I live in a small city and am fortunate enough to have a yard and garden (albeit small) to tend to. There is one bed in the back part of my yard that is always changing and evolving with each season, that I’m never quite satisfied with. This season, that’s all going to change!
When I first bought the property it was a huge, thorny bush of evil. Many hours and scratches later, this bush was gone and I planted an array of Spring-Blooming Bulbs. That spring, the early show was spectacular, but once the spring blooms were done the garden was a little bare. The next fall I added a few more Bulbs and our Fall Max Wildflower Mix, thinking that the wildflower blooms would take over once the Tulips and Daffodils were done. This is when I realized how little sun the area actually got. The Wildflowers did their best and were pretty, but there just wasn’t enough sun for them to grow to their fullest potential.
Cut to: Now (Fall 2013). This is it. This is the season I get this garden right! I’ve carefully and painstakingly chosen my plants, factoring in sunlight, soil type and spread. I have chosen: One Hydrangea All Summer Beauty (love the blue blooms), 3 Dwarf Hosta Medioveriagata, 5 Mixed Astilbes (great texture), 3 Pink Bleeding Hearts, and 3 Strawberry Candy Daylilies. Quite a nice array of colors and textures, right? I figure there will still be dozens of perennial Tulips and Daffodils that will put on an early spring show, offsetting my new Perennials quite nicely.
I just received my order in the mail and am planting today. My Hydrangea looks amazing and I can’t wait to (hopefully) design this garden for the last time. I’ll be sure to post pictures this coming spring and summer once everything is growing.
Have you struggled with once specific part of your garden before? Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook Page.
My challenging garden — Just before planting today.
October 10, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· 3 Comments
Tags: Astilbe, city gardening, daffodils, daylilies, garden design, hosta, Hydrangea, shade, Small space garden, tulips, urban landscaping Â· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Perennials, Wildflowers
We’re excited to announce our Fall Garden Giveaway!Â Enter here for the chance to win a $500 Gift Certificate to use on any Fall-Planted Bulbs,Â Perennials,Â Wildflower Seed,Â Gardening Tools,Â and more. Our lucky winner will also win aÂ FREE garden consultationÂ withÂ the Seed Man, who is a certified Master Gardener and Wildflower expert. We love gardening in the crisp fall weather and hope you do too!
Contest ends October 20th. Enter today!
We are frequently asked: "What can I do to ensure my amaryllis are in bloom for the holidays?" Amaryllis are one of the easiest bulbs to grow (no green thumb required) and will bloom 6 to 10 weeks after planting. If you want to ensure blooms for the holidays, below are a few things you can do.
Plant Multiple Varieties
The time between planting and bloom varies for different Amaryllis varieties, so plant several varieties for a long season of bloom.
Stagger Planting Times
Starting in mid to late October, plant one Amaryllis Bulb every week for three or four weeks.That way, bulbs will be in different stages of growth and one or more will be in bloom for the holidays.
Modify the Growing Environment
Although it’s best to grow Amaryllis at room temperature, you can vary the growth rate by modifying the temperature.Once the flower stalk is formed, you can slow its growth by placing the plant in a room that’s a bit cooler (55 to 60F) or speed its growth with warmer temperatures (75 to 80 F). You will want to water sparingly, only about once per week.
Prolong the Life of Blooms
Once your Amaryllis is in full bloom, you can keep it looking its best by keeping it at cool room temperature and out of direct sunlight. If it’s on display in a warm room, just put it in a cool (55 to 60F) place at night.
September 30, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· 3 Comments
Tags: amaryllis, amaryllis bulbs, amaryllis gift, holiday amaryllis, planting amaryllis Â· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Gardening in the Winter, How-Tos
Although these photo submissions did not win our 2013 Summer Photo Contest, we wanted to share their beauty with you anyway. Enjoy!
Sweet William – Submitted by Dawn S.
Viola – Submitted by Joyce V.
Echinacea – Submitted by Pamela R.
