I'm hauling out the peony stakes this week to get them into place before the plants start to grow. I'm not going to let them beat me this year! This is another plant that has a lot of pronunciations, depending on where you live. Last month, a gardener I met in Alabama called them "pie-knees." I say, "pee-oh-knee." How do you pronounce this one?
If you're a peony lover like me, you'll enjoy the book "Peonies" by Pamela McGeorge (Firefly Books, June 2006). It's beautiful, informative and practical with lots of color photos, history, cultivation and propagation techniques, details for care and feeding including over-wintering and remedies for pests and diseases.
Cindy from Winfield writes: "What sort of fertilizer do you recommend? And when should I apply fertilizer to my lawn?"
I prefer Osmocote, a continuous-release form of plant food that provides up to four months of fertilization. I buy it at Green's Feed and Seed, and there are formulas for indoor plants, vegetable and bedding plants.
There's a new product I will try this year called PotShots. These are nuggets that deliver nine essential nutrients straight to the roots of container plants for up to nine months. You measure the width of the container and then follow a dosage table on the package to determine how many nuggets you push down into the soil. This sounds like a great way to fertilize those hard-to-reach hanging plants in my garden room.
As for when to fertilize your lawn, there are so many factors (Climate? Grass type? Type of fertilizer?) that it's a hard question to answer. I recommend visiting the Web site www.allaboutlawns.com/lawn-maintenance-care/fertilizing/when-should-I-fertilize-my-lawn.php. Extensive and helpful.
Loudon Heights plant sale
The Loudon Heights Garden Club Plant Sale features plants from Doug Jolly's nursery in Flatwoods. The sale will start at 10 a.m. April 18 at the park at the corner of Loudon Heights Road and Loudon Heights Circle. Proceeds are used for the upkeep of the park. Plants available on a first-come, first-served basis, and include native, deciduous azaleas (Rhododendron arborescens, Rhododendron canescens), Caryopteris "Petit Bleu," Bridal Wreath spirea, Rhododendron "Landmark," "Olga Mezitt" and "Wise Chap;" Viburnum "Blue Muffin" and "Cranberry Bush"; and Japanese maple tamukyama.
To order, call Terry Potesta at 304-342-1162 or e-mail terrypote...@suddenlink.net. Delivery on or before April 18.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.