Flowers

Expert tips for getting your hydrangeas to bloom. Expert tips for getting your hydrangeas to bloom.

Having trouble getting your hydrangea to bloom? You’re not alone! There are three possibilities for lack of flowering among the hydrangea species.   Shade vs. Sun   Although some hydrangea like shade, too much shade can reduce flowering. This is particularly true of panicle hydrangea, which is the one hydrangea species that grows well in…

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Trimming a Rhododendron   To increase next year’s bloom, cut off this year’s flower heads after blooming (known as deadheading) & keep roots well mulched. Prune them after flowers fade.   A good annual maintenance schedule includes removing dead wood & thinning out weak & spindly growth. Rhododendrons require an acidic soil to keep growing…

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Harvesting rose hips. Information on growing, harvesting, and cooking with rose hips. Includes a recipe for rose hip marmalade. Harvesting rose hips. Information on growing, harvesting, and cooking with rose hips. Includes a recipe for rose hip marmalade.

Roses can do more than grace our landscapes and floral designs. Like its cousins the apple, pear, peach and cherry, roses produce a fruit. Rose Hips are a valuable source of vitamin C, containing as much as 20 times more vitamin C than oranges. They are also an excellent antioxidant.   Growing Roses for Hips…

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Growing old fashioned roses, information on growing and caring for old-fashioned or old roses in your flower garden. Growing old fashioned roses, information on growing and caring for old-fashioned or old roses in your flower garden.

In the 18th Century, rose bushes were very common in gardens. These roses were mainly “old roses” and often given as a gift during courtship.   Since the “old roses” were easy to tend, beautiful to admire and highly fragrant, most of these roses conveyed a symbolic gesture that wasn’t often spoken among 18th Century…

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