Plant Something Massachusetts! BOGO SALE!

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Plant Something!

Today is Plant Something Day here in Massachusetts! And a sweet BOGO Sale at Crystal Lake

It’s Plant Something Day and I’m taking  Mike’s advice and putting in a few Osteospernums in my front gardens.  He’s offered us a great sale, Buy ONE, Get ONE Free. The sale runs from today, Friday May 15 through Friday May 22, 2015.  I’ve chosen a couple dark purples and the Voltage yellow to compliment the perennials already in my gardens.  Annuals add nice color to perennial gardens , but the Osteospernum adds a definitive WOW factor! Vivid colors, splendid textures and prolific flowers make the Osteo a fine addition to any landscape.

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Echinacea – Coneflower

Next week, while I’m on vacation, I’m going to add to all my gardens. I want to add plants that attract butterflies. It delights me to see the fluttering of delicate wings descend on my yard. I’m considering asters, black-eyed Susan, Liatris (gayfeather), Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed), Coreopsis (tickseed), and Echinacea (purple coneflower) to attract the butterflies to the garden. Butterflies especially like these plants because they find it easy to extract their sweet nectar. Yeah, butterflies today don’t like to work as hard as their ancestors did.

Plant Something Massachusetts is a joint program of the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association (MFGA) and the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA). Plant Something MA seeks to get more people to enjoy gardening and support their local, independent nurseries, garden centers, landscapers and growers.
 Nancy lives in Carver and works with  Mike and Margaret in the shops and greenhouses. She looks after the webpage and social media and does a bit of photography.Nancy&Chuck

APP ONLY SALE! Regal Geranium

App only sale! Buy One get One Free!

Pelargonium  Regal Geraniums

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Grandma’s favorite, what’s old is new!

Pelargonium – Regal Geranium

Pelargaonium, more commonly known as the Regal Geranium, is making  a comeback! What was once considered an old lady plant has turned a new leaf. New hybrid varieties are available and the Regal Geranium has a huge WOW factor. This stunning spring flowering plant  loves the sun and our cool spring temperatures. We offer them in assorted colors, with scented foliage!

Plant Habit : Mounded
Spacing : 12 – 18″ (30 – 46cm)
Height : 10 – 20″ (25 – 51cm)
Width : 12 – 20″ (30 – 51cm)
Exposure : Sun
Plant in well-drained soil and feed regularly with any all purpose fertilizer such as Garden Tone or Plant Tone.

 

The Regal Geranium is very easy to grow and would make a vivid addition to your container or landscape.

This sale runs through May 10, 2015!

Nancy lives in Carver and works with  Mike and Margaret in the shops and greenhouses. She looks after the webpage and social media and does a bit of photography. 
Nancy&Chuck

Let’s Plant Perennials!

It’s nice out today. It looks like it could be nice all week. This means perennial planting time! The cool temperatures give perennials a chance to get established before the hot, hot, hot arrives.  Pick the proper spot for the plant, shade plants in shade, sun lovers in sun and make sure the site will drain well. Plants don’t like wet feet, so we need to give them the right place for their needs. Let plants get established for 3-4 weeks and then feed them.  Any all purpose fertilizer will do. I like Plant Tone and Garden Tone from Espoma. The Espoma brand is organic and all my plants do well with either Plant Tone or Garden Tone.

 Nancy lives in Carver and works with  Mike and Margaret in the shops and greenhouses. She looks after the webpage and social media and does a bit of photography. 
Nancy&Chuck

Getting Ready to Grow Pruning & Soil

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Welcome Spring

The Plymouth and Carver shops are open for business and they have color!

Not only does the calendar say its spring, but we can actually see sure signs that spring is here. That big, bright yellow thing in the sky keeps appearing every morning.  Yesterday I realized I’m actually warm. This morning I noticed little green things sticking up out of the soil in my gardens. I visited the Plymouth store and Gretchen has it going on!

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Stocks blooming in perfect pink!

