Butterfly Bush

Hello everyone, and happy Monday to you all!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Things are certainly heating up, and we are still in full swing down at Garden Supply.  We have a couple of events coming up that you will want to mark your calendars for. First, the 2010 NC Triangle Race for the Cure event is being held next Saturday, the 12th, at Meredith College.  Our Garden Supply team, Gardeners for the Cure, will be there, and we’d love to have you join us. Every 73 seconds we lose another Mom, daughter, wife, sister, friend, or co-worker to breast cancer. We ARE making strides, more than 200 of you are making an IMPACT right now, but we still have a way to go!  So here’s the link to our team page.  http://nctriangle.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/DUR_NCTriangleAffiliate?team_id=133021&pg=team&fr_id=1702 You’ll be amazed at what comes back to you.

A couple of items to note…you do not actually have to run or even walk on the 12th in order to participate.  Simply check the “sleep-in” option on the registration page.  For all of you who join us in this fight, you will receive a team Tee shirt, an after- party, and a special 12% discount card for ALL your Garden Supply purchases for the rest of the year.  And best of all, your name will be entered in our drawing to receive a $500 gift certificate to Garden Supply. Hurry, online registration ends June 10th.

Also, mark your calendars for out Annual Auction on June 19th. Join us for a full day of fun at our best sale of the year by participating in our absolute auction. Plants, trees, flowers, pots, urns, iron pieces, fountains and lots of other gift items will be sold. It’s easy, just register and get a number, bid and be competitive, finish up your landscaping and get it all at a great price. Please check back for more details on this event including live music and other promotions.

And now I have a few more blooming plants to share with you that will add stunning color to your garden all summer while attracting a myriad of wildlife at the same time. With a collection of butterfly bushes in your garden you will be able to behold the beauty and fragrant delight of these plants while also attracting butterflies and hummingbirds who will love to feed off the flowers. There are plenty of butterfly bush varieties from which to choose, they are not picky about where you plant them and they grow hardily no matter what area of the country you are in.  You can find blue, ruby, pink, purple and red plants of the buddleia species down at Garden Supply to make your landscape a rainbow of color.

Miss Ruby butterfly bush

Developed by Dr. Dennis Werner of the JC Raulston Arboretum in NC, Miss Ruby is noted for its compact habit and remarkable vivid, rich pink flowers. The flower color is unlike any other buddleia. This new butterfly bush has silver leaves with a well branched growth habit which results in lots of beautiful flowers.

Miss Ruby photo courtesy of colorchoiceplants.com

Black Knight butterfly bush

Every bush of a Black Knight buddleia is covered with long, star-like almost-black blossoms from summer through fall. An easy-to-grow shrub that should be an essential feature in all yards. Butterflies and hummingbirds can’t resist the honey- scented blooms. Place near a patio or pathway and you’ll also appreciate their fragrance. Removal of spent flower spikes during the growing season will encourage additional bloom, but consider leaving final blooms in place to facilitate reseeding.

Royal Red butterfly bush

One of the most commonly requested butterfly bushes is the royal red. The royal red butterfly bush, instead of red as one would expect, has brilliant violet flowers that bloom from mid-summer. Royal red butterfly bushes can reach a height of up to seven feet. The blooms of a royal red butterfly bush are very fragrant, and attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. This vigorous, dense shrub will add structure and grace to a perennial border. The gray-green foliage of the royal red butterfly bush contrasts perfectly with the bright blooms.

Other butterfly bush varieties available at Garden Supply include:

Pink Delight- fragrant pink flower spikes from summer through fall.  Grows 4-6 feet tall and wide in an upright, spreading form. The fragrance has been described as similar to honey. The flower sprays are made of many tiny densely packed flowers.

Bicolor-the first Butterfly Bush to feature multiple colors on each bloom. Pannicles grow up to 10″ and feature raspberry and butterscotch yellow florets beginning in summer. It is an excellent attractant for butterflies and hummingbirds. Grows 6-8′ tall. Drought and deer resistant. Great cut flower.

Harlequin- Spectacular summer color from reddish-purple flower spikes. Terrific fragrance attracts butterflies. Good background or accent plant with the added bonus of variegated leaves.

Ellen Blue- Beautiful blue flowers with an orange eye and medium to high fragrance. Gray/silver foliage, grows to 6′. A seedling of ‘Lochinch’, selected by Ellen Hornig and named for her.

Lochinch- extremely fragrant lilac-blue flowers with orange eyes. Its arching, mounded habit typically reaches 3 to 5 feet in one season, but can grow much taller in the deep South. The 8-  to 12-inch-long flower spikes begin in late summer and bloom until frost.

Creating a butterfly garden is a fun hobby with an amazing pay-off.  You get to enjoy the beauty of many different species of colorful butterflies that visit your garden once your butterfly bushes begin to bloom and grow.  It is a popular hobby because it is not difficult, it is great for the environment and it is something that pretty much anyone can do. Stop by the garden center and let our helpful experts get you started on your own butterfly garden today.


