Deadheading In The Garden

Posted by F&S

We Frenchies paid a visit to the peony garden the other day and found Wilmer and Roger busy at work.  Have you ever heard of deadheading?  No, it has nothing to do with tie-dye or rock concerts!

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Sharkey, what do you suppose Wilmer and Roger are doing in the peony garden?

1 Sharkey, what do you suppose Wilmer and Roger are doing in the peony garden?

Well, Francesca - You know that the peonies have finished blooming and the flowers are long gone.

2 Well, Francesca - You know that the peonies have finished blooming and the flowers are long gone.

I think they're performing a very important task called deadheading.

3 I think they're performing a very important task called deadheading.

Deadheading sounds terrible, but it's really good for the plant and for the garden.

4 Deadheading sounds terrible, but it's really good for the plant and for the garden.

What they're doing is cutting off all of the spent peony flowers.

5 What they're doing is cutting off all of the spent peony flowers.

Hi Wilmer!  I see you're removing the old peony flowers using a sharp pair of secateurs, or garden clippers.

6 Hi Wilmer! I see you're removing the old peony flowers using a sharp pair of secateurs, or garden clippers.

After the flower is gone, the plant puts energy into making seed pods.

7 After the flower is gone, the plant puts energy into making seed pods.

Seed pods are great if you want to collect seeds for sprouting new plants.

8 Seed pods are great if you want to collect seeds for sprouting new plants.

Just the thought of any more peonies around here is kind of exhausting.  We have so many already!

9 Just the thought of any more peonies around here is kind of exhausting. We have so many already!

By removing the old blooms, the plant won't put energy into making those seeds, keeping the plant nice and strong for the next blooming season.

10 By removing the old blooms, the plant won't put energy into making those seeds, keeping the plant nice and strong for the next blooming season.

To remove it, you make a clean cut right above a leaf node.

11 To remove it, you make a clean cut right above a leaf node.

Deadheading also makes the garden look a whole lot neater.  Great job!  Carry on, guys!

12 Deadheading also makes the garden look a whole lot neater. Great job! Carry on, guys!

Comments (13)

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    This is a late night because of the heat. Hot, hot and double hot is the word around here. The humidity is what is bad. I am excited to hear how everyones holiday weekend was---I love seeing you girls helping in the peony gardens. Don't forget the sunscreen. I will check back in the a.m. Abby, you and I just misunderstood what Independence Day meant, by doing our running off excursions. I will try not to do that again. Have a GEM of a day all.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Good morning everyone,
    What did you all do for the Fourth of July weekend? Lots of fireworks this weekend. Some animals don't like the loud noise. It doesn't bother me. Just humans being goofy. For some reason, in the middle of summer, they like to hear loud booms and see all kinds of sparkely lights in the sky. Oh well, who am I to judge. I like laying on the deck early in the morning and watering trees whenever I can. Hehehehehehehe
    So girls, they remove the dead flowers fron the plants to help the plant. What do they do with the dead flowers? Do they go to the compost pile?
    Karen went to the Pocono race track yesterday to watch the Indy car race. Those cars go over 230 miles per hour. No roof. Mario Andretti was there. He used to race withbKaren's dad and he visited her dad at his house many times so Karen was happy she got to see him again.
    Well my Glue Squad friends, I am anxious to hear from you until then I am headed to the deck
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    Oh the joy of deadheading - NOT! Mom hates to do that and I don't blame her. I guess it is important if you want pretty flowers.

    Ruby I hear ya about this heat - H O T!!! We had beautiful weather for our party and everyone had a great time. The heat this weekend was just horrible and mom went and played golf in it - she looked sick when she came home. I tried to tell her to stay with me.

    T-Bone has been freaked out every night with the fireworks. I tried to tell him there is nothing to be scared of but the big old boy won't listen. I think we heard the last of them - I'm hoping.......

    Zoe

  • I 'accidentally" deadheaded a row of flowers with a weed whacker! :)

    It's been hot and humid here in NH! The dew point is in the 70's which means it's oppressive! Ugh.

    "Off with their heads". Keep lopping Wilmer and Roger!

    gail

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Ole Kirby’s eyes must be getting tired. When I first read this I thought it said that you visited the “pony” garden. I was wondering what kind of animal that would be. Then Daddy said his mother had some wonderful flower gardens. I reread this and now I feel silly. Guess it is because of all the fireworks this weekend. I don’t like them at all. It banged and boomed all night last night. Kept me awake all night which means that two other people were awake too. Daddy said it was just thunderstorms but I know it was fireworks; can feel it in my bones. The ground was wet this morning and the rain gauge has another two inches of rain in it. Guess Daddy may be right.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Sharkey, Francesca, Maddox, Rebel, Zoe and all my buddies,
    Deadheading looks like a lot of work. We loved picture nine of Sharkey smiling. Abby was smiling this weekend and staying inside doing her frog pose yoga close to the floor. After her Independence run after the deer she has to keep a LOW profile.
    Brutus and Max we enjoyed your comments the last few days. Bee, it was nice to hear from you too. We loved seeing our buddy Minnow and the patriotic dog comments. Rebel, hope you had a nice bath this weekend. Zoe, its humid and hot here too. Did you have a good pool party?
    Maddox, that was interesting about the Pocono raceway. Hope you are cool out on the deck. Delia, glad the ragdoll cat came back safe. Fireworks can be very scary. Dudley, how was your weekend?
    Mom ran in two running races over the holiday. She said it was very hot and is doing her pullup routine today. I think she really loved running in the MUD on Saturday. Maybe that was what Ruby Gem and Abby were doing, cross country training?
    Kirby and Fuzzy Butt hope you had a nice weekend.
    I am reading lots of books and enjoying fresh CATNIP from our flower garden!
    Purrrs to Kitty and all-
    James Dean

