Sneak Peak

Our first shipments of garden accessories have arrived! And there are some very nice things. Judy has her dibs on the giant green frog. Soni kinda likes the horses.

There are now angels among us! St Francis is nearly 30 inches tall and soooo nice!

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We have big frogs and little frogs.

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Vases and tea lights to decorate your patio.

And wall art with horses in mind!

We open for the 2016 Spring season April 11!

It’s coming!

It may be white and snowy out there, but spring is right around the corner! Growing up the in the florist industry, I was conditioned that as soon as the last Valentine’s arrangement went out the door, we switched gears and started thinking about seeding peppers,

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planting up geraniums,

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taking cuttings, making sure the furnaces are in working order.

Snow outside coldframe (2)Generators, too! March has the most unstable weather of the year, I swear!

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Soon this winter flag for a hydrangea will be snipped away and green, hardy foliage will emerge, tiny buds will push up and new, bright green and creamy white blossoms will replace this tired reminder of last summer.

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The butterfly weed seeds which scattered from these perfect pods will germinate in the moist soil and create new food for monarch butterflies.

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These scrawny, sorry hanging baskets…….

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will bring a smile to the faces of anyone driving down Highway 5 mid-summer (except, of course, those poor guys who take such good care of them!)

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Fall planted bulbs will peek out their brave little faces, only to take a hit from winter. The flowers always win, though!

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And, of course, spring brings Container workshops and Dirty Dining!

We are also in the process of adding new events, such as a Gallery on the Go painting evening, classes on herbs, succulents and more.

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I just can’t wait!!!!!!!!

It’s Officially Spring!

Well, the calendar says it is spring. And the last ten days felt like spring. Today, not so much. And have you seen the forecast?!? I heard a nasty rumor of 4-8 inches of snow by Wednesday.

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But don’t tell the geraniums!

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They are doing their level best to grow and thrive. See those tiny little white roots poking through? Sometimes it’s like watching a pot of water come to a boil. You watch and look and look and watch and wait for the first sight of pure white hair-like roots making their way to the edge of the pot. Then, all of a sudden, there they are! And we get so excited! Just like getting to open the first gift at Christmas. Or seeing the first foal hit the ground each year. More little miracles. It’s what this growing stuff is all about.

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A few of the liners are blooming. Crazytunia Black Mamba is always one of the first to show off.

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And even though winter is going to hang on a bit longer, the geese have been noisily making their way north. They are a sure sign that a few more flakes a snow mean nothing. Spring is really here!

Things are looking up! But don’t get too excited.

What a difference a week makes in the greenhouse! While the first week in March was so frustrating, mostly due to the weather, the second week felt much more bright and cheery. 🙂

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Last week I also worried about whether Mabel would root out. Look at those tiny little roots!

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And this Mabel Grey is really anxious to get growing!

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She didn’t even lose much foliage. Can’t you smell that wonderful lemon scent? Makes my mouth water just looking at this picture!

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We finally got enough liners in to plant up the city hanging baskets. Kinda hard to believe that this….

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will be this in a few short months!

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I took a quick stroll through the display bed on Sunday. This optimistic daffodil is starting to peek through the mulch. The first break of dormancy always makes me smile!

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Snow Angel heuchera is an evergreen perennial, but I’m always excited to see she made it through another winter.

As excited as I am to see these sure signs of spring, I had to pull myself up short and remember that it really is only the middle of March. It is way too early to do clean-up work in the perennial beds. I itch to cut back dead foliage, rake up the debris. As nice as our forecast is, we will still suffer from some pretty cold nights. A severe drop in temperature after perennials think summer is coming can be fatal. More perennials die from a late killing frost than from very cold January! So I am trying to be content with watching and waiting. Sigh.

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Finally! I’ve been waiting for evidence of life below the oh-so-cold mulch. Today the daffodils burst forth in sun-shiny joy! Just in time for Mother’s Day!

Speaking of which, don’t forget our Open House Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 each day. We are offering 10% off on all hanging baskets, as long as you take them home with you.

Full lunch menu Saturday with just soup on Sunday. Sign up for door prizes, too!

 

Planter Play Day for Kids

Saturday was our annual Planter Play Day for Kids. These little ones take their planting very seriously!

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They get to pick out their favorite flower, dig in the dirt, and have mac & cheese and hot dogs! What more can you ask for?

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A little help from Mom.

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We have been watching some of these kids grow up for years. These two first came when she was barely walking and he was smaller than she.

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Nora and Emma are starting a new family tradition!

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The best part of the day is the smiles!

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Ava and Abi were proud of their creations.

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But the smile on their baby sister was my favorite! Why don’t we as adults radiate that kind of joy when we smile? Maybe we need some Planter Play Days, too!

Should I or shouldn’t I?

Spring is officially here. It is teasing us with rapidly disappearing snow and the occasional warm day. It is so tempting to get out and see what is brave enough to peek through after this miserable winter. heuchera

While it is sooooo tempting to clear away the dead leaves and other debris and give those tiny green sprouts some sun, please wait! Winter’s grip is not completely relaxed. These tender plants still need the protection that last year’s leaves and stems and even snow provide.

Did you know that our bitter cold temperatures do not kill perennials nearly as often as fluctuation in temperature does? When the temperature warms, plants start to think it is spring and juices start flowing. Sudden drops in temperature cause then shock the poor things and often kill or seriously set plants, trees and shrubs back.

Pruning

That doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy the sunshine and get some yard work done. This is the perfect time to prune trees and shrubs – before the sap starts to move.

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Trim away branches that are touching.

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Also prune off water shoots. These are branches that shoot straight up from a branch. They are unproductive and waste energy.

As fun as it is to trim and cut and shape, remember never to remove more than one third of the growth of the tree or shrub you are working on.

So, yes, you should prune now, no, you shouldn’t clean up too much.