I’m back… Summer is always a crazy time, traveling, gardening, painting projects, etc. So I’ve falling down in the blogging department. Well enough with the excuses… on with the pretty pictures from the garden tour. What garden tour? The Secret Garden Tour hosted by Minot Symphony every summer.
This year I only got photos of the first garden before my phone died, but what a garden. It was packed with fruit trees, vines, canes and other fruiting plants all intermingled with vegetables and flowers. They had an adorable greenhouse/potting shed in a popping purple.
The owner shared a secret about how she was able to display peony blooms long after they where done blooming. In fact she said she often is able to have them as late as September.
How? She cuts the blooms before they open, trimming all the leaves off and refrigerating them wrapped in plastic-wrap laying flat. She said “the bud should feel like a marshmallow” to get the best results. Also don’t store fruits or vegetables in the refrigerator that give off ethylene gas, the gas will decay flowers faster. Apples, pears, plums and peaches are some of the worst culprits.
To get the buds to open dunk them in very warm water for about five minutes. Then clip the end of the stem in water then place in vase with water. In a few hours they should open up beautifully.
They had lots of time and labor saving improvement such as raised beds, gravel walkways, soaker hoses, mulch, etc.
There was lots of pretty pink flowers here and there.
They used grape vines to increase privacy from the neighbors.
The garden had several fruit trees some were train to lie flat against a wall or trellis. This practices is called espalier and allows you to fit lots of trees in a small area and harvest easier. There was several small trees grown traditionally too.
You can check out last year’s tour
What do you like growing best?
Not much of summer left now, what nutty things have you been up to?
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