Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan ( 5 hours from Tokyo, if you take the Nozomi high speed train) is where you will find this pastel-colored fairy tale tunnel.

The gardens are home to about 150 Wisteria flowering plants spanning 20 different species (white, blue, purple, violet-blue and pink). This is the reason why the Wisteria tunnel is so colorful and graceful.  The Kawachi Wisteria Garden only opens seasonally in spring and autumn (approximately middle of April to end of May, and mid November to mid December). Its main feature are the beautiful wisteria vines planted over an 110 meter long tunnel, an 80 meter long tunnel, two domes, and a large trellis the size of several tennis courts.

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Mountain Bluebirds

November 3, 2016

The mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides) is a medium-sized bird weighing about 1.1 oz with a length from 6–8 in. They have light underbellies and black eyes. Adult males have thin bills and are bright turquoise-blue and somewhat lighter underneath. Adult females have duller blue wings and tail, grey breast, grey crown, throat and back. In fresh fall plumage, the female’s throat and breast are tinged with red-orange, brownish near the flank contrasting with white tail underparts.

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MALE &FEMALE Mountain Bluebirds:

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The mountain bluebird is just as “western” as the Western Bluebird, but the two species occupy different habitats in summer. The Western is more of a forest bird, the Mountain more partial to open habitats: high sagebrush desert, mountain meadows, and even alpine tundra.

Interested in more bluebird articles, see our links below for more great information.

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Bluebird China History: http://vbelleblog.com/2014/03/07/bluebird-china-history/

Vintage Bluebird Greetings!  http://vbelleblog.com/2014/11/29/vintage-bluebird-greetings/

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The Tom Thumb pumkin patch is a wonderful event every year at the Dallas Arboretum.  This pumkin patch runs for about 2 months every year from the 3rd week of September to the 3rd week of November.  They have the world acclaimed Pumkin Village, a hay bale maze, scavenger hunts and many more things for the whole family!

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For specific events, click on the Dallas Arboretum website to see what is going on!  http://www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/seasonal-festivals-events/pumpkin-patch

 

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The Sunny Days rose has bright yellow Floribunda roses. They grow to have long stems 12″-15″ at their longest and the flowers last all season long and into the fall depending on climate.

 

 

More about the Sunny Days Rose…

Type  Floribunda rose

Hybridizer Introduced by Jackson & Perkins (United States) around 2011

Blooms  Bright Yellow, double bloom form roses are 3 1/2″ across with 30 petals, cluster flowered bloom form

Growth Habits Dense, well-branched, Compact rose bush grows about 3 1/2′ tall by 3 1/2′ wide

Foliage Olive Green,Glossy, healthy foliage

Fragrance Moderate, spicy scent

Hardy Zones zones 5-9

This is a vigorous growing Floribunda rose that is a work horse in the garden. It continues to send out cluster after cluster of beautiful, fragrant flowers on long cutting stems (14-16″).

The bush is attractive in the garden even when not in bloom. It has olive green, glossy foliage and is well branched, and very healthy growing.

It is compact growing, and makes a good rose to plant in front of other taller roses that might be a bit leggy.

The ‘Sunny Days’ rose, is a Jackson & Perkins introduction, (sometime before 2012) and has been quite popular ever since, even becoming the 2012 Floribunda of the year.

Best Uses for this award winning rose;

Garden beds, rose garden, hedge, border, cut flowers, containers

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Climbing roses take a little extra attention, but with patience your efforts will be richly rewarded.  Here’s how to get the best out of your climbing rose efforts:

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LOCATION:  Most roses prefer loose, well-drained soil and will bloom best if they get at least six hours of full sun per day.

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WATER & FOOD:  For the first two years water climbing roses deeply and regularly.  During the first year feed them lightly with a balanced liquid plant food (12-12-12) in late May and again in mid-July.  In year two, feed with ½ cup of a complete granular fertilizer around the base of the plant in late February.

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TRAINING & PRUNING:  Rose canes don’t actually “climb” like vines do, so you’ll need to tie the canes to sturdy supports with twine, heavy-gauge plastic ties or plastic-coated wire.  It takes several years to develop strong climbing canes, so prune only dead stems, faded flowers, and weak growth for the first two to three years.  Prune during the dormant season (usually November – Februrary) in mild-winter areas, and early spring (April) in cold winter areas.Jewelry

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Columbines are a wonderful, easy to grow, addition to the garden.  Not only do the lovely flowers add interest, but they are also a favorite of hummingbirds.  Columbines can be grown in a variety of soil types as long as it is well-drained and not too dry.  While they prefer full sun in many areas, they don’t like it very hot, particularly in summer.  In hotter areas, such as the South, they should be planted in partial shade and mulched to help insulate the plants and keep the soil moist.

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Columbines start easily from seed and multiply quickly once established.  Blooms will not appear on seed grown plants until the second year.  Columbine seeds can be sown directly in the garden from early spring to mid-summer.  Pre-established plants can be put in the ground at the same time.  Spacing for both plants and seeds should be between 1-2 feet apart.

