The landscape prepares itself for a long winter's nap as the temperatures drop. The leaves fall from the trees, the lawn stops growing, the flowers die back and stop producing, and the gardens fill with leaves, sticks, and dried-up flower stalks.
The leaves are falling, the air is cool, and you notice the chipmunks and squirrels are busy gathering their food for the winter. It's time to put the landscape to bed. Put the landscape to bed? What does that mean? It means that it's time to prepare your landscape to be in the best condition it can possibly be for the following spring!
As we enter the fall season, now is the time to begin designing and installing your bulb garden to enjoy a beautiful display in the spring. Spring offers the hope of sunshine, warmer days, and flowers in the garden. Bulbs are often the first flowers of spring. The pastel petals of crocus peeking through a spring snowfall reminds us that it won’t be long. The bright, sunshine yellow daffodils nodding in a spring breeze makes us smile.
July is a great month to keep up with the gardening chores to keep everything looking beautiful and prepare the garden for the fall. Some things to keep in mind: The foliage from daffodil bulbs has generally turned yellow by now and can be cut back. It is essential to leave the foliage in place as long as possible.
Long days that turn into the year's longest day mark the beginning of summer or the solstice. Solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium - from sol (sun) and stitium (still or stopped). In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice (aka summer solstice) occurs when the sun reaches its highest and northernmost point in the sky
Mulch is an important decision. What "kind" of mulch do I buy? How is it applied? What are the reasons for mulch? These are all great questions and I hope to shed some light on the answers because it is so important.
March is nest-building time in the world of birds. You have probably seen them scurrying about collecting straw, grass, twigs, and anything else they can find which would be suitable for nest building. Bird's nests are genuinely an architectural work of art. Look at one closely (preferably an empty one) and notice how intricately they are constructed.