Aug 4, 2015 8:00 am
It’s hot and humid. The best place to be is in the shade sipping on your favourite wine and smelling the roses — stop daydreaming and check out what’s needed to be done in the garden!
August is usually given to keeping weeds under control, watering as required to keep things ticking over and keeping an eye out for pest and disease problems.
This is especially important after periods of heavy rain when new growth is lush and the...
Jul 7, 2015 8:00 am
There is a great propensity for Joe Public to have their garden designed in its totality or simply designed by adding plantings randomly thereafter. The resulting layout does not always create the desired effect. Overplanting is invariably what happens and, when combined with poor maintenance practices, the layout becomes a by-product of the mow and blow and hack and chop syndromes so widely seen.
A good design should take into...
Jun 2, 2015 8:00 am
June is a month when the heat and humidity really start to kick in. It has been the custom to “use” a shade tree as a good cover for staying cool, however old trees are more labour intensive to maintain than other forms of shady elements. Except for older properties, gardens of any size are few and far between nowadays. Large properties with the luxury of established trees should have them inspected yearly; a hurricane can cause considerable...
May 5, 2015 8:00 am
In the 17th and 18th century, a shrub could be a beverage of rum or brandy mixed with sugar and the juice of the rind of a citrus fruit.
How times change, when a shrub is now simply a well-grounded plant that when used creatively — either as a stand-alone subject or in a mass planting — can still produce an intoxicating effect on the observer.
Shrubs are plants which have numerous stems/branches and not a single trunk as...
Apr 7, 2015 8:00 am
Things are supposed to happen in April.
The range and depth of flower colour, leaf texture and seed and fruit production abound in the local nurseries and a visit to assess them is a must. Colour is found in all plant types — from annuals to bulbs and shrubs, to trees with vines, ground covers, cacti and succulents.
Annuals are, of course, seasonal, and give colour into the early summer when “garden plants” come into their own.
Mar 3, 2015 8:00 am
As I have stated on numerous occasions, February should be removed from the garden calendar, and last month proved the point.
So moving on, it is time to shake off the cobwebs — if there are any left — and consider what needs to be done in the garden.
Time is always of the essence in creating, developing and maintaining a garden so it is worthwhile to design with this in mind.
Last year’s hurricanes did a good job in...
Feb 3, 2015 8:00 am
Maintenance of the landscape of undeveloped areas is in most cases minimal, which can result in a clean-up being an expensive exercise. The two hurricanes of last October cleared out a lot of wild growth in such areas, which in itself created a two-edged sword. The debris after being cleared resulted in a lot of open ground being created, which is ideal for the regeneration of new growth and more than likely if not maintained to a greater...
Jan 13, 2015 8:00 am
Simply put, a garden is a planned space usually outdoors and set aside for the display, cultivation and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature.
It can also incorporate both natural and man-made materials. In Bermuda it encompasses a wider spectrum as the garden in many properties is an extension of the house. It is not uncommon to see gazebos, pergolas, barbeque areas, additional patios, swimming pools and spas as part of the...
Nov 18, 2014 8:00 am
With new shoots showing progress in the restorative process of growth, and most if not all the debris removed, it is a good time to physically walk the garden and check for any secondary problems incurred after the initial storm damage.
Many plants were weakened top-side and below ground with the initial impacts of the storm, and after clean-up they should now be showing some good growth, but some will have been impacted more than...
Oct 29, 2014 8:00 am
So, October turned out to be a surprise package weather wise with perhaps the need to create an 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not take Mother Nature lightly.
We were not O-Fay with the first storm and by the time the second hurricane hit us, many plants were Gonz with the Wind!
With such a wetter-than-normal summer which encouraged abundant growth, the landscape was ripe for devastation if hit by a major storm; it is a regular...
Oct 4, 2014 8:00 am
So summer was generous in its precipitation which bodes well for lush growth — even given the threat of a hurricane or two — which combined with the still high temperatures, prolongs the green appearance of gardens in general.
A visual treat to the alternative of scorched earth as can be seen with bone dry summers.
But do not take things for granted, Mother Nature constantly challenges us with her fickle nature so plan...
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