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Fall Rhododendron Bloom

“Is my rhody confused?” our customers ask. “They’re flowering now, in the fall. Will they still bloom in the spring?” To some extent this happens every autumn. The hours of daylight and darkness are the same in the fall as in the spring, and the temperatures are a similar combination of warm days and cool…

Putting The Perennial Garden To Bed

Many of our customers need advice about putting their perennial gardens to bed. “What should I be doing at this time of year?” they ask. “Can I cut my Montauk Daisies down now? How about the grasses?” Here are some general guidelines for putting your perennial garden to bed for the winter. Cutting Back When…

A True Storm Story

In the height of the hurricane, as the letters were blowing off of Country Garden’s roof, employee Amelia Lynch watched as a man untied a bunch of corn stalks off of the fence and stole them.  He carted that corn away, complete with orange bow. Emergency decorating for a hurricane party?  

Dealing With Damage From Sandy

To Help With General Recovery  Apply an inch or two of compost or composted manure to cover exposed roots and to help with root regeneration this fall and a healthy soil next spring. Leaning/Flattened Plants Pull plants back to their former position and use a staking kit or materials to hold them in place. Leave…

"Should I Clip Off The Old Hydrangea Flowers?"

This is a question we hear frequently in the garden center. It usually is followed up with “Should I prune my hydrangeas down in the fall?” Here’s the story on both of those queries: 1. You don’t have to clip off the old flowers unless you don’t like how they look. If you object to…

Easy, Colorful Fall Decorating

Looking for a quick way to dress up your porch or patio for fall? Make a pumpkin totem! Get an urn, large pot or even a hay bale and place it on your porch, near a light post or where ever you would like fall decorations. Consider doing a display where you’ll see it from…

Keeping Fall Mums From Year to Year

The other day a customer remarked that her “hardy” mums never make it though the winter. Has this happened to you? As we explained to this customer, there are a couple of things going on. In some areas these plants are called “hardy” because they will withstand light frosts through the fall. On Cape Cod,…

Success With Fall Planting

There is something about the crisp fall air that makes me want to plant something! The conditions are comfortable for working outside and it’s satisfying to know that the plants that are put in the ground now will be off and running next spring. To ensure winter survival, however, there are a couple of things…

Fall Fun!

Want to make a wreath out of your hydrangea flowers? Have you been thinking about keeping chickens? Come to our Homegrown Harvest Festival and find out how to create a lovely hydrangea wreath and all about keeping chickens. Chicken lecture by award winning blogger Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest on Saturday September 22nd at 1:30…

Tomato Hornworms

If you see your tomato foliage rapidly disappearing, chances are you have one or more tomato hornworms. Another sign that this pest is at work is the black pepper-like “frass” (aka caterpillar poop) that is sprinkled over the tomato foliage. Look closely at the stems and underside of the leaves and you’re likely to find…

Tomato Success

Everyone loves a tasty, homegrown tomato. As the song writer Guy Clark has written, “There are just two things that money can’t buy: true love and home grown tomatoes.” For the best success with this plant in our area, use the following guidelines. 1. Enrich the soil with compost in the fall or early spring.…

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale

The Top Ten Reasons to Plant Cabbages and Kales In September: 1. These autumn annuals remain beautiful in the garden well into winter. 2. They take up a lot of room in window boxes and pots so you don’t need many to make a big statement. 3. As the temperatures fall the cabbage and kale…

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