By Glenna Shaeffer
When you need to take tender herb plants indoors to keep over the winter, you can dig the whole plant in Mid-September and bring it in. If you do not have enough room indoors for larger plants, you can take cuttings to bring in. Late August is the best time to take cuttings of herbs that are Mediterranean in origin. The plant is still in active growth during this month which helps in rooting. Later when the weather cools the plants prepare chemically for going through winter and do not root out easily again until spring.
By Karen Fraizer
The Carriage House Garden was planted a year ago. Part of the theme for this garden was to have an array of edible plants included in the design. We planted cherries, apples, blueberries, raspberries, pears, and hazelnuts. These are all shrubs or trees. We also added edible annuals for seasonal interest that can be changed every year. I am pleasantly surprised that some of the trees and shrubs are producing fruit in their first year.
By Shawn McClain
The grounds crew trims many hedges on Kingwood grounds. One particular hedge, is the hornbeam just outside of the greenhouse. Botanically known as Carpinus betulus, the hornbeam is a fast growing deciduous tree that can grow up to several feet per year. We like to maintain it using a traditional European style of pruning, so it has a nice, sculpted appearance. This means, it’s crucial that the hedge be trimmed regularly, so it doesn’t look overgrown and unruly.
It is quite a chore, but the end result is awesome.
Hedge at Kingwood
By Mona Kneuss
Daylilies have a tendency to overcrowd one another if you do not divide them every 3 to 4 years. When this happens, your flower production will diminish. To keep them blooming to the best of their ability, I will tell you step by step how to divide them.