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Testing Bargain Camellias (And Other Plants) - Camellia October Magic-Orchid

Testing Bargain Camellias (And Other Plants)The above picture is of a new variety of camellia. If I am correct, it is one of a series called 'October Magic', this particular variety being named 'Orchid'. Most camellias bloom late winter to early spring.This plant is said to bloom in fall, at a time when there is little else in bloom. I like that.

 

Buzz Buddleia As Standard potted dwarf butterfly bush

Buzz Buddleia As StandardMy two year old dwarf butterfly bush is coming along nicely. I am training it in the classic 'standard' form. By the end of the season, I should have twenty or so, more.

 

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Hearts a Bursting BushThis is my Hearts A Bursting bush, sometimes known as a strawberry bush. It is showing its fall colors. The seed pods open in the fall and the seeds, usually 3-5 in each cluster resemble M&Ms. This is a plant that is native to the upper piedmont of North Carolina.

 

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Pickle Juice for Prettier HydrangeasMy dad puts dill pickle juice on his hydrangea roots to make them turn purple and pink instead of just white. They are very pretty.

 

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Butterfly Bush HintsButterfly bushes are wonderful, large bushes with all different colors of flowers. If you buy one from a garden center (in a pot), you will know what you'll get for flowers. Be aware that they get very big (at least in California they do).

 

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Digging the Hole for a ShrubWhen planting shrubs, use a post digger to make a perfect sized hole in the ground to put your plant in.

 

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Tips for Butterfly BushesBe sure to cut your Butterfly Bushes right back to 4 - 6 inches from the ground in the spring.

 

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