This is Astilbe. I've written about it before but I want to emphasize that it's a great way to add some interesting texture to your garden. And talk about low maintenance. It asks for no special treatment. I inherited it from a fellow gardener two years ago when it was just a little stub of a thing. I planted it in a pot that's about 19" in diameter and now it's huge. I'm sure I'll have to divide it next spring. Astilbe comes in lots of different colors--you'll find it in white, red, and various shades of pink and purple. It is hardy to zone 4 and likes part sun. It can tolerate full sun (mine does) as long as it's not the scorching afternoon sun. And finally (drumroll please), it's virtually PEST FREE! Actually, it's completely pest free in my container garden but I don't want to make that guarantee for everyone.
Bookshelf: Container Gardening Books
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Some garden visitors are welcome and others are not. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. Ladybugs, all cute and nonthreatening, are always welcome. Plus, they do an especially good job of taking care of aphids which can destroy a plant in no time flat. So definitely leave the ladybugs alone and let them do their thing. What about spiders? Well, there's nothing cute about them at all, but when I see a web, I take special care to leave it alone. That web is a sign that there's a barrier between my healthy plants and the annoying pests that seek to destroy them. I've mentioned before that I avoid all chemical fertilizers and pesticides in my container garden primarily because we eat many of the things I grow. But it's also been cool to see how nature works to solve a problem so that it does not get out of hand.
|Ladybug found home in Penstemon "Husker Red"|
|Web between carrots and hydrangea|
Sunday, June 10, 2012
- Lettuce Mesclun Mix (from seed--Seeds of Change 100% certified organic)
- Lettuce Mignonette Bronze (from seed--Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds)
- Strawberries Everbearing--I bought two plants at my local big box store last year.
- Rosemary 'Arp'
- Purple Sage
- Cascadia Bush Snap Pea (from seed--Seeds of Change)
|Early stage bell pepper|
I have also planted the following:
- Red Bell Pepper
- Serrano pepper
- Bay Leaf
|Cascadia Bush snap pea|