GIFTS – 20% OFF ANY GIFT ITEMS IN THE STORE RED / YELLOW / BLACK / GOLD in honor of the Hawkeye vs Cyclone Football game Saturday, Sept 13. Hawkes CycPERENNIALS:  Sedums & Monardo/Bee Balm – 20% OFF Sedum Bee Balm Monardo web Sedum-The succulent foliage of many types of sedum is topped by starry flowers in late summer and fall. Low-growing types are perfect for rock gardens, while taller varieties thrive in perennial borders. Another common name is stonecrop. Special Features – Easy care/low maintenance, Good for cut flowers, Attracts butterflies, Unusual foliage, Tolerates dry soil QuickCover Sedum: Drought Tolerant; Fairy Gardens, Made for Walking, Rabbit Resistant, Spreads, Sun, Dry soil conditions, Mixed flower color, Variegated Foliage color, Bloom Time – June, July, Augustquick cover sedum fd web1 NURSERY – Barberry & Chokeberry – 20% OFFBarberry webiroquois_beauty_black_chokeberry

BULBS ARE HERE!

BULBS ARE HERE! Stop out early to get the best selection of bulbs.  We will be receiving additional bulbs in a few weeks, once they are harvested from the Netherlands. We recommend planting the bulbs in late October/early November. If you plant them too early, they will begin to grow now and you will use the blossoms for spring.Bulbs are here sm Don’t be daunted by the task of planting lots of bulbs. Digging holes may not be you favorite hobby, but taken in small bites, the task can be finished over several weeks. With a little patience and the right tools, it may not even seem like a chore. You can plant them in individual holes or in trenches. You can create an attractive, natural effect by “scattering” the bulbs and planting them where they fall. The rule of thumb is to plant bulbs and tubers twice as deep as they are high. Generally speaking, you can plant the larger varieties 5″ apart; smaller bulbs are best planted 4″ apart. If you prefer an uninterrupted area full of color, you can safey plant the bulbs a bit closer together. Loosen the soil, and level off the base. If you are planting in heavy clay soil, it’s best to mix the top layer with sand or compost. Bulbs like soil with good drainage. Bulb Food: Even though a true bulb has everything it needs to bloom, tulips profit from being fertilized when they are planted. Dutch Bulb Food, an improvement on bone meal, works best when scratched into the surface of the soil after planting. For Color this Fall:   Autumn Crocuses – zonatus & Colchicum Water Lily

 For Color next Spring:
  • Deer Resistant Tulips – Wildflower Mix
  • Deer Resistant Tulips – Peppermint Stick
  • Single Late Mix Tulips
  • Retro Tulip Mix
  • Lily Flowering Mix Tulips
  • Flamenco Parrot Tulips
  • Flaming Jewel Tulips
  • Sunlover – Double Late Tulips
  • Queen of the Night Tulips
  • Curly Sue Fringed Tulips
  • Narcissus – Intrique
  • Snow Crocus – Lady Killer
  • Large Flower Mix Crocus
  • Cotton Candy – Muscari Plumosum
  • Double Snowdrops
  • Camassia-Caerulea
  • Siberian Squill
  • Giant Allium – schubertii
  • Giant Allium – Pinball Wizard
  • California Softneck Seed Garlic
 The bigger the better! This is one case where it pays to buy the largest, best quality bulbs you can afford. This can be confusing since tulips are graded by overall size, but a top-size of one variety may not be as large as the top-size of another. When choosing daffodils, they are graded according to size and weight. Some varieties have several segments to the daffodil bulb, referred to as double-nose or triple-nose. Smaller bulbs are often available as an affordable alternative or for naturalizing.

Be as gentle as possible with your bulbs to avoid bruising. Store bulbs somewhere cool and dry until the appropriate time for planting, opening the bags or boxes to increase air circulation. bulbs

