Thursday, November 20, 2014

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FALLING LEAVES

The leaves are falling and covering the grounds around the Arboretum.  What do we do with all the leaves?  COMPOST!!!!  Why rake and have them hauled away to the landfill?  You can put them in a pile as they are, run over them with the lawn mower to chop them up, or feed them through a leaf shredder.  All methods will result in a free soil amendment.


Click below for helpful tips
 

Friday, November 14, 2014

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The Pitt County Master Gardeners are hosting a speaker event January 31, 2015.  Peter Hatch will be at the Arboretum to talk about Thomas Jefferson's Garden at Monticello.
For all the details click here for the FLYER 

Photo from monticello.org

Tickets may be purchased at the Pitt County Extension Center at 403 Government Circle (MAP) or at Wild Birds Unlimited (MAP)

Doors open at 9:00 AM to give you a chance to visit our sponsors' booths and enjoy some morning refreshments.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

EVERGREEN SHRUBS IN CONTAINERS

Master Gardeners recently changed out most of the 10 containers that are planted around the Arboretum.  They are now ready to go through the winter months looking fabulous.   When filling the containers, they use a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs, groundcovers, and annuals.  Anything you plant in the ground can be planted in a container.  The trees and shrubs are eventually moved to the ground after a year or two.  The perennials, herbs, and groundcovers are usually potted up to sell at the May Plant Sale (The next one is May 16, 2015).  The annuals go to the compost bin.  Here is a sample of one of the newly planted containers:
 
Back left, then clockwise: Chamaecyparis pisifera 'King's Gold' (King's Gold False Cypress),  Picea glauca (Dwarf Alberta Spruce),  Lorepetulam chinense rubrum 'Crimson Fire', Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star' (Blue Star Juniper)
Click below for container planting tips:
Photo by K.Whitehead

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NARCISSUS 'ICE FOLLIES' DAFFODILS

The Master Gardeners will soon be planting hundreds of these daffodils around the Arboretum.  It will be welcoming spring site for you to see.  When is the best time to plant bulbs for spring blooms?  Now through November will do.  Click below for some more bulb planting tips:


An interesting fact from the book 'Narcissus and Daffodil: The Genus Narcissus' -
"Narcissus 'Ice Follies' is a fast growing and popular cultivar, ranking third in flower bulb sales according to the International Bulb Society, Pasadena, California."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MASTER GARDENER DAY TRIP

Once in a while the Master Gardener Volunteers enjoy visiting other Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to see what other counties are doing.  Last week a a group went to the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville.  It was a gorgeous fall day to gather lots of laughs and lots of learning.
The Group

A closer look at the plantings











   
The Heritage Garden (left corner, then clockwise:  Corn Crib, The Garden, General Store, Tobacco Barn and the 1886 Farmhouse)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

CHANGING OUT THE VERTICAL GARDEN
SPRING/SUMMER TO FALL/WINTER

One last look at the spring/summer collection

We knew this was going to be a learning experience.  Plants that did well, did REAL well.  Their exuberance perhaps contributed to their neighbors demise.
A few standouts:
Fescue 'Elijah Blue', English Thyme, Ornamental Pepper 'Black Pearl' (a true crowd favorite also), Sedum 'Limelight', all of the sages, and the Zinnia 'Star White'.
Some of the disappointments:  Calibroachoa, Dianthus, Ice Plant, and the Yarrow.

The frost tender and the failed plants have been removed.  For the cooler months we have added some winter hardy vegetables (mustard, chard, pak choy), trailing violas, and euphorbia.  Plants should begin to take root with a little watering and a little more warm weather.  An update will be posted in February to see how it is holding up.
The new plantings have some room to grow.

Here is an article written by an extension agent for ideas on fall/winter plantings.
Plant Flowers and Veggies for Winter Color 
Photos by C. Taylor