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Garden Gossip

May, 2022

Many of the roses are in full bloom now. They are absolutely lovely and some are very fragrant. They do need a little care once they are finished blooming. For your roses that only bloom once in the spring, prune them back hard once they are finished blooming. Then give them some rose food to help them get started again.

When the repeat flowing rose finish blooming you may prune them for shape if they need it. Then fertilize them to help them make more flowers. They should be fertilized again in August for the fall flush of blooms.

You may plant rose anytime of year as long as they an be watered during the hot dry summer months. Once your roses are established they are very drought tolerant.

Rosa Souvenir de Mme Leonie Vinennot

Vegetable Garden

We still have some tomato plants available. There are squash, cucumber, melons and variety of pepper plants available in our vegetable area. Handy, if you only need a few plants and don’t want to fool with seeds.

We also have bulk vegetable seeds that are sold for $1.00 by the tablespoon or teaspoon depending on the size of the seed.

Check your squash plants for squash bugs and vine borders. Row covers work well but remember to remove them when the squash flowers so the bees can pollinate them.

If you notice that there is blossom end rot on your squash this can be fixed by treating plants with a calcium spray. Keep the soil consistently moist.

Spraying

Peaches, plums, cherries should be sprayed for shuck split with a fruit tree spray, a combination of captan and malathion.  This controls sucking insects, aphids and scale.  This spray also controls scab and plum curculio which causes wormy fruits and brown rot.  Chlorothalonil can be added for superior scab control.

Keep spraying your daylilies for aphids. Use Neem or Malathion. In lieu of spraying you can use a fertilizer with a systemic insecticide or one of the Bayer products that is systemic. It can be mixed up in a watering can and poured on the daylilies. It lasts up to 60 days. Spraying your daylilies with Neem will also help with the rust problem they often have.

Herbs

It is now safe to plant all herbs. Plant basil, dill, parsley and all frost tender herbs. There are so many different basil plants to choose from and each adds a little different flavor to your favorite dish. African Blue Basil is a beautiful addition to the flower garden and a favorite of the bees.

While we are on the subject of herbs, join Debbie Boutelier on Saturday, May 28, for a seminar on herbs. The morning session, The Wonder of Herbs begins at 10:00am and the afternoon session begins at 1:00pm. For further details take a look at our event page.

Summer Color

The pansies are starting to fade now because of the hot weather. Time to rip them out and replace with summer color. The selection is very good now. We have many plants with great color that can liven up your garden in the hot months to come. Vinca, Pentas, and all the Salvias are great plants to choose for the hot days ahead.

The selection of container plants is amazing. We have so many plants available for sun or shade in any color of the rainbow.

Summer Annuals

Plant some zinnias now for colorful flowers for cutting and for the bees and butterflies. We have seed available for California Giants in mixed colors and all the colors of dahlia flowered zinnias and cactus flowered zinnias. Plant them in full sun. They can be seeded directly into the soil about 1/4″ deep. Water well. Over watering and continuous wet conditions can lead to powdery mildew, leaf spots and rot so water at the base of the plants. In the south you can plant a second crop if you wish in late july or early August for a fall bloom.

Sunflowers, coreopsis, milkweed, gallardia daisies, cosmos and other summer flowers you might like to try.