Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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CHANTICLEER FLOWERING PEAR TREE
40 - 60 feet
15 - 20 feet
Drought, Heat Tolerant
The Callery Pear tree, Pyrus calleryana, 'callery X Aristocrat cultivar', is a tight, narrow, pyramidal, thornless, ornamental pear tree. Some specimens appear almost columnar in habit. Oval, glossy green leaves turn an attractive reddish purple in autumn. The growth habit is dense, narrowly pyramidal, and evenly branched with crisp glossy green foliage. New growth shows a reddish tint. It has a heavy abundance of single white flowers in the spring and outstanding reddish-orange to purple fall color.
This deciduous tree is a true 4-season tree with white flowers in early spring; shiny, dark green foliage in summer changes to long lasting, dramatic shades of red & purple in mid to late autumn. In winter the tight, narrow form is a refined silhouette in the landscape. Callery Pear trees are very hardy and fast growing. They are an excellent choice for a trouble-free, beautiful addition in any landscape situation.
OCTOBER GLORY RED MAPLE
The October Glory Red Maple tree, Acer rubrum 'October Glory', is one of the best and most popular of the Red Maple cultivars. October Glory Red Maple trees are excellent for intense fall color and have a medium to fast growth rate. In the spring, red flowers in dense clusters form before the leaves. This Red Maple is an excellent tree for lawn or street planting.
The 'October Glory' Red Maple has a good oval-rounded form. It tends to hold its lustrous dark green leaves late into fall. The intensity of the brilliant orange to red fall color is worth the wait. October Glory Red Maple trees have a dense oblong head with dark green foliage. Excellent color for many regions.
25 - 50 feet
25 - 35 feet
Full Sun - Partial Sun
Red, Orange, Yellow
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
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Thursday, October 7, 2010
I love the fall season! The colors, the smells of pumpkin cookies and apple pie baking, the cool nights, football games, apple cider, etc...all these familiar pleasant associations remind me that fall is here. Last Saturday I visited my local Farmer's market to buy these great pumpkins. They were reasonably priced. Unfortunately I do not have room in my garden to grow them. Pumpkins love to spread out and need lots of room to grow. If you are fortunate to have a local Farmer's market in your area, you should attend it soon. Ours will be ending the end of October. You will be supporting your local farmers and the produce is so fresh and delicious.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I came across this beautiful flower arrangement on a blog called onecharmingparty.com and wanted to share it with you. The flowers are so vivid! You could make this arrangement for your home or for a party. To view this tutorial click here!
If you are like me, I am always trying to find ways to bring the outside elements in. I love to decorate my home with natural organic things (branches, stones, flowers, pine cones, fruit, wood, etc.) I usually like to display fresh fruit in my home. What do you think of my "Limelight" hydrangeas and green apples? I have mostly real plants in my home. I love knowing that I have real, living, breathing plants to enjoy indoors. They certainly require a little more care than fake ones, but I try to choose plants that are low maintenance.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Allow at least a month for post-harvest curing (drying and healing of wounds). She lays her onions out on window screens propped up on sawhorses, out of direct sun, in a well-ventilated spot. The onion bulbs should be spaced fairly wide apart to allow good air circulation; a fan can also be used to help move air around. Turn the onions over periodically, and remove spoiled ones. Once the onion foliage has withered, cut off the tops (leaving an inch of so) and trim the roots. Give the bulbs a gentle brushing and remove some of the outer layers of skin. The onions that look iffy go to the kitchen for immediate use; the others can be hung up in mesh bags for long-term storage.
Hope this information helps. There will be more information about onions in the coming months as you plan next year's vegetable garden. Happy gardening!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Can I just say that I "love" the combination of orange and purple! The rust-colored coleus is called Colorblaze 'Sedona' by Proven Winners and the plum-colored plant is called Purple Shamrock 'Oxalis triangularis'. It comes from the clover family.
The green trailing plant is actually grown as an indoor plant and it is called "Creeping Charlie."
The Purple Shamrock grows little lilac flowers that bloom spring to fall.