It’s Time To Plant Summer Bulbs

April is the month for planting your summer bulbs like dahlias, gladiolas, and lilies. Mix bulb fertilizer together with your planting soil to give the bulbs a good start. Visit us soon for the best selection and all the tools needed for easy planting.

Spring blooming bulbs should be deadheaded when the blossoms fade, but do not cut off the green foliage yet. The leaves continue to grow for a few weeks and provide the bulb with nutrients for good flowering next year. If you find the foliage unattractive, plant other perennials close by which will give you color and hide the deteriorating look of the bulbs.

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Invite Spring Indoors this Easter

easter_cg_03_13Invite spring indoors this year with Easter bulbs and beautiful bulb gardens. Whether you choose a more formal theme with understated color or a garden with the all the shades of the rainbow, we have just what you are looking for. Our expert designers have been busy creating dish gardens in many sizes with different types of containers and spring accents. Bulb gardens are a thoughtful addition to an Easter table or any Easter décor, bringing fresh color and amazing fragrance into your home.

Please come in today and throughout the weekend. Visit our gift department as well as the greenhouse for the perfect gift for family and friends that entertain. You will also find the perfect ingredients for a fabulous Easter basket sure to delight the little ones in your life!

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for April 6th at 2:00 p.m. when our own ‘Plant Doctor’ Bob will give you all the information you need to move your bulbs and other Easter plants from indoors and incorporate them outside in your garden. Spring plants can be “the gift that keeps on giving” if you know how and Bob will share his knowledge with you.

Enjoy the celebration of rebirth and a fresh beginning this weekend!

Time for Easter!

What a beautiful morning!  I am looking forward to a day outside with the high temperature at 60 degrees.  At this time of year, I prefer to garden when it is a little cooler.  I am just not ready yet for the 70’s.  Well, I do like the temperatures in the 70’s but when I want to read outside or relax, not garden.  That’s just me.  (Today’s projects are to edge my garden beds and mow my grass for the first time.)

I am so delighted by Easter flowers.  Tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, Easter lilies…all of them!  Their colors are so vibrant!  I know that some people don’t care for the sweet aroma of hyacinth but to me it is heavenly.

When I talk to people about the flowers that they want to either buy for themselves or give them to someone, the most popular question is “how long will they last”.  If they are kept outside to decorate a porch or patio, they will last for weeks.  They do best in cooler temperatures and can take the cool April nights.  Tulips are the biggest concern because during the day they open up and look as if they are bloomed-out.  This is what tulips do.  While the sun is out they will open their flowers and then in the evening and nighttime they close back up again – so don’t be concerned about a tulip with open blossoms.  They are just showing off.  I have a few little tables and plant stands on my porch where I like to show off my bulb plants.  I slip them into a decorative pot – not just because it looks nicer but it also keeps them from blowing over in the wind.

One word of caution about Easter lilies – they are poisonous to cats so choose wisely when  making a selection for either yourself or someone else.

If you want to keep your flowers inside, bulb plants will give at least two weeks of color. There is always the choice of buying a cheerful basket of seasonal color for the house too. Inside, a mixtures of daisies, geraniums, calla lilies, begonias, etc. are perfectly happy and will thrive.