Hello old and new readers alike!

Wow! I am amazed by the continued influx of “New Subscriber” e-mails I receive on a daily basis. I haven’t posted in nearly a year and I am quite embarrassed by my lack of posting.

Life is busy with two little people, a husband (who, quite honestly, takes care of himself), work, writing for Virginia Gardener magazine and working at a client’s home on a weekly basis. We are hoping to move to our homestead within the next 7-8 months so there is the never ending “to-do” list to ready our current home for sale. I know…excuses, excuses.

Perhaps some of you would like to shoot me some ideas as to what you would like to see me write about. Do you have a burning gardening question? An insect that just won’t leave your plants alone? A replacement plant that you are looking for? Ideas…I need lots of them! I hope to hear from all of you soon!


September 3, 2013Permalink 8 Comments

8 thoughts on “Hello old and new readers alike!

  1. Many of us are still recovering from the devastation Sandy visited on our gardens. Any suggestions for flood-/salt-tolerant plants?

  2. Hi. It’s been a terrible spring in Maryland; torrential rains followed by weeks of blistering sun. And my yard is a mess. Liriope has crown rot. Japanese hollies are 90 percent brown and probably dead. Hydrangea leaves spotted. Etc. Any advice on what to do this fall, if anything? Should I leave the liriope leaves in place til spring or cut them down to address the brown and yellow leaves? Should I dig up the hollies are optimistically think they’ll recover? Should I spray the hydrangeas or just let the leaves drop?

    Thank you for any advice!

    • I agree Melissa…this year has been interesting to say the least.

      Liriope – are you sure it has crown rot? If it has brown and yellow leaves, it may have rust instead. I would leave the leaves intact so they can photosynthesize through the winter.

      Hollies – I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that they have black root rot. Use the search button on the site and look up black root rot. If they have it, pitch them and be careful what you plant in their place.

      Hydrangeas – more than likely, it’s just a fungal leaf spot. The plants are getting ready to drop their leaves so I wouldn’t worry about them. Just make sure to clean up the leaves after they fall to remove the inoculum for next year’s potential infection.

      Hope that helps!!!

      • Thank you so much! Yep, the liriope were newly installed and brought crown rot into my yard – ugh. The landscaper replaced half of them but I’m trying to save the other half. Will leave the leaves overwinter and see what happens. And fingers crossed spring is better in the mid Atlantic next year!

        • Since you know that it’s crown rot, I would suggest removing all of the affected ones…immediately. Unfortunately, the longer they stay around, the more inoculum is there to infect the liriope and other plants. It is my understanding that while they can be treated for crown rot, they’ll never be cured. The disease will always be there just waiting for the right plant to attack. Sorry!!!

  3. After mulching my blueberries for the winter, I started thinking about bare root fruit trees to start a small orchard. I’m not really sure what to get for Zone 7a, but I do know my wife wants a dwarf/semi-dwarf Granny Smith and a Honeycrisp tree. Suggestions on a 3rd variety, things to do/not do when planting would be helpful. I’m also thinking about figs, peaches, and plums that might do well in the area. Mom says to stay away from cling type peaches if I plan on doing any canning.

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