What an active little sub-forum! Isn’t gardening great?
Let me introduce myself gardener style…I’m a zone four!

As I’m a fan of all plants, whether perennial or annual, I figured I’d focus on little tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years…

Anyone have a Hibiscus? I now count five amongst my collection. Wow, do they grow fast. I thought when I planted mine two years ago it’d be quite awhile before they reached maturity. I was wrong. While I know they’re not fully grown─let me tell you─they’re huge! Frankly, I was a little surprised at how much space they took up in my garden. They have a way of…flaring out. So here’s what I learned. You can loosely braid the stems together! In fact, over the years those stems will turn into a singular braided stem. So this gives you the freedom to choose the design of the plant. In my case, I wanted the flowering ground plants to be more visible so I focused on the bottom of the Hibiscus. I’ve kind of shaped them into teardrops. Now they’re elegant and don’t overcrowd!

Anyone plant Cannis? I just love their tropical looks and bright flowers. The summer-long blooming part isn’t bad either. The downfall? Here in New England the ground freezes during the winter. That means the bulbs need to come up and be stored for the winter. So this is a bit of a ‘what NOT to do with them’ tip. DON’T hang them in nylons in your basement! Yep, you heard me right. This was the advice going around for awhile. Mine totally rotted! The best way to store the bulbs? Prepare a container with sand, shavings, peat moss or even non-dissolving foam peanuts, which will provide a dry environment for the bulbs and allow for air circulation. Pack the bulbs as you would plant them, stem on top and roots on the bottom. To prevent rot, do not allow the bulbs to touch. Provide loose cover with your chosen packing medium.

Anyone plant Roses? Oh, I’m sure many of you do! I see a few topics about them here already. So if this tips been given, forgive the repetition. Now, I’m not sure if there’s any truth to this or not, but I did try it a few years back and I’d swear my rose bushes can be easily viewed by a satellite (Without zooming in!). I’m going to bring up the word ‘nylon’ again. How many of you have used them to tie back your roses? Not a bad little trick, eh? Well, not sure if you’ve heard this but apparently nylons will (for lack of a better word) soak up some of the electrical charge during a lightning storm and give added energy to your rose bushes. Again, I’m not entirely sure this is true BUT the year I did this we had a stormy summer and my bushes more than doubled in size!

All right, I must be off. Hope you found this post interesting! Any questions, or maybe a rebuff to one of my tips, please share. In my garden, it’s always about learning and growing!

Best Regards,
Sky