Bailey Arboretum Horticulture Notes: January 2015

Happy New Year to Family and Friends of Bailey Arboretum!!! 

Every ending comes with guilt and every beginning starts with hope.

As the year ends and the deep freeze comes in, we scold ourselves about  all the things we were going to do better in the garden last year and then as the  seed and plant catalogs arrive we accept renewed interest and anticipation..

Annual Planning: Even if you didn’t keep a garden journal (tsk, tsk) take the 2015 calendar month by month and create a tickler file of garden notes, e.g. I look at my currently blooming hellebores (Christmas rose) and wish I had ten more, note to self on the Sept. calendar “ buy hellebores.”

Professional Advice: Thinking of re-landscaping a section of property, adding a pond, clearing an overgrown spot, covering up an eyesore? This is the time to seek out professional advice. Garden designers, arborists and horticulturists are available now to begin consultations.

Winter Protection: Not too late to protect newly planted evergreens with burlap. New types of antidessicants can be applied in colder weather. 

Forcing: Amaryllis bulbs are still available some on sale and in springtime colors. Garden centers have moved on from paper whites, other bulbs for forcing are available.

Time to Plant: By the end of the month onion family plants can be started indoors. First in the dark and then when sprouted moved to light.

Outdoor Containers: Keep them refreshed with evergreens and branches. Remove dead and battered displays.

Indoor Arrangements: Broadleaved evergreen branches: acuba, rhododendron, laurels, magnolia cut and brought into the house make large natural arrangements. Add favorite flowers from the florist or a few cut amaryllis and create an impressive display.

Houseplants. Now on center stage keep houseplants fed, clean, insect and disease free with enough light and not too much water. Prune them, take off dead or yellowed leaves, They are not only plants they are a room accent, a hobby, an old friend. 

Garden Education: Sign up for a lecture or a course, take an online seminar, buy a DVD or book. Learn about an area of gardening that is new to you.

Check the Garden: Grasses that look spent need to be cut, heaved plants and bulbs need to be pushed back in, garden structures need to be checked in severe conditions.

Tighten cabling or ties that have loosened.