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Volume 10, Issue 1
Inside this issue:
To-do list for spring
Blueberries – The wonder shrub
Perennials – We’re here to help
Sweet Peet – The best mulch on earth
2009 brings a slew of exciting plants and products! We are most
excited about our fruit selection including over 25 varieties of
antioxidant rich blueberries! Not only do they produce delicious
berries but they are great for multi-season interest. You can even
stagger harvest time for yields from late June to late September!
We are also proud to be one of the few in the area
to carry bulk sweet peet. Sweet peet is an organic soil amendment to
use with almost any type of plant. Sweet peet also makes an excellent
mulch for annuals, perennials and vegetables. Check out the cost
savings compared to buying bags!
Many exciting new perennials have been introduced
for the 2009 season. Try delicious-sounding new Coneflowers such as
Tomato Soup and Mac-n-Cheese or the new Black-Eyed Susan that blooms
earlier and longer!
Another exciting addition is our monthly gardening
calendar online at our website. Each month is full of tips and to-do’s
to keep you in track of the garden and yard. Read it online or print a
copy for your fridge!
For more tips and advice, be sure to read by weekly
- Finish up any trimming, weeding and edging and
apply Preen weed preventer
- Apply a thin layer of mulch over existing
mulch to freshen up but be sure not to over mulch! For something
new with a nice, earthy smell, try Sweet Peet
- Fertilize trees, shrubs and perennials with
Espomoa’s Holly-tone or Plnat-tone now improved with beneficial
- Start spraying roses with Bi-Carb and Neem Oil
- Plant blueberries for fruit and landscape
- Apply aluminum sulphate for blue hydrangeas –
great for Endless Summer
- Be sure to pick up Bayer’s Azalea and
Rhodoendron Insect and Disease Control to prevent lacebug. Do not
apply until May 30th to prevent damage to pollinating
- Check out our NEW monthly gardening calendar
online at our website for more monthly to-do’s!
We’re here to help
I think that most of us know that the word
“perennial” as far as plants go means that they are somewhat permanent
in that they overwinter from year to year.
However, in my horticulture, this term actually
applies to herbaceous perennials or that group of plants in which the
above ground stems die at the end of the growing season with a set of
roots, rhizomes and/or stolons surviving with the accompanying living
There are such a wide variety of these delightful
plants that with a little investigation and studying, perennials can be
arranged in such a way that garden is bloom almost all spring, summer
Some flowers are good for cutting, come are better
suited as ground covers, some attract wildlife like songbirds,
hummingbirds and butterflies.
Now, if you’re a perennial novice, selecting and
arranging perennials can be quite a daunting task especially when
starting from scratch.
In order to help you develop your vision of the
perennial garden, you’ll find tags and detailed signage for every plant,
plants are arranged in alphabetical order to help you find them easier
and most importantly, we have increased experienced staff to help you
with all your questions.
Maggie Bell of Norton has joined our team
from another local nursery and has years of experience in the perennial
To put it more simply, if you don’t know what
you’re doing, or just need a little help, we’re here!
A wonder shrub for all seasons
This spring brings a long overdue change at the
nursery in that customers will find blueberry shrubs in countless
varieties and sizes. Although we’ve been growing this native shrub in
limited numbers for 20 years, in the past 2 years interest in the plants
has been skyrocketing.
Many reasons account for the hype in blueberry
planting among which are health benefits from the fruit’s antioxidant
properties, landscape uses that include spectacular fall colors, hot
pink and white flowers in spring, compact forms now available with lush
bluish-green foliage and the biggest reason of all in that the fruits
just taste so good in muffins, pancakes, pies, jams, jellies, cobblers
and desserts besides just for fresh eating!
As blueberries are an Azalea-Rhododendron relative,
its been easy for us to set up propagating and growing the plants right
at the nursery since we grow and market the blueberry relatives already.
