Spring 2014 – Sneak-A-Peak!

The Pantone colors of the year have been chosen (shown above)…allow it to inspire you or just do your own thing!

As the season gets underway, I will be sharing some of the new plants which we will offer.

To kick it off, take a gander at these beauties!  Feel free to email me with questions about them…I will be happy to help!

Astilbe foliage to brighten ANY shady spot!  The chartreuse foliage of ‘Amber Moon’ and the cranberry tones of ‘Color Flash’ are a welcome change for these fabulous plants.

Improving on a species is becoming a trend in the plant world…certain undesirable traits are becoming a thing of the past.

New varieties of Nepeta (Cat Mint) are emerging onto the scene.  This positively LOVELY plant has had a history of not behaving itself, until NOW!  ‘Cat’s Meow’ and ‘Purrsian Blue’ are two varieties that remain compact, neat and tidy while still putting on a beautiful show all season long.  Give them a try!

If it is Lavender you are after, you won’t want to miss out on ‘Sweet Romance’ who is also very well-mannered and promises not to flop.

A few short years ago, it seemed like Echinacea (Coneflower) was only available in purple or white.  In recent years, nearly every color imaginable has been entering the scene.  I believe ‘Supreme Cantaloupe’ is my new favorite…the perfect name for these gorgeous flowers!

As a species becomes improved upon and new

varieties are created, we decide to bring in these new plants.  ‘Blue Glow’ Echinops is a variety of Globe Thistle and the flower heads are striking.  They definitely deserve a spot in your garden.

New colors of Tall Bearded Iris are plentiful, but we are drawn to certain combinations.  The blend of the bicolor ‘Lovely Señorita’ is scrumptious! We couldn’t pass it up!  This picture does not do this masterpiece justice, you will definitely want to add this one to your perennial or Iris beds.

One of the more popular styles of landscape is the rock garden.  When set-up properly, it will allow for maximum drainage and many plants will be very happy residing within.

The Lavender would be an excellent choice for this spot, but you might need something sprawling, too.

Callirhoe ‘Wine Cups’ will fill this void (as well as spots in other types of landscapes).  Tolerant of most conditions, this relative of the Hibiscus becomes flush with the most gorgeous, magenta flowers.  New to us this year, but not new to the plant world, give this one a lower spot in your gardens with a little room to spread out.

Talk about improvements on an “old standby”, ‘Sweet Summer Love’ is a well-behaved, purple-wine flowering version of ‘Sweet Autumn’ Clematis!  The industry is definitely buzzing about this one…this will be a very versatile and beautiful vine for everyone’s yard!  You will not want to miss out on one of these…

And last, but certainly not least, if you are having hunger pains while maintaining all of these new perennials, harvest a few of your very own PINK Blueberries.  Yes, you heard that right…’Pink Lemonade’ to be exact.  The variety was actually created many years ago, but it never gained in popularity until recently.  These extra sweet berries still require acidic, peaty soil, but will be worth the effort.  Enjoy!  See you in the Spring!!

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Thanks to Walters Gardens for the majority of these images!

One Stop for your Holiday Needs!

Seriously, we have just about everything you will need to “deck your halls” every Holiday Season.  Our Christmas Trees are the BEST around and come will full service assistance, too!

Why should you get your Christmas Tree from us??

• Only the best trees: Fraser AND Noble Firs. 

• They are FRESH (and we continue to keep them       hydrated)

• They are “fluffed” and PERFECT for perusing.

• We will wrap your selected tree AND assist you        with loading/strapping to your vehicle for travel.

• Our prices are AWESOME!

• FREE recycling at our Yardwaste/Recycling             Center (139th and Wyandotte)…save your receipt     and present when you bring the tree in after the         Holidays.

Come on out! You WILL notice the difference right away!

While you are here, be sure to check out ALL of our Christmas decor…I know you will find something to cherish for a lifetime!

ALSO, Fresh Greenery arrangements are available in a myriad of styles.  But, if you can’t find what you are looking for, we will create the perfect pieces for you!  Stop by our Greenhouse in Martin City and speak with one of our many floral designers.  They would be happy to work with you!

Those same designers have been assembling some of the most beautiful artificial wreaths, as well.  Be on the look-out for them or ask to see them.  They are lovely pieces of art which will decorate your entryways for years to come!

Visit our Bow tree and find the perfect bow for that special present or accent.  No matter what you are looking for, visit us FIRST…you won’t be disappointed with our unique selection.

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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Success with Blueberries and Goji Berries in YOUR Garden!

We know that they grow around here…there are blueberry patches where you can pick your own.  Soooo…what’s the secret??  Two of the most important considerations are actually: Soil acidity and excellent drainage.  Oh, and make sure you have two plants for pollination or you won’t get any fruit. ;)

• It is a very good idea to test your soil’s pH levels prior to planting your Blueberry Bushes. They will demand acidic soils and simply will not thrive unless you provide this. Home test kits work well for determining pH levels and should be performed every year or two.

• When preparing the holes for installation, replace 1/2 of the soil that you removed with peat moss and pine bark soil conditioner. This will help maintain proper soil moisture at all times.

• It is best to build a berm to insure proper drainage…if in doubt about your soil, this will benefit your Blueberry Bushes greatly.  This will help keep sogginess away from the shallow and fibrous root systems.

• After you install the plants, gently pat the soil mixture in place, to not tamp too firmly or with your foot. Apply your desired product to raise the soil acidity (the same product you might use for Rhododendrons and Azaleas) and then water thoroughly…allowing the hose to run slowly at the point where the root ball and soil meet.

• Water about an inch two times per week for the first two weeks, then cut back to 1 inch per week. Next season, when the plants are setting fruit, increase watering to 4 inches per week (between flower drop and fruit appearing). Level back when fruit appears. Too much water when fruit is nearing ripeness will reduce flavor immensely.

• Do no allow the Blueberries to set fruit the first year…it is also not necessary to apply supplemental fertilizer, but you can provide a mild amount of 10-20-10 (or lower amount, but an equivalent ratio). Remove the flowers to prevent the plant from spending excess energy that it will need to become properly established.

• Blueberry plants are fertilizer hogs, but you will not want to provide excess the first year. The following year feed them a little when the flower buds appear and then again one month later. Each year (up to about 8 years), increase the dosage…the amount will coincide with the plant growth and fruit production. Steer clear of any ammonium nitrate or calcium nitrate based fertilizers. Stick with a product that is for acid loving plants or is ammonium sulfate based. Be careful not to over-fertilize, cut recommended dosage in half if in doubt.

• After planting, apply 2-3 inches of pine bark soil conditioner as a mulch…applying it from about 3-4 inches away from the base of the plant to approximately 1 foot beyond the area where the root ball and soil meet. Do not allow the mulch to build up near the base (main stem).

Now for the Goji Berries!  Can you believe that we can grow them in our own back yard?!?  They are not very picky plants, although they do get tall, so provide ample space and possibly some stakes.

The GOJI BERRY plants have made their debut in our stores!  Sweet Lifeberry™ and Big Lifeberry® from Proven Winners® are available to plant in your own garden! They are self-pollinating (only need 1), fully hardy and very easy to grow in full sun and average soil.

The berries of this plant have remarkable health benefits and are the most nutritionally dense fruit on earth!  Goji Berries contain ALL essential amino acids, high protein content, chuck full of vitamin C, carotenoids, are high in fiber, more iron than spinach!  I could go on and on!!  They are truly a miracle fruit…and one that YOU can grow!

Hope that helps you to grow amazing Blueberry and Goji plants!! If you have any questions, let us know! Happy Harvesting.

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