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Planting Trees and Shrubs:
It's time to get planting again. The pleasant weather is great for planting perennials, ground covers, herbs, roses, and trees and shrubs. It's also ideal for planting native plants, trees, shrubs, and perennials. And don't forget native wildflowers. They'll germinate beautifully with the winter rains.
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Ideal for a variety of in-ground and container planting.
"A man should never plant a garden larger than his wife can take care of."
~T. H. Everett
- Plant all types of permanent landscaping plants (trees, shrubs,
vines, perennials, ground covers) except for tropicals.
- Remove summer flowers and prepare the beds for cool season color
with the addition of an organic soil amendment.
- Plant cool season annuals such as pansies, snapdragons, stocks,
Iceland poppies, dianthus, calendulas, primrose and ornamental kale
- Plant bulbs such as daffodils, anemones, bearded iris,
Dutch iris, and more.
- Purchase tulip, hyacinth and bulbs and place them in the
vegetable drawer of the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks to prepare them
for later planting.
- Plant cineraria for late and winter and early spring bloom.
- Scatter wildflower seeds, such as California poppies and others.
Fall and winter rains will help them germinate for a lavish spring
flower show. These are perfect additions for wilder, less cultivated
areas of the garden, such as slopes.
- Plant cool season lawns by seed or sod such as fescue, perennial
ryegrass or bluegrass. Fall is the best time of year by far for this job.
- Over-seed sparse lawns with a compatible grass seed.
- Fertilize your cool season lawn (fescue, perennial ryegrass or
bluegrass) to prepare it for winter.
- Over-seed your Bermuda grass lawn with annual ryegrass if you want a
beautiful, green carpet all winter long. When the warm weather
returns, the annual ryegrass will die out and the Bermuda will take
over once again.
- Remove old plants from the summer vegetable garden and prepare it
for the fall crops by cultivating the soil and adding compost or an
organic soil amendment.
- Plant cool season vegetables such as root crops, leafy vegetables,
peas, broccoli and cauliflower.
- If you planted your sweet peas last month, thin them out and pinch
them back to force branching; there is still time to plant them by
seed or starts, also.
- Divide clumping plants that are overgrown such as ginger, clivia,
agapanthus, daylily, dietes and bird of paradise.
- Divide perennials such as Shasta daisy, aster, chrysanthemum,
rudbeckia and many others, if needed. Most perennials should be
divided every 3-5 years.
- Cut back zonal, ivy and Martha Washington geraniums.
- Divide naturalized bulbs, if needed, such as belladonna lilies,
daffodils, paper white narcissus and Dutch iris. If the bulbs are
crowded and the bloom was sparse the previous spring, they probably
should be divided.
- Divide hardy water lilies.
- Treat blue hydrangeas with aluminum sulfate to keep them blue
(otherwise they will be pink next year).
- Apply one last round of fertilizer to roses early this month.
- Begin decreasing the amount of water given to deciduous fruit trees
to help prepare for their winter dormancy.
- Remove summer annuals from outdoor containers and replace them with
a cool-season alternative that will provide color from fall through
- If you have some shade plant a bed of cyclamen (or use them as
container plants) for dependable color for the upcoming holiday
- Prune hedges and shrubs that have gotten out of hand over the
summer. Do not prune
spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs until after they bloom in the
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Street trees give us shelter from the wind, privacy from the roads, and shade from the sun--and at the same time add diversity to our yards. Without them our streets and neighborhoods would be much less attractive and comfortable. Street trees are a vital part of every town or city's infrastructure, contributing energy savings, filtering storm water runoff and enhancing property values.
When planting a street tree, consider the particular site where the tree will be planted. Ask these five questions before you select and plant your tree:
- What is the ground width between the street and the sidewalk?
- Are above- or below-ground utilities present?
- Will the tree growth interfere with street signs or lighting?
- What is the soil type of the site?
- Is water readily available or will it have to be brought to the tree?
Taking time to answer these questions will help prevent headaches later. Trees planted in the wrong sites will uplift sidewalks, become tangled in power lines, obstruct throughways, and become unhealthy and unattractive over the years. Matching the right tree to your particular site is the best way to guarantee its success.
We stock a great selection of shade trees for most street settings along with the products you need for planting. You should check with your local planning office and ask if a permit is required before planting. Many local communities have an approved Master Street Tree Plan that you must follow.
No matter what, choose a tree you will care for and appreciate and enjoy for its unique characteristics. Once planted, make maintaining your tree a top priority. Healthy trees add to the beauty of your yard and improve the quality of the environment not only for people, but also for birds and animals.