Years ago I remember talking to many customers in
the fall about using blueberries for fall color in their landscapes as
the plants were “on fire” with glowing shades of red, orange and yellow
sometimes on the same plant!
Predictably, most customers still wanted burning
bush as they have been conditioned to think only of burning bush (now
considered an invasive species by some states) for fall color.
Recently, I was in the grocery store aggravated by
the ever rising prices and saw blueberries “on sale” at $3.00 for a 6
ounce package which calculates to $8.00 per pound!
Just think of the money you’ll save by being able
to pick your own blueberries right outside your back door as some mature
plants bear up to 20 pounds of berries per year.
Be sure to stop by the nursery this year to check
out our blueberries so that we can help you select the right variety for
that particular spot around your house or garden, the different
varieties that bear fruit at different times in the summer and fall and
fruit sizes from the size of a pea to a size that will even cover a
Great taste, health benefits and numerous
landscape uses truly make blueberries the wonder shrub for all seasons!
The best mulch on earth
Sweet Peet is a natural, unique, versatile,
nutritious material that is 100% organic due to its make-up of virgin
wood products, manure and plant fibers. It differs from many mulches
and soil amendments because it contains no human waste, no construction
material or junk wood and no chemicals.
Sweet Peet’s “secret” is that unlike bark or wood
mulch, it does not rob the soil of nitrogen but instead supplies
nitrogen in a slow release form to your valuable plants. In addition,
Sweet Peet fosters the multiplication of beneficial and necessary soil
organisms such as mycorrhizae, rhizobacteria and earthworms, among
others, which, in turn, results in the increased production of glomalin
which is the “glue” that holds soil particles together to give the
garden or planting bed that desired tilth of “chocolate cake” which
Whether you are working on rehabilitating old
landscape beds or new beds, you must consider the nutrient value and
structure of the soil. Adding organic matter back to the soil with
Sweet Peet revitalizes the soil as well as giving it visual
enhancement. By the way, Sweet Peet has a nice, sweet, eartly smell
unlike other mulches.
How to use Sweet Peet:
- As a mulch – Will prevent compaction,
retain moisture, suppress weeds and slowly release nitrogen to the
root systems of your plants. For veggie or flower gardens, spread
one inch layers of newspaper under the Sweet Peet to additionally
suppress weeds. For landscape beds with trees and shrubs, spread
about 2” after removing existing weeds.
- Planting flowers or veggies – Spread
a 2-3” layer over the planting bed and spade or rototill in
- Planting trees & shrubs - Supplement
our recommendation for peat moss with Sweet Peet equal to half of
the recommendations for Peat. For example, a 2-3 gallon Azalea
require some full bag of pre-moistened peat (2 cu. ft) so you would
supplement with 2/3 of a bag of sweet peet (1.5 cu. ft).
- Establishing New Lawns - Apply a 1-2 inch
layer on desired area along with fertilizer and smooth evenly before
applying seed. After applying see, top dress with ½ inch of sweet
Volume 9, Issue 2
Inside this issue:
What exactly is the Garden Club?
Perennial Gardening Month
Seiberling Sweet Corn
Our Product Picks
Well, its been one of the best springs in several years as
we've gotten through it without any major frosts since late April.
Now with summer fast approaching, be sure to mulch your flower beds
lightly and to keep all of your trees and shrubs well watered until
For more information on proper watering techniques,
fertilizing, insect control, planting and more, be sure to check out our
website at daytonnursery.com
What exactly is the Garden Club?
Many of you ask "what do I get for being a Dayton Nursery Garden Club
member?" As a Garden Club & Rewards Program member, you are
entitiled to our seasonal newsletters, special sales, coupons and more!
Not only can you save money with great coupons and sales, you will also
receive $5.00 in Dayton Dollars for every $100 you spend from September
1st of the previous year until Junje 30th of the current year!
Reward Dollars arrrive in mailboxes around July 4th and are good for
several months. Use them just like cash on anything in our store!
Be sure to give your name or show your card during
every visit to accumulate points!
