On the Radar – July & August In July and August our flower gardens are coming into their own! Blossoms should abound! Be sure to keep pots watered during our typical hot, dry spells. Pots can dry out so much faster than plants in the ground. Deadhead as often as you are able. It keeps the remaining blooms looking fresh, and in some cases, encourages additional blooming. As some perennials begin to die back, cut them back to allow later bloomers more space (good garden design). Watch for insect pests and treat as minimally as possible to save the plant while doing no harm to pollinators! Sometimes a squirt of water or insecticidal soap is all you need. Be sure to deadhead any seed heads that are likely to reseed outside of your desired range. Otherwise, think about leaving some for winter interest…
The Art of the Succulent
by Nancy Denison, Advanced EMG
Tuesday night, June 6th, MGANM hosted a planting lesson given by Carol Morris, owner of Breeze Hill Nursery. Pre-ordered topiary forms filled with wet moss were waiting for us while we learned the basics of succulent planting. There were large and small turtle shapes, heart, round and square wreaths, and spheres with a hook for hanging. Trays of sedum, various echeveria, and hens and chicks awaited their new homes. We learned how to use a screwdriver to make a hole in the form, widen it with our finger and transfer the plant deeply into the hole so the root system would be able to connect and be secured. The focus and concentration was intense as we designed and planted our way around our selected form. Pretty soon we were able to stand back, inspect and finish up our creation. I’m happy to report the plants in my sphere are growing rapidly and due to its weight, it is hanging on my bird feeder pole for all who visit my garden to enjoy. For those who weren’t able to attend but would like to try this at home, the topiary forms are available on-line and the succulents are everywhere. Thanks so much to the staff at Breeze Hill for guiding us through this fun project!