Hibiscus – Submitted by Valerie B.
Perennial Garden – Submitted by Allison E.
Bouquet – Submitted by Dawn S.
We hope you enjoyed these photos as much as we did. Happy Gardening!
September 26, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· Comments Closed
Tags: Customer photos, hibiscus, Perennials, Photo Contest, Purple Coneflower, Sweet William, Viola Â· Posted in: Contests, Customer Stories, Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, Perennials, Wildflowers
As proud members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSAA) we’ve been supplying golf courses around the country with our proven wildflower seeds for years.Â We’ve worked on thousands of projects, from adding color to tee box areas, to helping cut down on mowing expenses by installing wildflowers across the course. We have the solutions!
We put together a custom blend that included a number of annual varieties such as Zinnias, Cosmos, Cornflower, Poppies, and more to give him quick color this season and also included a number of perennial varieties such as Black-eyed Susan, Purple Coneflower, and Daisies, for the second and successive seasons.Â Wanting to get a jump on the planting season, Jason prepared and sowed the seed at the end of April.Â
As you can see the results have been fantastic and the members have been very happy!
It’s apparent from these photos that Wildflowers can make a nice addition to any course.Â They not only add color, but can also help reduce costs.Â If you’re interested in adding Wildflowers to your course, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’d be more than happy to discuss how you can create beautiful color on your course, just like Jason and the Burlington Country Club.
Happy Gardening! – Mike “The Seed Man” Lizotte
September 19, 2013
Â· Mike Lizotte Â· Comments Closed
Tags: Commercial seeding, Custom Wildflower Mix, golf course, Landscaping, wildflowers Â· Posted in: Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, Wildflowers
This spring, I planted our Northeast Wildflower Seed Mix in the greenspace of my city corner. It has been one of my most rewarding plantings — Not only have I had the delight of finding new varieties in bloom each week, but it’s amazing to see (literally) every child squeal with delight walking by, picking their own souvenir. I’ve also had enough blooms to cut for fresh bouquets each week, which has brought much cheer to both myself and my lucky friends. Below are a few pictures I took last week that I wanted to share with you. I hope you enjoy and Happy Gardening!
Throughout the fall planting season, our knowledgeable and helpful gardening team is available 6 days a week (9 AM – 9 PM EST Mon-Fri and 9-5 Sat) to answer your fall planting questions, help you place your order, and everything in between!
Our amazing team of gardeners includes several certified Master Gardeners and if you’re lucky, the Seed Man might answer your call! Whether you’re calling with questions about planting Wildflowers in fall, when the right time to plant Daffodils and Tulips is, or how to care for your Perennials in the fall months, our team is here to help.
Simply give us a call toll-free at 877.309.7333 – We can’t wait to talk gardening with you!
Looking for a versatile color to unite your garden beds? White-flowering plants not only add an elegant feel to your garden and help to cool it down, but also illuminate in the moonlight, creating a romantic glow in the evening hours. Also, you can find almost any plant in white, so gardeners have a large variety to choose from.
Cool your Garden Down
White flowers help to cool the garden down, especially when planted with oranges and reds. The cool, delicate color can sometimes even reflect those around it, adding another visual element to your garden design.Â You can see how white blooms help to cool the garden down in both of the photos below.
White Goes with Everything!
If you’re having trouble figuring out the color scheme in your garden, try starting with several white plants that you love and work from there. Looking to mix things up but not sure how? Plant a variety in its well-known color, along with the white variety. An example of this is below, with Purple Coneflower and Coneflower White Swan. Daises are a garden favorite that often brighten up any color scheme.
Another popular white flower that can help to unite the garden is the white Daffodil. You can find white Daffodils with all different-colored trumpets, which help to both calm the spring-blooming garden down and also unite a wide variety of colors together.
Create a Moonlight Garden
Combine your favorite white flowers with variegated foliage plants and fragrant blooms for a multisensory experience. For a more dramatic effect, section off one area of your outdoor space to create your Moonlight Garden. Put a table or bench in the middle of the garden so you can sit and enjoy its beauty in the evening.
