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Garden Party Essentials

Garden Party Essentials


Posted on Apr 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Who doesn’t like a good party? The days are getting longer and warmer, so it’s time to get out and get social! There are plenty of easy ways to make your gatherings memorable, and with these tips and tools it won’t be long before you’ve mastered the art of the garden party.

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Here at Wayside Gardens, we always appreciate being mentioned by newspapers.  I especially enjoyed this article in the San Francisco Chronicle, because it recommended us as a source for trumpet vines.  I’m a great lover of flowering vines, so that put a big smile on my face.  I suspect that my love for flowering vines comes from growing up looking forward each year to the Wisteria blooming all over town.  Every spring pine groves all over town explode into purple, and the purple flowers hang thick on almost every tree up and down the older streets.  They stick around for much of the summer, but here Wisteria and Daffodils mean spring has arrived, and all the flowers of the season will be following soon behind.

As I’ve grown older, though, I’ve grown to love all sorts of flowering vines.  The hummingbirds love my trumpet vine (a Campsis ‘Mme. Galen’) that’s happily climbing a sunny wall at my mother’s house, and I’ve been lovingly tending some pink rose vines on an arching lattice for years now.  v1661

Over the years I’ve had several Clematis vines (it’s almost an addiction, with so much variety of both color and shape), but I think that my current favorite is my Clematis Bourbon.  My sister loves to steal my flowers and float them in a crystal bowl of water as a centerpiece.  Fortunately, it produces so many flowers throughout the summer that I don’t mind.  Even after years of propagating flowering vines, though, I still get a thrill each year when I first spot those wonderful amethyst Wisteria vines for the first time, and it’s still my favorite vine by far.

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We’ve all heard the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and that is sound advice even when applied in the horticultural world. These beautiful yet unfortunate specimens were stuck with silly, weird, or just plain ugly names, but that doesn’t keep them from making us smile. After all, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, right?

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Creating a Sensory Garden

Creating a Sensory Garden


Posted on Mar 31, 2017 | 0 comments

There’s an old joke that goes: “Gardening: Cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes!” And while we  chuckle at this pithy saying, there’s a lot of truth to it. With the myriad worries of the world on our shoulders it’s only natural for us to want a brief escape from it all. Fortunately, your garden can be that escape when you have  just the right elements to make is so.

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How to Make Your Bulbs Come Back

How to Make Your Bulbs Come Back


Posted on Mar 20, 2017 | 0 comments

When you buy flower bulbs like dahlias and lilies, they are imported from the best growers around the world and treated to the perfect climate and the perfect care. That’s why once you get them you will notice that fewer and fewer will come back year after year. Here are some tips to get keep your favorite flowers returning time after time.

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Do you ever look out at your garden and wish you had a fairy godmother (or at least her magic wand) to whisk away your planting pains? Espoma isn’t magic, but its products have an astounding effectiveness which is as close to bibbity-bobbity-boo as we’ve ever experienced. They’re a trusted name for a reason and now it’s time to see why.

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For some parts of the country winter is long gone and evidence of spring is everywhere you look. But for Northern states winter can drag and won’t halt its killing chill just because the calendar says so.  This nifty guide will help take care of your garden in unpredictable weather and prevent a late winter storm from decimating your new growth.

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Our Favorite Nodding Flowers

Our Favorite Nodding Flowers


Posted on Mar 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Not all flowers are like daisies with their blooms facing up to meet the sun. In face, some are more shy, with bowed heads studying their roots.  Downward facing and lovely, these demure cultivars have earned a special place in our hearts.

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