Garden Textures

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The last few growing seasons I have worked on bringing in some new plantings and textures into the garden.  Conifers have been finding their places into the landscape.

Even in a zone 4 garden and it’s size constraints there are so many design options.

Dwarf, columnar, and weeping specimens.

Colors that vary from green, blue, silvers and golden.

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I miss my garden during these long winter months but creating garden textures that break up the white ground really helps.  Of coarse I have found a few spots for just a couple more!

 

Buried In Winter

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Winter still has a firm grip on the garden.  I’ve struggled with Blogging over the last year and have wondered if I should still continue the journaling of the little garden.  Maybe when the snow melts and the garden begins to wake up-I will too.

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!