2015 Garden Trends

What is trending in your back yard and the rest of the country taken right from the 2015 Garden Trends Report, Garden Media Group:

thTQF0J4P8New Consumers– The Millennial generation (aged 18-35) is the nation’s fastest growing gardening segment.  In particular, young men spend $100 more per year on garden supplies than the average consumer.

th31CQBPC7Clean & Safe–  Consumers want to make the world a better place, and they want brands to help them do it.  Products that are environmentally friendly and safe for pats and children reign supreme. Continue reading “2015 Garden Trends”

Mums- the Classic Fall Flower

For Instant Color, Just Add Mums!
SamsungSadly, Summer flowers have faded. The good news is that you can still add new life and color to your garden. In fact, some of the most beautiful colors you’ve seen all year are waiting right now to enter your garden. How? Mums. Garden show-offs with blooms that last for weeks, not days. Mums are easy to find, plant, care for, and even easier to enjoy. Continue reading “Mums- the Classic Fall Flower”

Not all “two-timers” are bad…

Get the most out of your shrubs with reblooming shrubs for loads of color all season long. Reblooming and continuous blooming shrubs enhance the landscape with an abundance of colorful flowers and usually offer an added bonus of attracting birds and butterflies to the garden. Be sure to research the care of your reblooming shrubs for pruning and trimming instructions to enjoy a full season of blooms. Continue reading “Not all “two-timers” are bad…”

The Herbarium- MY favorite summer cocktail

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The-Herbarium-CocktailHere we are at the height of summer. The humidity has rolled in along with the summer inhabitants. I will give you a gift- my favorite summer cocktail that I started making last year after reading The Drunkin Botanist- It’s called The Herbarium. A crisp, refreshing, light cocktail that has a slight sweetness to go along with the crisp. Give it a try- you will certainly be adding this to your summer menu: 1.5 oz Hendrick’s Gin .5 oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur 3-4 chunks lemon cucumber 2-3 sprigs basil ¼ lemon Club soda Squeeze lemon into cocktail shaker and combine all ingredients except the club soda. Muddle cucumber and basil, then add ice, shake, and strain into a glass of choice filled with ice. Top with club soda and add borage blossom or basil leaf for garnish.

Beans

It is time to start thinking about which bean varieties you want to grow in your garden. Sowing time is after the average last spring frost. Beans are one of those vegetables that are easy and fun to grow. The largest selection of beans are bush types which produce their entire crop over a period of a couple of weeks – sow bush beans every two to three weeks in order to keep a steady supply on the table! Even though needing support, pole beans produce continually until the first fall frost. Beans can be frozen for later use. Our friends at Botanical Interests offer many of only the best bean varieties for your garden. The owners would like to share three of their favorites with you!

Bean Bush Jade: This 60-day bean has been a favorite since first introduced for its consistent long, straight, stringless pods that are tender and sweet with a beautiful, very dark green color. Upright, bushy plants hold the pods high so they don’t curl or have tip rot. In addition to being very productive, plants have good disease resistance to common bean mosaic viruses and are tolerant to rust.

Bean Bush Contender: This 50-day bean was recommended by a garden center customer when he was servicing a display. After testing them, Botanical Interests was sold! The flavor is excellent either cooked or eaten raw, and the plants tolerate heat and mildew better than other varieties (most beans won’t produce over 90ºF).

Bean Pole Yard Long Orient Wonder: This 80 day bean is known in the Orient as “dau gok”.Orient Wonder is a delicious and beautiful dark green pole bean. Seeds are slow to develop, so pods stay smooth and slender. Orient Wonder is of sub-tropical origin, but is better suited than other varieties for gardens in the U.S. It’s easy to grow, and almost indestructible. Beans are best harvested 12″ to 18″ long, even though they can grow as long as 30″.