September Lawn & Gardening

SEPTEMBER LAWN & GARDENING TIPS

  • Plant grass seed, but be sure to water daily until established. In northern Iowa, the first half of the month is an ideal time to plant grass seed and lay sod. In southern Iowa, the second half of the month is an ideal time. Fall is the best time to plant new lawn seed, once temperatures drop a bit. Patch bare spots. Fill low spots with excellent quality topsoil and seed. And if your lawn is thin, overseed it by sprinkling on additional lawn seed. Water in well and keep well watered for the next 2 weeks. Don’t mow your grass too short during hot weather.
  • If you have compost, rake it over your lawn to feed it and to fill low spots.
  • Keep harvesting your fruit and vegetables every couple days to encourage production into the fall.
  • Divide spring-blooming perennials.
  • If you choose to use chemicals, apply a lawn broadleaf herbicide late in the month. Also apply a fertilizer, either chemical or organic, to ensure a lawn that greens up faster in the spring.
  • Dig up your potatoes once the vines have died and the tops turn brown.
  • Harvest cantaloupe when the stem easily separates from the fruit.
  • Share the bounty of your garden with friends and those in need!
  • Ripen tomatoes on the vine, not the windowsill; put fallen green tomatoes in a brown paper bag with an apple.
  • Fertilize roses (last time this year).
  • Continue to weed before the weeds go to seed.
  • Japanese beetles? Handpick and drop in a jar of detergent and water.
  • This is a great time to plant evergreen trees and shrubs, such as pines, spruces, and firs, because the plants will have time to develop their roots before the winter conditions. Make sure to water your plants.
  • Now is a great time to plant container-grown or balled-and-burlapped nursery stock. Keep newly planted stock well watered until the ground freezes. Continue watering gardens, shrubs and trees if rainfall doesn’t reach an inch or more every week or 10 days. It’s important for plants to go into cold weather with adequate moisture; especially if we would have as cold of a winter as we did last year.
  • Keep planting fall vegetables, such as lettuce, turnips, collards, kale, radishes, beans, spinach, and beets.
  • If there are dry spells, remember to water your plants and shrubs thoroughly to prevent drought.
  • Check your plants for any insect or disease damage and treat when necessary.
  • Remove any old plants that have stopped producing to help eliminate insects and diseases from your garden.
  • Plant, transplant or divide peonies, daylilies, poppies, iris, phlox and other summer-blooming perennials that have finished blooming. Discard the dead centers and replant divisions from around the perimeter. Fist-sized pieces are fine. The exception: perennials that bloom in fall, such as mums, sedums and asters.
  • Purchase spring-blooming bulbs mid-September. Begin planting them at the end of the month. Planting too early can cause top growth to sprout before winter; allow four to six weeks for good root formation before ground freezes. Our bulbs will be arriving mid-September.
  • Dig tender bulbs, such as cannas, caladiums, tuberous begonias and gladiolus, before frost. Air dry and store in dry peat moss or vermiculite.

New Arrivals

New Arrivals:

PERENNIALS

  • Balloon Flowers
  • Phlox
  • Asters
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Echinacea
  • Grasses
  • Coneflowers
  •    Pow Wow Wildberry
  •    Cheyenne Sky
  • Rudibeckia
  • Sedum

TREES & SHRUBS

  • Maples
  • Tulip Trees
  • Hydrangeas – many varieties and new to us is Mystical Flame
  • Hydrangea Trees
  • Ninebarks
  • Weigelia
  • Paint the Town Rose

Enjoy the sneak preview of Screaming Neon Red Rose.  It was supposed to be released in 2015, but the grower has delivered it early for you to enjoy.DSCN3074

Sales August 18-24, 2014

20% OFF: Justin says he wants you to enjoy beautiful color from very shapely trees, so he’s putting the Oaks on sale. Oak trees web And look at this beautiful Serviceberry – you can have incredible color and texture for every season.Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry web Loretta has some great Hostas to fill your gardens as well as ferns.Hostas web Ferns web JoAnn has made the sacrifice – she is ready to sell arbors and trellises at 20% off.Trellis Arbor Wall Art web

 Additional Sales:
  • Redbuds – 20%
  • Canvas Artwork – 40%
  • Fruit Trees – 40%
  • Wall planters – 50%
  • Peonies – 50%
  • Small Fruits – 50%
  • Firepots – 50%
  • 1 gallon shrubs – $9.99

Sales August 11 – 17, 2014

Justin is saying these beautiful weeping tree varieties need to be in the ground soon – so he’s offering you 20% off the original price.Weeping trees web Loretta has a gorgeous display of Baptisia.Baptisia webDiane has barberry planted in her garden and loves it because of the variety of color and texture throughout the season.

Barberry webLilies are always showing off their beauty.  Now is the time to purchase plants for beautiful returning color every year.
Lilies webJoAnn continues to have pottery on sale.  Pottery web

FirepotKen & JoAnn have been cleaning and sorting through gifts and yard materials. There are things they say need to be sold at surprise discounts to make room for 2015 merchandise. Some of the select items are garden stakes @ 60%; LED lanterns @ 30%; pottery 40-60%; bullet edgers 4/$1.00; miscellaneous rock.  Come on out and see what you may find for your gardening and landscaping needs.

We have a good supply of cold crop bulk seeds available for your gardening enjoyment.  Since our average frost date is October 15, you can still plant the following:
Crop Plant by Date
Arugula August 20
Kohlrabi  August 15
Lettuce  August 20
Radish Sept 15
Spinach  August 20

Ways to be more water efficient
We don’t have water restrictions in Iowa, but if we can help conserve water it will be beneficial for all of us in the future.  California has implemented water conservation regulations. We can follow similar guidelines:

  • Water early in the morning helps reduce evaporation, as well as plant disease and water damage.
  • Mulch – 2-3″ saves hundreds of gallons every year.
  • Water deeper, but less often
  • Use trigger sprayers when hand watering. Trigger sprayers help ensure that water is not wasted while watering gardens.
  • Minimize water loss in plants – use water-retentive potting soils in all container gardens.
  • Add compost to soil – it decreases the amount of water needed.
  • Use organic fertilizers. These fertilizers slowly release nutrients into the soil at a natural rate that matches a plant’s needs, so plants need less water when fed organically.

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