IN THE GARDEN NEW LAVENDER HARD TO RESIST.Byline: JOSHUA SISKIN
Mona Lavender may sound like an ingenue in an F. Scott Fitzgerald Noun 1. F. Scott Fitzgerald - United States author whose novels characterized the Jazz Age in the United States (1896-1940)
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald novel or a singer in a punk-rock band. Actually, though, this is the name of a new ornamental plant variety brought out after many years of laborious breeding and cross-breeding at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Several botanical gardens are called National Botanical Garden, for a complete list of botanical gardens in general see List of botanical gardens.
The only disadvantage of 'Mona Lavender' is its sensitivity to frost, so it would, ideally, be planted under the canopy of a large tree or kept in its container under a patio roof, locations where the temperature is always several degrees warmer than in the open air. 'Mona Lavender' does best in the shaded to partial-sun garden, a fitting companion to impatiens impatiens (ĭmpā`shēĕnz'): see jewelweed.
Any of about 900 species of herbaceous plants in the genus Impatiens (balsam family), so named because the seedpod bursts when slightly touched. Garden balsam (I. and coleus coleus (kō`lēəs), common name for a genus of plants with large colorful leaves native to tropical Asia and Africa. Several species are grown as ornamentals. Plants of the genus Coleus are in the family Labiatae (mint family). , though it requires somewhat less water than either of these two garden staples. Another garden-worthy plant on nursery shelves this time of year is the Caribbean or Peruvian lily (Scilla scilla,
n See squill.
African plant genus in the family Liliaceae; includes S. maritima (Urginea maritima, source of commercial red, white squills), S. natalensis, S. nonscripta (bluebell), S. peruviana). This plant is misnamed mis·name
tr.v. mis·named, mis·nam·ing, mis·names
To call by a wrong name.
having an inappropriate or misleading name: because it is actually native to Spain. No winter bloomer has more vivid royal blue flowers than this. It does persist in the garden where soil drains well, but does not bloom every year, adding to the pleasure you will experience when it does flower.
Q: Our 30-year-old California pepper tree California pepper tree
See pepper tree. is dying of sudden oak death sudden oak death: see diseases of plants; water mold. , Texas root rot Texas root rot (also known as cotton root rot) is a pathogen fairly common in Mexico and the southwestern United States that causes sudden wilt and death of affected plants, usually during the warmer months. or oak-root fungus - take your pick. A local nursery looked at the yellowed, dry leaves from a cutting and said it looked like sudden oak death syndrome - and there was no known cure. We have other pepper and ash trees in our yard. Is there anything we can do to save our sick tree? Is there any preventive treatment we can give the roots of the surviving trees so they do not follow suit and die, too?
- Herman Benson, Echo Park
A: As you were told, there is no cure for root rot. However, you can stop its spread, in some cases, by layering manure and compost over soil in the problem area. Acid soil pH - acidifying humic acid is a product of decomposition - discourages soil fungi that cause root rot. This is one of the reasons azaleas are planted in peat moss; the low pH of the moss discourages growth of the phytophthora fungi that regularly decimate dec·i·mate
tr.v. dec·i·mat·ed, dec·i·mat·ing, dec·i·mates
1. To destroy or kill a large part of (a group).
2. Usage Problem
a. azaleas wherever soil pH is high, as in most of southern California. You should also make sure that there is no standing water on the soil around neighboring trees. Verify that the soil drains well in the problem area, installing French or area drains if necessary. Finally, there is some evidence that phosphorus helps trees resist sudden oak death, a disease that strikes many tree species. As a precautionary measure, feed your problem trees with a fertilizer rich in phosphorus.
TIP OF THE WEEK: This is bare root season for roses and deciduous fruit trees. An important characteristic to note when selecting these dormant plants is the diameter of cane (in roses) or trunk (in fruit trees). The thicker the trunk, the stronger and more vigorous the plant is likely to be. Especially when it comes to trees, height alone is not a criterion for robustness.