Saturday, May 19, 2012

Calling All Gardeners

Every spring/summer I always ask for y'alls advice about some of my plants and y'all really helped me out last year.  This spring is no different.  I would love it if you could help me out with a few more questions!

I planted these gladiolas from bulbs last year.  They all bloomed and were very pretty.  I had no idea they would come back, much less multiply!  Will all these bloom or just the original ones from last year?
Some of my favorite roses.
My dad bought me this hibiscus.  These are so fun to watch!  It has a bloom every day, drops the bloom over night and then blooms again the next day in a new spot.  Any tips for care during the winter (I'll have to bring it inside)?
Ahhh, my favorite plant.  My snowball bush.  I read online to prune these back almost to the ground after it blooms.  This scares me!  haha  I do not like cutting off new growth.  Has anyone done this?  How do you prune your snowball bush?

We bought these knock out roses last year on clearance for $2.50 each.  We planted all four under Reagan's window and they have more than doubled in size in one year.  That is why I love these.  They are almost impossible to kill and grow so fast.  The continuous blooms (in spring and summer) are so pretty too.  My question is, do you dead head yours?  I did last year but the bigger they get the more time consuming that is since I also have two huge ones in the back yard.  Do you notice a difference if you do not dead head?

Thanks so much for always giving such great advice!


julie & joe said...

The Glads should bloom every year. Looks like you found a spot that they love. If they get too think, you can dig some of them out.
I dead head my roses. It is a little time consuming but they look so much better afterward. I deadhead most of my flowers. I use my kitchen scissors to make is quicker.

goatpod2 said...

First time commenting on your blog, we have Knock Out roses here too but we haven't dead headed them at least I don't think we do and we have the same color ones as you do.


Theresa said...

I don't have any useful plant advice, but I wanted to tell you that I love when you do these posts. I learn so much about flowers and plants in the comments. Thanks Shannon!

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Yep your glads will bloom every year. You must live in a warmer climate, because those who don't have to dig up and replant every year. Your variety of hibiscus (I believe) is considered an annual and will not survive outside in the winter months. I have never purchased one, so not sure if you can keep it alive inside, probably could though. Not sure on the snowball bush either, but that is what I have to do with my butterfly bush every year and it grows back just as tall and full. Great roses, great price you got them for too! Good luck, gardening is addictive so have fun with it!

Brittany said...

My knock outs seem to do better when I don't dead head them, although they look a little raggedy. Also, my mother in law has a hibiscus and a mandevilla that she brings inside every winter and they thrive. Not sure about the glads, here in TX, seems it's hit or miss on if they'll bloom again or not.

Anonymous said...

Yes, glads will come back and multiply like crazy! I planted a few bulbs twenty years ago at my Dad's house and now the bed is full!

To get rid of them, you have to dig the bulb completely out. We recently purchased a home that the previous owner had professionally landscaped. It appears the landscaper did not know about the glad bulbs in the ground, because now I have a zillion glads coming up in the middle of my shrubbery.

Regarding dead heading, I usually to this with all my flowers. This home has a rose bush like yours and I did not dead head last Spring and haven't yet this year. It is growing by leaps and bounds. I cannot imagine how huge it would be if I helped it by dead heading!

Shanade said...

Gladiolas are like tulips and will come back every year and multiply like crazy. As far as the snowball bush, I would google how to care for it for your zone. I'm in zone 6 and I don't ever cut mine back. I know I'm supposed to prune mine in the spring before it blooms, but that's it.

Nicole Rodriguez said...

I love this post! I have no tips for you because I have no clue about gardening, but I'm getting ideas now! And just one question - sorry it'll be dumb to all you gardeners - but what is deadheading??? Thanks!!!

Jen said...

I live in a zone 3/4 so my climate is vastly different than yours, but I have two huge snowball hydrangeas in front of my house, and I cut them back to the ground each spring. (we leave long through the winter to help collect snow that will insulate them) Although they will grow from some of the old stems, they do absolutely fine and catch up after about 3 weeks. They will continue to get larger as they send shoots out, so lots of little stems instead of a big trunk like a tree. Easy and really pretty to grow!

My mom (she's a Master Gardener) says to deadhead roses as they will form rose hips if not done. The plant puts too much of it's energy into the hip and won't grow or bloom then. Your variety may not grow hips, but if it does, try dead-heading.

the undomesticated wife said...

With the hibiscus, since it has a woody stem, it will need to be pruned back (though generally in the spring, not the winter). Trim it back 1/3-2/3 so it will grow nice and thick. (I hate that it never seems to have more than one bloom at a time! Mine does that too. But I found a variety that might do more than one..will try this one.)

I wish I could grow hydrangeas like your snowball bush, but it's just too dang hot and dry here.

You're probably in a different zone than us here in the Dallas area, but I have lots of luck with canna lilies and iris plants. I stick them in the ground and ignore them. And they thrive! I don't feed, water..nothing. Every few years I dig up the bulbs and split them though.

the undomesticated wife said...

Oh, and I NEVER got my gladiolas to bloom. One year I planted about 40 of them and I think 2 actually bloomed. I was so disappointed.

Christi said...

Just a note - your snowball bush is NOT a hydrangea at all! It is a Cinese viburnum. A totally different plant, so I don't know if you shuld follow hydrangea advice. I am in GA, and we do not prune ours back at all. I DO know that if you pull one f the branches down to the ground & weight it (with a rock or something) it will make a new plant!

Kari Beth said...

and....skip....ha ha!

i was just at my parents today wishing that i had the gardening drive that my mom has. her beds are gorgeous. on top of working 80 hours a week, she keeps such beautiful flowers and plants alive and a thriving vegetable garden. i can barely keep my aloe vera plant alive and it requires ZERO maintenance