The Canada shows work well for much of the northeast and some for the
northwest but the southern shows really are only useful for a small part of
the south. The Southwest is not shown at all and that is where you really
need a good show to point out how to grow plants in an arid climate. I
can't believe that places like Phenoix REQUIRE that you have grass in your
front yard. That may have changed but that was how it was at one time.
And I agree that the budgets for the make-over shows are unbelievable. It
is possible that I have spent that much my entirely life (55 years) but I
have a hard time believing it. Some of my favorite plants are those I
rescued from the street where people had dug them up and thrown them away.
My best trees are those that came up from seed and that I transplanted when
there were no more than a foot tall or just let them grow where they were.
My little white pine that I rescued from a neighbor when it was nothing more
than a candle now towers over the 5' white pines that I planted at the same
time. Our city now makes people cut up their yard waste before picking it up
so I have lost my source of rescue plants..... Such a waste and such a loss
Ya know what's interesting....when I go into shops now and look at plants which
are full grown. I compare them to my full grown plants. Then I look at the
price. I have to say that buying plants small and letting time make them
sizeable is the single most cost effective way to make your property worth more.
I saw a plumeria the other day as large as mine (8feet with three lateral
branches) and it was 200 dollars. I don't know "who" would pay that, but it
only took my 5 dollar, 6" pot size plumeria two years to get that large.
I've seen brugmansia in 10 inch pots for THREE HUNDRED dollars! Of course, that
is at a very exclusive garden center in Austin called "GARDENS."
So, now I am propagating cuttings and making money for my habit.
As for grass in Arizona, it's the dumbest I've ever seen. That and big,
annoying rose gardens using new roses, not even old fashioned. Yick.
My landscape has way more than 75% native plants and everyone who sees it thinks
it's a tropical looking garden. There is nothing tropical in it, unless you
consider cannas. However, they are hardy perennials here.
So, I suppose we're lucky to have a local garden show on PBS called Central
Yes, I think what people tend to forget is that the larger the plant the
larger the root loss and the longer for recovery. I had always read that
smaller plants do better but it really never hit home until I experienced
first hand with the 1' tree vs the 5' tree. I still have a hard time
believing that the little thing managed to outgrow almost every one of the
5footers I put in that year.
Cuttings are magic. My problem has been that I tend to get absentminded and
not to baby them as I should that first year and they die off on me. I'm
told that you really need to have a special spot put aside just for your
cuttings where they don't have to compete with anything and then transplant
them. I suppose if you did that for just the first year you would minimize
the root damage of transplanting.....
In my experience both professionally and personally, planting anything in the
fall can almost completely eliminate any and all problems of transplant shock.
All perennials have some part of their structure growing all winter. Trees
develop roots all year, especially in winter, in the south.
In my case, I have a greenhouse. It's big enough to have a little misting area
set up for cuttings. I'm fortunate to have a wide array of local garden centers
who love native plants and some exotic specimens like brugmansia, so I have a
source to sell them to. I normally trade for the most excellently produced
compost in America. The Natural Gardener in Austin makes their compost the way
Dr. Elaine Ingham prescribes on her website, www.soilfoodweb.com
Yes, a greenhouse is a delightful thing! Mine is 10'x20' and I wish it was
bigger. This year I built shelves which gives me much more space than I had.
Living in a southern state makes it easier to heat in winter to keep frost out
of there. Last night I put the heater on just in case. We have a light frost
My greenhouse was relatively inexpensive at about 700 dollars. They have more
expensive hard sided houses made of polycarbonate, but I love mine.
The probable reason many people go for the "big" plants is because they want
instant gratification. I was at a local garden center this week and watched
a woman load her cart with a half dozen big plants in full bloom, passing
over the ones that were in bud and just beginning to open. I was about to
say something but resisted because it was obvious she could afford her
purchases. Many people treat purchased plants in the same manner they treat
cut flowers. When the blossoms fade, they are discarded. That's definitely a
plus for growers! <G>
I agree with you about the magic of cuttings. I start many cuttings from
shrubs that are sold at a fund raiser for our garden club, concentrating on
those that do well in our area. I start them one spring and they are sold
that fall or the following spring. The only cuttings I've had survival
problems with are viburnums that I started in the spring and planted in the
fall. If they are held until the following spring or fall, they generally
survive in their new homes.
Once the cuttings root, I really baby them, which means I usually have 90%
survival rate. Occasionally I have a healthy, rooted cutting die, which
really irritates me. I contacted a friend who teaches propagation classes at
an area university to ask why they failed. The gist of her reply was "s**t
I love the Gardener's journal, but for a show on canada, Kathy never seems
to make it lower than zone 5 and seems to spend a lot of show in places like
niagra on the lake or places that are even warmer. Just once I would have
liked to see the show profile gardening in Alberta or Manitoba.
There was a Minnesota based show sponsored by the horticultural society and
the U of MN but it doesn't seem to be on any more, probably axed by budget
cuts. The Great Lakes Gardener is a joke. I watched a couple of episodes
and when the host spent a whole show at a hardware store trying out
different chainsaws I gave up watching.
Gardening by the Yard on HGTV is done in Oklahoma and amid all the jokes,
the guy seems to highlight plants that are good for hot arid climates.
tacky decoration and crafts shows.
We tacky s'uthuners resemble that! ;-)
Jim Lewis - email@example.com - Tallahassee, FL - Apples and
Oranges: A Demonstration -- Welcome to Hooterville! Population:
2000. Elevation: 3000. Established: 1850. TOTAL = 6850 -- Bob
I'm sorry... I didn't mean to imply that southerners were tacky.... they
have tacky northern stuff too... its just that the tacky shows are based out
of the south .... 8(..... (so glad southerners have good sense of fun and
- Tallahassee, FL - Apples and
if you want a PERFECT example of Southern tacky........and a GREAT
book-----hunt down Passalong Plants co-written by Steven Bender and Felder
Rushing. Hilarious, informative and worth adding to your garden book
collection. It's printed thru Chapel Hill Press. They've devoted a whole
chapter to Southern tacky yard art..............
My garden flamingo's that Zhan has brought me agree!! (then add the fairies
that perch on or near the BBQ pit fountain, the stakes that look like frogs
made of metal and large green glass shooter marbles for eyes stuck into pots
of perennials out front and the rainbow wind thing that turns and moves with
the rudder, and tacky Southern is one of my many identifiable markings! The
only thing I DON'T have is the painted, turned inside out of cut tire for a
planter............which actually works quite well as it's raised, insulated
by the rubber and doesn't have to be painted white. I'd personally love to
have one of them as an instant bed..............
madgardener who has quite a flock of flamingo's growing up on the ridge,
back in fairy holler in Eastern Tennessee
Yeah I was happy to have the gardener's journal back even if in reruns.
It's such a great visual show that it is fun to see it again. Cathy Renwald
is great at pointing out the little treasures here and there in the
perennial border. Last year, I tried Angelica Gigas, although I planted it
too late and hope for better luck from a wintered over plant I saved from
last year. This year I am trying wild indigo (baptisia) thanks to the show.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.