Saturday, July 30th, 2011 at 6:09 pm
If you have hardy chrysanthemums (those that survive the winter), you can encourage more blooms and fuller plants by cutting off the buds, or the top growth where buds would soon form.
For chrysanthemums as well as many other plants and shrubs, cutting off the top of a stem encourages the plant to grow two stems in its place, which will in turn create more flowers. A plant’s main goal in life is to reproduce. Sure, we find the flowers pretty, but to a plant, flowers are only a means to an end: to create seeds to reproduce.
Removing the chrysanthemums’s buds doesn’t prevent it from flowering; it encourages it to produce more buds! Just be sure to prune your chrysanthemums this week so there’s enough warm weather left for the new buds to form by fall. If your chrysanthemums already has buds, it will make it easier for you to see where to cut. You do not need to cut off each individual flower. Instead, you cut off the base from which each set of flowers forms. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:41 pm
This year the National Hardware Show continues its steady growth in the lawn and garden and outdoor living segments with more than 600 exhibitors showcasing products in categories like birdng, barbeque, fencing, fertilizers, tools, ponding, holiday, irrigation, decor, outdoor lighting, furniture and more.
The show, which runs May 10-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, reflects the overall trends in outdoor rooms, staycations, organic and grow-your-own gardening.
Americans have expanding their living spaces to their backyards, and the Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living section at the National Hardware Show has grown right along with this trend,” says Rich Russo, event director of the show. “The 2011 event will showcase not ony the growing number of products for America’s outdoor rooms, but the latest in green and organic products.” Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 9:29 pm
As spring begins, the Missouri Botanical Garden has identified 18 new Plants of Merit for the midwest in 2011. The Plants of Merit distinction aims to build home gardeners’ confidence in selecting annuals, perennials, shrubs and vines, trees and edible ornamentals.
Selecting good plants for the landscape can be challenging, especially when faced with numerous possibilities and limited information. New plants are introduced each year without much regional information. Meanwhile, many excellent plant selections are known only to horticulture professionals. The Plants of Merit program aims to promote diversity in the home gardening landscape, with emphasis on selecting hardy, trouble-free plants.
To be nominated as a Plant of Merit, selections must be non-invasive in our area, be easy to grow and maintain and grow consistently well in Missouri, central and southern Illinois and the Kansas City metro area. Plants of Merit must also be resistant or tolerant to diseases and insects, have outstanding ornamental value and be reasonably available to purchase. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 at 3:47 pm
PGT[Press Release]/-CROSSVILLE, Tenn./ — /Gardeners should plan to spend a fun-filled day at the University of Tennessee Plateau AgResearch and Education Center on Aug. 31.
From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. the center will host a Fall Gardeners’ Festival, and whether your gardening interests lie along the lines of gardening for beautiful flowers or raising tasty foods, you are sure to find presentations and exhibits of interest.
Sponsored by the Cumberland County Master Gardeners, UT Extension, and the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, more than nine talks and additional activities will be presented by UT experts and local gardening personalities. Topics include raising better grasses, hydrangeas, gourds, and roses as well as “lasagna gardening,” raising vegetables in “tunnels” in cold weather, and gardening by the square foot. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 at 11:57 am
The Heirloom Tomato Festival on behalf of the School Garden Network—takes place Saturday, September 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center at 5007 Fulton Road in Santa Rosa.
The granddaddy of tomato festivals, the event contributes all its net proceeds to the School Garden Network of Sonoma County—an organization that helps students develop dedication to the environment, academic achievement and their communities, with hands-on learning about food and nutrition.
This year, the event will also host, for the first time, celebrated gardening guru, Amy Goldman. Ms. Goldman, from New York, began her love affair with vegetables over 20 years ago, growing them for state fairs. Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, July 31st, 2010 at 6:01 pm
The Chelsea Flower Show is no stranger to beautiful, extravagant examples of landscape gardening. But this year’s show really raised the bar. A landscaped garden made completely out of diamonds was unveiled.
The most expensive landscape gardening work in British horticultural history has been unveiled at the Chelsea Flower Show. Created by leading garden designer David Domoney and sponsored by a certain airline’s ‘diamond’ executive club, the garden is the most expensive ever created at Chelsea with £20 million worth of gems from an exclusive Bond Street jeweller. As a result, the garden will have more security protection on hand than at any other show garden in the world. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, April 23rd, 2010 at 3:46 pm
The 65th annual National Hardware Show, which will take place May 4-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is expecting one of its strongest and most diverse line-ups of buyers in the Show’s 65-year history. The attendee list is a veritable Who’s Who in important players in the Home Products industry, covering not only traditional retail and wholesale outlets but untraditional channels like grocery, mass, drug, catalog, Internet and international retailers. This includes industry giants like Home Depot, Walmart, Sears, True Value, Costco, Sam’s Club, Ace Hardware and many more representing more than $237 billion in sales revenue – or almost 90 percent of the industry total. All told, attendance is up more than 1% over last year — quite a feat in a challenging economy.
“Retailers and distributors are constantly looking for ways to stay ahead of the competition and deliver innovative unique products to their shoppers,” said Ed Several, Group Vice President & Show Manager, National Hardware Show. “They tell us that the National Hardware Show allows them three days of uninterrupted opportunity to discover those products and take them back to headquarters or to their local markets.”
The National Hardware Show is completely sold out of exhibit space to manufacturers from the Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living, Tailgating and other key industries. Read the rest of this entry