John Zvirovski, For the Sun
I know it is difficult to realize how fast this past month has gone and we are about to head into October. I was walking through a couple of department stores this past week and was overwhelmed by all the Christmas items out for sale already. It kind of has a crushing sense to know the growing season is coming to an end and the holidays will be upon us quickly. I always try to avoid rushing into the next big season as it is wise to enjoy each day and everything that comes along with it.
One of the most common flowers in the garden is phlox. It has been used in gardens for well over a hundred years and maintains being a staple in our myriad of plant selections. The name comes from a Greek term that means flame, thus it was originally known as the flame flower because of its intense, hot colors. Today phlox comes in numerous hybridized colors from the hot colors of yesteryear to some of today's soft pastel shades.
Most everyone has heard of the old English garden flowers by the name of Canterbury Bells. These 3- to 4-foot plants always bloom in their second year of growth as they are known as a biennial. This is a plant that grows vegetatively during its first year and blooms during its second, at which point it drops seeds and repeats the process. Their numerous flowers are produced on sturdy stems and are in the shape of large bells. Their beautiful colors of blue, purple, pink and white will cool the summer garden.
It always amazes me how quickly the summer season seems to fly by. There is always something going on whether it is working in the yard, cleaning out the garage, working on other outdoor projects or just socializing. It always seems difficult to get everything in without feeling rushed. As gardeners, we seem to be busy all the time, but we also need to take a time out to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Grab a glass of wine and sit back for a few hours and enjoy the gardens you have created.
We often hear about food products that are considered the “perfect” food. One of those foods that truly is near perfect is the potato. Humans can actually survive on a healthy diet of potatoes with the addition of milk or butter for a well-balanced diet. Milk and butter contain the two vitamins that potatoes do not contain, vitamins A and D.
When is the right time to fertilize?” is a common question in the gardening world.
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This past week has really been a blessing for anyone who was tired of being cooped up. To say one has spring fever is just an understatement!! Just to be outdoors without being bundled up is a wonderful feeling and I finally get to discard the socks and shoes and feel the earth beneath my feet once again!
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