Our Dutch Auction is on NOW! What’s a Dutch Auction?
It’s a Progressive Sale where the discount changes each day. How low will you go? How long will you wait for the item you’ve got your eye on?
What’s included? All in stock merchandise! We want to clear out the store so we can begin next season with lots of room for beautiful, fresh designs and garden decor. So, on sale we have: all holiday decor, garden gifts, wall decor, indoor and outdoor arrangements, houseplants and succulents, pots, fertilizers – the whole lot! The only exceptions are: custom orders, gift cards, Urn Club Programs and 2020 Customer Cards.
Help us strip the store to the bare walls during our popular Dutch Auction!
Who knows what weather the start to the Winter season we will have? To ensure you are not outdoors creating your winter planters amid snow storms and freezing temperatures, we suggest your outdoor winter decor be completed as soon as the calendar has respectfully passed Remembrance Day.
To prepare the pots, cut all remaining plant material off at
soil level. Leave the roots and moist
soil right in your pots (make sure they are pots that are “winter proof”). This will form the base to push in the
evergreen boughs. Use a generous amount
of evergreen boughs (pine, cedar, balsam and/or spruce) at various lengths to
form a pleasing base and then add height to the arrangement with red dogwood or
birch branches. Accents fill in the body
and can be natural accents like dried hydrangea blooms, pinecones, sumac, sedum
heads (use spray paint to bump up the colour, if you wish) or decor accents
that you purchase (shiny balls, wicker shapes, bows and the like). Be creative and have fun with your
Do remember that these arrangements can last throughout the
entire winter so wire distinctly holiday accents to a stick that you can cut
out once the festivities are over. While
stars, pinecones and birch branches look winter-y, shiny red balls, gauzy bows
and Santa faces look dated and out of place in February. Make your arrangements full and lush so when
you cut out the seasonal accents you are not left with large holes.
The Canadian outdoors is Mother
Nature’s Cooler, so you do not need to water your outdoor arrangements
unless we hit a really warm spell mid November and your evergreens look
dry. Usually though, the moist air is
more than sufficient to keep everything fresh and lovely from November to
Most people do not regret planting bulbs in during the cold days of Fall when they see their little tips pushing through the soil in the warm days of Spring. But, many folks regret NOT planting them when they see the beauty bulbs can add to flower beds surrounding your home.
It takes a little extra work to plant Spring blooming bulbs
in the Fall, but it is worth it. Follow
these hints and tips for ensure success:
Choose areas to plant bulbs that will have sunshine in the Springtime; that could mean an area that is shady in the Summer from leafy trees, but gets sun when the leaves are not yet on the trees. These areas must have well draining soil as bulbs will rot in soil that is always wet.
Consider planting close to emerging, existing perennials so the blooming bulbs are the focus while the perennial is coming to size and then when the bulb is done blooming, the perennial will hide the decaying foliage. Once the bulb has bloomed, remove the bloom stem but leave the foliage to gather strength from the sun and nourish the bulb (for next year) under the soil. Each variety is different, but the time for this to occur is generally 4-6 weeks. When the foliage is yellow and unsightly AND, when tugged, it pulls away from the ground easily, it is fine to remove.
Plant in groupings – odd numbers are best. Mix the groupings with different colours of the same bulb or tulips mixed with narcissus (daffodils) so the odour of the daff bulb extends to the tulip in the same hole and the pesky rodents stay away.
Daffs are not eaten up by squirrels because the oxalic acid (not harmful to humans) deters them. If you are having a big problem with squirrels, plant only daffodils/narcissus
When planting bulbs, keep your area clean of bulb debris (husks from the bulbs) and cover the planting area with leaves to disguise that it was a newly planted area – this trick will fool that squirrels
Squirrels will only dig as far as they can see peripherally, so plant bulbs a little deeper than the recommended 3X height of the bulb (with pointy end up). At 6-7” down (for tulips/daffs) a squirrel will abandon digging because it is not longer safe (from predators) for it to continue.
After planting bulbs, water the area well and then wait and enjoy their beauty in the Spring.
Below is a bullet list of the tips and suggestions we offer while chatting with you in the Hydrangea section:
Yes, Late Summer/Fall is a fine time to plant hydrangeas. BUT you must be committed to watering them well for about 3-4 weeks or more to help establish a root base. Do not plant now (wait to Spring) if you can not do this.
The word Hydrate is (somewhat) in the name. They take a lot of water when first planted and also during periods of drought in years to come. To water each plant, lay the hose at the base of each plant and let the water run freely for 5 or more minutes.
Hydrangeas anchor a flower bed or can be a focal point. Consider planting them in odd numbers.
Hydrangeas bloom usually from mid-July to late Fall.
The hydrangeas we sell all benefit from a cut down in late Fall or early Spring (after Hallowe’en or before Easter). If you cut them to your knees (average height person for example), they will grow and bloom at the height of your chest. If you never cut them down they will grow to 6-8 feet tall.
Hydrangeas will cone shaped blooms (Panicle Hydrangeas: Limelight (pictured), Pinky Winky, Quickfire, Firelight, Phantom…) are very hardy in our area and should bloom profusely in your gardens that have at least 6 hours of sun.
If you have less sun, your choices are limited to Annabelle/Snowball Hydrangea (although do consider the improved version of this plant, stockier and less likely to flop over), called Incrediball) and round headed varieties of the Arborescens family. These plants also benefit from a cut back each late Fall or early Spring.
Avoid the Macrophylla Hydrangeas (round headed with blue, pink, lavender-like blooms) that are mainly sold in box stores. These varieties set bud in the Fall, for the next Spring, and we are so cold in our zone that the buds burn off leaving a very pretty, very green plant the following year.
Good soil added to yearly (compost or Triple Mix) helps keep your plants healthy.
Welcome to the 2019 season! We are officially opening, after our winter hibernation, on Friday March 01. We are so excited to share with you fresh new merchandise, our new “terrarium bar”, beautiful Spring blooming plants, a lovely selection of indoor houseplants and so much more!