June is Perennial Gardening Month
Whether you have sun or shade, you can grow perennials!
- Choose a well-drained site. Avoid dry areas
with shallow rooted trees or areas with standing water.
- Observe the light or determine direction north
to choose sun or shade-loving plants
- Plant your perennials in odd-numbered groups
to create a natural effect. A larger group of one plant generally
looks better than smaller ones.
- Plant combinations of perennials with
different flower colors, bloom times, foliage texture and form.
- Loosen and amend (compost and/or peat moss) at
least 12” of soil. Soil preparation is the key to successful
- Stimulate new root production by gently
teasing apart roots of rootbound palnts
- Container-grown perennials can be planted
anytime during the growing season as long as they are watered
- Mulch with a 2-3” layer of Sweet Peet
- Most perennials can be divided every 3 years
or so. Divide spring bloomers in early fall and fall bloomers in
Huge, glowing violet blue, saucer-shaped flowers with distinctive white
eyes and reddish-purple veining are held above mounds of deep green
foliage that is slightly marbled with chartreuse. This is an amazingly
free-flowering cultivar; it keeps the blooms coming from late spring
into mid-fall! In one season, one vigorous plant will cover a 2-3
square foot area!
especially nice when complimented by yellow or chartreuse flowers or
foliage such as Coral Bells, Carex or Variegated Iris
adaptable to different growing conditions
Prefers moist, well-drained soil but will tolerate periods of
drought once established
Plant in full sun or partial shade
resistant and rabbit resistant
Useful in combination pots with annuals
Grows to 18-20" x 24-36"
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
This is a great dish to server at any summertime
picnic or a pot luck. Preheat oven to 400°
2 cups coarsely crushed pretzels
¾ cup melted margarine
3 T Sugar
Mix all ingredients together and press into a 9” x
13” rectangular pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove and cool.
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 cups whipped topping
Beat sugar into cream cheese, then stir in whipped
topping. Spread over cooled pretzels.
1 6 oz. package strawberry flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1 10 oz. box frozen strawberries
Mix gelatin, boiling water and strawberries
together. Set aside 10 minutes and pour over cheese mixture. Chill
Oh, How Sweet It is! Seiberling
This year we will be picking and offering Seiberling sweet
corn. Seiberling is a familiar name in the area as most of us are still
familiar with F.A. Seiberling that founded Goodyear and built Stan
Hywett Hall after growing up in Norton.
Mainly though the Seiberling family of Norton is a
no-nonsense common sense lot tha tare farmers with the first Seiberling
arriving in Norton Ohio in the 1830s. The original house still stands
today! This family tradition has included sweet corn for about 50
years and Seiberling sweet corn is well known for quality and
freshness. I used to sell SEiberling sweet corn in the early 70’s and
customers would always ask what kind of corn is it today?
Some popular varieties back then were IO chief,
Seneca Chief, Morning Sun, Gold King and Silver QueenMix and Northern
Belle. In a conversation with Charlie Seiberling last December
though, many of these varieties are considered antique and bicolor corn
is now the rage!
Watch for Seiberling sweet corn at Dayton’s
sometime in July or you can go directly to the farm just two miles west
of Norton center on Greenwich Rd.
Our Product Picks
Helping customers protect their landscape against insects and disease
has always been a top priority for Dayton Nursery. We have
continuously evolved our recommendations for treating problems in the
landscape with the most effective and current treatments. Since
the EPA has changed the regulations on chemicals several years ago, we
saw Diazinon, Dursban, Cygon and several other harsh chemicals disappear
from the market. This forced us to have to be more specific in our
recommendations in order to match up the exact treatment for the exact
problem instead of using a few treatments for a broad array of problems.
We have always focused on two main requirements
when choosing and recommending new items. Does it work and does it
present a good value to the customer? We have now added to these
requirements a new one. Is it sustainable? Not to be confused with
organic or natural, sustainiable, in its truest definition would be: of,
relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that
the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.
