Fall is the time to plant Bare Root Peonies! We have a beautiful selection of Peonies right now! We order our Bare Root Peonies early in the year for the best selection of varieties. You just won’t find these varieties in the nurseries as plants.
Peonies are easy to plant and grow!
The commercial Peony Growers are in Alaska. They need freezing temps to produce large flower buds. Peonies will not grow well in places like Southern California.
Like most perennials, Peonies take a couple of years to get established. Don’t expect a lot of growth or blooms the first year. And they do best in full sun.
Lilacs are truly an heirloom plant, often the only remaining trace of an old homestead.
The common lilac is a long-lived and well-loved garden shrub. They are extremely hardy and easy to grow. The May blooms are typically purple to lilac but cultivars also come in magenta, pink, yellow and white.
PLANTING LILACS When to plant: Lilacs can be planted anytime the ground is not frozen. Where to plant: Plant in well-drained soil and in a location that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day. Avoid planting in an area with grass directly underneath, as the regular watering can be too much for them. Also, grass fertilizers tend to be high in nitrogen, which is bad for lilacs. How to plant: When planting container-grown plants, dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the container. Place the un-potted plant in the hole and sread out the roots. Back-fill with soil mixed with compost and water well. Clear a 2- to 3-foot area around the base and apply a loose layer of mulch to the area, keeping the mulch from touching the bark to prevent insect borers. Spacing should be 5 to 15 feet apart depending on the variety.
CARING FOR LILACS Pruning lilacs: Since they bloom on old wood, lilacs should be pruned soon after flowering. Next Spring’s flower buds are set almost immediately after flowering, so if you wait too long to prune, you’ll be sacrificing next year’s flowers. Prune not only for the health of the shrub by removing dead, diseased, or damaged branches, but also for shape and size. Lilacs are very hardy and can withstand hard pruning, even down to as low as 6 to 8 inches; this may be needed to revive or rejuvenate an old or overgrown specimen. However, keep in mind, it may take a few years for it to completely grow back, and blooms will be diminished in the first 2 to 3 years. Spent blooms should be deadheaded. Root suckers should be removed when pruning. Amendments & Fertilizer: Lilacs won’t bloom well if over-fertilized. A small amount of 10-10-10 applied in late winter is sufficient. They do like rich soil, so add compost if needed. Watering: Water regularly to establish a deep root system. It is best to water them at soil level and avoid overhead watering. Once established, lilacs are water wise. Water weekly in dry conditions, more often in extreme heat. Too little water can result in wilting or distorted leaves.
CUTTING BLOOMS FOR THE VASE Cut Lilacs early in the morning using clean, sharp clippers. Lilacs open very little after harvest, so choose stems that have at least three-quarters of the flowers open. Then, remove all of the leaves. The leaves tend to hog the water and make the blooms wilt. Make a 1-2″ slit in the bottom of the stem to help them drink more water. Place stems in a bucket of very hot water and then set the bucket of cut stems in a cool, dark place and allow the flowers to take up water for at least an hour. The lilacs will then be ready for arranging, and should last three to four days in the vase. Happy Spring!
And here are a few of my favorites!
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Do You Have Questions, Concerns, or Hesitations About Ordering Online? Is it Safe? Yes! We are hyper cleaning and disinfecting everything… (except the plants) and we wear our masks (thanks to our wonderful neighbors #stephanie.hutto & company for making us beautiful masks) and of course we wear gloves. Duh..we’re gardeners. And our Roadside Farm Stand is sanitized and contactless. Just pull over and grab your order off our Farm Stand. or.. If you would like us to load your order in your rig, just let us know when you are here for pickup and we will come right out to help! (wearing our masks & gloves) It’s super easy and gets you out of the house for the essentials. Is your information safe? Yes! We never share your information ever. And my home office is guarded round the clock by Chloe. Are you worried you might not love the plants you get? We give you 2 days to return any plants you arenot satisfied with for a full refund. We will never sell you plants we wouldn’t buy ourselves. Because we want this to work we are taking extra care to provide you with the highest quality plants we can get. If you have any other questions Please call me. Julie 541-244-2536
Do you know someone who needs a little FOOD FOR THEIR SOUL?
Maybe a Health Care Worker or Emergency Service Provider who deserves a much needed Spring hug?
We have created these sweet basket plantings full of our favorite Spring blooms! Each basket includes a mix of 5 to 6 premium Spring plants such as; Ranunculus, Hyacinth, Narcissus, Primrose, Anemones, and yummy little Violas! The baskets measure approximately 15″ long by 11″ tall and are lined to be fairly table top safe. Bring it inside for a special breakfast table setting!
Your basket will last for weeks if placed outside in normal* Spring conditions. On a covered porch is perfect! (*Might want to cover with a box if a hard freeze is predicted. Like 20 degrees or less.)
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