‘Green Penguin’ Scotch Pine

We started carrying a new form of pine last year by the name of Pinus sylvestris ‘Green Penguin’. It’s very dwarf with a dense and upright habit. Growing just 3-5″ per year it is suitable for using as an upright accent in smaller gardens or foundation plantings. Like most pines it is fairly deer and…

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Fall Bulb Info and Ideas

Fall Bulb Info and Ideas

I came across these two articles about bulbs recently and wanted to share them with you.  The first is about growing saffron crocus, which we have in stock this year: http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2013/SaffronCrocus.shtml And the second is about using bulbs a little more creatively: http://awaytogarden.com/how-to-plant-bulbs-creatively-with-chanticleers-jonathan-wright/ We still have a good selection of bulbs and supplies so you…

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Hosta Diseases

Hosta Diseases

I came across this great free publication about pests and diseases of Hostas recently and thought I’d share it with everyone.  You can download it from IA State here: Diseases and pests of hostas

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Fall Cleanup

It’s hard to believe it’s already the first day of autumn. The season has been so cool that it feels like we should have two more months to garden yet!  While there’s still time left to enjoy your gardens, this is the time of year that people come in or call with lots of questions about what…

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Fall Lawn Care

Many people think that spring is the best time for lawn care chores like de-thatching, aeration, fertilizing, and weed control.  The truth is that fall is a better time to do these chores.  Our cool season turf grasses are coming back into active growth after summer dormancy.  Now is the time to water if we aren’t getting…

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New Perennials for 2013

During our spring open house a couple of weeks ago, I  spoke about  some of the new perennials for 2013.  For those who couldn’t make it out to the event, here’s the list and some information about them. Agastache ‘Tango’ – Hyssop – I’m a big fan of the various types of hyssop, so talking about this…

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Spring Bulbs

The weather is certainly getting cooler, but there are still some nice days to get out into the garden and now is the time to plant spring bulbs! Here are some general guidelines for planting bulbs. Bulbs don’t typically like heavy soil.  If you are dealing with clay, definitely amend with compost or peat to…

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A Trip to the Green Bay Botanic Garden

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to take a trip to the Green Bay Botanic Garden.  It’s a really great public garden and I highly recommend taking a day to get up there and check it out.  You can read part 1 about my trip here: http://www.confessionsofaplantgeek.com/2012/09/a-visit-to-green-bay-botanic-garden-pt-1.html Part 2 is here  http://www.confessionsofaplantgeek.com/2012/09/a-visit-to-green-bay-botanic-garden-pt.html

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