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Pollinator Garden Seminar

Larson’s Garden Center is planning to host a Pollinator Seminar June 22, 2019.  WE believe it is time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.  Pollinators positively affect all our lives, supporting wildlife, healthy watershed and more – let’s SAVE and CELEBRATE them!

Time: 10 am at the Garden Center
STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO-speaker, event information

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Hanging Baskets Watering Tips

Please note – all our gorgeous hangers need to be well watered. We recommend not to rely on the rain to water them. When it’s hot and humid, they may need water twice a day.

It may be a good idea to cut back some of the growth mid summer and use fertilizer. Many of the varieties need to be “deadheaded” petunias, verbena, etc.

As you know, deadheading is snipping off the spent flowers (and stems on certain varieties).

Larson’s Garden Center, “Enjoy our Hanging Baskets and the joy they bring.”
Source: Meadow View 2019

Winter Injury and Drying of Rhododendrons

Resources:  winter injury on woody ornamentals, especially rhododendrons.

Figure 1: Winter Injury on Rhododendrons, Photo by L. Pundt 

Winter Injury

The most common wintery injury on rhododendron is excessive drying.  As you  can see in this photo, tip and marginal browning, rolling of the leaves along the mid-vein and dieback of twigs is very common.  This injury occurs when water evaporates from the leaves on windy, warm sunny days in the winter, and roots cannot take up water from the frozen soil in the winter.  Winter injury can be caused by sudden and rapid temperature fluctuations, and drying winds.

For More:   Winter Injury and Drying of Rhododendron.  CAES Fact Sheet

https://portal.ct.gov/CAES/Fact-Sheets/Plant-Pathology/Winter-Injury-and-Drying-of-Rhododendron

Winter Injury on Woody Ornamentals.  CAES Fact Sheet

https://portal.ct.gov/CAES/Fact-Sheets/Plant-Pathology/Winter-Injury-on-Woody-Ornamentals

Source:leanne.pundt@uconn.edu
http://ipm.uconn.edu/pa_greenhouse/

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Trailing Vines and Accent Plants

Sweet Caroline Light Green Ipomoea  Trailing habit, grown for foliage, height:6-8″, full to part sun, heat tolerant, deadheading not necessary, foliage interest, use in landscapes and containers.
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Blackie Sweet Potato Vine and Marguerite Sweet Potato Vine. IPOMOEA An interesting and unusual choice for a hanging basket or climbing vine. Plant in full sun
Tricolor Sweet Potato Vine IPOMOEA Variegated foliage is blushed with violet-pink. Great in hanging baskets plant in full sun.


Accent Plants 

Incorporate Accent Plants to compliment flowering plants.  They are great for container gardening plus wherever your imagination stretches.

Ground Ivy
Dracaena Spike Does well in full sun also thrives in shade.
Dichondra argentea Silver Falls
Variegated Vinca Vine 4-8 hours sun, height:8″, compliments flowering plants, great for container gardening
Vinca ‘Wojo’s Jem’ Easy-care plant stylishly accents, perfect for all containers, height: 6″, sun to part shade
Dracaena Spikes
Licorice Plant 8 hours of sun needed, height: 12-18″, compliments flowering plants, attractive in containers.
Techno Heat Light Blue ’11 Lobelia Numerous colorful flowers bloom all summer, flowers are self-cleaning, no deadheading is needed, plants have improved heat tolerance and maintain a semi-trailing habit. Trailing habit is ideal for hanging baskets, planters, window boxes, and beds, requires sun to part shade, height: 10-12″
Techno Heat Dark Blue Lobelia Numerous colorful flowers bloom all summer, flowers are self-cleaning, no deadheading is needed, plants have improved heat tolerance and maintain a semi-trailing habit. Trailing habit is ideal for hanging baskets, planters, window boxes, and beds, requires sun to part shade, height: 10-12″
Blue My Mind Dwarf Morning Glory Height: 6-12″, full sun, heat tolerant, no deadheading is needed, uses for landscapes and containers

Growing Herbs

Oh what fun it is to grow a bunch of oregano, basil and cilantro. The best part is picking what amount you need and knowing how fresh it is.   We have a large stock of herbs, come and create your own herb garden today.

Note: pics are from last year.

