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TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – Lichen

WHAT TO DO ABOUT LICHEN ON MY SHRUBS AND TREES First, in doing some research for this blog, I found writing this blog more educational for me than I originally thought it would be. Over the years I have talked to many customers who wanted to know what was this grey looking barnacles growing on…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Grow a Dragon – Tree, That Is

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

What do Corn Plants, Dragon Trees, and Lucky Bamboo have in common? They are all members of the Dracaena family. Dracaenas are a family of herbaceous plants that are, believe it or not, related to Asparagus! The name “Dracaena” comes from the Greek word “Drakaina” meaning Female Dragon. Some varieties of dracaena have a reddish…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – Outdoor Plant Highlight for the Month

GOLD MOP CYPRESS Chamaecyparis pisifera filifera ‘Golden Mop’ is better known by its’ common name – Gold Mop Cypress.  Gold Mop Cypress is a needled, thread-leaf evergreen with bright yellow needles.  Gold Mop Cypress is a beautiful plant that will add interest to any landscape because of its bright yellow color, and it is colorful…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Plant a Lasagna Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Ever notice how some of the best things in life coming layers?  Lasagna, baklava, even pizza (think of tangy sauce with gooey melted cheese on top)!  Well, layering bulbs in your garden is fun, easy, and—delicious—to the eyes, at least. How to Plant You can do this in a container or in the ground.  For…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – October Gardening Tasks

THESE TASKS WILL HELP PREPARE YOUR GARDEN FOR WINTER AND FOR A SUCCESSFUL SPRING. What a difference a year makes –  besides being a year older.  Last year we were experiencing a dry period.  From mid-August through the entire month of September we only received 1-½ inches of rain.  Obviously, this is not the case…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Peonies

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Our locally grown peony roots just came in last week and I’m reminded of how much I love these huge gorgeous easy-care perennials. The first peony I ever got was a division of one my grandmother had—and she said it was a division she’d gotten from her mother.  Peonies are one of the longest-lived perennials—living…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – Houseplant Care

BRINGING HOUSEPLANTS IN FOR THE WINTER We are less than a week away from October. October is when we begin the dialogue with customers about prepping their houseplants for coming inside. Most tropical plants do not like temperatures below 50 degrees. And, this is certainly possible in October. Matter of fact, around October 20 is…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Fall Already?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This past weekend was the first official day of fall—the Autumnal Equinox. The Autumnal Equinox occurs when the sun is directly in line with the equator. On this day, the day and the night are of equal length. From now until the Winter Solstice on December 21, the hours of the night will be longer…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – The Benefits of Edible Landscaping

ARE YOU READY TO ADD SOME EDIBLE PLANTS TO YOUR LANDSCAPE?  WHY NOT!! WHAT IS EDIBLE LANDSCAPING? Simply put, edible landscaping is adding food producing plants to your landscape. For some of you, the idea of adding plants that produce food is a no-brainer. For others, there is some uncertainty as to how to approach…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – A Fall Surprise

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Surprise Lilies, Magic Lilies, Resurrection Lilies, Naked Ladies, Spider Lilies, Hurricane Lilies—these are all nicknames given to various types of Lycoris. Lycoris are strong perennials that send up lush foliage in the spring, which then dies down, then blooms late summer without foliage—hence the nicknames Surprise Lilies, Magic Lilies or Naked Ladies. Because they bloom…

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