 

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To encourage blooming be sure to regularly deadhead.  If self-seeding becomes a problem, both the foliage and seedpods should be cut back in the fall.  However, since Columbine plants usually have a short lifespan of 3-4 years, allowing them to self-sow is recommended.

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Lady Slipper Orchid

July 29, 2016

Growing Lady Slipper Orchids

Lady Slipper Orchids (Paphiopedilum) can sometimes be intimidating, but with proper watering, light, soil, temperature, and fertilizer they are quite easy to grow, and they show they put on is certainly worth it!  Now for the details:

 

  • WATER: Since Lady Slipper orchids do not have pseudobulbs, they need regular watering.   Watering every 5-7 days is typical, but potting mix and humidity can alter that.  It is important to make sure the plant does not completely dry out between waterings, or stay soggy (which can lead to root rot).  One tip can be to add decomposed leaf litter to the potting mix which helps hold moisture.

 

  • LIGHT: Medium light is best – 800 to 1,000 foot –candles throughout the year is optimal. Avoid direct sun, except in the early morning. At home, move plants away from the window if in direct sun, or grow them behind a sheer curtain.

 

  • SOIL: Lady Slipper Orchids are terrestrial and need a medium that drains well but retains some moisture. Finely chopped (1/8 to ¼ inch) is best.  Wet the bark thoroughly before potting.

 

  • TEMPERATURE: Minimum night temperature is around 50 F, and day temperatures should range between 70-80 F (the typical temperature inside a home). Humidity should be moderate – between 40-50 percent during the day.

 

  • FERTILIZER: Use a 20-20-20 fertilizer diluted to ¼ strength, applied every 1-2 weeks during active growth.  Apply the diluted fertilizers with new growth first emerges and then regularly until flowering stops.

 

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Fun Fact:  When many Americans think of Lady Slipper orchids they often think of the native Cypripedium (also called “Hardy Lady Slipper”) that grows wild in the U.S., but the Lady Slipper is a type of orchid that grows naturally on six continents!

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FUN FACT:  Although most commonly known orchids are epiphytes (meaning they derive their moisture and nutrients from the air, rain and sometimes debris around them), Lady Slipper orchids are sympodial terrestrial orchids, which means they grow in the ground and have multiple growing points.

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Delightful Dahlias

July 13, 2016

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Growing Dahlias Outdoors

1- Find a location where the soil drains well.  Dahlias won’t thrive in soggy areas.

2- Plant your dahlias where they will receive full sun.

3- Check the mature size and spacing information provided with each plant variety and design your placement accordingly.

4- Water your dahlias generously to settle the soil, roots will form within a few weeks.

When your dahlias bloom feel free to snip blossoms for bouquets. This will not hurt the plants, dahlia flowers are exceptional for arrangements and for some varieties snipping blossoms prolongs the blooming period.  After blooming has finished for the year, leave the foliage in place, don’t cut it off. The leaves gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the plant for the future.

In late fall, your plants’ foliage will fade and wilt with the onset of colder nights. If you live in an area where the soil freezes and you wish to save your tubers for next year, pull up the plants after the first frost. Rinse off the soil, cut the stems to 3″ and let the tubers dry for 2-3 days. Then tuck into paper bags or cartons with peat moss and place in a cool dry spot. Check the tubers monthly and sprinkle a little water into the peat if the tubers are drying up.

If you live in an area where the weather stays warm year round, just trim out the dead stems or spent flowers to keep your plants looking their best until fresh growth begins to appear in the spring.

Your dahlias will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle.

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Black Necked Stilt

June 30, 2016

The black-necked stilt is a locally abundant shorebird of American wetlands and coastlines. It is found from the coastal areas of California through much of the interior western United States and along the Gulf of Mexico as far east as Florida, then south through Central America and the Caribbean to northwest Brazil southwest Peru, east Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. The northernmost populations, particularly those from inland, are migratory, wintering from the extreme south of the United States to southern Mexico, rarely as far south as Costa Rica; on the Baja California peninsula it is only found regularly in winter.

Adults have long pink legs and a long thin black bill. They are white below and have black wings and backs. The tail is white with some grey banding. A continuous area of black extends from the back along the hindneck to the head. There, it forms a cap covering the entire head from the top to just below eye-level, with the exception of the areas surrounding the bill and a small white spot above the eye. Males have a greenish gloss to the back and wings, particularly in the breeding season. This is less pronounced or absent in females, which have a brown tinge to these areas instead. Otherwise, the males and females look alike.

Downy young are light olive brown with lengthwise rows of black speckles (larger on the back) on the upperparts – essentially where adults are black – and dull white elsewhere, with some dark barring on the flanks.

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This is a creative way to add a splash of color to your old or new fence and it’s really pretty easy.  Follow these steps below and you will have a be-jeweled fence.

Step 1 –  Find some marbles and some comparably sized drill bits.

Step 2 –  Get a piece of “test wood” to drill into so you can determine the correct size drill bit for your marbles.  (A snug fit is better for no adhesive, if you choose to use an adhesive, use one that dries clear.  I always have a 2 part – epoxy on hand at my house =).

Step 3 –  Choose your marble pattern and start drilling & inserting marbles!

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