Welcome to my garden! Join me in the trials, successes and errors of my newest passion. I plan for this to be fun, healthy and rewarding!
Currently, I'm a Real Estate Investor, mother of two, and serious blogger at KarensPerspective.com.
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Things I don’t want to forget about planting for Butterflies!
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Butterflies in the Garden
I’ve never planted for butterflies. Every year I’ve focused on something new: vegetable garden, shade garden, “rescue” garden, etc. But my friend, Ellen, has more butterflies than I’ve ever seen in one place. It’s not by accident, it’s by design. One year, I hope to do the same.
Here are some of my photos from Ellen’s Garden.
No kidding, all of these photos were taken by me in Ellen’s garden with my cell phone. Amazing.
What do you plant to attract and protect butterflies?
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20 Lemons on the Meyer Lemon Tree
Yes, what started out as 26 is now 20. Why?
Well, some fell off and I just removed 3 small ones figuring it would be best if the tree saved its energy for the bigger, healthier looking ones.
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Mine are in the shade and over watered, but growing like crazy and beautifully green!
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Can’t wait to grow my own Japanese Maples!
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Fiddle Leaf Fig
Have you heard of it? Do you have one? I think I have to get one….
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Meyer Lemon Tree, update
Wow. My lemons are happy and growing like crazy. Yesterday, I had to prop up branches with sticks.
Not very attractive, but the poor little tree is still fairly young and all of the lemons are just too heavy for the limbs!
This little baby has 26 (TWENTY SIX !!) lemons hanging on it. Can’t wait to see how many make it to maturity!
I LOVE my Meyer Lemon Tree. :)
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Lions Head Japanese Maple – Shishigashira
Thanks to the Honey Tree Nursery for this information on our newest Japanese Maple.
Acer Palmatum “Shishigashira”
Also known as ‘Lion’s Head’ is a small Japanese maple. It grows in a stiff vase shape. The lion’s head maple has short stubby twigs growing from short branches covered with dense deep green foliage.
Mature specimens form a broad oval. This combined with the densely layered ruffled branches give it the appearance of a lion’s head, especially with the outstanding deep orange and yellow gold fall foliage. The lion’s head maple is one of the last trees to turn color in the fall. It could be November before the foliage begins to take on a golden color.
It has attractive green foliage which emerges red in spring. The crinkled palm-shaped leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding harvest gold in the fall. It features subtle corymbs of burgundy flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. It produces red samara from early to mid fall. The rough gray bark and red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 18 feet
Container Height: 12 feet
Spread: 15 feet wide
Growth rate: upright – moderate.
Spring Foliage: red–green
Summer Foliage: green
Fall Foliage: harvest orange
Sun: sun to filtered sun or partial shade
Below are photos of our Shishigashira sitting on our deck. It sits about 6.5 feet tall including the pot.
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White Spots on my Rose Bush Leaves, follow-up
As a follow-up to my post White Spots on my Rose Bush Leaves, I want to tell you what I did differently this year – to great success!
As I mentioned before, I learned, after planting, that I had my rose bushes in entirely the wrong spot. They want air circulation, I have them crowded between the deck and the house; they want full sun, mine get about 2-3 hours per day.
In past years, I fought with mold (?) well, tons of white spots, very damaged leaves, very little flowering.
As you can see from all the photos of very healthy rose bushes, this year has been a banner year. Beautiful leaves, tons of roses so far and lots more buds on the bushes still to come!
My problems in the past were full bloom in April. These photos are taken near the end of May, and still no problems!
This year, because of the tremendous amount of foliage, the bushes are a bit top heavy so I added trellis for support and, I believe, for beauty.
You may want to try this on your bushes and, please, let me know the result!
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Yellow Twig Dogwood – update
This is an update on my post entitled Yellow Twig Dogwood.
On Saturday, May 18, I planted three more starts that I cut from the branch Ellen gave me. These starts were rooted in water but took almost 9 full weeks from the time I cut them and put them in water until they were rooted enough to plant. Lesson learned: Never Give Up.
I’m planting them in a different spot than the first one I planted to see if they do better in one spot than in another. I’ve heard that these dogwood shrubs like sunlight and a moist location. I don’t have a spot that accommodating, so the first twig is in 6 hours of sun but not moist, these next 3 are in less than 2 hours of sun but a moist area. Right now, in fact, I have them sitting there in a pot to see if they’re ok with so little sun.
I’ll keep you posted!
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