As always, our staff of nursery professionals is available to help you make the right selection for your home.
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Is the bearded iris for you? Well, the more you learn about this versatile little bloom, the more you will appreciate its simple splendor. With old-fashioned grace, the bearded iris is available in a host of colors and sizes. Fun to share, easy to grow and care for, they incorporate nicely in sunny landscapes.
Bearded irises range in height from about 8 inches high to 3 feet. The smaller the iris, the earlier in the season it will flower. A small cluster of the dwarf varieties will work nicely in a rock garden. Taller varieties work well as borders or in a sunny corner all by themselves.
The key to growing them is how you plant the odd-looking rhizome. Unlike most other bulbs, only the roots are buried in the soil. Bearded iris are very drought tolerant; they prefer sunny locations where the soil can dry out between watering. Before planting, work your soil well by adding a soil amendment. Add a bulb food and your plants should thrive and bloom their hearts out for you.
Caring for and sharing your bearded iris is not complex. In late summer, your iris clumps will become crowded and blooms will suffer. Unless you see buds, your center rhizome will probably not bloom a second time; compost it! Lift the entire clump with a garden fork. Cut apart the new younger siblings from the older center rhizome, allow a day or two to dry, and replant as before. Or if you prefer, share with friends and neighbors so you can buy some new colors!
Early fall is the best time to select and plant bearded iris. We have many outstanding color selections in stock and invite you to come in for a visit while supplies last.
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Depending on which plant you're talking about, Morning Glory plants are either a beautiful sight, or a scourge to be eliminated.
The easily controlled annual plants that are sold in garden centers are lovely, but their native cousin, commonly referred to as bindweed, is hearty, and hard to get rid of. Indgenous members of the Morning Glory family are found almost everywhere on the planet, and they are universally hard to control.
Bindweed typically spreads via rhizomes, which are sections of roots that store energy and are capable of producing an entirely new plant. Spreading over the top of the ground, the plant will drop new roots into the ground wherever it touches.
Unfortunately, it is very hard to dig out these new, unwanted, plants, without making the problem worse. Have you ever seen the segment in the movie Fantasia where Mickey is trying to get rid of the broom sticks? It's very much like that.
Because each rhizome is capable of becoming a new plant, attempts at digging or tilling them out can just make the problem worse.
The best bet is to block the sunlight from the plant, whether by using carpet, black plastic, or even sod, and then cutting out any shoots that appear from underneath before they can restock the rhizomes with more energy.
You'll need to go out every week, or at least every two weeks, to pull any shoots that make it to the light. This can take up to a year, but you must remain vigilant. If you let them get sunlight, the plant will replenish the rhizomes and you will be starting over again.
There are also chemical solutions that will help control bindweed. The best time to use them is in the fall. Repeated applications will probably be necessary, as the roots can be over 10' deep into the ground. Again, checking regularly will help you stay ahead of the game.
Another thing to consider is that even though your eradication campaign is being successful, your neighbors could be making the problem worse by ignoring it.
Discussing your project with your neighbors and working together will save you a lot of time and frustration in the long run.
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What's the difference between a daffodil and a narcissus?
There is no difference. The two words are synonyms. Narcissus is the botanical name for daffodils, just as ilex is for hollies.
Daffodil is the common name for all members of the genus Narcissus, and its use is recommended by the American Daffodil Society at all times other than in scientific writing.
In some parts of the country, any yellow daffodil is called a jonquil, usually incorrectly. As a rule, but not always, jonquil species and hybrids are characterized by several yellow flowers, strong scent, and rounded foliage.
But who really cares? They are all lovely flowers--and we say, "Call them whatever makes you happy!"
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- 2 bunches green onions
- 1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk
- 1/4 cup soy sauce, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 teaspoons chili paste
- 1 pound firm tofu, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
- 4 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 4 cups chopped bok choy
- salt to taste
Step by Step:
- Remove white parts of green onions, and finely chop.
- Chop green parts of green onions into 2" pieces.
- In a large heavy skillet over medium heat, mix coconut milk, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, brown sugar, curry powder, ginger, and chili paste.
- Bring to a boil.
- Stir tofu, tomatoes, yellow pepper, mushrooms, and the white parts of the green onions into the skillet. (Don't use the green parts of the onions yet.)
- Cover, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Mix in basil and bok choy.
- Season with salt and remaining soy sauce.
- Continue cooking 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender but crisp.
- Garnish with the 2" pieces of green onion.
Yield: 6 servings