There are a few groups of treatments that we have
yet to find good substitues for, such as vegetation killers and hard to
control insects. However, we have found several items that do fit
into our three rule philosophy. Try these products, you are sure
to have great results!
Sweet Peet is a 100% organic product made from composted ingredients
harvested from local farms. It has no chemicals, no dyes and is
VERY rich in nutrients. Use Sweet Peet as a mulch or soil conditioner.
As a mulch, it has a rich dark color and natural texture. It's
perfect for flower and vegetable gardens because it neutralizes soil
acidity and retains moisture.
Every homeowner wants a lawn thats lush and green. But a pale
green or yellow leaf caused by iron deficiency can destroy all of that.
Iron deficiency is a very common yet generally unrecognized problem.
Often, homeowners simply add more fertilizer thinking that is the cure
when a single application of Iron Plus AST will do the trick. Iron
Plus AST greens up a lawn without the excessive growth caused by
nitrogen. We switched from recommending Ironite because Iron Plus:
* Works faster
* Uses less product
* Lasts longer
* More economical
Dr. Earth - Just Go Organic!
The Dr. Earth difference is in the performance. Dr. Earth
products provide FAST growth PLUS the long-term plant and soil health
associated with true organic fertilizers. Dr. Earth products contain
Pro-biotic strains of beneficial soil microbes plus ecto and endo
Mycorrhizae. Pro-biotic is a biological soil innoculant that consists of
several species of beneficial soil bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi, which
bring life to all soils significantly elevating their productivity.
The benefit of pro-biotic is that they breakdown organic materials,
making plant nutrients available.
Serenade Disease Control
Safe, effective, organic disease control for home gardeners!
Serenade Garden's organic formula provides effective, broad spectrum
disease control against many inportant garden problems such as mildews,
molds, blights, leaf spots and rusts - while protecting roses,
vegetables, fruits, flowering plants, trees and shrubs. Safe for
children, pets, birds and wildlife.
Espoma Organic All Natural Lawn Food
Espoma's NEW Organic Lawn Food provides long-lasting nitrogen for a
thicker, greener lawn. Enhanced with Bio-tone beneficial microbes
that help promote faster greening, deeper roots, and improved soil
structure. It won't burn your lawn or leach away and is granulated
for easy feeding. For use on all established lawns as well as new
seed and sod installations.
Volume 9, Issue 1
Inside this issue:
Must haves for Spring '08
Herb Chicken Recipe
The Scoop on Organics
Make a "Green" Promise
Well, we never did get to “take it easy” this winter as we
were busy as bees making improvements to the nursery. Take a look at our
expanded website of new plants, weekly and timely blogs on gardening
advice, new “green” blogs and our internet catalog from which you can
shop and order although please remember that not everything is in stock
at all times.
Another of your requests we have been working on
all winter and we'll always continuously be working on is educating more
of our team to give you the information you want at the right time!
Many of us have been attending "nursery school" right here at Dayton's
with follow-up tests, that when finished, the students will have
answered more than 1000 questions to hone their knowledge and skills.
Of course, we planted more daffodils, tulips,
hyacinths and other bulbs for our ever expanding Holland bulb gardens.
When you visit this spring, you’ll see new, wider walks, a new display
area, under more customer friendly signange and the grounds and
greenhouses just bursting with old and the latest new, exciting
See you soon!
for Spring '08
Sunny Knockout Rose - At last, a medium yellow Knockout rose
with all the disease resistance, winter hardiness and easiness to grow
you’d expect from the Knockout family! Available early May.
Fantastic Hybrid Heucheras - Midnight Rose,
Georgia Peach and Tiramisu are all the rage with such unusual and
beautiful coloration! Available early May.
Geranium Rozanne - This perennial favorite
blooms and blooms with lavender-blue flowers all summer into late fall.
