Monthly Archives: March 2014

Astilbe Angst Averted

Astilbe Angst Averted
The Master Gardeners who host the Springfest Flower and Garden Show in New Jersey have a lovely program with short garden articles. I was so pleased to find mine included.

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Sharing Memories

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The Master Gardeners who host the Springfest Flower and Garden Show in New Jersey have a lovely program with short garden articles. I was so pleased to find mine included.

Saracennia

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They can look so exotic and foreign that I think many shoppers might think they would be impossible to have in the garden. Although they do have some specific growing requirements (consistent moisture, sun) these cool plants aren’t so different from other plants, except, they eat bugs!! I have them at my front door where everyone walking by asks about the strange spring flowers and the bracts continue to look good after the petals fall. By then, the leaves are pushing up with a crazy diversity of colors and forms. They come tall, short, red, yellow, white, fat, skinny and each phase of growth is equally fabulous. A funny thing happened when I first put the plants in the ground. As soon as the empty pots were cleared away a bee flew right down one of the tube-shaped leaves. I happened to have my camera to catch it for my DIY talk on what else: building a raised bog planter at your front door! Since Saracennias never get fertilizer and rain fills the reservoir under the soil line, I consider it a very low maintenance planter. It’s quite pleasant to occasionally sit  on the stone edge and clean it of fallen leaves or spent flowers. The plants look cool and the flowers are unbelievable. What more could you want?