Pansies, the ultimate harbinger of spring are there in full force. Alyssum, Dianthus and Stocks are all present and ready to go. Gretchen also has a number of fabulous perennials to choose from: Lupine, Heuchera, Columbine, Anemone and Phlox  top the list. With that said, we need to do a little work before we get ready to grow and Spring into planting.

Getting ready to grow

Over the next couple of days, I’ve got some work to do to get ready to grow my cool weather crops and summer annuals and vegetables.  This is actually one of my favorite times of the year to do yard work. When I rake out the beds and see green sprouting, it encourages me to make a tentative plan of what I want to grow in the coming months. I’m the queen of fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants home gardening. I know I want color and tasty veggies, but exactly what I never know until it’s time to go shopping and get the plants in the ground. But I do know I need to get the beds ready to grow, so applying some fertilizer and topsoil and pruning the shrubs a bit will get me on the right track. Here is where I start.

  • Prune

I start by pruning trees and shrubs of dead or diseased branches by cutting at a 45° angle. I take flowering perennials back to about 6” and grasses to about 4”. I use basic pruning shears and I’m kind of careful. I’ve actually pruned a finger before.

  • Rake

I rake out the beds to remove any sticks or branches, leaves and annuals left over from last year. I jettison anything else that sneaked in there over the winter. I rake the rest of the yard too, but getting into the flower beds is always first. I just like getting my flower beds done first.

  • Soil amendmentstone_plant_sbag-penobscot-new

I add organic matter to my beds. Compost, compost and peat, (The Coast of Maine products are excellent) and organic fertilizer, (I love The Espoma brands: Garden Tone, Plant Tone, they all rock!) I soil test every couple of years just to be sure the pH isn’t all wonky. Proper pH results in the plant being able to get all it can from the nutrients in the soil. It isn’t hard to get a good, healthy soil. And it does ensure your garden will give you its all!

  • Fun! Joy! Beauty!

Digging, planting, growing and caring for my garden is one of the things I do just for me. It’s fun, it brings me immeasurable joy and I revel in the beauty I have created. I’m serious. My garden is my spring, summer and fall home and I love spending time there. Whether it’s just sitting or working, nothing brings me to my happy place like my garden.

 

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI hung out with Margaret in the Carver shop for awhile the other day. She’s spruced up the place and is ready to go. Mike and Dave have been doing a little remodeling. The winter was tough on one of the buildings, but they said “Fear not! We’ll be open!” Margaret has some really cool stuff to show off.  There will be color in the form of pansies and violas, but I saw some super cute Posy Pots and lettuce bowls. I plan on grabbing one of those lettuce bowls for myself. I love that I can cut a bit and come back later for more. Margaret and Mike have so much in store and coming along in the next weeks and months. I’m excited!

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The sea of Geranium

I walked through the greenhouses dreaming. Like I said before, I don’t plan much. But when I walked through all the houses, I got excited to get my hands dirty and get planting. I saw a sea of geraniums, an array of annuals just beginning to crack color and visions of yard beauty filled my tiny little head. It was ready to burst. Good thing it didn’t. Mike said he doesn’t have time to clean up the mess.

Nancy lives in Carver and works with  Mike and Margaret in the shops and greenhouses. She looks after the webpage and social media and does a bit of photography. 

Nancy&Chuck

Spring is here!

Spring is here! It’s just what we’ve been waiting for.  Mike and Gretchen have been busy planning and planting so the greenhouses  are a bright, warm and cheery place to be after the winter doldrums.

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We’ve been planting like crazy and we have some new and very exciting things coming this season.  We grow our own, so we know what we grow! That means we can help you plan your spaces to achieve the very best results.

Christmas Trees at Crystal Lake!

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Breaking News! Christmas Trees have Arrived!

Our Plymouth store will be open for Christmas essentials between November 28th and December 21st from 11am -6pm.

