Win a Thousand Dollars

A heartfelt thanks to all of you who have joined and/or donated to our team, “Gardener’s for the Cure”. We’re off to a good start, but there’s more that we can do. There are over four thousand of you on our email list and we thought, “Well, we can easily see 10% signing up, times the $25.00 entry fee, equals $10,000. Easy, that’s our goal!”

We have a way to go!

We want to clarify some commonly asked questions we are hearing from you….you don’t have to come to the Race on June 12th, you can check the box, “Sleep in for the Cure”. Also, when you sign up on the website for our team, you are automatically assigned a “personal page” with a “personal goal”. It’s part of the “networking” to raise more money. However, you do not have to participate in that way. (Of course we would encourage you to, it’s an easy way to let your family and friends know how you are making an impact!) Also, a lot of you are on teams through work or have already signed up individually, etc. but guess what ?! You can be on more than one team… some of us are on three. And lastly, YES! We are really giving you a 12% discount card to use on ALL of your purchases  the rest of the year for the mere $25.00 it takes to join our team.

So here’s our challenge to you: the deadline to be able to sign up for the team is May 17th and we want to hit that goal! If we do, one of you who have either joined and/or donated to our team, will win a $1000.00 Gift Certificate from Garden Supply Co. Don’t put this off another minute! Follow this link to our Team’s home page and join us there or if you aren’t comfortable with cyberspace, you can register with us at the store. http://nctriangle.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/DUR_NCTriangleAffiliate?team_id=133021&pg=team&fr_id=1702

One person can make an impact on many women’s lives, imagine all of us together, all four thousand of you, and the IMPACT we can have on the lives of MANY women and their families. Join us!

Wine & Design Trunk Show

Hello everyone!  Hope your weeks are off to a wonderful start!  We have some fun activities going on this week that I am excited to tell you about.  First, I hope you all can join us this Thursday evening from 6-8 pm for our Wine & Design Trunk Show.  Deborah’s friend from Richmond is bringing her clothing boutique to us! She has a way of scouting the market for the best trends and wearable designs at affordable prices. She will be giving you a forecast  of trends coming this way, advice on what to hold onto in your closet, and what to let go. Also, Lynne Ogburn Designs will be here with her “gems in the garden” a beautiful and creative jewelry line and Moon & Lola from downtown Apex will be here with their own line of handmade jewelry. So mark your calendar and invite your friends for a different night in the garden! Please RSVP for this event to 460-7747 or email at info@gardensupplyco.com.

We would also like to invite you to The Page-Walker Arts & History Center on Saturday the 15th for their 1st annual Herb-Fest.

In addition to touring the Garden, festival-goers can watch herb cooking demonstrations and stroll through booths selling a wide variety of herbs, crafts and garden products. Vendors participating in Herbfest include: Bela Imports, Chatham Street Café, Dillardville Bird Houses, Garden Supply Company, Eva Green, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, J & M Garden Art, Bonnie King Soaps, The Little Herb House, The Meat House, The Thyme Savor, Wake County Herb Society, Natalie Winters and Whole Foods. Each will reflect the theme of this year’s Herbfest, which is gardening, herbs, native plants, perennials, nature, cooking, and the contribution these pursuits make to a healthy lifestyle. Live musical entertainment will be provided throughout the event by Chris Anderson and Gail Leonard, as well as a talented jazz trio from Enloe High School.

And don’t forget that we have tons of gorgeous new plants arriving daily down at Garden Supply.  Peak planting time is now so come on in and let us help you achieve the garden of your dreams this season.  Our garden center is open 7 days a week and our experts are standing by.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’ll see you all back here soon for more snippets from the garden.

Mother's Day Weekend

Hello everyone and happy Sunday to you! All of us at Garden Supply want to wish you mothers out there a very wonderful Mother’s Day.  How fortunate we are to have these special women in our lives! If you are lucky enough to have your mom in town with you, plan on a visit today and let her stroll through the gardens at leisure. And if you’re a mom yourself, take a few minutes to unwind here.  It’s so beautiful right now.  I hear so many times from you how nice it is just to “come and wander around”…. I agree!

