the yeast they will crawl in and drowned.
Reply:I feel sure the salt has killed the flowers. The soil is also ruined for future flowers. She should dig out the soil and put in fresh for next years flowers.

Or she can have raised beds. My hubby and I use potting soil for raised beds. Go here for pictures and how to build them or buy them:

Tips on growing flowers from seed?

Finally I finished messing with my perennials and planting annuals. I still want more garden fun though! I've never been able to successfully grow anything from seed, but I'm still trying. I know I should have started in spring or even earlier indoors, but I still want to try and get some annuals blooming in the late summer and early fall (I'm in zone 7, we have warm weather until about mid-October). I have seed packets for zinnias, nasturtium, cosmos, oriental poppies, and sunflowers. A week ago I planted some sunflowers indoors in some of those starter trays and they're sprouting. I'm going to try both transplanting the sunflowers and directly sowing some in the soil against my back wall border outside. I have some containers that I want to try growing the other flowers in. Is it too late in the season to try, and what are some good ways that I can get healthy annuals to grow from seed?

Tips on growing flowers from seed?
It is hot for transplanting plants. Maybe not in the shade but it the sun. Get them in shade outside first to reduce the chance of shock.

Always water. It covers up for many problems. Miracle Grow is great but use Root Stimulator at first. Of course, good, deep, soil with lots of good humis is great with a layer of mulch.
Reply:In your zone you should be able to direct seed now and still get good results by late summer. After seeds sprout be sur to thin according to packet directions. Sunflowers will definitely do well and are so easy for excellent results. Actually all of the ones you have should do well for you, Just get them in the prepared soil and water.
Reply:If you are using seeds you should first buy small flower containers and potting soil /perlite mix , the perlite helps to keep the soil airated , so it does not get to firm, put the seed about a half inch to an inch into the soil , keep your containers indoors in a light fairly warm room , you should have no problem getting them to sprout, after the start to sprout keep them indoors until they are almost to big for the container, then take them outdoors and plant them, you should have no problem then.

Perennials that bloom spring to fall?

I want some ideas on plants that bloom most of the season, perennials. I plant annuals every year, lots of zinnias and the like. I have hostas around and some daylillies. Any other ideas for more COLOR?

Perennials that bloom spring to fall?
It really depends on your zone, but here's a link that will provide you with interactive information: Go to Advanced Search, and it will probably provide you with all the info you could possibly desire.

ps...Viola and Corydalis are a couple of good perennials to start with.

Happy Gardening!
Reply:the best answer is to check with the florist shops- or Greenhouses in your area they are supposed to know about flowers, as that is their job. If they can not help you I would find one that can.

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