The end of the maintenance season is here. But the best time of year to plant has just arrived. I absolutely love planting this time of year. The weather is cooler, which makes watering less of an issue, holes are easier to dig and plant material from our nursery are less expensive. Plant material goes dormant and pulls far less water. In the past month we have planted 10 of the most beautiful Taylor Junipers I have ever planted or seen for that matter. 10′ tall with 300lb root balls. A couple of Columnar Blue Spruce and an absolutely beautiful 7′ Pom Pom Scotch Pine. Oh yeah, and a crazy big and awesome 10′ Pom Pom Juniper. We can get almost anything native at our nursery. We purchase all plant material from Waldbarts & Sons. A local, family owned nursery that has been helping us for the past 10 years. I didn’t know a lot about plants when I first started with small, little jobs here and there. They have helped me with every question along the way and taught me more than I could ever read from a book. They are awesome people. I love this business. I truly wake up every day excited to see what the day will bring. I’ve heard from customers that for years they wanted to see their trees get big before they were dead. Haha, crazy thought, but I get it. Its an awesome thing to be able to plant people 20′ trees. They look like something substantial immediately. You never know what the next will bring and I always feel like there is so much to learn I’ll never catch it all. I work hard at it. If not reading a book about proper tree pruning techniques, I’m online looking a different design styles. Or talking to people that know way more than I do. I’ve learned that people are usually far more helpful when you show interest. I’ve yet to meet the person that holds their info like its a secret. So thank you to everyone along the way that has helped me. Well, this has been my First blog. Hopefully they get better as time goes on.
I would like to grow some “barometer plants” to use as an early warning system for my garden. What plants are first to respond to frost, first to bolt and first to wilt? Is this a waste of time? It’s not a waste of time, but I’m not sure you’d have to invest in any particular variety. I would use half-hardy annuals that are sensitive to frost, such as cosmos lobelia
All shade is not equal. Some shady conditions will yield much more produce than others will, while some areas are better left for hostas and moss. Gardeners should be familiar with the different types of shade, but should also keep in mind that measuring how much shade your garden gets isn’t always easy.