Friday, September 21, 2018

Dallas Master Gardeners are Offering Garden Tours in October


The 2018 Dallas County Master Gardener Association Fall Garden
Tour will be held on Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The tour will feature
five residential gardens and one school garden. Each garden will showcase a specialty, such as
urban homesteading, ponds and pollinators, cottage and English styles, and completely organic and
low-maintenance gardening.

Educational opportunities will be offered at all locations, with experts speaking about water features,
pollinators, turf, chickens, and vegetable gardening.
Ticket sales will begin Wednesday, August 1st. The ticket price is $15 for advance purchase and $20
the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased online at
This Garden Tour is a main source of fundraising for the Dallas County Master Gardener
Association (DCMGA), a non-profit organization dedicated to horticultural education and volunteer
service throughout the county. The funds raised from the Garden Tour will be used for
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Dallas County Master Gardener events which provide learning
opportunities to county residents, including community service projects, school gardens, research,
education, and demonstration gardens.

For more information on this and other events, please visit 2018 Dallas County Master Gardener Association  Fall Garden Tour

Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Each garden will showcase a specialty, such as urban homesteading, ponds and pollinators, cottage and English styles, and completely organic and low-maintenance gardening

Monday, July 9, 2018

Patriotic Colors in a Garden


CREATe a Red, White and Blue Fourth of July garden with bursting floral fireworks

Seasonal Garden Inspiration

Here are a few colorful red, white and blue flowers that bloom in early summer, perfect for a Fourth of July garden. I am currently doing my weeding in hardiness zone 5,  while I visit family and friends.  Bird baths can be repurposed for beautiful container gardens. They come with their own plinth, making it easy to site somewhere in your garden for a visually pleasing focal point.  I am posting this article after the Fourth of July but why can't we plan a patriotic themed garden for any time of the year?

Birdbath filled with a spike (Dracaena), red begonias, Euphorbia, sedum, and variagated myrtle. Flags encircle the container.

Red Additions in Your Garden
This red daylily starts it's bloom cycle in early July (Zone 5)
If I am looking for a specific color or type of daylily my first choice is Schreiners Gardens


White Additions and Floral Bursts in Your Garden

Perennials are great, and in the garden a dependable plant to look foward to year after year but adding annuals will give you continual blooms throughout the entire summer.

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' (annual)

Hostas with flowers (blooms early July in zone 5)

Shasta Daisy blooms in July (zone 5)
Does anyone remember the game, "He loves me, he loves me not"
as you pull off each petal one at a time?


Blue Additions and Floral Bursts in Your Garden

Ornamental Allium (perennial bulb)
Blue Salvia
Blue Salvia

All material © 2007-2018 by Jeanette Hyden for Grassroots Horticulture

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Asian Irises | Siberian Irises



Gardening | Plant ID

Iris Sibirica

Siberian IrisIris sibirica

This is the iris favored by many landscapers over the Bearded group. And the reason is obvious. Hardy as oaks, Siberian Irises form very handsome clumps of grass-like foliage with a host of blooms rising on elegantly thin stems. The flowers are smaller than the Bearded Iris blooms, but once they're gone, the foliage of this group remains a highlight in the garden all season long, as decorative as almost any ornamental grassSiberian Iris' hardiness and longevity are also big plusses. Once established, they will grace a garden for generations. There are fewer hybrids here, compared to the Bearded group, but there are now some quite glamorous bi- and tri-colors. Still, purist gardeners usually prefer the classic blue, purple and yellow flowers from this elegant group. They can be planted in spring or fall.

Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother' 

Morgan Award winner (1953)

Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother' produces deep purple flowers in late spring on rigid stems which rise to 40" high above a clump of arching, narrow, grass-like, linear leaves.

Iris sibirica 'White Swirl'

The new plants are easy to grow but are slow to form flower producing plants, they can take up to 2 years to get big enough to produce flowering stems. They are best propagated by division. The best time to divide plants is mid-summer to early autumn. They do not like root disturbance and should only be divided when the center of the clump dies out. When preparing divisions for transplanting, store them in a bucket of water to stop them drying out.

The new plants are planted with the top of the rhizome, 3–5 cm (1–2 in) below the soil surface. The plant position must be prepared before hand with plenty of compost (or manure) added to the soil to improve the fertility. After planting, the iris must be well watered. Seedlings are also susceptible to transplant shock, this can be lessened if a small plastic pot is placed over the newly planted plant. This protects the plant for the next 3–5 days. In some regions (especially warm areas), the transplants should be kept moist for the following 6–8 weeks.

