Like most people “of a certain age”, I don’t really need anything but I would hate for there not to be something under the Christmas tree. After all, we went out to the back, cut it down one of our own trees, dragged it in, cut it several times so it would fit into the hallway and then spent a couple of hours decorating it – so it needs gifts under it.
But as a gardener and garden designer, what I really want is PLANTS!! And there are some beauties that will be available come the spring.
I love purple and I try to buy as much purple for my garden as possible. I will accept lilac and mauve but a good, deep purple – now that is exciting.
This year’s “colour” is Ultra Violet
So the first plant I will be heading out to acquire, for me and my nursery, is
Let’s Dance Rave Hydrangea which has intense colour that will stand out in any garden. Those of us who grow hydrangea know that soil composition can impact the colour of the blooms for many of the plants. If you want the deep and vibrant purple, you will need acidic soil otherwise you will get this lovely deep pink. (see My Curated Garden on Facebook for the purple version).
To create acidic soil you can lower the pH by either applying a soil acidifier or by adding organic mulch such as pine needles or pine bark. You can test for the pH levels of your soil. Perhaps you can ask Santa to put this tester in your stocking, or under the tree http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?cat=2,42578&p=69257
In order to attain/maintain the vivid purple colour your soil will have to be in the pH range of 5.2 – 5.5.
Many garden centres and nurseries offer gift cards at this time of the year and many will know whether they will have a particular plant in stock next year.
A gift card and a garden diary will make a wonderful gift for someone who loves to dig around in the dirt!