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Archive for November, 2011

Out of the Cold: Gardening Indoors this Winter

For those of us retreating into our homes this winter, watching the snow fall from inside, there comes a certain longing for the relaxation and satisfaction of getting our hands dirty in the garden. Gardening in a zone four, there is really no chance of me getting outside to my garden until mid May. So, I improvise!

November 29, 2011 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Preparing Your Garden for Winter

This fall, once you are done planting as many Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, or perennials that will fit in your garden, it is time to prepare your garden beds for the winter months. This preparation will make it easier to work your garden in the spring and will help to protect your plants from the harsh winter weather.

November 23, 2011 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Renewing Hope: Re-Planting a Vermont Town

Flowers symbolize hope, new beginnings, and renewal – everything that encompassed the town of Wilmington after Tropical Storm Irene. I knew that I could use my resources as an employee of American Meadows, and the generosity of its owners, to help bring life back into the devastated community.

November 17, 2011 · Amanda Shepard · 4 Comments
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Our Favorite Flowers

We are often asked by customers, “What is your favorite flower?” Usually unable to answer on the spot as there are just too many to choose from, we have decided to take the time to give everyone on our team the chance to answer this question once and for all.

November 15, 2011 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Playing Mother Nature: Forcing Fall Bulbs

For gardeners in frost-free areas, or for those who simply can’t wait to see their Hyacinths bloom in the spring, forcing bulbs is an easy, fun gardening solution. Bulbs such as Tulips, Hyacinths, Crocus and Allium require a chilling period to grow and bloom. We have some helpful tips and tricks that we have learned from forcing bulbs in our test gardens at American Meadows and in our own homes.

November 14, 2011 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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It’s Time to Sow Wildflowers!

For gardeners in the northern regions of the country, now is the time to sow your wildflowers! I garden in a zone 5 and just finished planting all of my fall bulbs. This weekend I am going to finish the process by sprinkling our All Annual Mixture on top of the bed.

November 11, 2011 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Planting Fall Bulbs in our City Garden

This past weekend my friend Jintina and I finished planting our garden bed that is devoted to fall-planted bulbs. Greeted with a gorgeous fall morning, we put our gardening gloves on and got to work!

November 10, 2011 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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The joys of planning your spring garden

Our Advanced Sale started today, which made me (gleefully) start thinking about what I am going to do in my garden this spring. My garden is a new space for me and has plenty of beautiful Daylilies, Peonies, Astilbe, Hosta, and other perennials that were graciously planted by the resident before me. This spring, I want to make the garden my own and try as many different varieties of plants as possible.

November 9, 2011 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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All About Lilies

Besides being wonderfully fragrant, lilies create a spectacular show in any garden. We love them because they are easy to grow, great for planting between existing growth, and are absolutely stunning as cut flowers in bouquets. We want to share more information regarding the different types of lilies – there are more than you think!

November 6, 2011 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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The stunning, show-stoppers of winter: Amaryllis

The wonderfully bright, long-lasting blooms that Amaryllis produce are undoubtedly one of the most joyous parts of the winter months. It is a wonderful experience, for both the novice or expert gardener, to see Amaryllis grow and bloom in just a few short weeks.

November 5, 2011 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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