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Clethra: Our Favorite Native Shrub

By |2019-08-14T16:23:46-04:00August 14th, 2019|

Among my favorite summer pleasures, golfing, bicycling or walking in the woods, is experiencing the heady, honey-peppery perfume of Clethra alnifolia, commonly and aptly known as sweet pepperbush or summersweet. In bloom from late July and well into August, individual white florets open progressively along the 3-6” upright spikes (technically “racemes”), permeating the air. Clethra in the wild is often camouflaged by the forest canopy, so becoming engulfed by such a uniquely enchanting aroma can be an inspiring mystery, particularly enjoyable on those oppressively-humid midsummer days.  A densely-branched, deciduous and suckering shrub, Cletha is native to, and can [...]

Getting the most from summer blooming perennials

By |2019-08-01T10:08:49-04:00August 1st, 2019|

As the dog days of summer arrive, many of the perennials in our gardens can look colorless and worn out.  But many types of perennials can rebloom, and with a little attention and planning the show can continue well into the summer. Baja Daylily Let’s start with daylilies.  Traditionally daylilies bloomed only once in the early part of the summer, but there are now “rebloomers” like ‘Stella d’Oro’ and ‘Happy Returns’ which produce continual flushes of blooms from early summer until fall.  There are also many varieties like ‘Scarlet Orbit’ or ‘Strawberry Candy’ which will bloom twice [...]

Busting the Summer Planting Myth

By |2019-07-03T11:33:04-04:00July 1st, 2019|

by Dirk Coburn, Horticultural Specialist at Weston Nurseries “I shouldn’t plant this in summer, right?” “I’m not sure I can plant these before the summer.” From time to time the staff at Weston Nurseries hear variants of a common, but misplaced, concern. There is a persistent myth that summer is a bad time for planting. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. I know this from experience; some of the best trees and shrubs in my landscape were planted in July or August. A plant that has been grown in a pot, or that has been harvested [...]

Top 10 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid in Summer

By |2019-07-02T20:16:20-04:00June 30th, 2019|

1. Mowing the lawn too short (< 2.5”) or letting it get excessively long (>3.5”) 2. Applying herbicides and insecticides when air temperatures exceed 90 degrees F., especially any petroleum based material. 3. Applying any pesticide without reading the label, including aerosols. 4. Watering the lawn frequently for short periods, or watering at night. 5. Going on extended vacation the week after any major planting project without an irrigation system, timers, drip hose, and/or a responsible adult to oversee plant care. 6. Ignoring signs of plant stress, especially yellowing that might signal moisture problems, but might also indicate insects [...]

May Gardening To Do List

By |2019-05-01T12:25:03-04:00April 28th, 2019|

It's prime time for planting trees, shrubs, and perennials. Stock availability is at its peak in garden centers. Don’t forget to use soil amendments (compost, humus, peat) as needed to prepare an acceptable growing environment for new additions to the garden. Root stimulants such as Espoma Bio-tone should be introduced into the soil at planting time to promote quick establishment and to minimize transplant shock. Contains beneficial microbes (mycorrhizae and helpful bacteria) that foster root growth and the efficient use of nutrients. Clean up and edge planting beds. Apply fresh mulch once the ground has warmed and soil is [...]

Spring’s Flowering Parade Begins!

By |2019-03-29T18:34:07-04:00March 22nd, 2019|

It was those two days last week, when most of our snow-cover virtually vanished, that suddenly opened up all of spring’s colorful possibilities! Snowdrops lustily emerge as the sun warms the ground, soon to be followed by winter aconite, both randomly naturalized around our yard over the years. Now the early-spring-flowering witch-hazels (Hamamelis hybrids) are exploding with their full glory outside our window, following weeks of bantering whenever temperatures chanced to briefly warm above freezing--over the years we’ve assembled a sizable collection of witch-hazel cultivars with flowers in astonishing shades of orange, yellow and red. Pussy willows are treating [...]

Starting Seeds Indoors

By |2019-03-29T18:37:46-04:00March 12th, 2019|

Some seeds do better when sown directly in the garden later in the season, while some are better off with a head start indoors. Check your seed packet information for timing instructions. Cool season crops like broccoli or lettuce can be planted before the last frost, which is usually late April or early May in New England. Warm season crops like tomatoes and peppers should not be planted until all danger of frost is past. 1. Fresh is best.  Always start with fresh, high quality seeds. We carry Botanical Interests seeds, which are non-GMO and include Heirloom and [...]

Marvelous Microgreens

By |2019-03-29T18:38:28-04:00March 4th, 2019|

If you've ever fancied yourself a farmer, you'll find that microgreens are an easy and satisfying way to grow your own fresh food, even during the doldrums of winter. Microgreens are basically the young tender shoot of a vegetable plant, and pack a lot of flavor and a ton of nutrients into a little sprout. With just a few basic supplies and a variety of seeds, you can quickly and easily get your own indoor garden up and running, and add a little green homegrown zest to your recipes. There are lots of seeds that are suitable for microgreens. Basically anything [...]

How to Force Bulbs Indoors

By |2019-03-29T18:38:57-04:00February 20th, 2019|

Photo: nj.com Do you have bulbs leftover from this fall, or ones you forgot to plant outside this year (oops!)? Bring a little bloom into your home this winter! Most spring flowering bulbs can be forced to bloom early by manipulating their normal life cycle. Bulbs are dormant in summer and, normally, only start to develop roots when the soil temperature drops. Forced bulbs need a certain period of cool temperatures to trick them into thinking that the winter has already passed and it’s okay to bloom indoors. Choose some Bulbs: Select a single bulb variety, or [...]

Wilt-Pruf

By |2019-04-11T13:10:15-04:00November 19th, 2018|

Despite the widely held belief that the gardening season ends with the first frost and leaf drop, many important yard chores remain as we head towards the middle of November. You may be familiar with the concept of "winterizing' plants to ensure their survival, but what exactly does that mean? Due to their lack of cold hardiness or their location in the landscape, many plants may need a helping hand to endure the extremes of a typical New England winter. This is particularly true for plants installed this year, and especially any evergreen transplanted this fall. Moisture loss through [...]

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