We’ll have terrific Christmas trees, wonderful wreaths and all the Christmas finery you’ll need! Mike, Margaret and Gretchen have selected some great ornaments, gifts and goodies for you to peruse after you pick out a tree or wreath. We’ve invited some fine musicians to come in and play on the weekends!

From the tiny to the tree-mendous, MAGICAL Christmas trees are available at252 Summer St in Plymouth! Who doesn’t get whisked back to their childhood with the wonderful aroma of a balsam tree? Stop in and check out our stupendous selection of trees and wreaths. Spice up your home with a beautiful kissing ball…

Stop by Crystal Lake Garden Shop at 252 Summer St in Plymouth . Surprises are in store, we can’t wait to see you!

Deer Resistant Gardens

Selecting Deer Resistant Plants for Your Garden Deer damage has become more prevalent due to increasing deer population, real estate development, and human population shifting from cities to suburban living. Although one of the best insurances against deer damage is a fence, the more aesthetically pleasing alternative is to landscape with deer-resistant plants. Planting a deer resistant garden is easier than you think

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Digitalis-Foxglove
Echinacea
Echinacea – Coneflower

There are several reasons a plant can be deer resistant. Tastes, preferences and digestibility vary with plant age, growth stage and time of year. When planning landscapes with trees, perennials and ornamental shrubs, it is important to research their palatability to deer in order to avoid browsing damage when the cold season strikes.


Plants

Achillea (Yarrow) P Ageratum A Andromeda (Pieris) S Artemesia (Silvermound) P Bergenia cordifolia P Berberis (Barberry) S Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) P Buxus sempervirens (Boxwood) S Cedrus deodara (Cedar) T Chaenosmeies speciosa (Common Quince) S Clematis spp. P Cornus florida (Dogwood) T Cornus alba (Red Twig Dogwood) T Cotoneaster S Cytissus (Broom) P Daphne S Dicentra spectabllis (Bleeding Heart) P Echinacea (Coneflower) P Enkianthus S Fargesia (Clump Bamboo) S Festuca glauca (Blue Fescue) P Digitalis (Foxglove) P Erica (Heath) P Forsythia S Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) S Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon) S Ilex spp.crenata, x meserveae, opaca (Holly) P Juniperus spp. (Juniper) S Kalmia spp. (Mountain Laurel) S
Leucothoe fontanesiana (Leucothoe) S Ligustrum vulgare (European Privet) S Lonicera (Honeysuckle) S Liriope (Lilyturf) P Monarda (Bee Balm) P Narcissus (Daffodil) P Nepeta (Catmint) P Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern) P Pachysandra (Pachsysandra) P Perovskia (Russian Sage) P Picea pungens (Colorado Blue Spruce) T Picea glauca ‘Conica’ (Dwarf Alberta Spruce) S Polemonium caeruleum (Jacob’s Ladder) P Potentilla (Cinquefoil) P Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan) P Rhododendron spp. S Pyracantha (Firethorn) S Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks) P Spirea spp. T Tsuga canadensis (Hemlock) T Viburnum dentatum (Arrowhead Viburnum) S Wisteria frutescens (American Wisteria) S

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Drought-Tolerant Plants Save Work and Water

Drought-Tolerant Plants Save Work and Water

The drought tolerant category saves work. These plants are also conservationists! They save water by needing less. American gardens are definitely not in the tropics. Many areas have  hot, dry spells and drought tolerant plants keep going when you’re busy, go away for the weekend or live in an area where outdoor watering is monitored. Drought-tolerant doesn’t mean “never needs water.” It means you can create a gorgeous garden that will require less water. Plants in this category do well in dry conditions.

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Starcluster Pentas

Starcluster Pentas is a wonderful addition to any landscape or container. With generous clusters of five pointed flowers, Pentas may be red or white and many shades of pink and purple.

Starcluster Pentas – One of the Most Underused Plants in the Garden…

We want you to try a couple of Pentas in your garden. Very popular with butterflies and hummingbirds,  Starcluster Pentas is on sale this week. When you buy one, you get one free.

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Check out Floridata for more info…

 

better blooms for the buck!