David Austin English Rose Dame Judi Dench has large flowers in a rich shade of apricot that pales prettily towards the edges, lending them a certain radiance. The informal rosettes of ruffled petals have a button eye. The dense petals are especially resistant to rain and, after bloom, fall away cleanly. The fragrance is classic tea with a fresh note of cucumber and a hint of kiwi. This is particularly beautiful, reliable and healthy English Rose with a relaxed, arching growth habit. See davidaustinroses.com.
The best tomatoes come from plants with a strong root system. Give your plants a head-start on healthy roots by planting seedlings deep. Start by removing lowest leaves on your seedling and burying the lower stem. Tomato stems produce roots easily. Any portion of the stem you bury will sprout roots that help nourish and support the fruit-laden plant. This tomato seedling is definitely overdue for planting. Notice the roots starting to appear along the lower stem. The stem on this seedling should be buried right up to the gloved fingers. In this case, a short trench may offer the best option for accommodating that curved stem.
English Rose 'Tranquillity' has beautifully rounded flowers with neatly placed petals, making up a perfect rosette. The buds are lightly brushed with red and yellow but as the flowers fully open the petals show as pure white. There is a light apple fragrance. 'Tranquillity' has excellent vigor and is very healthy. It is almost completely thornless. Grows to 4 feet tall x 3 feet wide, although it could easily grow taller if lightly pruned. Repeat-flowering. (David Austin 2012, Ausnoble).
Discover the beauty of a bush clematis—Clematis recta. This clematis grows like a perennial, dying back to the ground each year when hard freezes arrive. White, fragrant flowers appear in late spring to early summer, followed by more blooms later in the year. In the garden, grow Clematis recta like a shrub, although stems tend to tumble over without some kind of support. Many gardeners grow this pretty clematis beside taller perennials that give it a natural, easy support. To prune, in late winter or early spring, cut all stems back to 6 to 9 inches above a pair of strong, healthy buds. Vines grow 2 to 4 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3 to 9.
Also known as oxalis, this is a versatile weed that grows in sun or shade, moist or dry soil. It’s a clover look-alike, with heart shape leaves and yellow flowers. Blooms fade to form upright seed pods that explode when ripe, flinging seeds away from the mother plant. It also roots from stem pieces. It’s happy to grow in lawns, planting beds, gravel drives or vegetable garden paths. Oxalis is a common weed in nursery pots, so be sure to check before adding plants to your landscape. The best way to beat it in the lawn is to mow high and fertilize to grow a healthy, thick lawn. In planting beds, carefully hand-pull or spray with herbicide.
Kefir is a tangy fermented milk beverage that's commonly enjoyed as a smoothie or parfait. The consistency is similar to yogurt, but thinner. Unlike yogurt, it's made with kefir grains, which can be bought online if you're going the DIY route. Kefir's pretty straightforward to make if you have the grains: Simply add them to milk in a glass jar, then wait at least 12 hours for the milk to thicken to your desired consistency. The strained grains can be reused multiple times. Blend with fruit and more for a healthy smoothie or yogurt parfait, as kefir is said to help prevent osteoporosis. It also contains more probiotics than yogurt, a boon for digestion thanks to lower lactose levels that make kefir better tolerated than milk.
David Austin's 'Grace' as a Tree Rose - 'Grace' is an apricot-colored English Rose with approximately 80 petals per flower. Its pure apricot coloring deepens in the center and pales along the outer edges.The resulting apricot-mix is beautiful with other flower colors, especially dark reds and purples.The blooms are lovely at all stages, from the pointed buds to the shallowly cupped young flowers to the perfect rosettes of maturity with outer petals reflexed. It is very healthy with excellent repeat blooming. The fragrance is a delicious, warm and sensuous Tea rose. Grows to 4 ft tall by 4 ft wide. RHS "Award of Garden Merit." (David Austin 2001, Auskeppy).
The nightmare of dandelions is the deep taproot (up to 15 feet long) and puffball seedhead, which disperses seeds on every breeze. The best defense against dandelions in the lawn is growing thick, healthy turf, which means mowing at the right height and fertilizing correctly. In planting beds and paths, these familiar weeds tend to show up in the worst places, such as rooted in the center of a perennial clump or tucked right in the edge row of paving stones. The best ways to get rid of dandelions? Spray them or dig them. When spraying, kick dandelions a bit first to scuff and wound the leaves—it helps the spray penetrate better. With digging, make sure you get at least 2 inches of taproot or they’ll return as two plants.
English Rose 'Kew Gardens' is an unusual English rose with small, single flowers clustered in very large heads somewhat like a hydrangea. Though more like a species hybrid in appearance, it enjoys all the strengths of a David Austin rose. The young buds are soft apricot opening to pure white, with a hint of soft lemon behind the stamens. After bloom, small red hips which should be removed to encourage repeat flowering from early summer through the end of the season. It is extremely healthy, nearly thornless and produces masses of white blooms, lending the bush the appearance of being covered with snow. Its growth is bushy and upright. It makes a lovely flowering hedge. Repeat-flowering. Grows to approximately 5 ft tall x 3 ft wide. RHS "Award of Garden Merit." (David Austin 2009, Ausfence).
Tree trunks can develop enlarged bumps or galls. Many things can cause a gall to form: bacteria, insects, fungi or some kind of injury. A tree can have one or many galls. Arborists find that trees with many galls typically have a shorter lifespan, but the presence of a gall isn’t a tremendous cause for alarm. If you’re pruning a tree with a gall, it’s wise to sterilize pruning tools after working on the tree in case the cause is a microorganism that can spread to other healthy trees.