About Glenn Bronner

Glenn Bronner is a professional groundskeeper with over 38 years of horticultural experience. Glenn is a published author of hundreds of articles on gardening and gardening related subjects. Glenn gardens in zone 5 in the Chicagoland area. You may visit him at http://www.glenns-garden.com http://thewoodlandgarden.com

Tim’s Tips: Time to fertilize and water plants

Early Spring Flower

April is typically the month when our outdoor plants begin to awaken from their winter’s sleep. The warm weather in March got the plants off to an early start, but our normal weather of late has slowed down that growth. Still, slowly but surely, the plants will continue to grow — and there are things we need to do to help our plants along.

By May, many of our perennials will have grown quickly and be at the point of blooming. Once the plants are in bloom, the flower stalks may fall over from the weight of those blooms. If you add in a bit of rain, many of the flower stalks will fall over.

The classic example of this problem is the peony. These plants put out a tremendous amount of growth in April. They get huge and will put up many flower stalks with giant buds. The flowers will open and be spectacular until rain causes the stalks to fall to the ground.

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Too Warm for Our Botanical Good? – Patriot

 double-flowerd weeping peach

George WeigelHeng Lim’s double-flowerd weeping peach in full bloom — already.

  So here we are just two weeks out of winter, and the landscape is acting like it’s May.

  Over in Derry Twp., Heng Lim shakes his head in disbelief at peonies that are already showing plump flower buds and at a dwarf lilac that’s about to bloom.

  But what has him most concerned is his prized front-yard ‘Pink Cascade’ double-flowered weeping peach — a beautiful and rare specimen that’s already in full, deep-rose bloom.

  “We’re three weeks ahead of time, easily,” he says. “Everything’s way ahead. I’ve been here 38 years and have never seen anything like this.”

  Like so many gardeners — not to mention commercial fruit-growers — Lim is worried that a cold snap will come along, freeze out his peaches and kill off tender young foliage.

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Monkshood brings an azure focal point to the fall garden

Photos/Lee GugliadaMonkshood is so-called because it’s blossoms resemble the hood worn by monks. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Monkshood, botanically known as Aconitum, is an herbaceous perennial native to mountain meadows of our northern hemisphere, Europe and Asia. Some plant-lovers are … Continue reading

Time to plant grass is now

The recommendation is to sow five pounds to 10 pounds of perennial ryegrass seed per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Use the high seeding rate in St. Augustine lawns. Rake or drag the seeded areas to increase the seed to … Continue reading

The Gardener Within: Perennial bulbs give gardens a rainbow hue

We gardeners may be cockeyed optimists by nature, but we’re pragmatic by experience. Instant gratification is not something we expect from our gardens. We accept the months of anticipation, the aching knees and sore backs from hours of stooping and … Continue reading