Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring Observations

Some posts ago I spoke about a scale disease I had on my Euyonmous Wintercreeper and Rhus Aromatica.  I had used an oil spray several years ago with my Hudson Sprayer on some flowering crab apples.  It was a pain to use, had to be above 50 degrees, no flowers visible and not above a certain temperature..  I did find a hand held spray bottle All Seasons Oil Spray made by Bonide.  It is easy to use on shrubs and small trees can be used above 40 degrees but not above 90 degrees. 

Take a look at Itzim Daffodil still blooming almost three weeks, not affected by the heavy rains or frost, certainly outlasted Jetfire and Tete-A-Tete.  It did say in the description "long blooming."  I will certainly dedicate more space to this one next year.

I have posted a mystery daffodil.  I cannot find it on my purchase orders from Van Engelen or Scheepers.  If you know what it is I would appreciate the name.  The trumpet is whiteish with a little yellow frill. 

Those Hyacinths (City of Harlem) and Daffodils (Sagitta) are into the flops, but I keep propping them up by putting one behind the other.  I ordered a mixed grouping of Hyacinths and got Pink Pearl and City of Harlem and I had some Gypsy from last year. 

I also lamented about my rhododendrons some posts ago that my husband wanted to fill in with a cement front porch.  We had replaced them all and I had asked for a reprieve by turning off the sprinkler in that area.  Well I guess they told him where they belonged!

The mixed Emperor Tulips are beginning to bloom peeking out of my Green Velvet Boxwoods bordering the patio.  Orange Emperor and Sweetheart Emperor are a good combination this year.  Tulips in zone 5 need to be treated as annuals.  If they come back it is a bonus, and the Emperors are more likely to return.

Just look at that Chanticleer Pear!  It is much tougher than the Bradford because it's branches grow upright and are not suseptible to the winds or ice.


Anonymous said...

Dear Eileen, In reading through this posting and enjoying so many spring flowers [you must be so thrilled], I of course read of your husband's plans for the site of the rhododendron. What horror! Thankfully, as you say, it has fought back with a vengeance and I am sure is now safe, at least for the time being.

LC said...

The PJM's look especially wonderful! Larry

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Edith,

I just fed them the other day, so I hope they continue to thrive. They are in a perfect spot, very protected, and I can enjoy them through my dining room windows.

I think he fact that we had too much water sprinkling in that area was a problem.


Gatsbys Gardens said...


I think they are in the right spot, were just getting too much water. We also improved the soil for better drainage.


Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Good morning.Your Rhododendrons are so lovely Eileen. Yours are ahead of mine. Maybe they are more protected in that spot. I do not know the names of most of my daffodils. I buy and assortment bag and you know how that is.The pear tree has such a wonderful shape to it.I am not fond of flat topping some trees or making balls out of them LOL!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lona, they are protected by a wall on the back and front so they are like in a little micro climate.