Happy New Years from all of us at Gilson Gardens! As I sit here in my office with the snow falling down and the wind blowing I just keep thinking to myself….spring is coming….2015 is coming and you know what…it is! Tonight we all celebrate a brand new year…we will make resolutions we won’t keep, we’ll probably drink too much, not feel too good in the morning BUT…at the end of the day….2015 will be here and that is exciting!
We have a brand new set of 365 days to enjoy! Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter! We have new plants to put into the earth, gardens to renovate or just prep for the coming of spring. I know most of us can’t get out there right now but it will be here before you know it so start planning what you would like to do with your outdoor spaces. Maybe this is the year you put in a small pond, or add to your patio, start container gardening….whatever you dream up you can make happen!
Do you know that ANY time you spend outside, doing ANYTHING with nature, you extend your life? It’s true….add some years to your life and get outside in 2015!
As for us here at Gilson Gardens, we’re busy planning our year. What plants to raise, how many of them, should we start with smaller liners to cut our costs but extend our growing season? We’re constantly re-inventing ourselves to be sure we stay relevant! It’s a tricky process getting our plants ready for when customers want them and then of course we have to deal with mother nature who we all know can be temperamental! (or just mental!) I’m not sure which!
So my wish for you all is that you have a wonderful new year…spend those 365 days wisely because they go fast…don’t waste too many of them! Be safe, stay healthy and keep planting!
Happy New Year!!!
It’s official – fall is here and at this rate, winter may be here sooner than later.
Halloween has come and gone, and the garden centers are offering discounted prices on their plants to get ready for Christmas. You can’t blame them really, most major department stores (including our very ownGreat Lakes Mall) already have beautiful Christmas ornaments on display! You can get some great bargains this time of year for your garden and indoor plants so don’t wait.
Insider Tip: here in Lake County, Gilson Gardens, Sabos, and Martins are offering 50% and more off hardy plants.
This is also the best time to purchase your ornamental grasses because they are in their glory right now. They are at full size so what you’re planting is what they will become in your own garden next year. That’s awesome for those of us who can’t visualize winter vs. summer garden sizes.
This is the time to plant your bulbs, clean up your beds and YES, you can still plant! This is the time to plant daffodils, tulips, snowdrops, crocus and more and I promise you…getting them in now will reward you with their beauty in the spring.
Finally, your veggie garden may be done, but you can still get plenty of apples and veggies from your local farm market. Gourds and squash last a long time so get them now to enjoy later. Bring in your herbs or harvest them so that you have fresh herbs throughout the winter – did you know you can dry and freeze them so you can use them throughout the winter?
Bring on winter!
This month I want to dare you to push yourself to be a unique gardener. What do I mean by this? I want each of you to make the most of your garden. It could be adding a new vegetable that you haven’t grown before or adding a tree to your yard that you’ve always admired into your own yard! Maybe it’s a new ground cover where you’ve always put mulch. It’s up to you!
We all have an area in the yard, no matter the size where we could add a garden area to enjoy. Butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds can all be attracted to your private spaces with just a simple addition of a few flowering perennials or shrubs. Maybe you want to mow a little less grass and add some more square feet to an existing bed! The possibilities are endless!
I could list all the plants that I love in the garden but what makes your garden yours is YOUR plant selections and combinations! There are endless possibilities out there for you to choose from! You can narrow down your selections by researching them online, you could join a garden club, you could read a gardening book or magazine but my favorite way to pick out the plants that go in my garden are at the garden center! I like to see for myself what a plant is going to look like!
You are lucky to live in an area that has many garden centers! Of course you have Gilson Gardens but there is also, Martin’s Nursery, Springlake Nursery, Havel’s, Bluestone, Middle Ridge Gardens, Secor Nursery, Sabo’s Woodside Nursery, Wyatt’s Nursery, Petitti, Gales Garden Center, Woodworth’s and many more! Look them up and patronize them! Spend an afternoon and hit several! Although Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Lowe’s all offer gardening supplies and plants, I highly recommend that you shop your local small business for all your plant needs! Keep our county alive by shopping where the experts are! Your local garden centers are employed by some of the most knowledgeable people there are!
