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This past summer, RGC member Carole Poole and her husband Jim’s garden was selected as the 2022 Reader Garden Award Winner by Garden Gate Magazine. Carole is a watercolor artist and Jim is a builder with an interest in horticulture and landscape design. They were featured in the fall issue of the magazine with an 8 page photo spread and a 20 minute garden talk and tour video. Carole shared the article and video with me. I enjoyed every minute I spent watching the video and reading the article. Both are truly inspirational.
I hope you will click here to read the article and watch the video. They are full of tips, techniques, and, inspiration.
How to be an Aloe Vera parent:
• Your child needs bright, but not direct, sunlight.
• To grow big and strong, water once a week if the soil is dry. Do no drown it. Fertilize with water-soluble plant fertilizer once a month. You can use fertilizer spikes available at garden centers—very easy to use with no mess. Read the directions.
• Your child likes it outdoors when there is no danger of frost. April 15, put it outside where it gets light and humidity—no direct sun. Continue to water and fertilize.
• In the summer, your aloe will sprout new plants, and you will be a grandparent. Isn’t that sweet? …
My journey with Sonoma Crown of Thorns started as an annual in my butterfly garden about 25 years ago. Of course, being a tender annual, they bought the farm at the first frost. The next year, I kept them in pots and knew to bring them in before the temperatures got nasty. They have been my botanical companions ever since. They spend about 6 months outside around the pool and then another 6 months in my sunroom. In winter, they get festooned with white lights because it amuses me. In the summer, they act as a botanical screen in front of my filter and heater by the pool. For the entire year, they never stop blooming. While I’m not a big fan of thorny succulents, these plants have won my heart. Now for the specifics: Crown of thorns, also known as Christ plant or Christ thorn, is a flowering plant native to Madagascar, introduced to France in the early nineteenth century by Baron Pierre Bernard Milius, then-governor of Réunion, a region in the western Indian ocean. The crown of thorns is part of the spurge family, or Euphorbiaceae, which contains many different species of succulent plants. Crown of thorns are low maintenance, easily adaptable, and can thrive as an indoor plant or outdoors (in USDA Hardiness Zones 9–11)…
During May gardeners work to refine the look of their beds and add containers for accents. In recent years the easy-care coleus, coleus X hybridus, has evolved and deserves attention. There is a vast array of colors, sizes, and leaf shapes available at nurseries. Several new varieties of sun-tolerant coleus are on the market. Besides the striking foliage, many coleus are deeply lobed and have cut margins. Some of the trailing varieties are perfect “spillers” for containers. With all these improvements, coleus deserve the resurgence they are experiencing.
In Zone 7, coleus are annuals that do best with morning sun and afternoon shade. They are not picky about the soil, but good drainage is critical. They perform best if they are watered and fed regularly with a water-soluble fertilizer. Use snippers to remove flower spikes as they appear. This encourages better growth and dense branching. Removing the flowers makes the plant use its energy to produce the dramatic foliage instead of the lackluster flower/seed combination it generates…
Garden Week in Georgia: Magic on the Mountain–The Garden Club of Georgia Annual Convention by RGC Blogger Debbie Vann
RGC’s district hosts The Garden Club of Georgia annual convention this year. I’m a co-chairman of the event. My areas of responsibility include door prizes, raffles, ways & means, and registration. RGC members have been busy working behind the scenes to help prepare for the convention. During the convention we will be busy helping with the event and attending activities. I thought you’d like a glimpse of some of the behind the scenes prep work.
Our RGC members and Dogwood District members have been busy sorting donations, creating and assembling 52 baskets, 20 door prizes, silent auction, and ways & means. I am very proud of our members who have come out to volunteer. Also, I’m proud of all our ladies who have signed up for volunteering at Convention…
I am originally from the Philadelphia area. They have a wonderful zoo and I have fond memories of visiting there when I was young…..but for the reptile house! My sister went to a plant sale there many years ago…probably in the mid 1970’s. She bought a Clivia plant for me, from their collection. So, possibly 45 or so years ago she gave me this plant.
Clivia is attractive with green strap-like leaves and showy orange blooms in the summer. The bloom time can vary depending on location, but mine bloom in mid-summer. My plant spends the winter on my glass porch that maintains a temperature in the mid 60’s. I keep it watered and lightly fertilized. At this time of year I move it outside and put the pot on my porch and then I move it to the garden when it is warmer…
Garden Week in Georgia starts today, April 16, and runs through April 22. This year’s GWG posts start with some fun ways for you to celebrate the week. Some depend on good weather, others on room at an event, and others on an adventurous spirit. Hope you can make time to celebrate gardens!
- April 16 there’s a free Urban Gardening Workshop from 12 – 2 pm @ 333 Peters Street Southwest Atlanta, GA 30313. This workshop is led by Ayanna Burroughs, a Farm to School advocate and home gardener. Interested? Registration is required. Go to the event site for more details or to register.
- On April 16, head head to the State Botanical Gardens in Athens, for the Decatur Digital Photography Meetup or head up any time during the week and have fun developing your floral photography skills on your own.
- Any day during the week, pick up a beautiful floral puzzle and put it…
A member of the ageratum family, this is a reseeding annual with pompom flowers in blue just like the bedding plants you buy at nurseries, but with a much taller growing habit and grown from seeds. Tall, upright, sturdy stems. Tight blue flower clusters. Use as a classic filler for mixed bouquets or plant to attract bees and butterflies to your garden. Ageratum is also known as flossflower or blue mink. Can grow in the Mediterranean, desert, subtropical, temperate or tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 3+. Ageratum is deer and rabbit resistant.
How to grow Ageratum Blue planet growing and care: Rich soil, well-drained soil, moist soil…
Roswell Garden Club and Soil3 have so much in common. We both want to make Roswell and its surrounding cities look more beautiful. We hope you will make your spring soil purchase using the links below. With Soil3, you get the best products for all your planting needs and save $5 on The Big Yellow Bag plus take advantage of the sale in February ($30 off) and March ($20 off through the 15th, then $10 off through the 31st) . Your purchase of The Big Yellow Bag and the mini cube supports RGC goals and projects.
RGC’s fundraiser is for the Big Yellow Bag (1 cubic yard) of Humus Compost, Veggie Mix or Soil3 Level Mix and the Grab’n’Go Mini Cube (1 cubic foot) of Humus Compost or Veggie Mix. Mini-cubes can be picked up from a local Super-Sod Store.
Read the rest of this post for more details, including the links to order. Thank you for your support…
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