Saturday, August 25, 2007

HIBISCUS syriacus ´Lavender Chiffon´(R) (´Notwoodone´)(S)Garteneibisch ´Lavender Chiffon´(R)

First large flower of Rose of Sharon I've planted 2 years ago. Very pretty ...

Lavender Chiffon Rose of Sharon
A whole new look for Hardy Hibiscus! Large, single lavender flowers adorned with a lacy center to create an anemone-like bloom.
Hybridized by Dr. Roderick Woods of England.
AWARDS: Gold Medal Royal Boskoop Horticulture Society.
The Mail Order Garden Association "GreenThumb Award" -
Given to the ten best new garden products each year.

HIBISCUS syriacus ´Lavender Chiffon´(R) (´Notwoodone´)(S)Garteneibisch ´Lavender Chiffon´(R)
Neue englische Sorte, durch Firma NOTCUTTS in den Handel gegeben. Blüten violettrosa, mit strahlend roter Mitte, ca. 10-12 cm Durchmesser, halbgefüllt, bisher erste Sorte mit halbgefüllten, schön geformten und ausgesprochen großen violettrosa Blüten; da diese neue Sorte nahezu steril ist, werden nur sehr wenige der unerwünschten Samenkapseln ausgebildet - Goldmedaille Plantarium 1997. R. Zone 7a. Gemeinschaftlicher Sortenschutz EU 6674

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water irrigigation system in our garden..

In one of my earlier posts I wrote about the water irrigation system I installed myself in our garden.

Designing the layout for the garden is very important.
Three header hoses (shown in picture) with over 100 shrubblers deliver water to all my flowerbeds, pots and hanging baskets automatically.
The Gardena water timer computer with water distribution unit is connected to three 50' of poly header hose from Lee Valley Canada.
Every morning the first cycle starts at 5:00 a.m watering plants and shrubs for 30 minutes, with one hour time delay for next cycle.
More connections to the water distribution system is possible.
My plan was to install a water irrigation system for our the front- and backyard.
The backyard and the courtyard is now completed.
The front yard is scheduled for the coming year.
Return of investment of $600.00 can be cost justified with savings for reduced work and time, including better water usage.
But most important every plant can receive the amount of water needed to grow and bloom.

Many people shy away from irrigation systems because they look difficult to install and appear unsightly among the plants.

However, this system is quick and easy to install, and much of it can be buried out of sight, just below the soil surface. Unlike many drip irrigation systems, this one uses unique "shrubblers" that are adjustable to emit from 0 to 13 gallons per hour (at 30 psi).

Although shrubblers are generally unknown to most gardeners, they are an industry standard in commercial irrigation, where tens of millions of them are sold yearly for use in commercial plantings, nurseries and garden centers.

When a shrubbler is fully open, it will irrigate a 2' dia. circle. At lower settings, it works like a very small sprinkler or drip tip. Included in this system are 25 shrubbler spikes, 50' of poly header hose, 50' of feeder tube, various connectors, an in-line filter and instructions. Extra components are available, should you wish to expand it. Ideal for use in gardens, borders, planters and pots. Made in USA.

from Lee Valley Canada

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flowerbed before and after the black sooty mold covered everything....

End of August 2007

Most flowers have died or have been cut back.

Stepping stones are covered with black soot and fungi.

2007 July picture before

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Hosta Limelight - sooty mold - Russtau

Hosta Limelight with sooty mold.

The sooty mold orignates from our large Linden tree and has spread to most of my plants including water feature and stepping stones. After discussing the problem with an arborist, I am considering removing the tree late fall.

picture of Hosta Limelight, healthy and without sooty mold.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

more pictures... Rose of Sharon

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Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos), aka Rose Mallow, Swamp Mallow

This is the first flower of Hibiscus Fireball
The Hardy Hibiscus in my garden comes into its own the end of July and into August.
It is truly spectacular and is an all time favorite with many people. Visitors to my garden are impressed, but since this shrub is so easy to grow I can hardly take too much credit.
Hardy Hibiscus have huge but delicate looking flowers, they almost look like they have been fashioned out of crepe paper.
Depending on the variety the flowers can be 3-4 in across or 8-12 in.
Each blossom lasts only one day but they are so prolific that they can produce more than 100 blooms in a season.
One of the last shrubs to leaf out in spring, they make up for it by blooming right up until frost. Native to marsh areas of North America, they sometimes go by the common name mallow, and are close relatives of the not so hardy ‘Rose of Sharon’ shrub, Hibiscus syriacus.
They are of the Malvaceae family that includes hollyhocks and malva.
Very hardy they re zone 4 and with extra protection will withstand zone 3.
Fast growing, they come in varieties that range in size from 2-8 feet tall and 2-6 feet wide.
They are not overly prone to insect problems, but need a fair bit of water to get established. Mulching over winter is a good idea for moisture retention.
Original varieties came in pink white and red but with the new cultivars you can purchase nearly every color and type, including some with dark centers, bi-colors, dark veined varieties, ruffled edges and more.
Old Yella has yellow buds that open to creamy white.
Kopper King has blooms of 10-12 in that are white with a dark red eye,
and Lord Baltimore’s blossoms are 10-12 in; ruffled, with a crimson red flower,
just to mention a few.
An extremely easy shrub to grow, it creates a real showpiece in the garden.
Es ist eine winterharte, mehrjährige krautige Pflanze.
Bei der Unterfamilie Malvoideae sind die vielen Staubblätter und der Stempel zu einer Röhre verwachsen, dem sogenannten Androgynophor.
Sie ist wärmeliebend - in den wärmsten Gegenden Deutschlands (z.B. Rheingau u.a. Weinanbaugebieten) kommen erst ab Juni bis zu acht feste einzelne Stängel zum Vorschein. Diese werden bis etwa 180 cm hoch.
An ihrem Ende erscheinen ab Ende August die typischen Hibiskus-Knospen.
Aus denen entwickeln sich auffällige tellergroße Blüten, die nur einen Tag lang blühen.
Sie sind weiß oder rot & rosa, teilweise zart dunkelrosa überhaucht, in der Mitte um den Stempel hellrosa bis dunkelkarmin schattiert.
Es gibt keine Befruchtungsinsekten hierzulande -
Hibiscus moscheutos stammt aus Nordamerika.
(german source: wikipedia)
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red and yellow..

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Nice Matters Award - twice as nice?? Thank you Birgit and "Q"

von Birgit

Liebe Gisela, ich mag Deine Fotos und Berichte aus Deinem wunderschönen Land, und meinem Traumland Kanada. Dein Blog ist immer für mich besuchens- und sehenswert. Ich habe Dir aus diesem Grund den Nice Matters Award verliehen und hoffe, dass Du ihn annimmst.

Vielen Dank Birgit..

Q from:
Guildwood Gardens. Guild Rez lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
A friend of the earth.
Wonderful photos and always reminders to take care of Mother Earth.

Thank you Q..

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Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus

Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, isn't a rose, but its large, flat blossoms and nectar attract hummingbirds
and tiny insects that hummers also eat.
The flowers on this woody shrub come in several colors, including white, pink, purple, and red.
Its leaves don't come out until late in spring, causing false alarms in gardeners who think their plants may have died.
Native to India and East Asia, it is the national flower of Korea.

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