John Zvirovski / Sun Garden Editor
There are many memories of getting my garden ready for growing that perfect pumpkin once the fall season arrives. It was something I always looked forward to and planned for all winter long. Halloween is now around the corner and what better time to show off that amazing and grand product from the garden on your front porch during that fun evening for all to admire.
This past week we finally received our first killing frost of the season. It’s time to perform the fun task of digging up the roots we want to save and store over the winter. These would be the tender roots of the cannas, dahlias, gladioli, caladiums, callas, begonias and ismenes. If left in the ground in our region, they will surely rot due to the extreme winter temperatures. All of these plants need a killing frost before digging to stop the growing process, except for the ismenes.
The last few weeks in the garden have been quite stunning. Not only are the annuals and perennials still blooming profusely along with the addition of the sedums and mums, but there are butterflies galore taking action in the garden. It has been like a fantasyland when you walk through them with literally hundreds of butterflies that will flutter across your path as you go by. Although every year we have butterflies that visit our gardens, this happens to be a stellar year for the butterfly called the Painted Lady.
I have found that plants with large features always draw attention into the yard or garden. One of these large unique plants that I adore is the Brugmansia.
Whenever we select a plant for the yard, whether it is a vegetable, an annual, a perennial, a shrub or a tree, we always choose them because of some unique characteristic. Maybe it is the flower that grabs our attention, the texture of the foliage, the color of the leaves or a different growth habit that is exhibited by no other plant in our collection. Many different reasons could exist in choosing a new product for the yard.
It’s been nearly 12 years since the Orlady building in downtown Jamestown burned to the ground and left a gaping hole in the landscape. Since that fateful day, the space has transformed from a black hole in the ground to a green space now known as the Hanson Arts Park. The park is now in the final stages of completion with a few little tweaks to make sure every detail is in place over the next year.
What is that smell? Or should I say, what is that fragrance? There is a difference in the way we use words. Depending on our perceptions, words mean many different things. What is an aroma to some, might be an odor to another. What is a smell versus what is a scent can be the difference of pleasant versus obnoxious. We all encounter scents differently depending what our likes and dislikes may happen to be.
We have all heard of hoarders who obtain one item after another until they cannot move in their homes, but have you ever heard of a plant hoarder? They do exist, and contrary to what I might say from time to time, you can have too many plants in a given area. What I call a plant hoarder may be different than another person’s perception.
It already feels like the middle of summer has arrived, and I often feel I just began the season. I have to wonder where the time goes or if I have just spent it all weeding, watering and deadheading. I have found the best weather always makes the season go by way too quickly, and I am trying to find the time to sit back and enjoy every moment of it before it all goes away. Even with a dry year, it seems things are looking pretty good, but we could use some good oldfashioned rain to feed the gardens and lawns.
For many years I have had a love-hate relationship with potentilla shrubs. Actually, there was rarely a time that I loved this plant. I remember seeing this shrub overplanted in many areas as I grew up, and then it became a big plant for commercial plantings. Part of this disconnect, I am sure, was related to the fact that it was so common in many landscapes and it lessened my own personal attraction to its characteristics.