Breaking Bud

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Winter days can become long.

This gardener loves her leafy greens!

Branches from flowering shrubs are easy to force indoors, and provide that winter color.

  1. Gather your branches.  Select healthy, young branches with plenty of buds.
  2. Practice good pruning technique by cutting the branches about 1/4 ” above a side bud or branch.
  3. Cut the stems again and place in cool water; no higher then 3″ high on the stems.  Place the branches in a cool location out of the sun.
  4. When the buds began to show, place in decorative vases and a sunny location.
  5. Change water frequently or add a floral preservative to the water.
  6. If you branches develop roots, the branches can be trimmed to 6″ and potted individually.  Keep moist until permanent roots form.  Move outdoors when the warm weather returns.

Try Honeysuckle, Forsythia, Flowering Almond, Wisteria, Lilac, Pussy Willow,

Privet, Dogwood, Rhododendron.

Planning

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A Gardener is always planning.

Which varieties will I grow?

When should I start seeds?

These tasks help me through the winter months.

The soil rests but my mind is busy.

A new notebook is ready for my gardening ideas and plans.

Some changes are coming to the blog this year,

I will continue to share images and gardening tidbits,

but adding some project ideas that I hope you will find interesting.

Stop by next year!

Propagating Pretty

Propagating Pretty

  Propagating the Scented Geranium that I used in the wedding flowers.

I ran out of Rooting Hormone and grabbed the next best thing, cinnamon!

You can use cinnamon and wow does it smell delicious in the greenhouse today!

Pausing

Pausing

In one week we will gather lots of family and friends for a wedding.

Every minute of each day is filled with preparations.

Some of the very flowers growing here around the garden will be used at the event.

I can’t wait to share it with all of my garden friends here on Down To Earth Digs.

You may find sneak peeks on my Instagram @Downtoearthdigs

Rabbit Run Cottage

What color is your potting shed?

I have been asked to share the color used on Rabbit Run Cottage from several gardeners

in the past few weeks.

Rabbit Run Cottage

Though the trim color has changed a few times since Rabbit Run Cottage was built,

the building color has remained the same color.

The building is sided with cedar and stained with Cabot solid finish stain–color Sycamore.

This stain has held up incredibly well, does not fade!

In 10 years the little garden shed has only been stained twice.

It’s a color I have never tired of, it blends nicely in the garden.

It’s a color that looks nice with every season of the garden.