March 25, 2009

Think Spring!

"Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity."
~Lindley Karstens

Come to a FunShop at Oliver B. Paine Greenhouses!

All FunShops begin at 10am and are 1 to 1 ½ hours, and you must pre-register. The cost is $30 and class size is limited, so register today.
Oliver B. Paine Greenhouses will supply everything you need for your FunShop creation - the plants, soil, fertilizer, and all of the secrets needed to make your friends and family say ‘Wow!’
Is it too early to hang your FunShop basket outside? Don’t worry - we’ll even care for your basket in our greenhouses until it’s safe to hang outside.

Upcoming FunShops include:
Build A Basket Funshop - March 28
Spring Magic Container FunShop - April 4
Create a Window Box FunShop - April 18

Don't forget, Easter is April 12
We have lots of beautiful Easter Plants!

Proven Winners® Spring Magic®
~Thanks to P. Allen Smith

By late March, your garden can experience some deceptively warm days. The temperatures can be in the lower 60s for a day or two before returning to the more common 30s and 40s. These breaks from winter weather offer a tonic to spring gardening fever, but you should know better than to get too eager. A drop in temperature can wipe out warm season flowers that are planted too early.

But there is a solution. Proven Winners® offer a collection of flowering and foliage plants that are both cold hardy and colorful. Spring Magic® plant varieties can be planted in early spring and enjoyed until it’s time to replant them with warm season favorites such as Supertunia® Petunias.

What’s even better is these varieties are perfect for containers so you don’t have to worry about working in cold, wet flowerbeds to enjoy their beauty. Simply pot them up for an instant splash of color. Many of the Spring Magic® plants are perennials so they can be transplanted into your garden when you are ready to update your containers for summer.

Some Spring Magic® Plants to Try:

Polar™ English Daisy (Bellis perennis)
Proven Winners Polar English DaisyFast Facts: Perennial, Zones 4 – 8, Full Sun to Partia
This is a flower that I always reach for when creating Spring container gardens. The button-like blooms with their cheery yellow centers are charming when paired with Spring flowering bulbs and other early bloomers such as Nemesia and Alyssum. Available varieties include Pink, Red, Strawberries and Cream, and White

Pagoda Columbine (Aquilegia hybrida)
Proven Winners Pagoda Blue and White ColumbineFast Facts: Perennial, Zones 3 – 8, Partial Sun, 12 – 16 inches tall
If you need to add some color to a container in a partially shaded area, columbine is an excellent choice. I love the delicate spurred flowers. I like to plant Pagoda Columbine with Dolce® Blackcurrant Coral Bells. The color and texture combination is a showstopper. Pagoda varieties include Blue and White, Pink and White, Rose and Ivory, Rose and White and White