Thanksgiving is a good time to sow Delphinium seeds. I say Delphinium because that is what they really are. Only one type interest me here in the South. Larkspur Consolidce is what I want yo talk about today. I say Thanksgiving because that is easy to remember when to sow them. The annual verity is not as pretty as the perennial verities. There are about 300 verities. You may have seen these beautiful flowers in arrangements at a funeral arrangement or in a fine hotel lobby arrangement. They are so beautiful. They are the most beautiful, but the do better in Northern conditions. Larkspur Conolidce is an annual and will do well her in the South. They need cool weather to get started. They are all shades of blue, purple, pink, and white. They need rich well drained soil.They do come up during the winter. They may be less than six inches tall by early Spring. When it starts getting warm, they take off growing. They may reach three to four feet tall by the time they start blooming. You may not have the seeds now because the stores are doing Christmas things now. When the seeds come in January, you can sow them then. They may not get as tall, but you can save the seeds for next Thanksgiving. There is a negative though. They are toxic to cattle and humans. They are not food. You do not eat them Once you grow them, I am sure that you will never be without them from now on.
Have you ever thought about bare root plants?Arbor Day tree planting season is celebrated in South Carolina on the first Friday of December. Planting trees,(large, fruit, rare, or hard to find) are a better bargain by ordering bare root plants. Bare root plants are trees, shrubs roses, vines, and herbaceous perennials that are sold by mail order without soil around their roots. They are devoid of leaves, because they are dug and shipped during the dormant season. High quality plants are harvested during Fall and Winter . The soil is washed off, then dipped in a clay-based slurry to coat and protect the roots from drying out. They are then packed in damp peat moss, wood chips or shredded paper, then placed in plastic bags. they are then boxed and shipped. It may be a shock at first to see sticks with roots. If you will treat them like you love them, it will not be long until you really do. Check your package as soon as you get them. make sure you moisten them immediately. It would be wise to plant them right away. if you have to wait, store them in a cool dark space until you can get to them. make sure you spread the roots out so that they do no girdle. Make sure that the trunk is level to the top of the ground. too deep and girdling is just a disaster in the making. Be sure to mulch. that helps with temperature and moister .
Autumn is such a beautiful time of year. It is especially pretty right now around here. We are in our peak. Some leaves are more beautiful than Spring flowers. As beautiful as they are, some cringe at the thoughts of the work to deal with the leaves. It is OK to just mow them into the lawn as long as they don’t get to thick. It will serve as mulch and that is a good thing. If they are to thick, rake them up and use them in your flower beds as mulch. You will be surprised at how fast they will decompose . And of course, they are a must in the compost pile. One plea is to PLEASE do NOT let them go to the storm drains. It causes all kind of problems downstream . It is so valuable in the yard. It is so harmful in the drains .Thank you for helping with that.