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Winter at the garden center

I want to thank Angela at Garden Bliss for a recent comment she made at my other blog The Blogging Nurseryman. She basically chided me for not posting enough in this blog. She is exactly right and gave me the kick in the but I needed to get this blog back in shape. Thanks Angela!

delecious blueberries

delecious blueberries

She wants to hear what’s exciting at the garden center right now! First off are the bare root fruit trees and bushes. Apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, pear, pluots, blueberries, etc., are all available right now. The fruits listed are just some of the varieties available. Bare root means plants sold without dirt around the roots. Trees and shrubs that go dormant in the winter can be dug out of the ground and sold just during the winter season, which around here can end in late February. The prices are the lowest of the year! Sure you can buy fruit trees in spring, but they will cost more, and wont get the benefit of early spring root growth. Fruit trees are starting to sell now, and I think you should choose the varieties you want now, before they are gone! Dave Wilson is our fruit tree supplier. They have a great resource for the home fruit gardener. Check out their info on Backyard Fruit Tree Culture. This is a way to maximize your space and get the most out of your fruit gardening. Check it out here.

fragrant daphne

fragrant daphne

The Daphne and Sarcococca are getting ready to bloom. What with the weather being so nice lately they are ready to pop. The fragrance from these two shrubs will remind you that spring is not to far away. I call Daphne The Romantic Plant since it usually blooms around Valentines day and makes a great gift!

Here in The Foothills people often buy plants that are not acclimated to the cold we get in winter. Buy visiting the nursery now you can see plants that live in the cold. This is the time to look at the “bare bones” of the garden, and see how you can improve the winter vista. Nothing helps improve ones outlook than getting into the garden and getting ones hands dirty. When you work in the winter garden you are expressing a positive outlook, since Spring ALWAYS follows winter. This year more than ever a positive outlook is needed. Just getting outside and working with the winter garden will improve you outlook, guaranteed!

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Liquidambers and fall color, or lack of

I received this question today. Thought I would pass it on to you.


I posted this question to some blog and never got any responses…
Do you know the answer?


Can anyone tell me why some Liquid Ambers have more color than
others? I have one in my front yard which I planted five years ago.
It appears very healthy, but is dissapointing when it comes to fall
color. The pair in the greenbelt behind my house are spectacular. Is
there anything I can give the tree to coax it into a better fall
show? Mark in Temecula CA

Your question is one that is heard all he time when it comes to Liquidambers. There are two basic types of Liquidambers. Ones that are grown from seed, and grafted trees. Trees grown from seed have great variation when it comes to the colors of the leaves in fall. Some turn yellow, others reds, oranges, and pinks. The only way to know for sure is to pick out the tree when it’s turning color.

Grafted trees are supposed to turn the color of the original tree. “Palo Alto”, “Festival”, and “Burgundy” are some of the popular varieties avaiable. Soil, climate, and other variations can cause a tree like Palo Alto to have only yellow leaves instead of the promised red, yellows, and pinks.

Don’t over fertilize the tree. If it’s in a lawn it can get extra fertilizer from the lawn. Maybe feed it a couple of times on the spring. tDont feed from early summer on. Sometimes it just takes years before it finally starts to change color. I have a Palo Alto in my yard that turns yellow. It’s been there for years!

Perhaps it will next fall it will be more colorful.

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