I am one of the lucky ones to have my mother visiting, and for Mother’s Day this year, we spent our time together at Garden Supply.  Of all the activities we could have planned for the weekend, we both chose to spend some quality time together strolling the gardens.  The excitement of all the beautiful plants in bloom is absolutely contagious.  Mom and I want to make a “Mother’s Day Garden” in my backyard that we can watch flourish and grow in the years to come.  I can’t think of a better Mother’s Day gift.  Now I will have a constant reminder of Mom every time I look out my windows.

I would like to share with you our creative journey of  this garden to perhaps inspire you if you have a similar area at your home that could use a little special touch.  I am working with a border area up against the back foundation of my house.  The area receives a bit of morning sun, but for most of the day, this zone is in the shade.  So step one was to head to the shade plant area at Garden Supply, where there are so many gorgeous plants to choose from.  We decided on Hostas as our main focus. Hostas are extremely popular, hardy herbaceous perennials grown primarily for their beautiful foliage. They are easy to grow, shade-tolerant plants. Leaves come in a wide range of shapes, colors, sizes, and textures and may be solid in color or variegated in different combinations of blue, green, white, and gold. The plants are low maintenance and with the huge selection of choices at Garden Supply, your options are boundless.

After weighing all the choices, we decided to go with a variety of hostas in a chartreuse-green color palette.  Chartreuse foliage is highly visible, even from a distance, and brings light to low-light areas. Choosing a variety of cultivars brings some interest to the border, while sticking to a chartreuse color palette unites the border into a cohesive planting.

Our hosta selection included: Great Expectations, Stained Glass, Atlantis, Fragrant Bouquet, Guacamole, and Sum & Substance.  We then decided on a few companion plants for our border to add more depth and interest, sticking to the shade area plantings at the garden center. We paired the hostas with the dark purple foliage of the ‘Plum Pudding’ Heuchera (Coral Bells) which do well in sun or light shade, and the light and airy foliage of the ‘Cinnamon’ Fern.  The contrast of these 3 plants provides a ton of visual interest.

For my 20-foot border, we selected 9 hostas, 3 coral bells, and 4 cinnamon ferns. Allowing for adequate planting space, this was the perfect number of plants to fill the area.

I hope this has given you some ideas for those of you with similar planting opportunities in your yards.  Come back and visit soon to see our completed Mother’s Day Garden.  And in the meantime, we’ll see you down at Garden Supply.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Stress-Free Shopping Evening

Mother’s Day is May 9th this year, only 5 short days from now.  If you’re looking for that perfect gift for Mom, we are here to help.  We’re going to extend our hours this Thursday, May 6th to offer you a stress-free shopping event.  Our personal shoppers will be on hand until 8 pm to help you find that perfect gift item.  With our huge selection of unique and beautiful decor pieces and flowering plants, you are sure to find just the perfect gift for Mom.  And don’t forget that we offer gift certificates, too. Special free gift wrapping will be available.

Here is a stunning flowering classic that is sure to capture Mom’s heart.

From Monrovia gardens, this glorious Itoh Peony is reminiscent of grandma’s cutting bed but without the fussiness sometimes associated with the plant.  Itoh Peonies are a cross of an herbaceous peony with a tree peony.  The cross combines the best traits of both parents: great vigor, large distinctive flowers, strong stems and long-lasting blooms. The sturdy flower stems of the Itoh Peony require no staking.  This variety, the ‘Sequestered Sunshine’ Itoh boasts large, bright canary-yellow blossoms with showy stamens.

Also available is this ‘Cora Louise’ Itoh which offers large, semi-double blossoms that are white with striking dark lavender central flares.  The flowers have a soft, pleasing scent.

Our third beautiful Itoh Peony is the ‘Kopper Kettle’ variety with copper-orange flowers that have a darker center and occasional yellow streaks.

I’m sure Mom would be pleased with one of these beauties!  And we have many more lovely options including a bounty of blooming annuals and perennials, fabulous container plantings all ready to go, beauty products from Tyler Company, and fabulous boutique items from the Greenhouse.  Stop by and let us help you make this Mother’s Day one to remember!

