Follow-Ups to Answer from Expert Long Island Gardener
WendyLou wrote at 2014-07-18 01:34:05
Hi Chris (6 years later!),
How are the calla lilies doing now? I moved here to Northern GA from the coast of Washington state 3 yrs ago and planted my yellow and white (alternately) callas in between pink and white azaleas in the lower level of a large retaining wall bed last year. This year, only the two yellow ones at each end are still yellow and all the others are white and they have survived last winter's deep (record) freezes so well that they have overtaken the azaleas and I'm calling them the "Callas That Ate Chicago"...they are HUGE!!! I'm going to feed them some bone meal to see if the yellow ones revert to their original color and this fall I'll thin them out so my azaleas can have some sunshine and breathing room again. Have you tried saving the seed pods and planting them?! Anyway, all I can say is gardening in Georgia, with its red clay & 2 growing seasons is certainly an adventure and my tomatoes & basil & Japanese eggplant are doing well (YUM!) up here in the mountains and once you can add good mushroom compost & peat moss in with this stubborn soil, you can grow almost anything here... it's God's country, which is why I'm here! God Bless America; Our Home Sweet Home!
What`s growing in your garden? Delphiniums, Painted Daisies, Roses, Peonies, Lilacs, Tuberoses, Parrot Tulips and Double Daffodils -- I`ve never met a perennial I didn`t like, but I have a weakness for flowers with fragrance. Here in Zone 7, on the North Shore of Long Island, New York, I can`t think of a better way to spend a summer morning. I'm educated in this field, but even better, I am genetically qualified: Part English gardener ancestry, part Irish potato farmer. I have degrees in related fields and a lifetime of hands-in-the-dirt experience. Not convinced? I have a daughter named Holly, a dog named Daisy, a bird named Buttercup, and a house on Garden Street. Still working on the license plate.
Homeowner for 15 years, 30 years of gardening for personal pleasure, college credits in horticulture and botany, volunteer docent at the local botanical gardens and a library of gardening and landscaping books, some 100 years old.