Join Us! Pumpkin Patch 2013!

The summer may have had a relatively brief dry spell, but all-in-all we didn’t have very much to complain about.  The past few mornings have felt almost brisk, Fall is definitely in the air!

Cooler weather sets the stage for one of our favorite times of year…Pumpkin Patch Festival!  We welcome all of you to come join us in our October celebration.  Pumpkin Patch 2013 will take place each weekend in October. Please visit our Facebook Page or our Events page for details.
We have added several new attractions to the line-up this year.  Our favorites will, of course, be continued this year.  Cowgirl Kate and Witch Hazel will, once again, be appearing at our Greenhouse in Martin City, as well as, our Roe location to entertain us and create free balloon animals.  Please visit our Events page to view her schedule for this year. The scheduled appearances and activities will be posted soon! We look forward to seeing you!
“Cowgirl Kate has been entertaining audiences young and old in the Midwest region for over a decade. She specializes in creative Balloon Art Twisting. Cowgirl Kate’s performance is interspersed with impromptu comedy and vernacular phrases from times past. Cowgirl Kate is perfect for getting your party started with her energy and expertise!” ~ Cowgirl Kate
(Witch Hazel visits our stores when Halloween is near.  She is not to be missed!)
Fall Workshops
 
Additionally, we would like to invite you to attend our Fall Workshops which will be held at our Greenhouse in Martin City (135th and Wornall).

These FREE events are a great way to learn some hints and tips while creating a few “masterpieces” for your seasonal display!

Bring your own pot, or choose from our huge selection! Spencer will offer a myriad of ideas to make your Fall Containers fantastically unique. 

You will receive guidance and time to make plant choices and assistance with construction of your masterpieces.
Fun for ALL ages and FREE with your Pumpkin purchase! No Carve Decoration allows your pumpkins to easily be used indoors or out and they last much longer, too!
We will provide some basic supplies but you are encouraged to bring fabric scraps, buttons, glitter or anything else you would like to use on your pumpkins. We will demonstrate a few different styles of decoration and assist you with the process!

For more details and to sign up,
call Customer Service at 816-942-2921.

ALSO!!

Our Fall Tree Sale is going on NOW!
Maples and Oaks and Willows, OH MY!
Looking forward to seeing you there!  Don’t forget to bring the kiddos!
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2013 June Bloom Symposium – Pink Zazzle!

Recently, I attended the Proven Winners® / EuroAmerican Symposium which was hosted by the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens in Fallbrook, CA which is an official signature garden for Proven Winners® plants. 
 
This fantastic gathering of growers, retailers and other professionals come together to learn about, discuss and drool over highly anticipated new plants.  It is like a little slice of Heaven to a plant geek like me!
 
I wanted to share some highlights from the event with you and invite you to join us on Facebook where you will find more gorgeous pictures and helpful steps to garden success! When you see a plant you would like to try, please click like under the image. The more likes a plant receives, the better chance it will have in finding its way to our stores!  We are ALWAYS open to and appreciate your feedback!

The plant that received the most attention at the Symposium was Gomphrena ‘Pink Zazzle’. This is not your ordinary, everyday annual! This attention hog has large, hot pink/fuschia blooms atop succulent-like fuzzy foliage. Ka-POW!! What a WINNER!
The majority of our plants are grown locally, by us, at our off-site farms.  Each and every plant is scrutinized before being shipped to our stores.  Proven Winners® provides us with exceptional plant material for our experts to cultivate with a personal touch in preparation for YOUR garden beds, veggie gardens and annual landscapes/pots.  

These lovely plants have been fully acclimated to our local weather conditions and are ripe for planting.  From annuals to trees, we grow it all! Garden success is obtainable with us!

All along the pathways within the glorious Grand Tradition Estate and GardensProven Winners® plants were always within our sight,  

blanketing the ground.
 