Moonlight Gardens are wonderful because you can literally choose any of your favorite fragrant or white flowers â€“ there is no right or wrong. You can even make your entire garden illuminate in the evening hours by planting white flowers throughout, so each garden bed reflects some light from the moon. To learn more about creating a Moonlight Garden, read our blog here.
Browse all of our white varieties below and don’t forget to post your garden pictures on our Facebook wall. Happy Gardening!
September 9, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· Comments Closed
Tags: Bleeding Heart, coneflower, daffodils, daisies, garden design, iris, phlox, tulips, white flowers Â· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Perennials, Wildflowers
Our Summer Photo Contest is always the hardest to judge – Who can choose from hundreds of gorgeous gardens and meadows bursting with blooms? We truly enjoyed becoming spectators in each of your gardens and appreciate you taking the time to submit your photos. Below you’ll find our winning photos and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Don’t worry — Our next Photo Contest is not too far away!
Grand Prize Winner – Black Eyed Susans and Sweet William, Submitted by Dawn S.
Winner – Aster, Submitted by Patti S.
Winner – Zinnia, Submitted by Jean H.
Winner: Chives, Submitted by Pamela R.
Again, a big thank you to all who entered photos of their summer gardens in bloom. Happy Gardening!
September 6, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· 2 Comments
Tags: Aster, black eyed susan, Chives, Photo Contest Winners, Summer Photo Contest, Sweet William, zinnia Â· Posted in: Contests, Customer Stories, Gardening in Spring and Summer
Having too many vegetables and herbs from your garden is a great problem to have, but can be overwhelming! Below are a few easy tips and tricks to preserve the extra harvest that you don’t have time to cook with now.
Zucchini, Zucchini, Zucchini!
Who doesn’t love Zucchini? This year, it seems as though all of my friends have given me that ‘gigantic’ squash, which is only really good for making bread. I’ve grown to love this recipe from AllRecipes.com. I modify it by adding fresh blueberries (which I’ve also had an abundance of) and a teaspoon of nutmeg. It is absolutely delicious and great for potlucks or to give away to friends.
Still, there is only so much Zucchini bread you can make! Once you’ve grilled several times, made Ratatouille, and STILL have three huge Zucchinis left in your refrigerator, I recommend grating and freezing for later use. Simply grate your Zucchini like you are going to make bread and put in a ziplock bag. Then, throughout the fall and winter months, you have plenty to bake with!
Basil, Cilantro and Parsley
Pesto is the obvious go-to for an abundance of Basil, and I usually use this recipe from the Food Network. I make triple or quadruple batches if possible and freeze the excess either in ziplock bags or in ice cube trays for easy, single uses later. This process is extremely easy and one of the best ways to preserve your fresh herbs for later use.
Freezing can also be done with excess cilantro and parsley. Pack the fresh herbs at the bottom of ice cube trays and drizzle oil on top to freeze. Throughout the fall and winter, use to liven up your soups, stews and stir fries.
One of my family friends has literally dropped off pounds and pounds of every different type of Cucumber imaginable. So, this year I had to get a little creative. One of my favorite recipes is really easy: Cut up an entire tray of Cucumbers and drizzle freshly-squeezed lemon juice on top, followed by freshly-chopped Dill. It’s simple, but so refreshing! I’ve also been adding Cucumber slices to my water throughout the day and making a LOT of salads.
If you’re a fan of pickling, try this simple “Quick Pickles” recipe from the Food Network. It’s extremely easy and doesn’t require the traditional canning process.
What are your favorite fresh-from-the-garden recipes? Please share them in the comments field below or on our Facebook page. Happy Gardening!
September 3, 2013
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· Comments Closed
Tags: Baking, Basil, Cilantro, Cooking, Fresh vegetables, how-to, Parsley, Zuchinni Â· Posted in: Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Vegetable Seeds