Now is the Time to Order Bareroot Stock – Roses, hard-to-find perennials, and natives

So, we’re ordering plants and seeds. What are we ordering? Bareroot stock is now available for early spring planting. This is the best way to find fragrant, antique rose varieties. These simply aren’t sold in nurseries anymore. Edibles like raspberries, asparagus, rhubarb, and young fruit trees are also available as bareroot stock. What does bareroot…

Priscilla’s Garden To-Do List for February into March

Return your Fine Garden Maintenance or Plant Health Care contract by March 1 Schedule a virtual meeting to ask questions and discuss details, phw@pumpkinbrookorganicgardening.com Place orders for seeds and bareroot stock (see article above) Start seeds of onions, leeks, and pansies indoors Sow some native seeds outdoors in containers — there’s still time (see article above)…

Groton Garden Club Annual Public Lecture on Creating Garden Habitats – Saturday, February 5 at 2 pm

Come settle in on a cold winter afternoon with a virtual talk of interest. Daphne Minner, Garden Coach, Botanic Educator, and Designer, will engage us with suggestions for creating functional garden habitats with native plants for many species, right in our own yards. These practices can buffer against pollinator declines and create more dynamic, enjoyable…

Plant Pick: White and Red Oaks

White oak leaves Recently I was asked to identify an oak at the edge of a woodland where a new house had been built. This was a woods tree, with whitish bark somewhat resembling a hickory tree: clearly a white oak. Another clue was the rounded lobes on the leaves. The Latin name for white…

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Plant Pick: Cooling Blue Flowers

Most of us love the color blue and appreciate its cooling effects during the heat of July and August. Blue plants are most effective in dappled light shade, as their color may recede in full sun. The shade factor will also help to prolong bloom.                        …