Its corn season here in the Piedmont of North Carolina! And that’s a good thing! I love corn. Cooking the ears in boiling water is the simplest but when the temps are in the 90sf as it has been for the past week I try not to cook inside and instead use the natural gas grill on the patio. The grill is tapped into the natural gas line for the furnace so there are no tanks to refill! Its easy! And with the total cost of $3.00 for 12 ears you cannot go wrong!
The simplest way to grill is to place corn directly on the grill. You can leave the husk on which creates a steamy environment for those kernels to cook! I had removed the husk here. You also could add spices or herbs or flavor them with herb butters. I like to taste the sweetness of the corn so just a little butter is fine by me!
In Cameron Village Shopping Center they have installed these beautiful hanging plantings. They seem to be appearing all around town.
There are about a dozen different shapes and designs through out the shopping center.
The Basjoo banana bloom continues to develop! I am still surprised that it decided to bloom at only 5 feet tall.
And several lilies are blooming. In the past, voles would have eaten the lilies before they bloomed but thanks to a black snake I have seen often my vole issue seems to be under control! This is an unusual color which was included in a mixed bag.
The hydrangeas continue to delight me! I think they are my favorite blooming shrub? Thank you Mother Nature for the rain! This is an Incrediball Hydrangea which is a cultivar of the Smooth Hydrangea ( Hydrangea arborescens). I love its sister Annabelle, too, but I have not found a location for a few of those……yet!
So little room!! I really need to buy that house next door…………
The Oakleaf hydrangeas I purchased as twigs in the clearance plant area of a local garden center years ago have grown so large! A few lower limbs are on the ground and over the brick boarder. I will use this opportunity to take cuttings or air layer root the limbs.
Sometimes the limbs will root on their own when they are in contact with the ground. This limb has a small root. I will pot it up and keep it moist and it should grow more roots throughout our warm Winter and by Spring be nicely rooted.
Air layering is easy in this situation. All you have to do is to dig a trench and bury the limbs leaving the limb attached to the plant and the leaf end exposed. By the end of the season they should be rooted.
The oak shaped leaves become a beautiful red and orange in the Fall. Very similar to maple leaves. The white blooms in the Spring are long and pointed. The plants grow very large as these are about 5 feet tall and 10 feet wide.
I removed the limbs which were hanging out of the bed and covering the brick edging. I will root these the old-fashioned way as cuttings.
Last year I buried a low limb on the Soutbern Magnolia in an effort to air layer it. It has grown fast and is firmly rooted so I will move it next Spring!
The old fashioned hydrangeas near the Basjoo bananas were trimmed today, too. They bloom on second year wood so the old wood that bloomed this year was removed and the new, green limbs were left to bloom next year. This also allows room for the Spring blooming bulbs when their season arrives next year.
I saved many cuttings to root. By next Fall these will be nicely rooted and beautiful small plants.
The Autumn clematis on the light post have gone crazy! They have grown over the lights. I had pulled them down earlier in the season but I will wait until they complete their blooming cycle before their annual Fall trim. Theses on the lamp post in front of the house are in partial shade so they peak a few weeks after the one on the mailbox. It grows faster in the full sun out by the street.
Autumn clematis blooms on new wood so an aggressive trim in the Spring keeps them clean and promotes a very heavy bloom. They are so fragrant you can smell the sweet scent about ten feet away! After blooming, a fluffy silver seed head forms. The freely seed through out the garden.
Before the trim you can see that this year’s blooms are now green. The photo at the top of my blog are the same plants in Spring and early Summer when they are blue.
A look at the base, you can see last year’s brown wood which bloomed this year and the young, green wood that will produce blooms next year.
After the trim, the old wood has been removed and new wood is left for next year’s bloom. These four foot stems may produce some branching by Fall.
Plenty of wood to make cuttings. I usually start about 10 or so pots with 3 to 4 cuttings each and give them away the following year.
Now they have been thinned. The beds will be cleaned of any weeds and mulched in the Fall when the maple leaves and pine straw falls. We have acidic soil (Pines are a clue to that!) so the blooms will be blue. You will have to change the soil’s PH to get pink blooms.