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Lorna's Corner - January 2008

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Things They Don’t Tell You about Gardening
“Resistant” to disease, deer, etc. is not a guarantee. Nature didn’t get the memo.

“Any soil” does not mean a plant will grow anywhere.
It’s better to lighten clay soil and beef up sandy soils with generous amounts of compost or other organic material.

“Sun to part shade” is for southerners.
Some plants need midday shade in the hottest climes, but don’t put geraniums under trees.

Read catalogs and plant labels with newfound knowledge.

Forcing Branches:
January-February: Forsythia, Pussy Willow
February-March: Cornelian Cherry, Dogwood, Crab Apple, Flowering Cherry
March: Early-blooming Rhododendron

1. Cut long branches loaded with plump buds.
2. Soak them in a deep bucket of tepid water overnight.
3. Stand them in a “vase” with a few inches of water; set in a cool room.
4. Maintain water level and mist branches occasionally.
6. As buds open, change the water and move them to a cool bright spot out of direct
sun for the longest show.

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. Alfred Austin 1835-1913

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