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Friday, September 10, 2010
The Glories of Late Summer
Every year is different. Gardeners can't possibly know for certain how our gardens will fare by summers' end.
Will they melt away with the heat or will they stand the test to flourish in spite of harsh circumstances? The elements out of our control in the midst of summer can make all the difference.
Rain or the lack of it, the heat index, humidity levels, storms, and weather patterns. All factors lending credence to the stress levels of a Florida garden.
Perhaps this is true, more or less, no matter where you garden.
Having only gardened in Florida all my life it is Florida summer I'm very familiar with and more and more in-tune each year to how it affects plant-life.
Planting Caladium x hortulanum bulbs in spring and/or summer has the potential to deliver loads of lasting pizzazz to the late summer garden.
It has been discovered here that no matter what those overly-heated months of July and August have in store for us, the caladiums are shining stars well into September... and if planted a little later will stay perky as long as October and November.
It is no secret I'm a huge fan of the ease of maintenance and the colorful zing they possess shamelessly tucked into just about every border somewhere or the other.
Fortunately for Floridians, the conditions caladiums prefer are just what we have to offer.
Soil temperatures of at least 75-78 degrees and high, relative humidity of 90% is what they ask for to perform well.
Choosing the appropriate variety of bulb is key to the overall outcome to be enjoyed in the landscape design.
There are so many to pick from and they range in color, height, and sensitivity to sunlight.
All those heart-shaped leaves poking their pretty foliage out in between other plants is what makes them stand out.
Naturally, I'm a little biased. But don't they just look good in any setting!
But forced into narrow spaces in great numbers is what we prefer for their sassy way of being noticed among all the other textures and forms welcoming them as summer-long residents.
Yes, I'll keep singing the praises of caladiums until the last one fades away. Please don't tell me if you tire of seeing them. That might break my heart. :-)