THE OLD SIGN PHILOSOPHER, THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

FREE BEER TOMORROW

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Happy Birthday Matt

Matt is celebrating his 21st birthday. Matt has been an employee at Greenscape Gardens for one year. If you come by the nursery....surprise him by wishing him a Happy Birthday.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

The garden center has really been busy since the sun has peeked out from behind the clouds. Since this past Tuesday, the gardeners and landscapers have been visiting Greenscape Gardens. On Saturday, the parking lot was packed numerous times. Twelve years ago we had six parking spots at the nursery now we have 50.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

UNEVEN AND BUMPY LAWNS

Uneven or bumpy lawns are common this type of year in the northern United States. This bumpiness may be caused by freeze/thaw cycles that cause some heaving. However, the most common explanation are mounds formed by earthworms. There are several species of earthworms that are found in landscape situations but the one that is causing the bumpiness through the production of castings is the “night crawler”.
Interestingly, this species of earthworm is not native to America but comes from Europe!

Earthworms are beneficial to lawn ecosystems, because they help degrade thatch and organic matter. The downside however is the bumpiness they cause. There is no viable mechanism for controlling casting in lawns. Rolling is one possible mechanism for smoothing out the lawn. However, the potential exists that this practice down under wet or moist soil conditions could result in soil compaction in the surface layer.

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

PERENNIALS THAT BLOOM FOR 8 WEEKS OR MORE

Agastache 'Blue Fortune'
Asclepias tuberosa
Aster n.-b. 'Alert'
Aster n.-a. 'Alma Potschke'
Aster n.-a. 'Purple Dome'
Aster d. 'Professor Kippenberg'
Aster d. 'Wood's Pink'
Aster d. 'Wood's Purple'
Boltonia a. 'Nana'
Buddleia d. 'White Profusion'
Calamintha n. 'Blue Cloud'
Campanula p. 'Pink Chimes'
Caryopteris 'First Choice' PP11958
Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue'
Centranthus r. 'Coccineus'
Coreopsis r. 'American Dream'
Coreopsis 'Creme Brulee' PPAF
Coreopsis g. 'Early Sunrise'
Coreopsis l. 'Sterntaler'
Coreopsis 'Tequila Sunrise' PP9875
Coreopsis a. 'Zamfir'
Corydalis 'Blackberry Wine'
Corydalis lutea
Dendranthema 'Bolero' (Autumn Crescendo TM Series)
Echinacea p. 'Bright Star'
Echinacea p. 'Ruby Star'
Echinacea 'Sunrise' PPAF (Big Sky TM Series)
Echinacea p. 'White Swan'
Gaillardia 'Goblin'
Gaillardia 'The Sun'
Geranium 'Katherine Adele'
Geranium 'Brookside'
Geranium 'Claridge Druce'
Geranium s. 'New Hampshire Purple'
Geranium 'Nimbus'
Hemerocallis 'Buttered Popcorn'
Hemerocallis 'Daring Deception'
Hemerocallis 'Eenie Weenie'
Hemerocallis 'Frans Hals'
Hemerocallis 'Happy Returns'
Hemerocallis 'Janice Brown'
Hemerocallis 'Mini Pearl'
Hemerocallis 'Rosy Returns'
Hemerocallis 'Siloam Amazing Grace'
Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro'
Hemerocallis 'Strawberry Candy'
Hemerocallis 'Wineberry Candy'
Heucherella 'Dayglow Pink' PP12164
Heucherella 'Sunspot' PP14825
Kalimeris p. 'Hortensis'
Kalimeris y. 'Shogun'
Lamium m. 'Beacon Silver'
Lamium m. 'Orchid Frost'
Lamium m. 'Purple Dragon'
Lamium m. 'Pink Pewter'
Lathyrus latifolius
Lavendula a. 'Munstead'
Leucanthemum s. 'Alaska'
Leucanthemum s. 'Becky'
Leucanthemum s. 'Crazy Daisy'
Leucanthemum s. 'Highland White Dream'
Leucanthemum s. 'Snowcap'
Leucanthemum s. 'Thomas Killen'
Liatris s. 'Floristan Violet'
Liatris s. 'Floristan White'
Lysimachia p. 'Alexander' PP10598
Lysimachia p. 'Golden Alexander' PP13547
Nepeta f. 'Blue Wonder'
Perovskia atriplicifolia
Phlox divaricata laphamii
Rudbeckia f. 'Goldsturm'
Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida
Salvia n. Marcus TM ('Haeumanarc' PP13322)
Scabiosa c. 'Butterfly Blue'
Scabiosa j. 'Blue Diamonds'
Scabiosa c. 'Pink Mist' PP8957
Sedum 'Autumn Fire'
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' ('Herbstfreude')
Sisyrinchium bermudianum
Stokesia l. 'Honeysong Purple'
Tiarella 'Spring Symphony' PP12397
Tradescantia 'Bilberry Ice'
Tradescantia 'Concord Grape'
Tradescantia 'Red Cloud'
Trollius c. 'Golden Queen'
Veronica s. 'Blue Charm'
Veronica l. 'Eveline' PP14888
Veronica 'Giles van Hees'
Veronica s. 'Royal Candles' PPAF
Veronica 'Waterperry Blue'
Viola 'Painted Porcelain' (Cornuta Group)

THE MAJORITY OF THESE PERENNIALS CAN BE FOUND AT GREENSCAPE GARDENS. SOME VARIETIES ARE IN LIMITED QUANITIES.

CHECK OUT THE GREENSCAPE GARDENS PERENNIAL LIST.