Share your love of plants with people that know how to help you! They will help you find that perfect addition to your garden! You may find a new passion for plants that you didn’t know you had! Plants at your local garden centers are most likely grown right here in Lake County! Can it get any better than that? You’ll find the right plant for the right place from the best place in America….Lake County Ohio!
Let me know what you are shopping for! Which spot are you going to add something new? What color bloom are you looking for? Go ahead! Share!
Posted in Business, garden center, Garden Plants, ground covers, networkwing, Perennials, Perennials in the Garden, Plant finder, Spring, Uncategorized, Vegegables
Tagged Color, flowers, Garden, lake county, plants
FEBRUARY 12TH, 2013 by guest blogger Annette Howard
Roses are the Sweetheart of the Garden
Roses, once the fame of Mentor, OH
Valentine’s best loved flower is the rose, a symbol of love for all time. Times have changed however…. flower shops have closed down, grocery stores are selling month old roses at the register and we’ve all seen the ads online for FTD. Gone are the days of men spending $75 for a dozen of these beauties!
It’s also getting more difficult to find the roses you think of for Valentine’s Day at your local nursery. These are hybrid tea roses and although the roses are beautiful, the foliage is often leggy, riddled with disease or covered in bugs. Many landscapers are planting and recommending the new shrub roses as an alternative. Shrub roses have been improved and are anything but “shrubby”.
The relatively new Knockout series offers an almost true red, pink, and yellow and most are available in both single and double flowers. They bloom just about all season! These plants are tough and compact, they tolerate pruning and resist disease. These roses are popping up in landscapes everywhere from homes to commercial plantings. They are even drought resistant once established!
If you would prefer a shorter selection of roses than the 36” Knockouts, try the Fairyland series that is hardy, covered in blooms and pretty much maintenance free. They reach a height of 24”. There are many shades of pink, red, white and yellow in this series. Both families of roses make a gorgeous vase all summer long in your house and will be a colorful shrub in your landscape.
Although you cannot find shrub roses at the garden center this time of year, true romantics out there are welcome to pick up a gift certificate at their local garden center that their Valentines can use when it does warm up. Think about adding an “I’ll plant it for you!” note in the card – Now that’s romance!
The Hostas are starting to pop here in NE Ohio and I am definately a collector….here’s the word from Doug Green’s Garden that I wanted to share with you! Although many think of Hosta and think of the variegated forms, … Continue reading
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Do you have a live tree? Does your family go to a Christmas Tree farm and cut one down? Do you go to the nearest corner lot and pick a tree from the selection they have? Do you shop your local box store for your tree? Do you patronize your local garden center?
I ask because there are many options out there for those that still choose to have a live Christmas tree. Personally if I had a real tree, we’d either cut it down ourselves (we did this for years) or visit the garden center. I’ve never been a fan of the pop up tents that literally materialize over night, set up lights and sell trees for much less than the local store that is there for you all year. Just my opinion. I’m blogging, you get to hear it.
Now…if you choose to have an artificial tree, how often do you replace that tree? I have a sister that must get a new one every couple of years, myself…mine is several years old. I chose the artificial so that I don’t have to water it, I can leave it up for 8 weeks if I want to, it looks real and I’m not picking needles out of my carpet until July and mostly because Christmas trees just don’t smell any more! I have no idea why…it’s too bad though. Instead, I’ll use a pine scented candle or potpourri.
Let me know what your family does for a Christmas tree. I can suggest that if you go with the live trees, be sure to set them out in the yard after Christmas for the birds! They love them and it’s good winter protection for them!
Have a blessed Christmas to you all!
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- O Christmas Tree (fantasyfic.wordpress.com)
- The Christmas tree dilemma (mavegyver.wordpress.com)
Posted in Christmas, decorate, garden center, holidays, joy, Tradition, Trees
Tagged Agriculture and Forestry, Business and Economy, Christmas, Christmas tree, Holidays, Horticulture, Real tree, Tree