GMO- do you even know what that means?

We’ve heard the term and we’ve heard we are to stay away from GMO’s. But what really is GMO? Just like the terms “organic” and “natural”, the use of the term GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) has been used in the media interchangeably with the term GE (Genetically Engineered); these are not the same. So what is the difference? Continue reading GMO- do you even know what that means?

Hydrangea Varieties Explained

As beautiful and popular as hydrangeas are, they cause their share of confusion among gardeners. Not least of all because hydrangeas even have their own language – a set of terms that is uniquely associated with this widely grown genus. Here, we’ve tried to define the words that are often thrown around in conversations about suitable that at blotchy abandoned reusable hopefully!

Fertile florets: The fertile florets on a hydrangea are tiny, numerous and star-like. If they are observed closely, stamens and pistils can be clearly distinguished. In a lacecap flower, fertile florets comprise the bulk of the inflorescence, with sterile florets in ring on the outer edge; in a mophead, they are usually nestled down under the larger sterile flowers.

Picotee: refers to a variation in color along the edges of a floret. Examples of picotee hydrangeas: Cityline™ Mars, Edgy™ Hearts

Bud hardiness: is an important concept for success with bigleaf hydrangeas and mountain hydrangeas. In zone 5 and even 6, the roots and leaf buds of these plants are hardy and able to withstand harsh winter conditions, but their more delicate flower buds may not be. For example, the listing of Tuff Stuff™ hydrangea mentions its improved bud hardiness, making it a more reliable bloomer for colder areas.

Old wood: describes growth that was put on during the previous season. Big leaf hydrangea, mountain hydrangea, oakleaf hydrangea, and climbing hydrangea all flower on old wood.

New wood: describes the growth that a plant creates during the current season. Smooth hydrangea and panicle hydrangea both flower on new wood.

Patent Info: Pink Shira™ Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Sonmarie’ PP: 20595; Invincibelle® Spirit Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA1’ PP: 20765 Can. COPF; Incrediball® Hydrangea arborescens ‘Abetwo’ PP: 20571 Can. PBRAF; White Dome® Hydrangea arborescens ‘Dardom’ PP: 14168; ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea paniculata PP: 12874 Can.: 2319; Little Lime™ Hydrangea paniculata ‘Jane’ PPAF Can.: 3914; Quick Fire® Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bulk’ PP: 16812 Can. PBRAF; Pinky Winky™ Hydrangea paniculata ‘DVPpinky’ PP: 16166 Can.: 2892; ‘Little Lamb’ Hydrangea paniculata PP: 15395; Bobo™ Hydrangea paniculata ‘ILVOBO’ PP: 22782 Can. PBRAF; Tuff Stuff™ Hydrangea serrata ‘MAK20’ PPAF; Let’s Dance® Starlight Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lynn’ PP: 20019 Can. PBRAF; Edgy™ Orbits Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Harbits’ PP: 21186; Abracadabra™ Star Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Horabstra’ PP: 21636; Let’s Dance® Moonlight Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Robert’ PP: 20020 Can. PBRAF; Let’s Dance® Big Easy Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Berner’ PPAF Can. PBRAF; Cityline™ Mars Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ramars’; Edgy™ Hearts Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Horheart’ PPAF;

Essential Spring Gardening Tips

Old Man Winter has finally moved along, and it’s time for spring gardening in many parts of the world. This is a busy time of year in the gardening calendar. If you’re not sure where to start, follow these spring gardening tips to ensure your garden gets off to a great start just in time for growing season.

Bird on shovel during spring gardening

Photo via Cath in Dorset/Flickr Creative Commons

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New Annuals for 2015

Sick of white?  Think tropical colors for 2015

Every spring brings the excitement and anticipation of new flower varieties and colors.  Below is a sampling of our favorite “newbies” we will be planting for you this year: