Hello everyone and happy Thursday to you! Hope you’ve all been having wonderful weeks and are gearing up with big plans for your weekend. For many of you with children on the traditional calendar, this week marks the end of this school year and the official beginning of summer! Hope you’ll take a moment to stop in Garden Supply and capture a real burst of the summer brightness and color that is blooming throughout the nursery grounds.
Don’t forget that the 2010 NC Triangle Race for the Cure is this Saturday, June 12th at Meredith College. We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who joined our Gardener’s for the Cure team to help raise money for breast cancer research. We are so excited to announce that we have met our goal of raising $10,000, and we owe it all to you! We couldn’t have done it without you! For those of you who would like to register still, today is the last day for online registration. Everyone who registers by midnight tonight will receive a special 12% discount card for all your Garden Supply purchases for the rest of this year, and will be entered in our drawing to win a $500 gift certificate from us. It’s our little way of saying thanks. Go here to register for our team.
After today, you can still register for the race at one of the Komen pick up sites. You can see all the important race day information here.
And now I have a burst of summer color to share with you, fresh from the perennial tables down at Garden Supply.
Just look at this lovely selection of daylilies that are just waiting to add a touch of brightness to your summer gardens. Daylilies are rugged, adaptable, vigorous perennials that endure in a garden for many years with little or no care. Daylilies adapt to a wide range of soil and light conditions. They establish quickly, grow vigorously, and survive winters with little or no injury. Each daylily plant produces an abundance of flower buds that open over a long period of time. There are many varieties, a wide range of flower colors, and the flowers continue during the heat of the summer.
The Suncrest daylily grows 3-4 feet tall and produces large butter-yellow blooms that are splashed and speckled with maroon.
Daylilies belong to the genus Hemerocallis and are not true lilies. This Greek word is made up of two parts: hemera meaning day and kallos meaning beauty. The name is appropriate, since each flower lasts only one day.
This beautiful Rosy Returns daylily produces masses of rose colored flowers from summer to fall.
Daylilies grow best in full sun. They will tolerate light shade, but flower best with a minimum of six hours of direct sun. Light shade during the hottest part of the day keeps the flowers fresh. Daylilies should not be planted near trees and shrubs that are likely to compete for moisture and nutrients.
KoKomo Sunset offers clusters of large 4″ wide deep gold flowers with a burgundy-red eye, light ruffle, and a green throat.
Although daylilies are adaptable to most soils, they do best in a slightly acidic, moist soil that is high in organic matter and well drained. Daylilies can be planted almost any time the soil can be worked. Till the soil deeply before planting. Work in well-rooted manure or compost to increase organic matter. Apply fertilizer based on a soil test. Dig a hole large enough for the roots without bending or crowding them.
Landscaper’s Best Purple (left) and Little Wine Cup (right)
Dominic has deep maroon-red, almost-black blooms with just a bit of ruffling.
Daylilies typically grow one to four feet in height and produce numerous flower buds that are showy over a long period. They are useful in the perennial flower border, planted in large masses, or as a ground cover on slopes, where they form a dense mat in just a few years. And as you can see, we have a fabulous assortment of daylilies to chose from in every color range. Other varieties we have available include Conca d’Or, Stella d’Oro, Ann Warner, My Reggae Tiger, Sunday Gloves, Hyperion, Happy Returns, and Pardon Me. Come talk to our friendly experts on making the perfect selection for your garden.
And now, as promised, a little deal for you from the Greenhouse.
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Thanks so much for stopping by everyone! Hope to see you soon down at Garden Supply.