“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
One of the perks of working at The Growing Place is that you can find inspiration just about anywhere. About this time of year, our gardens are full of so many colors. From the bright hues of mums to cabbages and kale (which get increasingly vibrant as the temperatures drop) to the wispy plumes of perennial grasses and, of course, the many shades of reds, oranges, and yellows on trees and shrubs. Today I took a stroll around the gardens and snapped a few pics of just a few of the colors you can find.
Posted on 10/20/2016 at 12:58:00 PM
Nothing says October like those wonderful, delicious, squirrel magnets called Pumpkins (with a capital P!) They come in all sorts of colors, shapes, and sizes and make it festive just by being in the room. Can you tell we love pumpkins?
Joannie, Perennial Manager in Aurora has been making her pumpkins sparkle with metallic paint. She even sprayed leaves and attached them for an extra shiny touch. Metallic is not the only way to go, any color will do. You can make interesting shapes by marking off with painters tape.
Posted on 10/6/2016 at 12:26:00 PM
Up until this week, it has been an unseasonably warm fall, but it’s now just about the right time to start thinking about protecting your evergreen trees and shrubs. We love evergreens for their four-season interest, especially after a fresh snowfall. Since they keep their needles or leaves year round, it is important to take some steps to make sure evergreens remain healthy through the winter months. They will continue to lose water throughout the winter and be susceptible to damage from sunscald or windburn. The best protection against winter damage is moderate moisture in the soil. Continue checking the soil under evergreens into early winter or until the ground is frozen. If we have a dry fall, make sure to keep these plants we...Read more
Posted on 9/29/2016 at 11:11:00 AM
Sooner or later, most perennials need to be divided. Perennial plants typically increase in size by producing shoots and roots on the perimeter of the plant. After 3 or 4 years, the clump may die out in the center, overrun its space, or produce fewer flowers. When these things happen, it's time to divide.
The dividing process is fairly simple. You will need a few tools, which may include: shovel, garden fork, knife, scissors and rubbing alcohol.
To prepare the plants and soil for digging, water the bed a few days in advance. (This is only necessary if your soil is very dry). Remove any dead foliage from the plant.
First, dig around the plant so that it can be lifted in a clump. Then split the plant with a fork, inserting it deep into the...Read more
Posted on 9/15/2016 at 12:13:00 PM
By this point in the summer, you’ve put in the time pruning, weeding, watering and fertilizing your garden. And now, all your hard work is finally paying off in the form of bountiful veggies, fruits, and fragrant herbs. But sometimes that bounty can be a bit overwhelming, and even after gifting to your friends, family, co-workers, the mailman and just about anyone, you’re still swimming in cucumbers.
Fortunately, there are a variety of clever ways to preserve and store your garden goodies, from blanching and freezing to canning and pickling. It’s a perfect way to reap the benefits of your summertime labor well after the growing season ends. This week we’ve gathered up our favorite food storage and preservation te...Read more
Posted on 8/25/2016 at 11:42:00 AM
Perhaps even from childhood, we’re enthralled with the idea that tiny caterpillars undergo a complete metamorphosis and emerge as beautiful winged beings. We watch in awe as they sunbathe on our flowers and drink nectar from our milkweed plants, eagerly hoping these gentle creatures will stay a while so we may view them closer.
Well, we’ve got some good news! Monarch populations are expected to hit their peak as fall migration kicks off mid-August and these little critters take the flight back to Mexico. So, you should be seeing some soon. However, even at their peak, the population is still at record lows.
But, it’s not just monarchs that need our help. The Karner blue butterfly is registered as endangered under the U....Read more
Posted on 8/18/2016 at 12:58:00 PM
It’s hot. It’s sunny. It’s still a great time to add plants to your summer garden that you might have missed. Whether you have bare spots, colorless corners or simply want a new addition, we’ve got you covered. At The Growing Place we have beautiful, colorful plants just waiting for you to take them home. Check out some of our teams’ favorites below as we head into our greenhouses to find just a few of the many annual and perennial gems.
Coleus Looking for funky colored foliage in a low-maintenance plant? Then this is perfect for you! Coleus’ multi-colored, stunning leaves are perfect for adding a pop of color to those drab, dark areas. They come in a huge variety of leaf size and color. In addition, ...Read more
Posted on 8/4/2016 at 5:09:00 AM
If you are looking for a low maintenance, easy care plant, perennial grasses are for you! These graceful plants add depth and texture to your garden in summer, fall AND winter. They vary in form and function and are equally at home in an informal or formal setting.
Grasses tolerate a wide range of light and soil conditions and there is a variety for nearly every garden situation. There are both cool and warm season grasses. Cool season grasses begin growing in early spring and hit their prime in early summer. Their plumes, officially called inflorescence, are produced in the cooler months. Warm season grasses begin to grow when the temperatures rise in the spring. By mid-May the new leaves emerge and begin growing very quickly and by mid...Read more
Posted on 7/21/2016 at 11:50:00 AM
All the crazy weather and fluctuating temperatures this summer has us seeing all sorts of things happening in the garden. The goal is always healthy plants because healthy plants are better able to deal with stress of all kinds. But we know sometimes things go awry.
Correct watering is essential during the summer months. Newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials should be checked every day for the first week, every other day during the second week and every third day during the third week. Soil should be dry 1-2” under the surface before watering. For the rest of the summer, once a week should do it.
Annuals and vegetable plants will need more water. Even watering of tomatoes will keep them healthy.
The first step is maintaining ...Read more
Posted on 7/14/2016 at 1:09:00 PM
Have you noticed that almost every magazine photo of a garden has a piece of garden art in them? That is no accident. Every garden needs a focal point, something to draw the eye, something that adds interest. Focal points can be many different things. Containers, benches, found objects, large flowering and/or leafed plants are just a few ideas. Garden sculptures, trellises, arbors, mirrors, fountains, and wall art are some of the many options for garden art. You get the idea, once you get the concept of using focal points, the choices are endless!
Garden art (focal points) do not have to be one of a kind. They can be small groupings of coordinated pieces. The groupings should be viewed as one unit. Be careful not to overload your garden with too many items or to scatter them.
Posted on 6/23/2016 at 11:02:00 AM