By Glenna Sheaffer
You would think there should be little to do with perennials in the summer, but they have certain needs to either help them to re-bloom or to be tidy. After a plant like a daylily or hosta is done blooming, the flower stalks should be cut down below the foliage. Daylilies can go to seed and the individual flowers can be deadheaded to keep the plant looking fresh. When you deadhead make sure you pinch out the hard seedhead at the base of the bloom. A daylily’s flower only lasts one day. The next day, if you touch the blossom, it will feel slippery and be dissolving. Those are the ones to remove [remember to include the ovary at the base]. They are very different from a fresh bud coming on which has a firm feeling when touched.
By Mona Kneuss
Showing your daylily is a great way to learn a thing or two about your plants. It is also a good way to network with others who have similar interests, they may also know a thing or two about showing plants. I would like to reassure you that showing your daylily ( or any plant for that matter ) is not hard at all. You may be surprised at how well you do, who knows even walk away with a blue ribbon or two.
By Doug Schuster
No two years are the same in Kingwood’s Garden Shop. We always have plants that sell better than expected and plants were expected to sell better than they did. We do our best to predict trends and to supply plants that are in demand but also to supply plants that we think are valuable to a gardener. The flowing is a list of plants that sold well and had the most “buzz” surrounding them in the Garden Shop during the spring of 2017. We will attempt to provide the plants in 2018, as long as we can procure them.
By Shawn McClain
For years, I have been digging and storing Kingwood’s tulip bulbs for the next years’ display. Each year, I am asked how to go about this process.
Volunteers and Staff pulling tulips
By Laura Mast
Now that our indoor growing season is coming to an end at Kingwood Center Gardens, it is important to prepare for our next crop. We prepare the greenhouse for new crops by sanitizing the entire facility.
Emptying the Greenhouse
By Charles Gleaves
We do indeed grow pumpkins and for a specific purpose. Our biggest event of the year is the Great Pumpkin Glow. Thousands of people visit us over two days in October for this event featuring lots and lots of pumpkins. We buy many of them but also grow our own. As a horticultural institution it seems only reasonable that we apply some of our skills for growing things to the task. Last year we displayed 1,833 pumpkins of which 1303 were carved and illuminated and we grew over 700 ourselves. The biggest challenge for us is not the growing of pumpkins per se, but growing pumpkins on this scale. Gardeners, such as us, don’t typically get into field production.
Daytime picture of The Pumpkin Glow
By Bill Collins
The annual display is the major seasonal display during the summer. It replaces the spring display of tulips and other spring bulbs and plants such as pansies, lettuce, mustards and snapdragons.
Rose Garden with Annual Planter
By Karen Fraizer
For too many people, me included, the thought of growing Wisteria can cause nightmares. Kingwood recently planted a variety called Amethyst Falls Wisteria in the new Carriage House Garden. This is an American Wisteria, which is supposed to be smaller and slower growing than its oriental cousins. Now that spring is upon us I have been thinking that it’s time to start training these four Wisteria plants, which also got me thinking about how little I actually know about this plant. So in order to care for and prune them properly I’m going to have to do some research.
By Chuck Gleaves
With what must be thousands of varieties of hybrid peonies to chose from, it is fun to go back, sometimes, to actual natural peony species. One peony species of particular fascination also has one of the most unpronouncable of plant names, Paeonia mlokosewitschii. An effort to pronounce the second name in that binomial will readily explain its nickname, Molly the Witch.
Molly the Witch flower and foliage