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Growing Together, Issue # 86
March 27, 2014

Creeping Buttercup An Old Tradition

Welcome to the March Growing Together newsletter from landscape solutions for you. As always, I would like to welcome our new members, as well as all of you, our returning subscribers. This month, I wanted to share with you some insights on an old time flower, Creeping Buttercup.

Creeping Buttercup

If you are up in years a little bit, you may remember the story behind this flower. I remember seeing Buttercups in a field growing up in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. As kids, we would take the flower and hold it under our nose. The story is that one is testing for the fondness of butter. Hum, to this day, I love the taste of butter.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Buttercup plant, there are around 375 to 400 species. This plant is known all over for being invasive. The plant will multiply and take over fields and gardens. Originally this specie came from Europe. Over the years the United States has neutralized this specie. I wouldn't recommend this specie for a formal or small garden area. It is best grown in nature or field gardens.

You can grow and enjoy the Buttercup in a container garden. It is easy to grow. If doing in a container, your main goal is to get the pot large enough. Think about the training the plant on a trellis or fence area. Your two main ingredients are well drained light weight potting soil, and sun to partial shade. The plant has long creeping stems. In the spring, the plant will emerge with around five petaled yellow flowers, about an inch wide, and appear on two inch stem.

You can propagate these plants by division in spring. With a container garden, you can start out small the first year, propagate in the spring of the second season, and develop an entire area of buttercup containers. Great to give as gifts for family and friends. The yellow flowers are a sure sign of springtime beauty. The most popular variety is the 'Flore Pleno', as it has a double yellow bloom.

One word of caution, if you live in an area where you have cattle, the Buttercup is poisonous to cattle. You can plant this specie on a natural bank or hillside. Keep away from a landscape area. If you have the right environment, the buttercup just may be the plant for you. Beautiful site after a cool or cold winter.

Tip For The Month

For all of you that are getting real excited to plant, make sure you wait. Most of the US as you know, has had a cold winter. Many areas have had record snow. One of the keys to successful gardening and landscaping is to make sure the air and ground temperatures are warm enough for plants to sustain their health. If you don't know when your frost date ends in your geographic location, it is important to find out. Here in the south, the end of frost is usually around April 15. It is much better for your plants to start them off in the right conditions.

For those of you in the southern hemisphere, now is the time to get ready for the cooler months. Bring out that checklist to get your gardens ready. If you live in an area you can garden year around, maintain the area with weeding, and a water schedule.

Thought For The Month

I just wanted to update all of you and let you know that the new look and feel of landscape solutions isn't quite ready yet. Tom and I have been working on it. We hope to have it live in a week or so. I have also gone back to work for four days at a local plant nursery. I am one of the co-managers for Twin Bridge Nursery here in Greenville. I am excited, as we have around 5 to 6 acres of trees, shrubs, and flowers. I will be writing in the future of some different variety plants for you. I am doing some consulting with clients as well.

Take the time this month to look outside and see the beginning of the change in seasons. If you don't have those changes, enjoy the beauty that you have year around. Thank you for being here this month. I wish each of you a wonderful April and look forward to being with you at the end of next month. Enjoy each day to the fullest.

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