It truly was a sight to behold! 
The annual that made the biggest statement was definitely the Supertunia®!!  These quick-spreading, self-cleaning lovelies will blanket the ground in as little as 4 weeks!  It is recommended that they be installed with a slow release fertilizer designed for annual flowers to insure they have plenty of food all season long.
 
The variety surrounding this waterfall/pond is called ‘Vista Fuchsia’ and certainly stops you in your tracks!  Supertunia®s are available in nearly every color imaginable which makes the possibilities seem endless!  Try them! Go ahead and “Supertunia” your garden beds! 
You will love them!
Suburban Lawn & Garden
would love to know your thoughts about all of the gorgeous plants and 
flowers we had the pleasure
of becoming acquainted with at this fantastic symposium.
 
If you get a chance,please stop off at our Facebook page Like us on Facebook to view the entire album of colorful inspiration!  This album of beautiful pictures will be monitored closely for upcoming trends.
Thank you all so much!
Introducing…the 
app!
You DO NOT want to miss out on this new app!  It has flown to the top of the rankings in many areas and is nearly invaluable in your gardening adventures.  From plant identification to design assistance, this app will make gardening easy and FUN!! Currently it is only available for iPhone and iPad (Android and other platforms will be coming later this year), but it is FREE and now is the time to take advantage of it!  Believe it or not, your inquiries via the Garden Compass are answered by actual experts across the globe.  It truly is a remarkable undertaking and I hope you try it out!  Visit the iTunes store to discover more information and read reviews. Enjoy and please let us know how you like it!The Garden that is Finished is Dead

Practicing Patience with Perennials

We all love our annual flowers, reliably producing a glorious display all season long.  They are perfect for containers or filling in areas of the garden beds.  While annuals truly are amazing, don’t discount the predictable perennial plant.  You can easily create a dynamic display of color and texture by positioning your plants according to bloom time.

The majority of perennials will bloom during a specific amount of time during a specific part of the season.  Knowing which plants bloom when will assist you in creating your plan.  In addition, choose perennials that will stay in place and don’t “walk” around (via seeds or runners).  Using ever-blooming shrubs like a selection from the new Easy Elegance® Collection of roses as a backdrop for your perennial display for added wow factor.  Filling in and blending your “masterpiece” with foliage plants such as Heuchera will guarantee visual interest all season long.

Suburban Lawn & Garden grows the majority of our own Perennials for you.  These plants have been started right here, in our zone, ready to enter your garden without a fuss.  There is a general rule, however, which applies to nearly all perennials.  When first introduced into your garden, they like to “check things out”, dip their “toes” in and get comfy.  In doing so, you may not see an exciting amount of activity from them.  We like to refer to this as “sleeping”.  The following year, they tend to “venture out a bit”, peeking around the corners, becoming introduced to their neighbors…basically getting better acquainted with their environment. We refer to this as their second year “creeping” stage.  The following year, stand back!  If you have found an acceptable spot for your perennials, they will explode with growth and color!  They “leap” to their full potential.  Time to sit back and enjoy your handiwork…

Our stores are FULL of perennials for every spot in your garden.  Don’t be afraid to add them to your containers as fillers, too.  You can enjoy them all season, then install them in your garden beds in the Fall.  Enjoy your new-found passion for Perennials!The Garden that is Finished is Dead

Pesky Critter Season

It’s that time of year, again!  The weather will get colder, food will become scarce and the critters begin moving in on your prized plants…aak!  Rabbits and Deer can be horribly destructive to annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.  During the winter, it becomes extremely important to protect your young trees from hungry critters, as well as, sun scald which can cause irreparable damage.

There are several methods you can use to protect your new trees, some are better
than others for serving a dual purpose.  There are tree wraps, screens, paint and fences.  It is suggested to choose a method which suits your fancy and then check frequently for damage to the tree.  The best time to install your wrap is after a few lengthy nighttime freezes.  The majority of the insects will be gone and no longer post a threat to the tree for the season.  Tree wraps come in varying forms, are readily available (check the tree care section of our garden pharmacy), and extremely easy to install on the tree.  The brief video provided is an excellent tutorial on the process.

