In the Ornamental Garden:
- Plant summer-loving bulbs like Gladiolus, Elephant Ears and Caladium now.
- Plant dahlias after mid-May. They will start blooming in July until hard frost.
- Clematis need full sun but their roots need to be kept cool with mulch and preferably Continue reading “Horticulture Report – May 2014”
Did you see this charming flower arrangement at the Wheaton Public Library? Our club members take turns providing the library with a fresh arrangement every week as one of our Civics Projects.
Be be sure to visit “The Secret Garden”, a Petite Standard Flower Show, presented by The Garden Clubs of Illinois, Monday April 28, 2014, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel, 933 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL. We are proud to have an entry from one of our very own members!
What to Do in the Garden in April
In the Edible Garden
• Erect climbing material for vining crops like peas, pole beans, gourds and cucumbers.
• Add compost to soil.
• Plant fruit trees, grapes, raspberries and blackberries.
In the Ornamental Garden
• Place stakes around plants now so plants can grow through stakes. The cheap green tomato cages sold in most garden centers work well to support many plants.
• Divide perennials when they resume growth. Divide poppies, peonies and iris in late summer to early fall. 4-inch diameter sections work best. Rake back mulch around roses Continue reading “Horticultural Report – April 2014”
The Ornamental Garden:
• Prune woody plants to remove any dead, weak, diseased or crossing branches.
• Trim back Russian Sage and Butterfly Bushes to a height of 6” – 8”.
• Prune yews (Taxus) in late March. Continue reading “Horticultural Report – March 2014”
These beautiful arrangements were created by Walter Fedyshyn at our December meeting.