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Help! Why can’t I find Burning Bush?

Help! Why can’t I find Burning Bush?

One of the showiest fall plants is Burning Bush. Ask anyone on the street if they have ever heard of Burning Bush and they will probably know what you mean. They may know it as “Fire Bush.” But once you get past that, they will know what you mean. More than that, a lot of people would like to have one.

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Replacements for Hemlock

Hemlock Trees

By Nicholas A. Tonelli from Northeast Pennsylvania, USA – East Branch Swamp Natural Area (6), CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Replacements for Hemlocks

In the last post, we went over the reason why hemlocks are hard to find, and in this post, we will go over some possible replacements for hemlock. And although I am doing this, don’t let this dissuade you. If you really want to grow a hemlock, then you should. You just need to be prepared to do the extra work of spraying if it comes to it. But if you do not want to hassle with it, there are plenty of other evergreens that you can grow instead.

Consider the evergreens in the following list: (more…)

Help! Why can’t I find Hemlock?

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Archive, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station / © Bugwood.org / CC-BY-3.0-US

Help! Why Can’t I find Hemlock?

If you have been looking for hemlock, chances are that you have not been able to find them. But why this? Read on to find out!

Once hemlocks covered the east coast, but now they are few and far between. Sure, you can find spots where they do still grow in the wild, but not compared to what they once were. Why is this? A small insect called Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

Here are 8 things to know about Hemlock Wooly Adelgid: (more…)

5 Reasons to Buy Miniature Evergreens

After a long wait, they are finally in. The miniature evergreens have arrived!

Why should you consider buying miniature evergreens? Perhaps you are thinking of making a planter this year for your patio table and you do not want the same old same old? Do you want something new and unique, something that no one else has? Or perhaps you want something as a showpiece and a miniature evergreen fits the bill. (more…)

4 Reasons to Consider Gardening in Containers

One of the newest trends is gardening in containers. This is not to be confused with container gardening but is growing vegetables and herbs in containers.

One of the main things that keep people from gardening is space. Compared to previous times people have far less yard area. Because of this, some have started to grow herbs and vegetables in containers and had good success. The only issue is when this first began, people would tend to do only one thing, like only one type of lettuce, etc. But as time has gone on, this practice has changed and people have started to get fancier with what they plant.

Not only are they using different types of greens, but they are also using different colors too. Now, not only do these containers not look plain, but they are worth growing even if you do not use the vegetables in them. Or if you do use them, you can grow them without missing the annuals that you would have planted there.

Here are 4 reasons why should consider growing vegetables in containers:

  1. It is nice to have fresh vegetables and herbs:

    Vegetables and herbs are a great addition to any meal, but you can’t beat fresh ones and you can’t beat homegrown. Not only are they tastier, they are also healthier.

  2. They are easy to grow:

    Growing herbs and vegetables in containers is really easy. All that needs to be done is watering, harvesting, and maybe a little trimming.

  3. It adds interest to your patio:

    Containers add interest to your patio or yard. They can be used to break up an area or fill an empty spot. Regardless of where you put them, they will brighten up your patio.

  4. They look good:

    Let’s face it, another good reason to grow herb and vegetables in containers is that they look good. A quick search will give you far more ideas than you need to create many different combinations.

Have you ever tried container gardening or can you think of another reason why you should garden in containers? Comment below.

What is Growing on? No. 2

This is the second post in a series covering things presently going on at the greenhouse and things that will be going on. It will also highlight plants that have just come in and plants that look good right now.

Though the weather has only started to feel like spring this weekend, spring has been in full swing for a few weeks here at the store. Trucks have come in and the shrub yard has been filled up. Seeds that were planted a few weeks ago have not only sprouted but have been growing and some have been even been repotted. Some have already bloomed. Basically anywhere that you stand at the store you can look around and see that spring is in full swing.

It will not be long before even the most tender of plants will be ready to plant. It will only be a few weeks till corn, basil, and tomatoes can be planted in the garden and begonias, angelonia, and impatients in the flower beds. Consider the following things.

    1. If you have not already, consider what plants you may plant:

      Now is the time to start planning your garden if you have not already. Decide how much and where you want to plant. This will make it a whole lot easier when you get to the greenhouse. This is not to say that your plans won’t change when you get to the greenhouse, but it is to hopefully make it easier.

    2. Remember about containers:

      Right now is a great time to consider what you are going to do as far as containers go. Perhaps start looking for ideas on Pinterest or through searching. If you have not grown planters in the past, consider whether you want to grow them this year.

    3. Remember seeds:

      If you have not got seeds yet, it is still a good time to get them. Starting seeds is a great and easy way to save money.

What are you planting this spring? Comment below!

“Help! How do I prune my hydrangea!”

The Issue at Hand:

Hydrangeas are one of those plants it is hard to remember how to grow. Do not misunderstand this, however. I do not mean that hydrangeas are hard to grow. They are among some of the easiest plants to grow, but we forget how to care for them. And unfortunately when we think we do, we generally get it wrong. But how do you prune hydrangeas?

