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Growing Together, Issue # 79
August 27, 2013
Forget Me Not Plant
Welcome to the August landscape solutions, Growing Together newsletter. As always, I want to welcome our new members, as well as all of you returning. This month I wanted to share with you some information and insights on the, Forget-Me-Not Plant.
The Forget-Me -Not is best known as being a biennial, yet some places it's an annual. The are native biennials in Europe, and the northern part of Asia. These plants are considered dwarf and only mature to around 12 inches in height and width. One aspect of this specimen is it loves cool and moist weather. The plant can take sun or partial shade. One of the easiest ways to plant the forget-me-not is by seed. In warmer climates, plant your seeds in the fall, directly into the ground. You will want the specimens to emerge in early spring, as summers get hot.
In colder climates, you can germinate the seeds indoors in January or February. A little tip, make sure you cover the seeds with a half to an inch of quality light weight potting soil. Germinate in darkness. They will usually come up anywhere from 8 days to two weeks. You will want the indoor temperatures to be between 68 and 70 degrees. You also have the option to purchase the plants from your local nursery or garden center. Make sure the roots are established if you plan on putting them directly into the ground.
These plants will reseed. This is one reason they look stunning in mass planting. In colder climates if reseeding, the flowers won't bloom until late spring or early summer. There are different areas to think about when planting the forget me not. They are perfect for rock gardens, borders, and open spaces. Ideal for container gardens. The flowers bloom in white, blue or pink. I have used the forget me not in window boxes for clients, as well as decorating their patios, decks, and balconies. This specimen is also wonderful for a colored theme base container or ground garden.
A little secret, if you plant some in containers, bring the containers in for the winter if you live in a colder climate. Nurture them throughout the winter months, and put back out in the spring, after the last frost. Now is a great time to plan for the upcoming colder or warmer season, depending where you are located. The forget-me-not is perfect to add color and warmth to your gardens and landscape.
Tip For The MonthAs mentioned in last months newsletter, here in the southeastern US we have had the wettest June, July, and now it looks like August also. Many of the bloom times on shrubs and flowers are out of sort. One of the issues we have had is defined beds of flowers and vegetables toppling over due to the saturated ground. Recommend if you are in this situation, try staking your plants and adding larger rocks around the stakes. Tom and I have done this to our vegetable garden. The tomatoes are giving us a solid yield this summer, but we have to adjust the stakes to the movement and shifting of the ground. If you are in a dryer area, make sure this time of year, you keep your plants watered.
Thought For The MonthOne thing I have done at this time is to begin planning for the holidays, even though they are months away. This doesn't mean spending a lot of money and decorating. I have begun making homemade gifts. A great idea is to look at flowers you have now, that can be dried for arrangements. Think about drying and pressing them. Decorate a frame or wooden basket. Great gifts that are affordable and come from the heart. Get creative and use the beauty you have outside to bring a smile to your family and friends.
Thank you for being with me in August. Have a great September, and I look forward to getting together with you at the end of next month. By the way, the grandbabies are doing well. Isaiah is ten weeks old, and Blakely is five weeks old. Both are growing, and of course the two most beautiful babies in the world.
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