Look at all these smiling faces sprouting up all around me. It must be pansy season! I love all those bright vivid colors and the way they just seem to look right at you and smile. They are one of … Continue reading
Not much time today, so much to do! My friend Pam is coming by this evening. She is a container gardener but not really by choice. She lives in an apartment building with no personal outdoor garden area. I gave … Continue reading
The garden has always been my refuge in times of stress or trouble. It is my place to think and process what is going on in my life. My place where I go to make decisions. To be closer to … Continue reading
Gertrude Stein said “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose” and for the first time in 100 years in literature, roses were red. Meaning in our terms today “It is what it is” but sometimes something can catch you off guard. Like purple roses that smell like heaven. Heading out to my garden yesterday I noticed my sterling rose-bush just wasn’t blooming as abundantly as usual. I needed one single blossom which I did end up finding for this small gift I was making. I also grabbed the last of the hydrangea. It’s a very simple project and the sterling rose is a perfect choice with its incredible scent and unique color.
Begin by soaking a block of floral foam in water with 1/2 tsp. bleach and 1 tbsp. floral food or sugar.
Next gather your small terra-cotta pot and flowers. One hydrangea large enough to cover the opening of the pot and 1-3 roses depending on your pot size. I chose one.
Cut a piece of the foam to fit snugly into the container. Next cut the stem of the hydrangea so that at least 1/2″ of its stem is inserted into the foam. The roses are next. Make a slanted cut making sure the rose bud will sit above the hydrangea but the stem will also be inserted 1/2″ inch into the foam as well. Do this for each rose you are using and then cluster them in the middle of the hydrangea. You may also add a small bow if you like near the outer edge. I eventually added a black and white checked bow to mine.
August is generally a slow month in the garden, but here is something you can do with your roses that will pay back tenfold over the next few months
Gloxinia are very similar to African Violets except that in the Winter they require a period of rest. During blooming season make sure you feed weekly and you will be rewarded with a prolific number of blooms up to 3″ in size. When blooming has finished, cut back watering by half and when the leaves have died back dig up the small tuber. Trim the remaining leaves, wash in tepid water, dry and store in a plastic bag in a cool dark area until Spring. You will begin to see new growth at that time and you will know it is time to replant! Nowadays Gloxinas only hold their vigor 2-3 years so don’t be surprised if this only works a couple of times or plant stops blooming. Also, I live in a part of the San Francisco Bay Area where my friends and I have actually had luck leaving them in the ground over the Winter months due to our mild weather and it worked out here.