The tree wrap is only designed to be

applied to the point where branching begins on the tree.  Granted, deer may cause damage to the branches of the tree, but this will not usually be a fatal attack.

And then there is the well known saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”… if you grow plants which are undesirable to critters, you will have much less damage (in a normal year).  There seems to be very few “immune” plants to munching, however if there are enough alternatives in neighboring properties, they should ignore these plantings.

Deer tend to do more fatal harm to trees and shrubs, so this list is primarily focused on those categories.  As stated before, they avoid these plants….this doesn’t guarantee they will remain chomp-free.

The majority of the plants found on the rabbit list are those which both tend to avoid.  In addition to these plant lists, most spring and fall bulbs are safe from being grazed or browsed, soooo plant away!  

If you reside in what feels like a heavily “infested” area, consider making a switch to some of these beautiful plants which naturally ward off critter attacks.  Keep us posted!

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Holiday Decorating with Fresh Greenery – How To

The Holidays seem to sneak up on us every year….how does that happen? Thanksgiving is actually very early this year considering the first of the month fell on a Thursday.  We have one weekend left to complete our decorating before the festivities begin…can we get it done?  Yes, we can!  Poinsettias and Fresh Greenery are coming this week with Christmas Trees to follow!  I believe we will have everything needed to complete your design ideas.

If your Christmas Tree is the artificial type, but you still

 want the aroma and ambiance of evergreens, use fresh greenery within your decorations.  The possibilities are endless: swags, wreaths, outdoor pots, indoor pots, table toppers, mantle runners, not to mention a myriad of accent uses.  You can even display an arrangement in a small space such as a guest bathroom…makes a great air freshener, too!

If you love to be creative, these arrangements are not very difficult to make.  You will need a plastic pot (we have some in our plastic pot recycling bins), a plastic liner, enough florist foam to fill the pots completely, florist picks, hot glue, ribbon (if you wish to make your own bow), pruning shears, fresh greenery and other ornaments/accents you wish to use.

Insert the plastic bag into the pot, then soak your foam.  Fill the pot with as many large pieces as possible, but be sure to fill it completely with pieces cut to size.   Next, cut a bit off of the stems of the greenery at an angle.  This will insure two things: ease of insertion into the foam and the fresh cut will absorb available moisture more readily.

You will want to decide whether you want your masterpiece to be viewed from one side or all sides.  Keeping this in mind, begin with your largest, tallest or center-most pieces of greenery first and work towards the edges of the pots (you can always fill in voids later with additional evergreen or alternate accents).  Once you are satisfied with your base, begin adding filler (various accents and small pieces of greenery to hide the pot edges).

Use hot glue to attach ornaments to the florist picks for easy placement into your design.  You may even wish to collect interesting seed pods or other nature items from your garden for additional interest.  Paint them with metallic spray paint for a bit more pizzazz!  These items can add more of an earthy tone to your arrangement.  Once you are finished, add a bow (if desired) and give yourself a pat on the back!  You did it!  Don’t forget to keep them well watered to last throughout the season.

Alternately, you may wish to use a Poinsettia as a centerpiece within the pot and then add fresh greenery around the plant OR you can use various annual or tropical plants to accent your gorgeous Holiday beauty.

Consider using small containers in the same way for accent pieces throughout the house!  How lovely!  If you would prefer to not tackle this project yourself, come on in to one of our stores (they are assembled at our Martin City location at 135th and Wornall) and we should have several to choose from.  If you don’t see something you like, ask if we can create a few custom pieces for you!  Either way, your home is guaranteed to be beautiful this season!

For inspiration, visit our Facebook Page and flip through our photo albums, we have several pictures to jog your creative juices!

Have a marvelous Holiday season!!

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