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, WOW! You sweet girls sure had fun watching Wilmer and Roger cutting those dead blossoms on the beautiful peony garden to protect the peony plants that will bloom again next year! Those fellows sure did a great job and the plants still look good! Looks like they enjoyed your help! Hope you had a great 4th of July and we did,also! Our weather has been pretty nice with clouds in the mornings and sunshine in the afternoons! Have another great day and hug GK for me! Ruby, sure hope your weather improves and please don't run out on the roads ever again! We need you to be safe! Hi Maddox, we did have loud noises and booming only until about 10PM on the 4th of July, so I never got scared either! Zoe, sure hope your Mom gets cooled off from that awful heat! We always go inside when it gets too hot and I feel OK then! Gail, sure hope you feel cooler real soon! Hope to hear from all the rest of you great buddies today! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • There's alot of deadheads around here, but I don't think those need lopping off. HAHA
    Thanks girls for explaining the importance of cutting off spent flowers. Mis and her family did that for many years but I don't think they miss it too much. The new venture seem to bring it's own kind of fun. Something about changing careers mid-life??
    I hope everyone had a great weekend. Not much firework activity here. Guess most people decided to attend the municiple shows. All except the neighbors across the road that set some off at 11:00 that night. It was soooo quite then all heck broke loose. Not liking them very much!
    Otherwise a very nice weekend for me. The sun was shining. The humidity is up but we didn't have any storms in our area. Mis just needs to keep an eye on the tropical depression that formed yesterday. With all the rain we've had, it could get dangerous if we see it move up the coast.
    Ruby and all you glue squaders in the high heat areas, Please stay cool! How do your states handle people who insist on leaving their pets in cars on hot days. Yesterday, Mis's brother-in-Law,Ray confronted a man that had left his dog locked in a car with the windows rolled down about 3". He was ready to break the window with a rock had the man not come back when he did. A lady was giving it water though a straw. The man asked Ray what was he supposed to do, they didn't allow dogs in the building. Ray told him that he needed to think about that the next time he came to the Market. Ray called the Police like we are told to do, but they did't show-up. No real teeth in the laws here. It's just defined as abuse in the local ordinances. Some people DO NOT need pets! Geeezzzz!
    Okay, off the soapbox. I hope everyones day is the greatest!
    Dixie Boy

  • Guess I'm weird, but I love dead heading...especially if it's not at my house, this way I get new seeds and they don't go to waste ha ha ;-)

    Oh gail, you didn't? my hubby is known to do this, he doesn't know a plant from a weed!

    Our air-conditioner went out yesterday while it wasn't even on for a week, but I wanted it on since it got to be 90 degrees...the shade of our trees keep us from getting too hot in the house, so I turned it on and I told my husband it doesn't sound right, he says, you are always hearing things...went downstairs and there was water all over the floor, so something in the unit is not right...notice it always happens on a weekend or holiday :-(

    We have Lenox Unit and they don't exist anymore according to our repairman soooo $$$$$$!

    Glue-squard friends and fur-friends
    Hugs to all
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello F&S&GK, and all the GS buddies:
    Today's blog was very interesting, Mom often goes around and deadheads, makes her feel like she is tidying up the garden! Of course, if you walk around with a glass of white wine as well it does make it a pleasant pastime!
    We also are experiencing the general oppressive heat and humidity that everyone else has been having. We are praying that the a/c doesn't fail us - its an older unit and we just never know. We love our a/c and it gets lots of use in the summer. We are outside in the back only in the early mornings and later, after dinner when the sun is lower. Ah well, just think the days are now getting shorter ..... Soon we'll be complaining about cold again!
    Glad everyone had a good 4th of July, we agree about the fireworks, they are not nice things and they frightened us as well.
    Well, gotta go, talk to everyone tomorrow. Love and Beardie bounces, Martha, Riley and Lucy girl.

  • Good morning ladies,
    Work, Work, Work...keeps you young though! All we have to deadhead is marigolds. Lots of little yellow marigolds.
    My first ducklings of the summer aren't so "ling" anymore. They are almost as big as their Mom. They came waddling up the yard to nibble under the bird feeder and stomped on a lily & broke it off. Mimi says no problem. That's cause she loves to watch the ducks while she does dishes.
    Cloudy day here, off to my morning nap.
    Great day everybody!
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Happy post- 4th of July weekend everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Independence Day. Thanks for the great gardening tips Franny and Sharkey. Where's sweet boy G.K.?

  • ..guess what... Lucinda and James are thinking about another dog...will keep you all posted..over and out

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