Recently, as you might know, we had our Public Open house. It was a huge success in many ways, one of those was simply sharing our love for plants with others. I can’t express to you how much it means to us for people to come up and say, “This place is simply beautiful,” after you’ve worked 7 long hours a day trying to maintain it. I mean, we all know it’s beautiful, but sometimes the beauty slips underneath the reality of 106 degree days, so it’s a nice refresher to hear such a statment. I love meeting people out in the garden because you never know what they’re going to say, if anything at all. If I get asked a question I don’t know, it makes me want to find out and be a more knowledgable person. I think being challenged in the workplace is a wonderful thing.
If no one ever came to look at this amazing place, well it’d still be amazing, but it’s even more so when we get to share it! I came across this local photographer- http://janeullah.com/ugatrialgardens-july2010 who captured our garden beautifully (photos included in this post were taken by her). As a photographer myself, I must say she did a wonderful job. She captures something necessary in appreciating the gardens- the small details. Everyday when I’m out there in the midst of the salvias and baptisias, I see things you normally don’t have the chance to see- insects going about their business, cicadia killer bee’s guarding their nests, lizards scampering, and grasshoppers bounding around… it’s just beautiful. Mrs. Ullah does the garden justice and I invite her to spend a little more time here, as well as the rest of you–in hopes you might get a chance to notice the smallest details. It will enhance your view of the place and perhaps even of life. We hope to see you soon!
You may have heard of Syngenta, they’re a horticulture powerhouse in our our grand ole’ country and also worldwide. They’ve just introduced to a new product line intended to help control aphids, white flies and thrips – something we could all use a little help with whether outside or in the greenhouse. The product is referred to as ‘bioline’. I’ll briefly explain the idea behind it, but if you’d like to read more, just check out www.syngenta-bioline.com.uk. So basically you put these little boxes of the insect eggs out in you’re garden, they hatch and then attack said pest. These products are rain resistant so you don’t have to worry about water damage. Most of the insects contained in these boxes are parasitic to a specific pest (either spidermites, thrips or whiteflies) and take care of them that way. Ingenuis wouldn’t you say? We haven’t put our out quite yet but it’s in the works so we’ll let you know what we find out. Candler is our main man on this project so he’ll be coming back with an update soon!
So lately at the garden, we’ve been working on creating a better online presence. You can visit our website at any time to see the plants of the week, our updated perennial and annual plants, and much, much more- check it out here-http://ugatrial.hort.uga.edu/. To simply view our latest photos go to-http://picasaweb.google.com/ugatrialgardens. If you’d like to search for a specific plant or company name, the easiest way is to do CONTROL F and then type what you’re looking for. Unfortunately, we haven’t figured out a way to do this within Picasa so be patient with us please 🙂 If you’re forte is Facebook, we’re on there to- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Athens-GA/The-Trial-Gardens-UGA/498352560456 . And lastly, if you’d like to follow us on twitter you can- http://twitter.com/TrialGardensUGA SO now that we’re caught up with in the tech aspect of the world, its time to make sure our plants are keeping up with the rest of the world 🙂
so I couldn’t bare to not know the name of this creature ruining my peaceful garden times… well here it is.. the Cicada Killer Wasp. check it out
July 29, 2008
Last summer they showed up looking scary and vicious. They have reddish-brown wings, black bodies with yellow stripes. We thought they were hornets, but they are Cicada Killer Wasps. Last year, they were a nuisance, this year they were a plague of not quite biblical proportions. The male of the species cannot sting. The females are twice the size of the male and they have a wicked sting. They build nests in dirt. We have a deck in the back yard and they opened the North Texas Cicada Killer Wasp University in our back yard. We couldn’t go out in the back and cook on the grill. The dogs wouldn’t go out and . . . well – you know. I decided it was time to deal with these things. I started first by covering my deck with plastic. I dressed for war – even tied one of those Rambo things on my head. I decided I would gas them. So I pulled the plug on a couple of fogger bombs. They seemed only annoyed by my first assault.
I talked to my nephew (a professional exterminator) and he explained how they nest and how to get rid of them. The next step for me was to take the top of the deck off and find the hole that indicates the entrance to their nest. I found it on the first night. I sprayed an entire can of foaming wasp killer inside the hole. The next morning – they were still swarming! I took more of the deck top off and found two more nests. I bombed them as well and the next morning – still swarming! Now I have had enough. I walked into the back yard and did the normal Saturday drill, pick up the dog. . . well – you know. Next, trim along the fence and around the deck. All the while, the wasps are all around me. A few got too close and I tried to do the Light Saber bit with the weed whacker, but it’s too cumbersome to be an effective weapon. But it gave me an idea.
I again dressed for battle. I found my racquetball racquet in the garage and I went to war. It took a little while to get the feel for it, but for over an hour I did hand to wing combat with the swarm of Cicada Killer Wasps. In the spirit of Luke Skywalker, I swatted the attacking hordes down with my Jedi skills. They continued to show up throughout the day. Like a soldier of Nehemiah, I worked with a screw gun in one hand and my racquet in the other. I struck down the enemy while my family safely watched in hysteria safely from inside the house. I’m sure it looked ridiculous to the neighbors, but it had to be done. I was tired of talk, smoke and foam. I needed results. What are the Killer Wasps in your life? Are there habits, people or places that you need to eradicate from your scene? Stop doing things that wont work. Do you need to get serious about a new job or new relationships? Do you need to get your body in shape and your health on track? It may be time for you to get your Skywalker on and go to war. May the Force be with You.
Fertlizing is good…very good. Here at the garden we use Daniels Organic Fertilizer and it’s awesome. Since I (Holly) am in charge of the perennials, I’m fertilizing them this week. As far as our perennials go, they get it about 4 times a year max. Annuals get it about every other week. We do a constant liquid feed using a dosatron (fancy name for a machine that combines the water and fertlizer together and comes out of a hose) at 450 ppm (part per million). So my garden tip for the day, is to fertilize. Not a whole lot but it really does help the plants perform their best. Whether you use Osmocote from Lowe’s or Daniels, it doesn’t matter, just feed your plants!!
well after a somewhat wet weekend, we’re back at it today. It’s defnitely hot but not quite as bad as usual. I’m writing today to tell you something very important, we have killer bees here. Well, maybe not, but that’s what I call them because they’re huge! Yesterday, while I was watering, I heard a woman scream. Naturally, I asked her what happen and she said a HUGE bee flew by holding a locust…i’m telling you-killer bees! Anyways, for the past 8 days, this one bee/monster/whatever you want to call it, has been on my echinacea plant. I mean I can’t even prune this plant because he NEVER leaves! Who can identify this for me?
Bienvenidos from the folks at the UGA Trial Gardens. As you likely know, our main reason for being is to conduct research and collect data on the plants in the garden. We just had our Public Open House on July 10th and it was a huge success- over 450 people came. If you’re in the Athens area, you know that it’s ungodly hot at this point in the summer. Some of our plants are starting to show stress from 17+ days of 90 degree weather. However, that’s exactly why our trial garden is located here in Athens, so we can trail the plants in our hot and humid climate! This blog is here to inform you of our daily doings and keep you up to date on events we’re holding. The next date to look forward to is our Evening in the Garden on September 16th at 5:30. There will suppossedly be wine tasting, cheese and a live jazz band. So until then, stay tuned to see what daily life is like as a gardener at the UGA trial gardens.