Herb Fest

Hello everyone and happy Friday! It’s time to kick off another wonderful weekend. We hope you can join us tomorrow, the 15th, in downtown Cary for the 1st Annual Friends of Page Walker Herbfest.  Festivities begin at 9 am and include cooking demonstrations, crafts, live music, and activities for the kiddos. We’ll be there selling a huge selection of herbs at a great deal. Stop by and say hello!

We would also like to give a big thanks to everyone who stopped by our Wine & Design Trunk Show last evening!  A big thanks as well to NYFO Boutique, Lynne Ogburn Designs, Surcee, and Moon and Lola for sharing your gorgeous and unique fashions and jewelry designs.  We couldn’t have done it without you all.

NYFO Boutique

NYFO Boutique

Surcee

Moon and Lola

Surcee

Our own Master Gardener Allison modeling fashions from NYFO

And lastly, our heartfelt thanks for all of you who registered last night for our “Gardeners for the Cure” team as part of the Susan G. Komen 2010 NC Triangle Race for the Cure.   Our gratitude to Surcee and NYFO for donating fabulous prizes yesterday for a special raffle drawing for our team registrants.  And take a look at our cute team logo. Perfect for us gardeners!

Even if you cannot be present at the race on June 12th, you can still join the team and receive all the bennies Deborah is offering, including a special team Tee shirt, an after-party, and a 12% discount card for all your Garden Supply purchases for the rest of the year. Here is the link again for our team. Together, we can help find a cure for breast cancer.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see many of you at the Page Walker tomorrow for the Herbfest!

Wine & Design

Hello everyone!  Happy Monday!  I hope your weeks are off to a wonderful start.  I have a few bits of news to share with you today about some of our upcoming events this week down at Garden Supply.

I hope you all can join us this Thursday evening for a few fun hours of Wine & Design.  Stop in between 6:00pm and 8:00pm and have one of our designers assist you with ideas on plantings for your spring containers. Bring yourself, a group of friends, or put together a little work outing. Wine and light snacks will be served. This event is free but sign-up is requested at (919)460-7747 or info@gardensupplyco.com.

And Dad’s – Don’t forget Mother’s Day this year is May 9th. Bring your kids in on Sunday May 2nd between 1 pm – 4 pm and let them plant a summer blooming annual in a pot that they can decorate special, just for Mom.

We have so many stunning blooming plants available right now that would make wonderful gifts for that special mother or grandmother in your life.  We also have tons of fabulous and gorgeous gift ideas in the Greenhouse.

We also offer gift certificates in any dollar amount, and we have free gift wrapping services, as well!

Hope you can join us this week down at the garden center.  And I’ll see you back here soon for more snippets from the garden.

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.

Annual Spring Garden Party

Hello everyone!  Hope your weekends are off to a great start!  And what a beautiful weekend it is!  It’s beginning to feel like Spring is arriving!

And speaking of Spring, mark your calendars for next Saturday, March 13th as the kick-off day for Garden Supply’s annual Spring Garden Party.  We are so excited to offer you a full week of events and activities this year. Festivities will begin Saturday morning at 10 am, with lots of fun for the entire family, including live music, free food, kids events, and more.

There’s nothing like the wonderful food at a festival, right?  We think so, too!  Check out our great line-up for Saturday.  Mamma Mia’s will be here from 11-3 baking pizzas in our very own outdoor brick oven.  We’ll also have hots dogs and drinks, and Great Harvest Breads will be on-hand with yummy samples from their bakery.  Stop by and say hello to the folks at Shady Arbour Coffee and the Wine Merchant who will also be here will samplings from their shops.

Activities and fun for the kiddos include a planting station, face painting, games, bee-keeping activities and honey stick samplings. We also will have an art mural community project for the kids to add their special touches to, and we have a local high school senior coming to wow us with his duct tape creations.

We are also thrilled to be able to bring you some of our top, local gardening experts who will be on hand with demonstrations and all the answers to your gardening questions.

Multiflora Greenhouses will be on hand from 11-3 offering suggestions on bedding and container plants (annuals and perennials), decorative planters, floral and foliage plants, hanging baskets, and vegetables.  The folks from Wyatt Quarles will be available from 10-2 to answer your product questions on organic/chemical  gardening solutions.  And I Must Garden will be here from 10-2 with advice on organic animal repellents.

And that’s not all!  We’ll also have local artists here to share their talents with demonstrations, sales, and expertise.  The Cary Gallery of Artists will be doing painting demonstrations.  Nanci Tanton will be on hand with her photography and Linda Simpson will be sharing her jewelry designs.

And that’s just Saturday!  We have lots more fun coming throughout the week.  Check back here for more schedules of events.  We can’t wait to see you soon!