Early August Garden Tips

Number one August assignment is to sit back, relax and enjoy your summer garden in all its glory!  Invite friends and neighbors over to show off and celebrate all your hard work! If you can’t sit back and relax…there is plenty to do…. Consider seeding a fall crop of lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, peas etc. Basil and cilantro may also be sown now as there... Read More

Mid-Late Season Perennials

Perennial plants differ from annuals not only in the fact that they are winter hardy and will come back each year, but in the fact that typically many perennials bloom during a portion of the season rather than all season long. So, in addition to flower color and plant height, another dimension (fun) to designing a perennial flower bed is to incorporate plants that bloom... Read More

Lavender Dayz Recipes

  LAVENDER GINGER LEMONADE Makes 6 servings Lavender Ginger Syrup (recipe follows) 4 cups water ½ cup fresh lemon juice Prepare the lavender syrup.  In a 2 quart pitchwe4r, combine water, lemon juice and syrup.  Add ice to the top and stir to chill (or serve in ice filled glasses). Lavender Ginger Syrup 1 cup sugar 4 ounces crystallized ginger chopped 2 tablespoons dried culinary... Read More

Hail Damage & Summer Garden Tips

Trim back damaged foliage stems and flowers. You need to determine whether there are small tears in the leaves that can be left on the plant, or whether they are mostly shredded and need removal.  If there are roots in the soil and a green stem above ground, that plant will grow back. Water sparingly until the surface of the soil dries out.  Once the plant... Read More

Sounds of Summer

What does summer sound like?  There is a definite sway and rhythmic beat to this sultry season. A simple arrangement of 8 notes has a magical quality of transporting one back to a time of endless days filled with youthful excitement and adventure. The melodies pouring through the airwaves  evoke special memories. Was it a family road trip with everyone singing at the top of... Read More

Loopy for Lavender

Lavender is for lovers true, Which evermore be faine; Desiring always for to have Some pleasure for their paine: And when that they obtained have The love that they require, Then have they all their perfect joie, And quenched is the fire. By Clement Robinson Handefull of Pleasant Delites, 1584     Throughout the millennia this lovely fragrant, purple herb has captured the hearts of poets... Read More

More Big Summer Color

The Creek Side Grown Fresh Big Summer Color Program is in full swing!  Big beautiful blooming plants in 6” diameter pots are loaded with fresh summer color to spruce up your porch, patio and garden.  Varieties selected are great warm temperature choices grown in a large pot size to hold moisture a little longer. These plants are already BIG!.  Imagine assembling 2, 3 or 4... Read More

More Japanese Beetle Info

To help develop the best control measures for your landscape, it is important to understand the life cycle of this insect pest. Japanese beetle has a one year life cycle. Adults begin to emerge from the soil from late June through early August. As adults, Japanese beetles are found feeding and mating on foliage and flowers of their host plants, especially roses, grape vines and... Read More

Keep the Summer Color Going

One of our most popular summer crops are the fun and festive 3-in-1 combo pots of pre-designed annuals.  Also known as Confetti or Trixi or Kwik Kombo pots, 3 different varieties of flowers are grown in a 6” pot for easy design and decoration.  Need a small pot decoration?  Use one pot.  Need a medium pot decoration?  Use 2 pots planted together.  Need a large... Read More

A Weather Relief

The cool down is a welcome relief from the hot weather we have been experiencing the last couple of weeks.  Hopefully you have been able to keep us with a little extra watering?  It will make all the difference in how your beautiful flowers are growing. With the cool down, don’t get caught watering more than you need to.  Now is the perfect opportunity to... Read More