When you are selecting the types of trees, scrubs, or flowers to be used for your landscape, you will need to know your Plant Hardiness Zone to ensure that you achieve the long lasting beauty that works well in your particular location.
Plant Hardiness Zones specified by the USDA are based on the average annual extreme minimum temperature during a 30-year period in the past, not the lowest temperature that has ever occurred in the past or might occur in the future. Gardeners should keep that in mind when selecting plants, especially if they choose to “push” their hardiness zone by growing plants not rated for their zone. In addition, although this 2012 edition of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is drawn in the most detailed scale to date, there might still be micro-climates that are too small to show up on the map.
Micro-climates are fine-scale climate variations which can be small heat islands—such as those caused by blacktop and concrete—or cool spots caused by small hills and valleys. Individual gardens also may have very localized micro-climates. Your entire yard could be somewhat warmer or cooler than the surrounding area because it is sheltered or exposed. You also could have pockets within your garden that are warmer or cooler than the general zone for your area or for the rest of your yard, such as a sheltered area in front of a south-facing wall or a low spot where cold air pools first. No hardiness zone map can take the place of the detailed knowledge that gardeners pick up about their own gardens through hands-on experience.
In addition, many species of plants gradually acquire cold hardiness in the fall when they experience shorter days and cooler temperatures. This hardiness is normally lost gradually in late winter as temperatures warm and days become longer. A bout of extremely cold weather early in the fall may injure plants even though the temperatures may not reach the average lowest temperature for your zone. Similarly, exceptionally warm weather in midwinter followed by a sharp change to seasonably cold weather may cause injury to plants as well. Such factors are not taken into account in the USDA PHZM.
Therefore, in addition to hardiness zones, you will also need to consider other environmental factors that contribute to success or failure of plants. Wind, soil type, soil moisture, humidity, pollution, snow, and winter sunshine can greatly affect the survival of plants. The way plants are placed in the landscape, how they are planted, and their size and health might also influence their survival.
Light: To thrive, plants need to be planted where they will receive the proper amount of light. For example, plants that require partial shade that are at the limits of hardiness in your area might be injured by too much sun during the winter because it might cause rapid changes in the plant’s temperature.
Soil Moisture: Plants have different requirements for soil moisture, and this might vary seasonally. Plants that might otherwise be hardy in your zone might be injured if soil moisture is too low in late autumn and they enter dormancy while suffering moisture stress.
Temperature: Plants grow best within a range of optimum temperatures, both cold and hot. That range may be wide for some varieties and species but narrow for others.
Duration of exposure to cold: Many plants that can survive a short period of exposure to cold may not tolerate longer periods of cold weather.
Humidity: High relative humidity limits cold damage by reducing moisture loss from leaves, branches, and buds. Cold injury can be more severe if the humidity is low, especially for evergreens.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) -links are provided within content above
I love herbs. They’re probably my favorite thing growing in my garden because they’re a little easier to maintain than other plants, and I love using fresh herbs in my recipes. Since my children help me in the garden, I found that it was helpful to have my herbs labeled. Sometimes when the girls are helping make pasta, I have them run out to the greenhouse to grab basil or Italian parsley. These clay herb stakes make it easy to find and are a pretty detail at the same time.
Today we’re going to teach you how to make these yourself so you can label your own herbs for your garden or indoor plants.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- oven baked clay -you can get this at your local craft store. NOTE that each block of clay makes approximately 6 stakes
- rubber alphabet stamps -get this at your local craft store
- ink / ink pad -use any ink color(s) that you like -the ink pad is optional
- clay working tools -again, get his at your local craft store
- cookie sheet
- rolling pin
- parchment paper
Here are the Steps:
- Lay out your clay and cut strips using existing grooves, if your clay has them. If your clay does not have grooves, just cut your strips approximately 6” long and 1” wide.
- Using the rolling pin, roll out your clay strips as long and skinny as you want them, keeping in mind that you don’t want them any thinner than about two quarters stacked to ensure they don’t break.
- Using your clay tools, cut the shape you want in your clay strips. We cut a few different shapes, but be sure to always leave one end pointed so it can easily stick into the soil.
- Use alphabet stamps and ink pad (ink pad optional) to stamp your herb’s names into the clay stakes.
- Lay your parchment paper down on the cookie sheet so your stakes don’t stick to the pan. Follow baking instructions from your packaging.
- Right after your stakes come out of the oven they’ll still feel a little soft.
- Allow to dry and harden for one hour.
That’s it! These also make a sweet housewarming or hostess gift. Wrap a set of plant stakes in baker’s twine and give them to your friend with a potted herb.
If you try this out in your own home, be sure to tag @magnoliamarket on Instagram!
From Magnolia -AT HOME Blog: DIY Plant Stakes
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Please NOTE that this great classic summertime song starts up automatically. If this is annoying or you are in a public place, you can stop it by turning your device’s sound off, or you can lower the volume by moving the above sound bar to the right, or you can press the Play/PAUSE button on the recording’s bar above. Start it up again when you are in the right environment and mood for this cheery music. ENJOY!
In case you are curious about these days that we call SUMMER, here is a little scientific information about this season.
Summer Solstice is the solar event that defines the first day of Summer. The timing of the solstice is not based on a specific calendar date and time. It depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator.of the first day of Summer, the sun appears
In the U.S., the 2017 SUMMER season officially begins with the Summer Solstice at the end of June -depending on the time zones listed below; and ends with the Fall Equinox on September 22nd 9:54 P.M. EDT.
EDT: Wednesday, June 21, 12:24 A.M.
CDT: Tuesday, June 20, 11:24 P.M.
MDT: Tuesday, June 20, 10:24 P.M.
PDT: Tuesday, June 20, 9:24 P.M.
This date marks the longest day of the year. After this date, the days start getting “shorter”. That is the daylight hours start to decrease. Use the handy Farmers’ Almanac’s Sunrise – Sunset Calculator to determine how many hours of sunlight you get in your location.
In other parts of the world, the Summer period varies. For example, i
Dedicated to my sister who was looking for a unique new rose as a Father’s Day gift for her husband (who loves to grow roses). My sister is always an inspiration to me. In this case, she inspired me to share my rose research with you.
Are you looking for a unique flower with multiple colors; and do you love roses? The Joseph’s Coat (of many colors) Rose may be just what you are looking for. However, this beautiful plant is not your typical rose bush. It is a climber; and is best suited for fences, archways and arbors in *hardiness zones 6 through 10. This rose plant can be virtually pest and disease free, growing 5 to 10 feet -or more. It produces an amazing blend of brilliant-warm multi-colors of red, yellow, orange and pink double medium-large flowers all on a single bloom lasting from spring through summer -possibly until your first frost. NOTE that if you are not sure what *hardiness zone you are in, check out this interactive map: USDA Plant Hardiness Map.
The Joseph’s Coat Rose has a light sweet tea-like fragrance; and makes an elegant cut flower arrangement and can make a great container plant adding color to any patio or deck.