Archive for December 2015

Plants of the Week: December 14

Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red' Biostream Willets (9) JWCIlex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ is a tried and true red fruiting winterberry holly that grows 6’ – 8’ tall. Among the multitude of winterberry cultivars, it is noted for heavy fruiting and good retention of the bright fruit color throughout winter. Over 40 species of birds including cardinals, brown thrashers, northern flickers, and gray catbirds are attracted to the fruit. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Ilex verticillata 'Winter Gold' fruit Trotter Hall (5) JWCIlex verticillata ‘Winter Gold’, seen here outside Trotter Hall is a branch sport of I. verticillata ‘Winter Red’ that bears apricot-orange fruit in abundance when planted near an appropriate pollinator such as I. verticillata ‘Southern Gentleman’. …

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What is that smell?

September 23 2015 RHR 006

Have you ever notice a “fishy” smell coming from the Dean Bond Rose Garden? This is part of our organic rose garden procedure. Applied roughly every two weeks depending on conditions, a mixture of fish hydrolysate and water (1.5 ounces per gallon) is sprayed liberally on the plants of the Dean Bond Rose Garden.

Black spot on leaves in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. photo credit: R. Robert

Black spot on leaves in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. photo credit: R. Robert

In addition to working as a fertilizer, fish hydrolysate applications function as a fungicide. Similar to a chemical fungicide, fish emulsion is applied while wearing protective gear; the entire plant is coated. …

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Plants of Week: December 7

Lindera obtusiloba fall color Terry Shane Teaching Garden (5) JWCLindera obtusiloba

Lindera obtusiloba sports dark green three-lobed leaves. One nursery described them as a fat Batman emblem. In October, the show begins: Lindera obtusiloba turns a brilliant yellow, even in the shade, and holds its color for two to three weeks. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun' Cunningham House (3) JWC

Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’

The statuesque Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’ never fails to garner attention with its bright yellow candelabra-like inflorescences. Part of the evergreen shrub’s appeal is that the flowers open in late fall and continue through early winter, a time when most plants are dropping leaves and going dormant, let …

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