Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What's the Difference Between Martha Stewart's Mid July Garden at her Farm and Mine?

I'm finding drafts that I never published, some that I just failed to go back and click the button:

How Does Martha Stewart's Garden at her Farm Differ from Mine?

I mean, besides nine full-time workers and millions in resources?

We went to my mother's once and dessert was gingerbread with bananas and whipped cream. When I asked where she got that notion, she said, "Why in the latest Good Housekeeping magazine." I hadn't seen any such suggestion and she went on, "It was on the cover." On the cover was an elaborate three layer dessert covered with decorative whipped cream and silver sprinkles. She looked beyond the glitz to the recipe which was easy enough if you didn't need to stack 3 layers and pipe whipped cream all over. Mama just sliced her gingerbread in squares, sliced bananas over it and added a dollop of whipped cream.

Martha Stewart hates bananas, I read.

When I looked beyond the volume and scope of Ms. Stewart's garden, my plain one measured up well.

Martha has pears. I have pears. Both of us have lots of pears. I didn't thin mine nearly enough. I know better. Maybe next spring I'll thin them within 30 days of full bloom.

Her garden features Hostas, mine has Gingers. The blooms of neither are significant except for Curcuma in August in my garden.

She has a row of single bloom Rose of Sharon behind a pergola. I have a double Althea. I may take cuttings to make a row of my double rose color Rose of Sharon. Hibiscus. Althea. I don't have a pergola.

They're running sprinklers 'round the clock. Even when we have a drought, we don't run water 'round the clock. Many of our plantings are water-wise.

Blueberries at her place are covered with netting. Our blueberries are prolific to the point of giving some away. Birds are not a problem here. Birds here find plenty here to eat. Ms. Stewart mentioned that blueberries have fiber and have among the highest antioxidant capabilities. I like eating them right off the bush.

I was awed by all the currants at her place in every color. We had red currants when I was a child. Currants are tasty in mince pies. I would not plant them here because currants are a host to white pine blister rust.

I didn't see anything in the article about farm crops. Corn is mature in the fields here and Peanuts are about to lap in the middles.

Omnimedia vs. a couple of blogs. Did you all know Martha Stewart is just a few months older than I am?





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Maroon Poppies II

There are three -- count 'em, 3 -- poppy plants in my entire garden.

Here's an old post that never saw the light of day, but still worth seeing, from 2013.
Pink Poppies are still blooming, and California Poppies are stunning. Joining them are Maroon Poppies overplanted in a Daffodil bed.




 Goodbye to Daffodils, except for the very last late ones like Baby Moon. I saw a Hillstar today.Poppies and Larkspur will hide maturing foliage. When annuals are done, the mower takes over.

It' was a busy day. I planted and moved plants that do not make a show in their present state:

Dug and moved a nicotiana that planted itself on the roadside. Mower ran over it twice, it persisted. It's a fat plant now. Strangely, no nicotiana self-seeded in a flower bed. This is my second rescue.

Planted out two seedling and one cutting of Porterweed. I expect great things from Porterweed in the Butterfly Garden this summer. At least three in the Upper Garden have returned from roots. Most of my cuttings failed to take. The one that did root has strong red roots.

Big project was moving some things to reduce the size of a bed that has overgrown and needs an area mowed -- another of my mow-through projects. What is there about saving every little piece of something? The Hydrangea I dug broke into three sections. I didn't really need ONE Hydrangea, much less three. They are all planted now. Two Milk and Wine Crinums, one the size of a grapefruit and one navel orange sized one, both had side bulbs. All planted now. There's a whole flat of Bath's Pink. I couldn't throw it away. It's under mist to keep it alive until I have the strength to plant again.

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