But before we move on to the how to prune hydrangeas, we must note that there are different types of hydrangeas. This article covers primarily on the Big leaf (macrophylla) and Mountain hydrangeas (serrata). These are the 2 hydrangeas that people have the most problem with. They are the one which we prune because they look like they should be pruned.

These hydrangeas grow more like a perennial than a shrub. Beyond that, throughout the winter and into early spring, they look dead. But this is not the case. Not only are they alive, but they need this wood to bloom.

And this brings us to the question at hand: “how do I prune my hydrangea?”

How do I prune my hydrangea?:

Now that you have identified your hydrangea as one of the ones that bloom on old wood, how do you prune them?

The short answer is that you remove the old flowers, remove the old canes, and clip back the tips that do not grow back in the spring. Let us look at how to do each of these.

    1. The Old Flowers:

      When it comes to pruning off the old flowers, you have a few different options of when it can be done. Some people prune them when they are old and others prune them off later, some people even waiting till late winter to cut them off.

    2. The Old Canes:

      This is a thing that most people forget to do. Out of the 3 things that are on the list, this is the one that takes the longest, but it should not be forgotten. It helps make sure that hydrangea is revived. It rejuvenates the plant and makes it grow better.

    3. The Dead Tips:

      After the hydrangeas have started growing back, you may find that the winter has caused some branches to freeze back a few inches. If you see that this is the case, you can prune back those tips. In some cases, you might also do this to give your hydrangea a more uniform shape.

Have you ever made the mistake of pruning back your hydrangea or have any further thoughts? Comment below.

5 Tips For Taking Care of Easter Flowers

Caring for Easter Flowers

5 Tips For Taking Care of Easter Flowers

One of the biggest issues with getting flowers at Easter whether you receive them or bought them yourself is wondering how best to take care of them. Though so many of us may get or receive Easter flowers, we don’t know how to care for them. And this is what we will seek to answer in this post.

There is nothing worse than getting an Easter flower only to have it look bad in a few days. It doesn’t matter whether it is before or after Easter, either way, it stinks.  But the good news is that there are a few things that you can do to help keep your Easter flowers looking nice regardless of what they are.

But what are the most common Easter flowers? They are Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths, and Easter Lilies. And the chances are that we all have our favorites. One of you might think that the Easter flower is tulips another lilies and still others Hyacinths. But the good news is that the way to keep them looking nice is the same regardless of what type they are. Further, these tips also helpful for any flower whether real or cut, though there are some more tips that are useful for cut flowers.

  1. Be careful when you buy your Easter flowers

    One of the most import things that you can do to ensure that your Easter flowers last a long time is that you are careful when you buy them. The key is to get ones with tight buds. Sure, it might not look nice now, but you will be glad that you did. The problem when you buy an Easter flower that is fully open is that you do not know long it has been in bloom. For all you know it might not look good tomorrow or even loose petals on the way home.
  2. Make sure your flowers are not too warm

    One of the main things that cause flowers to spoil is heat. Take for instance when the flowers are in the greenhouse. Though being in the greenhouse makes the flowers bloom sooner especially if it is warm, it will also bloom only a short time. Further, heat encourages weaker growth which means that the flowers will shatter more easily if you buy them in full bloom.
  3. Make sure that your flowers are not getting too much light

    This is something that may be rather surprising to some, especially if you have houseplants. If there is one thing that houseplants need, it is light and lots of it. Chances are with houseplants, even if you think that it is getting enough light, it needs more. But this is not the same with Easter flowers or plants that are in bloom. In this case, you want to make sure that they do not get too much sun. The reason for this is that the sun will cause photosynthesis meaning the plant will grow. This speeds up the blooming process. The goal to make plants bloom longer is to try to slow down the growth.
  4. Don’t overwater

    Unfortunately, bulbs are very easy to overwater. The reason for this is that a lot of the energy, etc. is stored in the bulb. The issue with overwatering is if it does not dry out, the bulbs can spoil. This is generally not much of an issue when if you have it only for a short time. The bigger issue is when you are trying to keep the bulbs. You don’t want the bulbs sitting in water especially before you try to store them.
  5. If you want to keep them make sure that you plant them correctly

    This does not always apply to everyone, but there are many of us that if we get or receive Easter flowers, then you better believe we are going to plant it. We may not care too much whether they make it, but we enjoy the challenge. But if you want a greater chance of them making it, you will want to store the bulbs in a cool, dry place until fall (You want to plant your bulbs 1-2 months before the first frost.). This allows the bulbs to have a rest. Your best bet is often to store them in a garage or basement, as long as it isn’t to damp. The key is to plant the bulbs roughly 6-8 inches deep. Far too often people plant bulbs far to shallow.

Have you followed any of these tips? Have any thing that you would add? Comment below!