• Last spring my garden is alive after along winter sleep. Plenty of work to be done. Planted many vegetable seedlings grown in the greenhouse. Lettuce, carrot (sowed direct into the ground), collard, kale, Swiss chard, corn, pumpkin, potato, beet, summer squash, tomato and leek. The garden is doing great. Just yesterday I harvested several zuccinni. Right away I made zuccinni chocolate cake. It is always a joy to be able to harvest from your own garden and cook with the vegetable that you grow yourself. Gardening is an excellent exercise for body and mind. Regardless how big or small your garden is.
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My father’s orchid collection

Orchid, exotic flower from the Far East.  Exquisite, dainty, fragile, simply gorgeous.  My late father an orchid enthusiast had well over 100+ plants in his collection.  As I am the photographer of the family I captured these beauty every time I am in his garden.

Caring orchid in the tropic which is their environment is easy but in another part of the world they need a lot of pampering.  More important humidity, warm temperature, no soil needed just add bark in their container.  In the wild orchid grows latched on to trees, they absorbed food through their leaves.

I remember as a child growing up in the tropic, when my mother needed vanilla she would go to the garden and harvested the slender dark bean.  Fresh vanilla has a strong distinctive taste.  So delicious taste better than those bottled vanilla extract.   These photos taken all with film Canon SLR  macro lens.  Enjoy these exotic photos of Orchid the jungle Queen.

 

Tiger Orchid

 

Cymbidium

Cymbidium

 

Catleya

Catleya

 

Pink orchid

Pink orchid

 

 

Wild orchid

 

 

 

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Gardening Calendar In The Month Of June

Woo hoo, finally the rain stopped.  I thought spring will never leave Oregon and today is the first day of summer.  The long-range forecast is for good weather, so I will take the opportunity to do some yard work.  More transplanting vegetable seedlings,  pruning the flower shrubs, mowing the lawn, etc.  I found by following a to do list is quite helpful.  Here it is…..

  • Apply fertilizer to lawns
  • Control root weevils in rhododendrons, azaleas, primroses, and other ornamentals.  Use beneficial nematodes if soil temperature is above 55F.
  • Remove seed pods after blooms have dropped from rhododendron, azaleas.
  • Prune lilacs, forsythia, rhododendrons, and azaleas after blooming.
  • Use an inch or two of organic mulches or sawdust or composted leaves to conserve soil moisture.
  • Pick ripe strawberries regularly to avoid fruit rotting diseases.
  • Control garden weeds by pulling, hoeing or mulching.
  • Thin apples, pears, and peaches when fruit is as big around as nickle.  Expect normal June drop of fruit not pollinated.
  • Late this month, began to monitor for late blight on tomatoes.
  • If  indicated, spray cherries at a weekly intervals for fruit fly.
  • Move houseplants outside for cleaning, grooming, repotting and summer growth.
  • Make sure raised beds receive enough water for plants to stay free of drought stress.
  • Learn to identify beneficial insects such as, ladybugs, ground beetles, rove beetles, spiders and wasps.
  • Blossoms on squash and cucumbers begin to drop, nothing to worry about.

Happy Gardening

Gardening Book

If you want to try your hand in composting, read this informative book:  Let It Rot, the gardener’s guide to composting by Stu Campbell.   I enjoy reading this book, plenty of good information,  there is even illustration through all the pages.  Easy to understand, write in plain English not too scientific.  There is a chapter about what commonly use materials for compost and many other useful information.  A useful book all about compost.  From the back of the book, This is the classic guide to turning household waste into gardener’s gold!  Since 1975m Let It Rot  has helped countless gardeners recycle waste materials such as kitchen garbage, grass clippings, and ashes to create useful soil-nourishing compost.

ISBN# 978-1-58017-023-9

April Gardening In Oregon

Fertilize the lawn and let spring rains carry the fertilizer into the soil.

Bait for slugs, clean up hiding places for slugs, sowbugs and millipedes.

Do not cut foliage of spring flowering bulbs for bouquet.

Prune and shape spring blooming shrubs and trees after blossoms fade.

Prepare garden soil for spring planting.  Mix generous amount of organic materials and other amendments.

Apply commercial fertilizers, manure or compost to cane and trailing berries.

Control rose diseases such as black spot and powdery mildew.  Prune ornamentals for air circulation.

Cut and remove weeds from near the garden to remove sources of plant virus diseases.

Spray for apple scab, cherry brown rot.

Prepare raised beds in areas where cold soils and poor drainage are a continuing problem.

Plant these vegetables, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, leeks, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach turnips.

Forsythia Welcoming Spring

 

Forsythia with its bright yellow flowers like a beacon in the dead of winter.    A deciduous shrub.  Branches can be forced indoor blooming in winter.  Tolerate most soils, likes sun, moderate feeding. I rarely feed the forsythia and yet they thrive beautifully. Height 8 feet to 10 feet, spread 6 feet to 8 feet.  Remove oldest branches, weak or dead wood.

 

The variety  I have is Forsythia Suspensa (weeping).  Dense upright growth, drooping vine like branches root when touch damp soil.  During winter remove the branches that took root and transplanted elsewhere.  You may use containers to plant the forsythia seedlings.

 

In summer the shrub will be a mass of green foliage.  Good for screening too.

 

Happy Gardening !

Forsythia Suspensa

Enchanted Moss Forest

Green moss on maple branches

Rain, rain and more rain continuously since yesterday,  with plenty of moisture makes it a suitable growing environment for moss.   Yes, all these moss images taken from my property in Oregon. 

Moss covered trees

 
Moss can be found on roof, lawn, concrete slab, decayed wood.  It is amazing how moss can attached themself on anything.  The Oregon green moss which grows on maple branches are soft to the touch.  This kind of moss are excellent for hanging basket liners and will keep all summer long.  As long as the hanging basket is kept moist.  They are easy to peel from low growing maple branches.    

Lichens

Lichen is another variety of moss that looks like a snake-skin. A thick leathery texture to the touch,  it is also good for composting.  Lichen grows on branches will not harm trees because it takes nourishment from the air rather than from the tree.  Lichen also commonly found on dead branches and limbs.  Give lichens access to the sun they will grow with little competition.  Sometime lichen will fall on the ground caused by strong wind.   

Moss are wonderful on trees.  Nature truly has created an enchanted moss forest.   

Happy Gardening……..    

Moss on abandoned log

    

     

Bearded Moss

March Gardening Calendar

  

When spring arrived there are plenty of chores to be done outdoors.  Here are the list of what to do.

  • Plant cool season crops, peas, lettuce, cabbage, onions, kale, chard, if conditions permit
  • Devide hosta, daylilies,  mums and peonies in late March
  • Fertilize rhubab with manure or a complete fertilizer.
  • Fertilize evergreen shrubs and trees.
  • Drench crowns of raspberry plants with nematodes to control raspberry cane borer.
  • Plant berry crops, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries.
  • Prune gooseberries and currants; fertilize with manure or a complete fertilizer.
  • Spray trees and shrubs for webworms, leafrollers, if present.
  • Spray to control leaf and twin fungus diseases in sycamore, hawthorne and willow trees.
  • Take geraniums, begonias, dahlias, gladiolus from storage.
  • Keep tuberous begonias indoors
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs after blossoms fade.
  • Fertilize rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas with acid type fertilizer.
  • Spread compost over garden and landscape areas.Best time of year to thatch and renovate lawns.
  • Plant vegetable garden carefully for spring, summer and fall eating and preservation.
  • Protect new plant growth from slugs.  Use bait or traps.