ShadeFor one, redwood trees cast some fairly dense shade. This isn’t such an issue if you only have one or two, but if you’ve got a bank of redwoods, it can be hard to grow your usual landscaping plants in that area. The solution to this is to STOP PLANTING ROSES under your redwoods. Seriously, incongruity anyone? Do some meditations about your attachment to certain types of plant, and go plant those things someplace else if you have to have them. Don’t hack at your redwoods in the vain hope that if you “let in enough light”, your roses will thrive there. I am very sorry, but they won’t. Embrace what you’ve got (the rest of the world envies you!) and move forward. [Read more...]
You’ve probably already heard me go on about how fall is the best time to plant, but – it’s not the best time to plant everything! If you’re in zonal denial like me and want to plant a few things that push the boundaries of your climate, or even plants that do great once established but maybe get slightly frosted leaf tips or something – spring’s the time to get those in the ground.
Here in rainy, coastal Humboldt County (USDA Zone 9), these beauties will live over through most winters if planted in spring and protected from the worst frosts their first year:
Tibouchina urvilleana/Purple Princess Flower Citrus Trees (lemons and limes are best here)
Loropetalum chinense/ Fringe Flower
Tree Fern/ Dicksonia antarctica
Coleonema/ Breath of Heaven
Passiflora/ Passionflower Vines
Any kind of Fuchsias (call up Cindy Graebner of Fickle Hill Old Rose Nursery, or catch her at the Farmer’s Market to see some fantastic mite-resistant Fuchsias that are extremely unusual!)
Abutilons/ Flowering Maples
Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’/ Red Dragon Fleeceflower
Agapanthus/ Lily of the Nile
I also recommend planting all but the hardiest perennials in late spring, because so many perennials are stressed by heavy rains or frost. Better to let them grow and gather steam throughout the first year before expecting them to survive winter time.
I love my Felcos. I always have these handy. Why do I like them so much? Well, it makes pruning so easy. I use them everyday in the nursery, then go home and use them some more.Yvonne points out how easily you can change the blade and the springs when necessary, which is an awesome feature of Felco pruners. Now, you all may know by now that I have a mad and undying passion for Bahco pruning shears, and that I gave up my Felcos as soon as I tried the awesomeness that is Bahco. Unfortunately, I’ve only found one place locally that occasionally stocks the Bahco pruners, and that is the saw shop on Alliance near Foster in Arcata. I think I need to pester our local nurseries to begin carrying the Bahco brand, so you all can try them out and choose for yourself.