Beautiful Bloomers

Hello everyone!  Take just one small stroll through the Garden Supply grounds and you will fully believe that spring has truly arrived.  Everywhere you look you’ll see flowering annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.  If it’s blooming, we’re sure to have it.  You need to come on over and take a little peek.  We will have you itching to get outside in your gardens and get dirty in no time flat!

One perennial already blooming is the Lenten Rose, a mainstay of many shady gardens.

This wonderful plant bears some of the longest-lasting flowers of the year.  If you already have some of these in your garden, now is the time to trim off last year’s foliage that may be hiding under the new leaves that emerged this winter.  Removing any leaves that look shabby will make the new foliage and blooms look even better.

Pansies, another bright favorite in the landscape, are still going strong. We just got in a new shipment this week.

If you have pansies that have overwintered with you, they would benefit from a dose of fertilizer right about now.  These spring-like temperatures will encourage new growth from their winter slump.  Pinching off any spent flowers will help, too.  This will give your old pansies a fresh new start.  They should look good until mid-May.

Look at some of our other blooming beauties.

Wouldn’t this stunning Camilla be a showpiece in your home landscape?  Come check out all the gorgeous varieties we have for you.

And if you’re looking for a real Southern Beauty, take a gander at these amazing forsythia in bloom.  I would guess these plants are at least 8 feet tall already, and bursting with bright yellow color.

Just gorgeous!  But then, everything is gorgeous these days at the garden center.  Hope you’ll stop by and visit soon!

Feed the Lawn & Kill the Weeds

Hello everyone!  Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and are enjoying the burst of wonderful weather we’ve had to officially welcome in spring.  We’ve had a great time this weekend at Garden Supply as we wrapped up our big week-long Spring Garden Party yesterday.  Thank you to everyone who participated and to everyone who stopped by and helped make our annual party a huge success!  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Now that spring is truly here, it’s time to turn your thoughts to a bit of yard prep and lawn care.  If you haven’t yet done so, now is the time for fertilizing fescue grass.  Some lawn fertilizers contain pre-emergent crabgrass killers, which should go down within the next 10 days.  We recommend  you use Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food.  Use Fertilome Classic Lawn Food if you have already applied crabgrass preventer.  We’ve got everything you need down at the garden center.

While over-seeding should wait until mid-September, you could work on seeding small, bare spots now.  This will require careful attention to watering in dry weeks, especially as we get into summer.

Cool weather weeds, especially chickweed, which blooms with a small white daisy, are gaining maturity now.  It’s easy to get them by pulling the clumps by hand or by hoe.  It is blooming already, so it’s a good time to get out as much as you can before the seeds go flying.  Come talk to our gardening experts for solutions.

With Easter being two weeks from today, now is the time to stop by the Greenhouse and check out our adorable holiday decor.  We have a huge selection of beautiful and unique items to spruce up your homes and decorate your tables for the season.

And look what else I discovered while strolling the Greenhouse yesterday afternoon.  A sale!  Always love a sale!

This lovely selection of pottery is now 30% off!  Just think of all the plant arrangements you could make for your decks and front porches with these.  Or thinking ahead, what wonderful Mother’s Day presents these would make filled with flowering blossoms.

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

Garden Party News

Hi everyone!  Hope you’re having a wonderful week. These last days have flown by so quickly…..hard to believe we’re almost at the weekend again.  I hope you all have had a chance to stop by Garden Supply for our annual Spring Garden Party this week.  We have fun activities happening daily, culminating in our big finale on Saturday.

On Friday, from 11-3, we have The Meat House coming, the friendly, new butcher in town.  The Meat House offers everything you need to prepare a complete gourmet meal that your family and friends will rave about. They offer a wide selection of expertly butchered premium meats, poultry, veal, lamb, and pork, prepared proteins, fine cheeses, fresh produce, hearty breads, prepared side dishes, Boar’s Head Deli products, delectable desserts and pastries, and other gourmet grocery items. They also carry over 200 varieties of wines from around the world, which are hand selected by The Meat House’s Certified Wine Educator.  Be sure to check out their website for recipes and photos, and stop by the garden center for some tasty samples from their portable kitchen.

And here’s our fun line-up for Saturday.

And don’t forget, now through Saturday, receive 15% off your entire tree and shrub purchase!

Hope to see you soon!

Still Going Strong

Hi everyone!  I hope you’ve had a chance to stop by Garden Supply to enjoy the festivities of our annual Spring Garden Party.  But if you haven’t yet, not to worry, the party is still going strong!  We’re going to be celebrating all week with special activities and local experts who are available to answer all your gardening questions. Not only that, our sale is still going on, as well.  Stop by and enjoy 15% off your entire tree and shrub purchases now through Saturday, March 20th.

All of us at the garden center want to thank everyone who came out over the weekend and helped make our annual spring party a huge success.  From our wonderful customers to our fellow community businesses, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Big thanks to Mamma Mia for the delicious pizza baked right here in our very own brick oven.  Also to Great Harvest Bread for the yummy baked goods and to Shady Arbour for the fabulous locally roasted coffee and The Wine Merchant for the tasty samplings.