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Super Sweet Stevia Use: Drop a leaf into hot or cold drinks, or use it like a bay leaf to sweeten meat and vegetable dishes while they cook. grind the dried leaves and sprinkle them into cereals and other cold dishes as you would sugar. You can even extract the oil! Flavor: Tastes like sugar. 20-30 times sweeter than sugar cane, yet non-caloric.
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Mint – Spearmint Use: use leaves to flavor iced drinks, sauces, vegetables and lamb. Flavor: Strong flavor and fragrance.
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Peppermint Use: Flavoring dishes or beverages and making deserts. Flavor: Green leaves with strong method flavor. Did you Know? To store fresh mint leaves, carefully wrap them in a damp paper towel and place inside of a loosely closed plastic bag.
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Sage – Green Use: Use fresh or dried sage in your holiday recipes, as well as to accent pork, poultry, sausage, stuffing, and vegetables. Flavor: Distinctive taste did you know? Consider planting and growing sage in a container with rosemary, basil, and other Mediterranean herbs for a fragrant aroma mix.
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Sage – Tricolor Use: A seasoning for poultry, omelette and soups. Flavor: Distinctive taste. Did you know? That sage has been used to treat respiratory problems, coughs, sore throats and as an appetite stimulant. However, we recommend you seek advice from your doctor about such use.
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Sage – Purple Use: Meat dishes, soups, stuffing, sausage, aids in digestion. Flavor: Distinctive Taste Did you know? Ornamental herb with attractive dusky purple foliage and showy violet-blue spikes.
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Sage – Pineapple Use: Clip pineapple sage leaves to use in summer beverages, muddled with lime juice, or chopped on fruit salad. Flavor: Pineapple-like taste Did you know? Once it flowers, the red flowers are excellent to toss into a garden salad.
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French Tarragon Use: Traditional seasoning with eggs, poultry, salads, cheese, and fish. Flavor: Delicate flavor with minimal effort. Did you know? Tarragon leaves are rich in iodine, mineral salts and vitamins A and C.
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Orion Fennel Large, thick, rounded bulbs. Crispy and tasty with nice flavor. Harvest when bulb thickens. Clip any seed stalks as they develop to keep bulb growing. Harvest: 80 days Exposure: full sun Watér Needs: keep evenly moist Fertilizer: Fertilize at planting and again during the growing season.
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Cilantro – Santo Use: Whole or ground in curries, oriental dishes and savory baked goods. Flavor: Unmistakable strong and sharp taste Did you know? Grows slow and steady, allowing you to keep harvesting leaves when others have already bolted to seed.
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Lavender
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Oregano – Greek Hot and Spicy Use: Breads, pasta dishes, stuffing, and of course pizza. Flavor: Pungent flavor and mild heat. Did you know? Green foliage is spicer than Italian oregano.
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Thyme – Wooly Use: Poultry, seafood, vegetable, marinades, stews, soups, sauces and stuffing. Flavor: Distinctive taste Did you know? Great ground covers about 1 inch high, although some are considered shubby perennials.
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Thyme – Lemon Use: Poultry, seafood, vegetable, marinades, stews, soups, sauces and stuffing while fresh sprigs of this herb make a lovely garnish. Flavor: A lemon flavor Did you Know: Lemon thyme plants can be planted to form a ground cover or among pavers along a path or patio.
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Silver Edge Thyme Use: Works well with parsley to season meats, stews and soups. Flavor: A lemony flavor. Did you know? Lemon scent will be released each time you brush past it.
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Parsley Great for seasoning and garnish
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Citronella Citrus scented Inspect repelling – no mosquito Keeps away mosquitoes and other biting insects. Refreshing citronella scent. Requires full sun 8 plus hours
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Catnip Cats will love to roll and ply in fresh leaves of catnip. Some cats enjoy eating leaves and they are perfectly safe. Harvest flowering tops and leaves and dry. Once dry keep in airtight containers to preserve freshness.
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Italian Oregano
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Barbecue Rosemary Barbecue Rosemary grows sturdy straight stems ideal for shush kabobs. Used as a skewer, it will release aromatic and savory essences into cook as it is cooked.
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Large Leaf Italian Basil –My Favorite!!! Makes the best pesto!!!

Inspire our Garden World Series – Climb or Trail?

Have you thought about plants that climb or trail and provide gorgeous flowers, well the Mandevillas comes to mind. The plant is recognized as a tropical plant and attracts birds to your garden area.

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-weather tolerance,

-beautiful blooms and fragrant flowers,

-requires trimming to encourage growth,

-tendency to attract mealy bugs and scales,

-beautiful in container gardens such as grown on patios, porches or along paths.

-The vines can grow on a trellis, wall or cascade out of a container and trail.

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Did you know from June through September the pretty pink blossoms, with their sunny yellow throats, keep coming and coming.image

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Spilling over the edges of a hanging basket or trained up a trellis, this free-flowering, sun-living vine provides handsome, glossy green foliage and 2-3″ flowers. image