Received the Perennial Plant of the Year award for 2008. Available early
Mountain Laurels - For extended spring
blooms and great variety of colors, these babies are the perfect
companion of Rhododendrons & Azaleas. You’ll find over 10 varieties in
our shade house. Available now.
Mountain Laurels grow naturally in a wide range in the United
States throughout the Appalachian mountain chain from Maine to Georgia.
It is only recently that named varieties have
become available for home landscapers as Mountain Laurel, notoriously
difficult to propagate from cuttings, are now propagated by tissue
Mountain Laurels deserve a place in Northeast Ohio
landscapes as they are available in varying ultimate growing sizes from
two feet to six feet, have gorgeous clusters of bell-like flowers of
different colors and beautiful, rich evergreen foliage.
Mountain Laurels are companion plants of
Rhododendrons and Azaleas and work well to extend the blooming season of
this group of acid-loving soil plants as their bloom ranges from May 15th
through June 15th.
For success with Mountain Laurels in your
landscape, follow a few simple steps:
- Choose a site preferably with shade in the
middle of the day without overhangs or invasive tree roots
- Prepare the planting hold with a mixture of
25% pine bark mulch, 25% pre-moistened sphagnum peat moss and 50%
ordinary, well-drained topsoil.
- Perform root wash *
- Mulch with 2” of pine bark mulch and water in
*For a description of
root wash, please see Dayton’s Rhododendron/Azalea planting instructions
on our website or pick up a tip sheet from our store
Mountain Laurels are very light feeders and can be
damaged from too much fertilizer. Feed with Holly-tone early spring and
late fall and never use a commercial liquid or granular fertilizer as
the excess salts are harmful to the Laurel’s root system.
Once started, they are relatively problem-free and
will give you years of enjoyment.
with Fresh Herbs Recipe
courtesy of Pillsbury
Whether you are an annual herb grower or just
trying it out for the first time, try this easy, tasty chicken recipe.
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (thyme, tarragon, oregano and/or
or 1 TBSP dried herbs
3 pounds cut-up frying chicken (8 pieces)
1 cup plain bread crumbs
2 TBSP butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine buttermilk and
herbs; mix well. Add chicken pieces; turn to coat. Seal bag.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight to marinate.
2. Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a shallow dish or pie pan,
combine bread crumbs, melted butter, salt, paprika and pepper; mix well.
Roll chicken in crumb mixture until well coated; place on ungreased
3. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until
chicken is fork tender and juices run clear.
Re-introductions in our line-up of Rhododendrons include
‘Caroline’ and ‘Summer Glow’. These rare beauties will add color to
your spring landscape.
Caroline, one of the first varieties we planted in 1973, grows to 4 feet
with lilac-pink flower trusses in spring. Not only pleasing to the
eye, the subtle fragrance will lightly perfume the garden while in
bloom. The best part of this new Rhododendron is that it is not
bothered by the deadly root-rot fungus called phytophthora.
Summer Glow is a maximum type Rhododendron hybrid
flowering with a bright pink “glow” in mid-June which works well as a
season extender. Unfortunately, this rare and beautiful variety will
only be available in trade one gallon size this year.
Be sure to walk our Rhododendron “allee” in May to
get a breadth of all the delightful rainbow of colors available.
The Scoop on
Organic fertilizer and pest and disease control have been
vastly improved over the last few years. However, gardeners must
be patient with using organics as they tend to work more slowly than the
chemicals with their complex molecular structures we're used to.
For example, an organic fertilizer like Plant-tone or Dr. Earth works
slower than Miracle Gro because microbes must break down the organic
fertilizer to release its nutrients - sort of like a slow release
fertilizer. The advantage of the organic fertilizers is that they
are lower in salts than chemical fertilizers and therefore are easier on
beneficial soil microbes that help plants to thrive.
Organic disease controls such as Bi-Carb for
powdery mildew and Serenade, which is a bacteria, tend to stay more
effective over time as the pathogens build up a resistance to these
remedies slowly, if at all. Many of the organic insecticides have
been "under our noses" for years such as cinnamon oil for spider mites,
insecticidal soap for aphids and the now famous Neem Oil for almost
everything under the sun including some plant diseases.
