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Summer - July edition 2013 
July 2013 edition - Summer Newsletter

July

Heat is here! Got something to cool your yard with?

Exciting new arrivals
July checklist
Plant of the month
Quote of the month


 
 
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July Checklist

  • Snip off the browned-out flower heads of perennials that have bloomed already, such as salvia, dianthus, daylilies, foamflowers, veronica, iris and brunnera. This is commonly called “deadheading” and not only neatens the garden but may encourage repeat blooming.
  • Watch the water. This is the hottest, driest month in much of the U.S., so check the soil moisture and water accordingly. Pay particular attention to plants planted this spring.
  • If there’s no rain, apply 1 inch of water each week or 10 days from the hose or watering can. Early-morning and early-evening watering is best.
  • To keep your hanging baskets and flower pots growing evenly, turn the containers a quarter of a turn every few days. That gives all sides an equal shot at sunlight so you don’t end up with lush, dense growth on just one side.
  • Harvest early-planted vegetables as they’re ready, such as potatoes, cabbage, onions, leeks and beets. Immediately replant with crops that grow in summer’s heat and will mature before frost, such as beans, cucumbers, zucchini, melons and more beets. Apply Preen Vegetable Garden Weed Preventer to all your newly planted veggies when they are established (at least 2-3 inches tall).
  • Remove water sprouts (from trunk) and suckers (sprouts from roots) on crabapple and other ornamental fruit trees.
  • Reapply Preen Garden Weed Preventer Plus Plant Food every three months to prevent summer and winter annual weed seeds from germinating and growing in flower beds and around trees and shrubs. It also has a well-balanced fertilizer to keep plant growth healthy and flower production strong.
  • Don’t remove clippings from the lawn unless grass is excessively tall. Clippings return nutrients to the soil and do not contribute to thatch buildup.
  • Start seeds of broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and ornamental kale and cabbage for late-summer plantings and fall harvest.
  • This is peak month for Japanese beetles – the bug bane of rose-growers. Hand-pick them, repel them with neem oil or mint-based sprays, or use an insecticide if they’re really bad. Beetle traps usually make the problem worse unless everyone else around you is also using them.

Plant of the month: Gooseberry -2 for one deal

These large, tart berries are in season only in June and July, but canned gooseberries work well in pies and foods. American gooseberries are round and about 1/2 inch in diameter, while European gooseberries are oblong, and about twice the size of American gooseberries. They're very acidic, and so they're great with roasted meats, like goose. The freshest gooseberries are covered with fuzz.

We carry 8 varieties: Welcome, Oregon champion, Pixwell, Poorman, Captivator to name a few.
They are ripe and ready for tasting. Come and get your two plants for a price of one. Only $14.99

Exciting edibles & Fountains


Quince Tree
The Quince is a native fruit tree to Persia resembling a cross between an apple and a pear. This ancient fruit of antiquity was prized by Greeks and Romans alike. The fruit is very fragrant and has a balanced sweet-tart flavor that is excellent for jellies or preserves. The trees are now grafted and grown on a semi-dwarf root stock only allowing the tree to reach 15-20 feet. The native un-grafted trees get twice as big. The Quince is an excellent fruit for large wildlife, such as deer, and the delicious aroma can be sensed from long distances. Quince are rather firm and are usually cut into thin slices and eaten or used for culinary delights, such as preserves, pies or pastry tarts. Garden Frog Nursery offers the two best varieties of Quince trees for your home orchard.

Shipova Ash

Large delectable fruits! This unique hybrid of Mountain Ash and pear originated in Yugoslavia. Attractive trees produce round, yellow-orange fruits the size of large apricots. The mouth-watering, seedless fruits are aromatic with a slight rose-like scent. The 15 to 20 foot trees have attractive dark, silver-grey foliage and a nice pyramidal shape. Hardy and scab resistant. Partially self-fertile, but planting two Mountain Ash varieties will produce more fruit. 3 to 5 ft. bare root trees.

Plumcot or Pluot

The original cross between a plum and an apricot, created by renowned American horticulturist Luther Burbank. There are now several varieties of this fruit, all of which are a cross of these two fruits. All types of this cross, particularly the plumcot, have an intensely sweet and fruit flavor that, though akin to that of its parents, is likened to an incomparable blend of fruit juices. The true plumcot, with its generally equal heritage of plum and apricot, has a plumlike shape, smooth, dark red skin and an almost spicy flesh. The other two most notable apricot-plum crosses are the aprium (which has a predominantly apricot parentage and closely resembles the apricot in shape, flavor and skin fuzz) and the pluot(which has a predominantly plum parentage resulting in the plum's shape and generally smooth skin). Plumcots are more readily available than apriums and pluots, and can be found from May to October in produce markets and some supermarkets. Besides the United States, plum and apricot hybrids are also being produced throughout the world in Chile, Europe, South America and South Africa.


Henri's Studio Fountains

Elegance cast in stone. The unparalleled fountain and sculpture creations of Henri Studio are uniquely beautiful.

From classic to contemporary, from traditional to whimsical, Henri’s extraordinary range of fountains, planters, birdbaths and garden ornaments  is incomparable. The Old World craftsmenship of Henri artisans infuses each and every Henri creation with peerless, premium quality. Inspired designs, rich colors, and thoughtful engineering have made Henri products sought after in North America and around the world.

Made in America, popular and innovative Henri products are ideal for virtually any home, garden, or landscape where the long-lasting beauty of cast stone is the essential element. And, since 2008, Henri studio features The Brass Baron, the acclaimed collection of premium broze pond statues and garden sculptures.
 



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