Table 1: Iris Siberica                              

Another Pretty Face blue violet
Aqua Whispers lavender-pink
Ay Caramba deep cranberry red
Band Of Angels blue-violet
Banish Misfortune blue-lavender
Blaue Fuella dark navy blue purple with white signal area; ruffled
Blueberry Brandy dark blue violet self; wide segments, ruffled styles
Blueberry Fair med-dark blue-violet falls with large white signals; lighter standards very ruffled
Blueberry Torte multipetal blue violet self
Blushing Sapphira med blue with a reddish blush in center of falls
Book Of Secrets chalky white and pale lavender
Bright And Beautiful ruffled bright violet with a striking yellow blaze
Bundle Of Joy velvety burgundy falls
Butter and Sugar yellow/white
Butterscotch Fizz deep golden yellow falls
Caesar's Brother purple
Cape Cod Boys large blue-violet flowers
Concord Crush blue violet
Contrast In Styles Wine-red
Coronation Anthem ruffled med blue; darker shadings; white blaze signal; light blue styles
Count The Ways light to mid blue with a white signal area
Crimson Cloissone wine red with a white wire edge to the petals
Currier  tall deep red violet with a showy white blaze
Dance And Sing
Dance Party
Dancing Mood
Dawn Waltz white
Deep In My Heart
Dirigo Black Knight
Dirigo Black Velvet
Dirigo Indigo
Dirigo Valiant
Doreen Cambray
Double Play
Double Standards
Elegance And Simplicity
Emily Ann
Encore Performance
Ester C.D.M.
First Frost
Fishermans Morning
Fishermans Twilight
Flight Of Butterflies purple
Fond Kiss
Forever Remembered
Fresh Notes blue
Frilly Vanilly
Frosted Cranberry
Gem Quality
Ginger Twist
Glow Of Happiness
Hail To The Chief
Handsome Harry
Having Fun
Head Start
Heliotrope Bouquet
Hello Yellow
High Standards
Hooked Again
Hot Hot Hot
How Audacious
Humors Of Whiskey
Imperial Opal
In Full Sail
Isabelle white/yellow
Jerry Murphy
Jewelled Crown
Jolly Young Man
Joyce Cole
Judy Judy Judy
Just Cruising
Kiss The Girl
Kita No Seiza
Lake Keuka blue
Little White white
Miss Apple
Moon Dazzle white
Mrs. Hatch
Painted Woman red/yellow
Pansy Purple purple
Perry's Blue blue
Purple Prose purple
Roaring Jelly
Ruffled Velvet
Shirley Pope
Silver Edge
Sky Mirror blue
Sultan's Ruby
Summer Revels
Super Ego
Surfin Safari
Swans in Flight white
Tall, Dark & Handsome
Trim the Velvet

All material © 2007-2018 by Jeanette Hyden for Grassroots Horticulture

Blueberry Season Starts


Garden Experience

picking time is here

Well, it's that time of the year to look for fresh blueberries in the market or find a farm and pick your own.  Nutritionally, blueberries are jam pack full of healthy vitamins. 

 Start looking in the markets for blueberries grown locally or find a pick-your-own farm and take your family to get buckets of blueberries for an new experience. Then find your favorite pie recipe or  any blueberry recipe to share a complete day together. The Blueberry Council has important facts about blueberries including nutritional information and recipes.

Blueberries grow well in bogs. The blueberry plants love an acidic soil.   If you want to grow your own blueberries, they need acidic soil with an ideal pH between 4.5 and 5.2. If your soil pH is too high, your plants will be iron deficient, causing the foliage to turn yellow between the veins.  

Highbush blueberry plants are a favorite shrub due to their white bell-shaped flowers and vase-like structure. They are ornamental landscape plants that produce edible fruits.

All material © 2007-2018 by Jeanette Hyden for Grassroots Horticulture

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Themed Gardens | Interactive and Storybook Children's Garden Ideas


I visited the Children's Garden on the campus at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. This was one of the earliest Children's gardens.
Michigan 4-H Groups were integral in the inspiration and design of the garden

As you take a journey along the path throughout the garden you find several aspects to create curiosity and spark the senses.

Splashes of color, wildlife topiaries add form and interest, and generous plantings of fuzzy leafed lambs ear add tempting texture.

An open gate in The Secret Garden entices visitors to explore the maze filled with storybook characters from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

The Cheshire cat and other characters greet you at every turn in the maze.

Concepts such as direction, time, and environmental impact are exhibited in a compass and tree growth rings.

Housing design, using basic natural elements.

Recommended Reading:

The magic of children's gardens : inspiring through creative design

Tai, Lolly. 
The Magic of Children's Gardens:
 Inspiring Through Creative Design
"Landscape architect Lolly Tai provides the primary goals, concepts, and key considerations for designing outdoor spaces that are attractive and suitable for children, especially in urban environments. Tia presents inspiring ideas for creating children's green spaces by examining nineteen outstanding case studies"--
The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden
Arthur, Brie. 
The Foodscape Revolution: 
Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden

Jekyll, Gertrude. 
Children and Gardens
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Fredonia Books, 2004.

Children's gardens
Howard, Edwin L. 
Children's Gardens
Yardley, Penn: Westholme, 2007.