At Dayton's this year, our staff has been drilled
and re-drilled to give you the right information using organics with
success in your gardens and even on your lawns!
Please be aware that we won't recommend organic
treatments for everything as every situation is different, however, the
efficiency of many organic products seems to be getting better and
better over the years and is making our nursery "greener" as well as
your backyard, too.
Make a "Green" Promise
We can play an important role in helping slow and moderate the
effects of global climate change. All of the dire news about extended
droughts and devastating hurricanes can make anyone feel powerless, but,
if we all do a little to green up our yards, we can make a difference.
Use manual or electric-powered tools instead of gas-powered
Replace some turf with a diversity of low-maintenance trees,
shrubs and perennials
* Buy as much food as possible from local growers. Buying food
locally can reduce the amount of fossil fuel devoted to your food
* Use mulch around trees and shrubs to conserve soil moisture
* Collect rain water to use in the garden.
* Make the most of your water supply by installing efficient drip
Plant trees! Trees absorb lots of carbon dioxide, keeping it
from entering the atmosphere.
* Strategically plant trees and shrubs to reduce your home heating
costs. Try planting a tall-growing deciduous tree on the SW or W side
of your house. The tree’s leaves will provide cooling shade in summer
and winter sun to help warm your home.
Use organic gardening products whenever possible. Non-organic
products can runoff and pollute our lakes, streams and water supplies.
to make our nursery "green" have been in
full swing since 1998!
Although we produce plants that beautify and enhance our
surroundings, the production process of such products can lead to a wide
variety of environmental problems. Such problems include the use
of dangerous chemicals to control insects, diseases and weeds, reliance
on and heavy use of scarce water resources and the run off of this water
from the land and into waterways.
In 1999, we installed an additional water pump in
order to collect rain water, that would normally run off into nearby
streams, into a one acre lake that is used for irrigation of the plants.
This rain water has increased the quality of the plant material because
of the water purity.
We have also installed ebb-and-flow benches in our
greenhouses to control the amount of run-off water that leaves the
property to pollute creeks and streams. In addition, a gas
chlorinator has been installed in our irrigation system to help
eliminate algae and certain diseases that can build up in our recycled
To cut down on energy usage, we are using
roll-up sides on our greenhouses to cut down the energy needed to run
large fans for ventilation.
See all of the ways we
are helping to make a more "greener" environment online at
Volume 8, Issue 1
Inside this issue:
Spring To-Do List
What's New for Spring
Gardening for your Health
A lot has been going on behind the scenes in the winter of
2007 as we are introducing many new plants that have just come on the
market such as the Broadway Lights Shasta Daisy, Double Pink Knock Out
and Rainbow Knock Out shrub roses as well as Rhododendron 'Caroline', a
lilac purple bloomer.
Virus-indexing is also one of the newest
developments here at Dayton's.
What is virus indexing?Spring To-Do List
Simply, it is the process by which viruses that cause plants to
lose their strength and vigor, and are identified and removed.
Virus-indexed plants are healthier and more vigorous which means better
growth and more blooms for you! While not all of Dayton's
perennials and annuals are virus-indexed, most are, so that we can
achieve our goal by the spring of 2008 to have all of our plants
- Begin spraying roses (teas & floribundas) to
prevent black spot if you haven’t already. We recommend alternating
Bicarb and Fungonil according to the directions once each week.
- Apply Gordon’s Speed Zone weed killer to your
lawn to get rid of stubborn weeds such as clover and ground ivy.
Just remember, temperatures cannot go above 85° F or damage to your
lawn will occur.
- Spray the trunks and lower branches of your
Dogwoods and Rhododendron with Eight the week of May 1, May 15 and
May 30 to prevent borer damage.