Another big thanks to No Worries for the wonderful music.  We look forward to seeing you back here next Saturday, March 20th for our big festival wrap-up.

And thanks also to the Cary Gallery of Artists for sharing your talents with us. Cary Gallery of Artists is a nonprofit gallery in downtown Cary’s Ashworth Village, featuring more than 20 local artists whose genres include painting, clay art, photography, stained and fused glass, and jewelry.  They also offer classes so you, too, can express your creativity.

And speaking of creativity, look at our fabulous children’s community art project we’re working on all week.

I think we have some pretty talented citizens, don’t you?

We’ve had lots of fun activities for the kiddos down at the garden center.  Come back Saturday the 20th for more fun with art, seed planting, a ladybug bean bag toss, bee keeping activity sheets and face-painting.   Stop by and visit with The Grove School of Cary while you’re here.  The Grove School is a fresh new preschool with a very earth-friendly approach to teaching. You’re going to love their style.

We’ve been having a wonderful time, and the party’s just getting started!  Come join us for the fun!  And I’ll see you back here soon for more snippets from the garden.

Let’s Get This Party Started!

Hi everyone!  Happy Friday and welcome to the start of the weekend.  And what a great weekend it will be.  Our annual Spring Garden Party kicks off tomorrow, and we could not be more excited!  We have a ton of fun for the entire family with live music, food, kids activities, guest artists, and more.  Not only that, we will also have a whole community of gardening experts on hand to share their expertise and answer all your questions.  And that’s still not all.  How about some really good news?

*SALE  SALE SALE SALE SALE SALE SALE SALE SALE SALE SALE*

That’s right!  We’re having a sale!  Starting tomorrow through March 20th, enjoy 15% off your entire tree and shrub purchase.

And for a bit of extra Garden Party fun, keep your eyes peeled for pink flamingos.  They may very well be marking some additional specials and discounts on plants throughout the nursery.

We have so many gorgeous plants for you to choose from.  The garden center is bursting with fresh beauties.  We have perennials and annuals, fruit and vegetable plants, and an amazing assortment of shrubs and trees.  We are proud to offer one of the best selections of plants found anywhere.

Come check out our new arrivals of Japanese Maples.  We’ve got a couple dozen species of standard or bigger maples for the landscape, plus we’re super excited about the 30-40 rare and unusual varieties we have in, some of which we may never see again.

We also have a true collector’s grouping of rare conifers.  Walk the grounds and prepare to be amazed!

And if you’re looking for a real showpiece for the garden, be sure to ask to see our Chrysantha-Edgeworthia “Paper Bush” shrubs for a real unique treat.

Here’s a few glimpses of some of our other new arrivals.

Isn’t that metal planting container gorgeous?  Our helpful gardening staff would be happy to put one together for you.

Don’t forget about all the beautiful blossoms inside the greenhouse, too.

We are so excited to get this Garden Party started!   You can see the full calendar of events here.  Hope to see you all tomorrow.

Two More Days!

Hello everyone!  Just two more days until the kick-off to our fabulous Spring Garden Party. We have a full week of festivities and fun planned to help celebrate the arrival of our favorite season here at Garden Supply.  Each day, locally owned businesses from our community will gather here to share.  Come “garden” with our local growers and enjoy free pizza from our wood-fire oven and hot dogs off the grill.  There’s something new to do each day.  Be sure to check our calendar for a complete list of what’s in store for you and your whole family!

Prepare to be WOWed by all the amazing plants, trees and shrubs arriving daily down at the garden center.  Spring is in full swing and you will not want to miss it!  And in special honor of our Spring Garden Party, how about a little sale??  From Saturday, March 13th through Saturday, March 20th, you will receive 15% OFF your entire tree and shrub purchase.  And have we got some beauties for you to choose from!  Take a look at some of our new arrivals.

Weeping Cherries:
Mahogany bark Snow Fountain Cherry

Weeping cherry trees must be included in any Top 10 list of weeping trees, since they are spectacular blooming specimens for the spring landscape. Snow Fountains blooms best in full sun and well-drained soil. A slow-growing ornamental, the branches of this weeping cherry cascade right down to the ground.

Winter Honeysuckle:

Winter honeysuckle is a delightful shrub for extending the seasons: its winter flowers bring spring to the garden several months early while, at the other end of the year, its foliage lasts well into winter.

Pussy Willows:

Pussy Willows are a pure treat for spring-starved eyes. Who doesn’t love to  prune off a few branches studded with furry pussy willow to be brought indoors and honored as spring’s earliest harbingers?

And if you’re looking for a true showpiece for the winter landscape, check out these amazing Harry Lauder’s Walking Sticks.  Often referred to by their common names, corkscrew filbert and contorted hazelnut, these flowering shrubs make showy ornamentals prized for their twisted, architectural forms.

These are just a small sampling of what’s in store for you down at Garden Supply.  You truly have to see it to believe it!  Stop by and pay us a visit and get in on our special 15% off all trees and shrubs sale beginning Saturday.  Keep your eyes out for pink flamingos around the nursery, too.  They will be marking other sales that are changing daily.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!  Hope to see you all soon!