Bareroot-Lilacs, Blueberries, Fruit Trees, Strawberries, Roses, Artichokes.
Annuals or Perennials used as Annuals-Primrose, Bellis perennis, Leucanthemum paludosum (sweet white daisy flowers with yellow centers).
Shrubs- Ribes, Daphne, Forsythia, Grevillea, Rosemary.
Veggies-Strawberries, Spinach, Rhubarb, Onion Sets.
Supplies-Dormant Oil Spray for roses, Frost Cloth.
White daisy flowers with yellow centers of Leucanthemum paludosum that bloom all winter.
Prune-In addition to Roses, many plants can be pruned this month. Here are a few: Wisteria: prune out unwanted growth, shorten leaders that are too long and shorten other stems down leaving 2 or 3 sets of buds. Fat buds will become flowers and pointy, thin buds become vegetative growth. Apples and European Pears can be pruned now but stone fruits (fruits with pits like Cherry, Nectarine, Peach) are better pruned in spring during window of dry weather to lessen the chances of fungal or bacterial infections. Berberis can be groomed now while dormant or completely pruned for rejuvenation of the entire plant. Watch The Gardening Tutor video: How to Prune Berberis. Contact Mary when you're ready to learn how to prune your plants.
Fertilize-Continue to give monthly liquid fertilizer (Mary uses Maxsea) to winter flowering annuals, such as Pansies, Iceland Poppies, Primrose, and Bellis perennis.
Weeds-The days between rain showers, when the soil has had time to dry out a bit, are a great time to get out in the garden and pull those pesky annual weeds that grow so rapidly now. Weeding them out before they go to seed is key! Watch The Gardening Tutor video: Weeds How they Grow and How to Manage Them. Be careful when walking on wet soil so as not to compact it too much. You can use a flat board to stand on to disperse your weight.
The autumn leaves of Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea' in shades of burgundy, orange, and pink.