September is a BEE-tiful Month

Initiated by the National Honey Board in 1989, The National Honey Month of September marks an important time for honey producers and beekeepers across the nation. Honey Season Concludes Soon In the United States, honey collection season typically concludes at this time of the year as bees begin to secure their hives and prepare for winter. In the spirit of celebration, here are a few... Read More

Fall is in the Air

The Creek Side Gardens Grown Fresh Fall Flowers are beginning to take center stage just in time for the change in seasons.  Kids are going back to school.  Temps are cooling down.  If you have never planted a fall garden with vegetables or fall mums and pansies or planted a new tree or shrub in the fall, then you are missing out on the best... Read More

Fall is for Planting!

What does that mean?  Why are we suggesting planting in the fall rather than the traditional spring planting season?  Fall is a great time for planting for several reasons! Fall Planting Recommendations The plants we are recommending for planting into the landscape in the fall are perennials, roses, shrubs, trees and bulbs, the types of plants that will survive the cold temperatures of the winter... Read More

Gardening 10 Minutes a Day

Sure, gardening takes time.  But it does not have to be that daunting, overwhelming experience we perceive it to be.  All you see is neglect when you look out the window.  You’ve convinced yourself you just don’t have the time.  Then nothing happens, the cycle repeats itself, nothing happens. Motivational Considerations Don’t get trapped into thinking you have no time for developing the garden you... Read More

Garden Planning in August

You might think that we have lost our minds but…now is the perfect time in the season to begin planning your garden and landscape for next year.  Look at your garden.  What do you see?  What would you like to add or improve?  For comparison, look at the neighborhood landscapes including roadway medians and business landscapes.  What do you see that you like?  Would these... Read More

Late Season Perennial Considerations

The perennial palette is rich with fall colors beginning in August and they really begin showing up all over now!  With just a few additions to your garden, you can be enjoying those rich fall tones as well. The Classic Most everybody is familiar with ‘Goldstrum’ Rudbeckia, the Black-eyed Susan daises.  You will see them all around town now.  Why?  Because they are hardy, dependable,... Read More

More August Garden Tips

Pat yourself on the back.  We made it through the May snowstorm.  We made it through the 95-degree days of July.  Then we made it through a few rainy monsoon days.  Now we are back to the 95 degree days.  But next week will bring a cool down, including night temperatures which will take us through the end of the month.  Don’t give up on... Read More

Happy Summertime!

You may be feeling a little worn out from working extra hard to take care of your summer flowers.  Water, water, water.  Chase away the bugs, bugs, bugs.  Believe us, we know the story.  It’s been a hot few weeks and it takes a lot of work to keep everything looking good.  Hopefully your beautiful container gardens and hanging baskets have come through in pretty... Read More

Timely August Garden Tips

Number one August tip 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!  You deserve it! If you can’t sit back and relax…there is plenty to do…. Consider seeding a fall crop of lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, beets, peas etc. Basil and cilantro may also be... Read More

Summer Pollinator Gardens

While planning your garden, consider adding native plants and more diversity to make your yard a haven for pollinators and wildlife.  As agriculture has intensified and our populations have grown, a lot of habitat has been lost, so even a pot of flowers on the front porch can make a big difference by supporting hundreds of pollinators. Landscape Considerations Observe your yard for sun patterns... Read More