Jaskolka — snow in the summer garden
Be sure to plant a yaskolku on the site! This unpretentious plant will not only create a beautiful silver background for all seasons of the year. During the transition from spring to summer, a white cloud of flowers will hover over the velvet plant carpet.
The English version of the name of the yaskolk sounds like «snow in the summer.» And this is fully consistent with reality.
In September, I found several branches with pubescent silvery leaves at the landing site. I immediately transplanted them into a mixborder and all winter was surprised at how the most delicate sprouts retained their color and elasticity despite strong winds and frost in the snowless winter of 2014.
And in the spring, a miracle happened: each branch began to grow actively and by the month of May turned into a round pillow with a diameter of about half a meter. At the end of the month, the sapling quickly threw out flower stalks with buds and three charming snow-white balls flaunted on my site. To in autumn, each pillow doubled in size.
It is undemanding to the soil and, like most plants, it does not tolerate heavy soils with stagnant moisture. Peat crumbs are added to rocky soil to avoid overdrying.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW
Jaskolka can be planted anywhere: between stones, on slopes, retaining walls, in mixborders, in the sun or in the shade. The only caveat is that this plant blooms only in illuminated areas.
Felt jar (Cerastium tomentosum)
- Growth area: Central and Southern Italy.
- Flowering period: May, 30-35 days.
- Color spectrum: leaves are silvery, pubescent, flowers are white.
- Height: creeping stems rise 10-15 cm from the ground, flower stalks are short, up to 5 cm from the edge of the branch.
- Growing conditions: recommended for alpine slides, tolerates drought well, loves the sun, does not tolerate stagnant moisture.
- Peculiarities: compact variety, grows up to 60 cm in diameter, pruning to a height of 8-10 cm is recommended in spring, twigs with small leaves, flowers up to 1 cm in diameter.
Bieberstein’s shard (Cerastium biebersteinii)
- Growth area: Crimea.
- Flowering period: May-June, 25-30 days.
- Color spectrum: gray-green leaves
- Height: from 10 cm along the edges to 30 cm in the center of the outlet, flower stalks are long up to 20 cm from the edge of the branch.
- Growing conditions: winters well, loves rich drained soils, but will grow on poor soils, blooms only in sunny areas.
- Peculiarities: grows strongly, pruning is recommended to maintain the shape of the rosette, the twigs are elongated, the leaves are large, the flowers are up to 1.5 cm in diameter, after flowering it is recommended to cut the flower stalks.
Pay attention to the plant variety when buying (or better yet, the annotation on the seed package) if you want to get a specific result. After all, different types of stalk look different in the garden. Some spread with a velvet carpet no higher than 5-8 cm. Others form lush pillows up to 25 cm in height. All of them look great in mixborders and rockeries.
Low-growing varieties are best emphasized by an interesting landform along paths, under trees, wherever there are mounds, slopes. They will beautifully frame a mixborder or fill an empty space.
Higher varieties themselves create relief with their convex shape. Because they are ideal for flat surfaces.
Primroses will be an excellent pair for gray-green foliage in the spring. Especially those that grow no lower than the height of a velvet pillow. On my site in the spring, the jaskolka is adjacent to tulips of muted colors and bright blue muscari.
Closer to summer, luxurious irises open. Their flowering period coincides with the flowering of the sapling, so here it is worth considering the color of the flowers. White floral clouds make a great match for monochrome irises or two-tone (white plus another color). Mixes are very attractive, where white ones grow next to a bright or even dark iris, and at the base of the composition there is a sapling.
In the spring, the alpine carnation blooms. Her compact, bright pink jackets perfectly complement the white rug of the chickadee.
In the summer, any low- and medium-sized flowers will fit in a pair with a stalk.
Autumn is the time of flowering of the queen of this season, the chrysanthemum. For compact spherical varieties of this flower, the sapling will be just the perfect background …
If you have already landed a sapling, then it will take care of reproduction itself and very successfully. Literally in a season, the curtain will grow, and the space around will be filled with young individuals obtained from self-seeding. Just dig and replant.
In other cases, the sapling is propagated by seeds and dividing the bush. But taming cuttings is quite troublesome.
Seeds are planted in a greenhouse in April or in open ground (partial shade) in the middle of summer and the soil must be controlled — it should be moderately moist.
After the appearance of the first true leaves, the plants dive.
At the beginning of autumn, seedlings look like small twigs; during this period, they are planted in a permanent place in open ground.
An adult overgrown plant can be divided into several parts. To do this, you first need to find a place (point) for the growth of the shard. Overgrown branches gently lift. Below them you will see new shoots (self-seeding) that can be transplanted successfully. But if your goal is an adult, you need to carefully separate the aerial part of the plant with your hands and cut it off with a shovel along with a large clod of earth.
A plant with a lump is transplanted to a new place in a prepared hole without dividing. Part of the plant may die, this is normal, but the rest will take root and delight you with flowering.
The frequency of transplantation is at least once every 5 years, otherwise the plant will lose its decorative effect.
The best time for this procedure is the end of March — the first half of April. Summer transplantation can give poor survival results. With an autumn transplant, the plant will only have time for rooting, and it will go into active growth only next year.
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