Please note that plant pick-up is one day only. If you cannot pick-up your plants on that day, please arrange for someone else to pick them up for you. The Wheaton Garden Club cannot be responsible for the condition of plants not picked up on May 16th.
During the fall months of
September, October and November, after soil temperature drops below 60°F., the
bulbs of spring flowering tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, scilla, dwarf irises, anemone,
and crocus should be planted. Select healthy, disease free bulbs. Add Bone meal
or Bulb fertilizer into the planting hole, as you prepare the soil.
Winter pansies, flowering Kale,
flowering Cabbage, and fall mums may be planted now, to give a little color to
the garden when the summer flowers have faded away.
Scatter the seeds of perennials in
a row or in open beds this month so that the young seedlings will be ready to
be transplanted into their permanent spot next spring.
As the weather cools, perennials
which have overgrown their space or become crowded should be dug and divided,
or moved to a new area of the garden. New or replacement perennials can also be
planted this month.
This is a friendly reminder that the plants you ordered through the Wheaton Garden Club Plant Sale will be available for pick-up this coming Saturday, May 18th, from 1 to 3 PM.
Please note that our pick-up is at a new location this year, 0N650 Coventry Drive in Wheaton. Coventry Drive is just west of Gary Avenue on the south side of Geneva Road. You can find directions to this location using the Bing Maps website. (Google Maps does not know this location.)
Beautiful birdhouses, similar to the ones shown above, will also be for sale during plant pick-up. Each one is an original work of art. Marcia, the artist, makes these out of love and donates all proceeds to charitable purposes. Proceeds from the sale of birdhouses on May 18th will go to help fund College of DuPage scholarships for horticultural students.
Don’t forget to bring your checkbooks. We’ll have some extra plants for sale, as well as the birdhouses.
Please remember that our plant pick-up is one day only. If you cannot pick up your plants on that day, please arrange for someone else to pick them up for you. The Wheaton Garden Club cannot be responsible for the condition of plants not picked up on May 18th. Thank you for understanding.
Prune spring-flowering shrubs such as forsythia that have already flowered.
Fertilize roses early this month or mid-month if you already fertilized last month. Use a 20-20-20 liquid solution when flower buds are set. Mulch around the plants to retain moisture.
perennials before they reach 6 inches.
back fall-blooming perennials such as chrysanthemums, asters, and tall sedums
once a week.
growth of perennial vines on their supports.
peonies for botrytis blight or other fungal problems. If they had problems last
year, spray when plants are 2-4 inches tall. I’m quoting: There are fungicides that can help protect your
plants from Botrytis blight. You need to look for a product that says on the
label that it can be used on the specific type of plant, peony, and the
specific disease, for instance, Botrytis blight. There should be products with
the active ingredient “Mancozeb” or some type of copper that are labeled for
use on peony against Botrytis blight. In terms of where to apply the fungicide,
read and follow all label directions! I don’t think it is necessary to dig out
the peonies before treatment, but follow the directions above all. Fungicides
should be applied to protect against Botrytis blight early in the season.
sure your garden beds are not too wet. If it’s been raining or snowing and the
soil is saturated, you’ll have to postpone your gardening a bit longer.
Shrubs and trees
is still time to plant trees and shrubs. However, by mid-month it will be a
little late to transplant large trees or shrubs.
months of March, April and May are ideal for pruning evergreens. If you have juniper,
cypress or conifer that need shearing or pruning, this is a good time to do it.
Remove all dead, diseased, and undesirable wood. Don’t prune back into the bare
wood part of the plant.
forsythia after it finishes flowering.
and needle leaf evergreens benefit most from lightly spreading a high nitrogen
fertilizer around their bases.
Perennials, annuals and bulbs
is the month for planting summer flowering bulbs like dahlias, gladiolas and
lilies. Mix bulb fertilizer, processes manure and peat moss into the planting
soil. Tuberous begonias and canna should not be set outdoors until all danger
of frost has passed, so wait until next month.
most areas it is still possible to do dormant spraying of fruit trees until the
15th, after that date dilute the spray by 1/2. Spraying should be done on a
still day with the temperature above 40 degrees F.
March and early April is a good time to
transplant shrubs and trees. As soon as the soil is workable, but
before buds have swelled or broken open, you can move shrubs and trees.
shrubs and trees if this wasn’t done in February. Use an acid type rhododendron
fertilizer to feed evergreens, conifers, broad leaf evergreens, rhododendrons,
azaleas and camellias. Use an all-purpose fertilizer to feed roses and other
deciduous trees and shrubs. If you use granular type fertilizers, be sure to
water it in thoroughly.
pruning fruit trees this month – before the buds swell.
annuals, and bulbs
is often a strong temptation to start removing winter mulches from your flower
beds…. WAIT!!! Pull the mulch off gradually as the plants show signs
of new growth. The purpose of winter mulch is to act as a protector from sudden
changes of temperature and chilling winds, so keep in mind that it is still
winter. Acclimatize your plants by removing the mulch over a period of days,
allowing the light and air to reach the new growth slowly. It is much better to
remove the mulch a little later than to remove it to early.
Please note that plant pick-up is one day only. If you cannot pick-up your plants on that day, please arrange for someone else to pick them up for you. The Wheaton Garden Club cannot be responsible for the condition of plants not picked up on May 18th.
It’s really hard to get motivated to do much of anything outdoors, but there are a few tasks and chores which you should do on those days when the weather is favorable!
Here are a few gardening tasks and projects that you can do this month to help keep your garden looking it’s best for the rest of this season, and prepare for the long cold winter and upcoming spring. Perennials, annuals, and bulbs
Make sure that the canes of your climbing roses and other vining plants are securely fastened to their supports. Winter winds can whip and severely damage unprotected plants. Don’t tie them so tightly that the string or twist-tie cuts into the stem. I recommend using a length of an old nylon stocking because it will stretch as the plant grows, rather than cutting into the stem, as string will do. Continue reading “Horticulture Report – November 2018”