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GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Are You Being Bugged Yet?

WITH WARMER DAYS COMES THE CROP OF BUGGY PESTS Here we are the end of May after Memorial Day weekend and the “unofficial” start of summer. And, hotter days. Unfortunately, it is also the beginning of bugs on our plants and flowers. It is frustrating to watch plants we’ve struggled so hard to get going…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – 12 Interesting and Fun Gardening Facts I’ve Learned

By Bonnie Pega
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I’ve enjoyed writing blogs for The Great Big Greenhouse for the past few years. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most is learning new and interesting facts. I thought I’d share with you 12 of the most fun and interesting things I’ve learned so far: There are several species of fireflies native to Virginia. Most…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Hear Yea, Hear Yea! Our Hydrangeas Are Blooming

ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER FOR OUR BELOVED HYDRANGEAS Many customers have recently come into the garden center so excited that their blue hydrangeas are in bud and bloom for the first time in two or three years. This past couple of years so many customers were wondering why and if they did something…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Keep Birds OUT of Hanging Baskets

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

We got in some beautiful Dragon Wing begonia hanging baskets and I bought one and hung it by the front door last week. Two days later, as I was walking in the door from work. I saw a few bits of debris on the ground. I sighed, knowing what I was going to find—the beginnings…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year

STACHYS ‘HUMMELO’ IS THE CHOSEN ONE. SOME GARDENERS MAY CALL IT BETONY. Many of you may not know that every year the Perennial Plant Association selects a perennial to highlight.  The chosen perennial is voted on by hundreds of growers, designers, and perennial plant geeks.  The winner is a good plant that is hardy in…

BONNIE’S GARDEN: Six Things You Should Do Now In Your Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Okay, so I’ve got all my veggies planted.  I can put up my feet and relax now, right?  Not exactly. Here’s what I need to do now: Stay on top of weeds Right now, weed seedlings are already popping up in my freshly planted raised beds. If I slack off, they can quickly get out…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Caring for Hanging Baskets

HANGING BASKETS ARE A STAPLE WHEN DECORATING PORCHES, PATIOS, DECKS. Now that it is May, blooming and foliage hanging baskets are very popular with most all homeowners and with people living in apartment complexes.  And, for good reason:  Hanging baskets are an instant way to add color and pizzazz to your outdoor spaces. There are…

BONNIE’S GARDEN: Vampires? No, Just Mosquitoes

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Considering the number of customers I’ve had looking for plants to repel mosquitoes, I thought I’d repost this blog from a couple of years ago… Swirling cloaks, spooky music, and a voice with a Hungarian accent saying “Good E-e-e-vening.” Or incredibly annoying little insects buzzing around your face and feasting on every square inch of…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – May Gardening To-Do Tasks

Wow!! Thank you, April!!! Now on to May with needed gardening chores. Let me take a minute to re-cap April. I have been in this business for a “few” years and I do not recall ever having an April where we did not experience a frost. We went the entire month of April without any…

Have You Had Enough Petrichor This Past Week?

By the way, PETRICHOR is defined as “THE SMELL OF EARTH AFTER RAIN”. To a gardener, rain is generally a welcome blessing.  Rainfall and plants are usually a match made in heaven.  We sure have had our share of rainfall, and petrichor,  this past week in the Richmond area.  Going into this latest rainfall, we were about…

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