Published on May 06 2013
What a difference a week makes! Things are happening fast and the snow piles are almost gone. The greenhouses are full and many people are stopping in for a dose of color and to see what is new. The sales area is filling with a large selection of trees and shrubs and while not everything is ready yet it should be soon.
Most people are excited to get out in their yard and gardens. Now is a great time to trim back any perennial grasses. Putting it off too much longer you risk trimming the tips when you cut them back. If you choose not to clean up perennial foliage in the fall, it is a good time to also trim up the dead tops of daylilies, peonies, hostas, and others. (I am in this category!)
Dividing daylilies and hostas can also be done in the spring. These are two of the easier and more forgiving plants to divide. A moderate amount of care should be taken not to damage the crown, but literally you can dig up the plant, divide it in pieces and replant any parts with as little as 2-3 ‘eyes’. It is moderately easy, but at times I have used shovels, knives and even an ax to get through a tangle of overgrown root. If you have questions or need help, stop in or give us a call.
The buds on the fruit trees should be emerging soon. If you have battled persistent disease problems or do not like the little bit of bug protein associated with the common insects on the apples, plums and other fruits now is the time to begin a scheduled spray application. There are a few products available, most used is the Bonide Fruit Tree Spray. Combination sprays that treat both insect and disease are to be first applied at green tip stage, which is now. If you have any questions, stop in or call- we are happy to help.
We also have a wonderful selection of unique Mother’s Day gifts. Art in the garden is hot- choose from wall art, garden statuary, and rustic wire items. Or make a memory and plant a fairy garden for mom. Gift certificates are always available and can be purchased over the phone, mailed or emailed.
With all this yard work going on it is a good time to save $5 on a pair of gloves with any $20 purchase. There are many sizes and styles to choose from so hurry in while supplies last, this offer expires May 12th, just mention you saw it on our web page.
Do you need to get your fingers dirty?… Are you interested in making your own indoor terrarium or fairy garden?…. Call or stop in to sign up for this fun, hands on event. Groups of up to 8 participants per time frame. Participants receive a 15% discount on containers, plants, figurines and fairy garden accessories […]Click here to read more!
Okay, I am sure that I am not the only one grumbling about the slow start to spring. Everybody mentions the insane difference between last year’s fantastic weather and well, this year. The only nugget of hope I can offer is that for those of us that may procrastinate with some fruit tree pruning there […]Click here to read more!
Some of my favorite plants this time of year are the perennial grasses. I like that they add texture and movement in the garden. There are several varieties that are hardy for our area. Schizachyrium ‘Little Bluestem’ and Sporobolus ‘Prairie Dropseed’ have both done nicely by the greenhouse and the pond. I like the compact habit […]Click here to read more!
We have had many customers stopping into the store with questions about tomato blight. Blight is a fungal disease that affects tomatoes (and other plants such as potatoes) toward the end of July and into August. Caused by wet weather, tomato blight is much easier to prevent than to cure, but if your plants are already infected […]Click here to read more!
This past week our Littleleaf Linden (Tilia cordata) was in full bloom! It was a wonderful sight and this tree has been one of the favorites in our yard for a few years. The Littleleaf has smaller leaves than the standard American Linden (Tilia americana), creative name there. I like the thick foliage, it provides good […]Click here to read more!
We have been wonderfully busy here this spring. With the fantastic weather we were able to get a head start on everything and once underway there was no lack for things to do. Early May we had several tours with preschools, headstart and Boy Scouts. We also had a day with Week of the Young Child […]Click here to read more!
We are so grateful for the fantastic spring. Everything has been coming along nicely. Field digging is done, greenhouses are full, and the sales area is filling up fast. We have a wonderful selection of fruit trees, Northern grown Evergreens, and a large variety of flowering shrubs. Hurry in and pick up your seed potatoes, onions,strawberry […]Click here to read more!
Maybe a few of us tried to see the beauty in the snowfall Monday, but I am guessing it was not the first reaction for many. After the weeks of gorgeous weather, it was a reality check and a gentle reminder of where we live. Yes, we did need the moisture, and it usually melts quickly. But still, really? Snow […]Click here to read more!
This year we have added several new lines to our inventory. Today, my favorite is the Stonecast Statuary. We ordered a variety of pieces including birdbaths, benches, large statuary and smaller garden figures including animals and fairies. So far the response has been fantastic. The price is reasonable and each piece has an incredible amount […]Click here to read more!
We are now open daily! With the wonderful early spring weather we were able to complete the field digging ahead of schedule. This year we have a fantastic selection of hardy Balled and Burlapped trees. These trees were grown here at the nursery in Park Rapids and are hardy for this climate. Evergreen varieties include Norway Pine, […]Click here to read more!