Thomas Rainer is a horticultural futurist fascinated by the intersection of wild vegetation and human tradition. A landscape architect by profession and a gardener by obsession, Thomas has worked on tasks such because the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, but is happiest puttering in his small garden in Washington, D.C.
Of the 2 rhubarb crops we now have, one is in a north going through flowerbed near the home and the other within the nook of the backyard next to the vegetable plot; neither will get a great deal of sunshine, and I by no means bother watering them throughout dry spells however both produce a great crop of rhubarb every year.
Nicely, the spring backyard is in full swing, and for probably the most part, I’ve been fortunate with reference to pests within the backyard. I’ve seen a few stink bugs, however in just a few days, my summer squash is in desperate needs. I’ve seen several of my squash with these tiny holes, as proven within the photo, and knew precisely what it was…. the dreaded pickle worm. These little buggers are very difficult to deal with, since the eggs of the moth are so tiny, they are barely seen. Here is a web site, that goes into great detail about the pickle worm, and it’s many attributes :-).
This is a superb companion plant for an informal vegetable garden which has been properly established in my backyard for years. They’re straightforward to develop and once established within the garden self-seed prolifically. Though the harsh winters and poor summers for the last two years has all but devastated the marigolds in my backyard; therefore I used to be grateful when a good friend gave me the remaining seeds from a packet he purchased to sow as companion plants in his vegetable plot. I’ve sown 32 seeds in 16 pots (two seeds per pot) which should be greater than ample to re-establish pot marigolds in my vegetable plot; I’ve given the rest of the seeds in the seed packet back to my buddy for his future use.
When my first bluebird home was constructed and put in for me last spring, a gift from good friend Schuyler Rector (click on right here) bluebirds came, regarded however did not keep. Identical-identical for Carolina chickadees before them. Finally, wrens did, getting an incredible residence. They were OKAY, but I nonetheless wished bluebirds.
Annuals comparable to Pansies, Violas, Panolas (panolas are a hybrid combine of pansies and violas) and decorative cabbages are one other manner to add winter interest. Take a trip round and take a look at the entrance to subdivisions that have an interesting mix of annuals. Once you discover one that you just like, get out and take some pictures. Subsequent fall, use your photos as a information to create a scaled down model to your panorama.
This candy olive, aka tea olive, aka Osmanthus fragrans ‘Aurantiacus’, is pretty much as good a approach as I know to welcome fall. Its sparkling orange flowers, though appearing on this coolish autumnal morning, recalled the completely satisfied noise of summer season, blending the First of Fall with the Fourth of July.