Annuals Still On Option In July

Annuals Still On Option In July

Hot July weather always brings on that languid feeling in the South making us seek ways of doing chores without physical exertion. In fact, some of these dreams of gardening by remote control are a reality.

Walking sprinklers, rocking and rotary types, all make summer watering easy but the newest labor-saving stunt is a self-propelled rotary mower. The Lawnbott Spyder as one is called, travels around the open lawn and mows and chugs along by itself trying to dodge trees and shrubs by itself while cutting the grass.

Annual Flower Seeds can still be sown this month, especially fast-growing balsam, celosia, marigold, ageratum, petunia and zinnia for the Middle and Upper South. In the Lower South plant balsam, celosia, coleus, cosmos, gaillardia, geranium, marigold, moonflower, morning glory, periwinkle, portulaca, salvia, sunflower, tithonia and zinnia.

In Texas, naturalize bluebonnets directly into gravelly, alkaline soil in the garden or lawn areas. Sow as late as November, but July sowing gives longer blooming.

Perennial Flower Seeds can be planted in July and August. Early sowing makes strong, well-established plants for fall transplanting. Start seeds in a coldframe kept partially shaded and cool. For the Middle and Upper South plant pansy, foxglove, hollyhock, Canterbury bell, Shasta daisy, Oriental poppy, gaillardia, candytuft. In Lower South pre-chill delphinium, pansy, Shasta daisy and snapdragon seed in refrigerator for sowing late August and September.

Water Mums regularly during dry periods, and feed monthly with a complete plant food to keep them active. Failure to give good care now results in dead, dried foliage on the lower stems and poor blooms. Don’t forget the National Chrysanthemum Show in Bessemer, Alabama, in November!

Poinsettias grow too tall and leggy. Keep them pinched back until mid-August to produce lower, bushier plants.

Bulb Planting and Digging goes on through July, although most of the work is preparing them for storage and controlling insects and diseases. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, Dutch iris are showing yellowed leaves. Vesper iris also starting to bloom during this time. Caring for iris such as the vesper iris and other plants like tulips, daffodils and hyacinths is a priority this month. Leave them in the ground to grow into larger clumps or lift, separate and store in a cool, dry place until planting in September and October.

Dahlias are growing rapidly now and developing heavy stems. Tie weekly. Terminal bud clusters should be disbudded on large-flowering varieties. Leave only central bud to develop. Watch for stem borers. Wilting of stems and leaves is a sure indication. Find the hole where the borer entered and impale it with a wire run up the stem through the hole. Malathion and Orthene are good borer controls.

Tips To Ensure Your Big Day Is Perfect
You are planning your big day. Tons of time and effort goes into this process and the end result had better be good. So how do you make that happen and still keep your sanity along the way? The answer is quite easy and that is to read along and we will provide some wedding planning tips that can really help anyone to make it to the big day.
Do not forget to learn about how you will handle tax reporting for your business. Reporting taxes for a business is much more complicated than filing taxes for yourself. You might need to hire a tax accountant to sort out what you have to do in the first year that you are filing as a business, just to make sure that it is done correctly.
If you are planning an outdoor wedding you will need to consider the possibility of bad weather. If you do not have a backup plan, this could ruin your wedding and inconvenience all of your guests who are attending. Always prepare for the worst on important occasions.
When the wedding has ended, you will most likely receive gifts from the people who have attended. Make sure that during this time, you and your spouse are together so that you can both show the appreciation that is deserved. Thank everyone regardless of what type of present they give you.
You should try to create a wedding that is extremely personal by having elements which encompass you, your fiance, and the relationship between you two. Think about your time together and find a theme which matches it.
An outdoor wedding has its own natural beauty but you should still check on the place where your wedding will be held right before your wedding. Check to make sure that the grass has been mowed, leaves have been raked, and it is clear of debris. If you notice something that you do not like, make sure it is taken care of before your wedding day.
For the woman who is about to get married, don't skimp on the dress. This is your day to shine, to look the most beautiful you have ever looked before, and to be decorated with unending compliments. So go buy that expensive dress you have always dreamed of wearing on your wedding day.
Skip having guests throw confetti at your wedding as it makes a mess and isn't good for the environment, nor will you like picking it out of your hair. Instead, give your guests a noisemaker with the date of your wedding and your names on it to take home as an inexpensive keepsake.
Make sure that you never plan your bachelor or bachelorette parties the day before the wedding. There may be a lot of drinking at these parties, and the last thing that you will want to do is ruin the day of your wedding because you are not fully functional. Have a calm day right before your wedding.
It is okay to let loose at your wedding reception. Many people take their wedding day too serious and do not remember it is supposed to be a joyous occasion. When this happens, they look back at their special day with unpleasant memories. Laugh with your guests, and dance to upbeat music.
Share your discounts on airline tickets with family and friends who will be attending your destination wedding. If you have Airmiles, see if you can help by purchasing tickets for your family with the reduction in cost thanks to those miles. Ask around with all attendees to see if they can pool their resources and get more discounts!
When picking out your wedding ring, make sure to get one you know you are going to like years down the line. Many people pick a random ring, and later decide that they do not like it. Also, if you are going to get matching bands, make sure both of you like them.
The time has come to plan your wedding. It is the biggest day of your life, and you're putting every drop of energy into the process. You just might lose your sanity along the way, right? Wrong! If you follow the tips we have provided, you can make it to your big day and keep your sanity intact. Take a deep breath and enjoy the ride!

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