Sales & Events

Hello everyone!  Just a few quick reminders about some of the specials and activities we have in store for you this weekend down at Garden Supply.  In honor of Arbor Day, we are offering 20% off all your tree and shrub purchases through today.  Just mention this post to receive your discount.  Also, we’ve brought back our perennial sale from last weekend.  Purchase 10 mix & match perennials and receive 10% off, 20 perennials and receive 20% off, and 30 or more perennials and receive 30% off.  And finally, our triple shredded hardwood mulch is now $22/yd and our NC Long-Leaf pine straw is now $4.40/bale.  These sale prices are good through May 15th.

In other news, we are excited to offer a special Dad & Kid event tomorrow as a fun surprise for Mom.  Dad- bring your kids in between 1-4 pm for a craft and planting activity, just in time for Mother’s Day.  But Shhhhhh….don’t tell Mom. :) It’s a secret!

It’s an absolutely gorgeous weekend!  Hope to see you all down at the garden center soon.  I’ll be there from 1-4 tomorrow for the kids craft activity….stop by and say Hi!

Arbor Day Sale

Hello everyone, and welcome to the start of a brand new weekend!  And what a beautiful weekend it is predicted to be, with warming temperatures and blue skies.  Sounds like the perfect time for a bit of gardening.  And in honor of Arbor Day today, we have a few specials and promotions going on down at Garden Supply.

While the locally-owned family farms we get our plants from are doing well delivering to local garden centers like us, they are still not catching up because of the decline in “new home” building.  The landscapers fuel this inventory buy and they aren’t installing much right now….see the trickle down of the economy?  I know you get this and see the importance of continuing to buy local when you can! We feel so strongly about it and want to continue to bring you the freshest plants at the best prices.  So, all day Friday and Saturday until noon, come in with this blog post to receive 20% off all your trees and shrub purchases. We want to give our growers a BIG re-order Monday! Take advantage of this great offer to purchase that commemorative tree for Arbor Day!

We also are bringing back our perennial sale from last weekend.  Purchase 10 perennials and receive 10% off, 20 perennials and receive 20% off, and 30 or more perennials and receive 30% off.  And just in time for your spring clean-up projects, we are reducing the price on some of our mulch.  Our triple shredded hardwood mulch is now $22.00/yd., and our N.C. long-leaf pine straw is $4.40/bale. These sale prices are good through May 15th.

When you get ready to plant your new trees and shrubs, here are a few handy planting tips to keep in mind.

Handle balled & burlapped (B&B) plants by the ball and container plants by the pots as much as possible.  If your new plants must be held for several days before planting, put them in an area where they will be protected from excessive sun or drying winds.  Water thoroughly every 2-3 days until planting.  Check daily, as more or less frequent watering may be necessary depending upon weather conditions and the size of the plant.

Consider the mature size of the plant and be familiar with sun and moisture requirements as well.  Pick an area that will accommodate these requirements.  Do not plant in excessively wet or dry soil.

Your hole should be dug at least 1 1/2 times the width, but NO deeper than the size of the root ball.  Mix existing soil in equal parts with soil conditioner and composted cow manure.  An adequate amount of Bio-tone, Plant-tone, or Holly-tone and Dynamite fertilizer should be added to insure nutrient content.

Remove plant from pot by placing hand on top of root ball and turning over.  Tap and pull the pot until the root ball slips out.  Loosen any roots if necessary on pot-bound plants.  On B&B plants, do not remove any wire, string, or burlap.

Place a portion of your amended soil mixture in the bottom of the hole so that 1/4 of the height of the root ball is above ground level, depending on the moisture content.  Backfill around root ball, using soil mixture.  Lightly tamp soil to hold plant in position and help insure good root-to-soil contact.

Mound remainder of amended soil mixture up to the edge of the root ball to produce a “ring” for water retention and root insulation.  See photo above.  Place mulch at a maximum depth of 1 to 2 inches on top of root ball and 3 inches elsewhere.  Soil conditioner or hardwood mulch is best for trees.

You can find these full instructions, along with other helpful tips on watering and lawn care, in our handy Planting Guide, available for free in the Greenhouse.  And as always, our helpful staff is on hand 7 days a week to assist you with all your gardening plans.

So get out there and get planting!  And happy Arbor Day everyone!