- Apply Bayer’s Rhododendron/Azalea Insect &
Disease Control as directed to kill lacebugs on your Azaleas,
small-leaved Rhododendrons such as PJM and Pieris japonica which is
sure to attack the plants and kill them. It is best applied around
April 15th and repeated every 6 weeks until September 1st.
- Check out Dayton’s new plant selection for
2007 in the plant encyclopedia on our website.
- Till or plow your garden when the ground is
workable. Working up ground that is too wet will seriously compost
- Plan an organically-grown garden this year by
using the organic fertilizer Plant-tone and Neem Oil and the
naturally occurring bacteria called BT that kills cabbage worms and
- Warning! Carefully inspect any Spruce,
Arborvitae, Honelocust trees among others for bag worm which has
invaded northern Ohio since 2006. Using the organic pesticide
Bascillus thuringiensis will kill them quickly when the caterpillars
are young and is safe to use for you, your pets and your family.
Keep an eye out for the critters (caterpillars) through July.
A lot has been going on behind the scenes in the winter of
2007 as we are introducing the following new plants that have just come
on the market such as:
Lights Shasta Daisy is a Proven Winner variety that is hardy
and strong and has the unusual habit of three different colored flowers
on the same plant! The first flowers to open are buttery yellow,
earlier blooms are a delightful creamy yellow and the first open blooms
are white like those of a familiar Shasta. Broadway Lights Shasta
daisies will be available in early to mid May.
Dark Angels Dahlias are our newest addition
to our tuberous Dahlia family and are noted for their dark leaves which
set off the bright blooms of yellow, pink and red. Bred in Denmark,
these short, compact dahlias are perfect for pots, flower boxes or just
planted in the ground. And like other dahlias, the tubers can be
saved and stored to plant the next year!
Double Pink Knock Out and Rainbow Knock Out
are the latest additions to the Knock Out Rose family. The Double Pink
Knock Out has double, medium pink blooms like it’s cousin Pink Knock Out
only the double flowers give it the appearance of a tea rose! The
Rainbow Knock Out covers itself with coral pink flowers painted with
rich yellow at the base. It's also more compact and floriferous
than the earlier Knock Out roses. To be expected of the Knockout
family, both Double Pink and Rainbow are unaffected by black spot with
good resistance to mildew and rust.
Almost impossible to find, Rhododendron
‘Caroline’ is worthwhile growing in any northern garden!
Rhododendron 'Caroline' has a fragrant, light lilac colored flower,
grows to about 4 feet in partial shade and does not get the dreaded
Rhododendron root rot and is the only variety that doesn’t!
Daytons 12” flower hanging baskets are just
the ticket for all summer blooms as the soil volume is a full 40%
greater than that of traditional hanging baskets so there is more room
for roots and more room to hold water so that plants perform much better
in the hot summer. Our 12” hanging baskets are grown right in our
own greenhouses and have been treated with a slow release fertilizer to
give them a longer boost.
Bayer's Azalea & Rhododendron Insect & Disease
Control. This systemic product works from inside the plant to kill
bugs and control disease. A MUST for controlling lacebug on
Achieve the Landscape of your
To help you realize your vision of an ideal landscape,
whether its just a simple foundation planting or the creation of a
garden of paradise, one of Dayton's expert designers will be available
to help you. Since we have propagated and grown many of the plants
we sell, we "know" plants and their needs, so while creating your
landscape dreams, each home is customized not only with your wants and
desires but the needs of the plants as well. You'll end up with a
landscape that is beautiful, functional as well as one that will work.
Check out our website for more details about landscape services or give
us a quick call or e-mail to request a free design kit.
and pruning Clematis is one of our most asked about subjects. Even
though some varieties take some care and attention, they are well worth
growing! Clematis explodes in the garden with masses of flowers
ranging in colors from white to pink to purple and even blue.
* Choose a planting site that will receive 6 hours of sun or more
per day and be well-drained with a neutral pH
* Keep the area around your Clematis free of debris year round
* Mulch the root system as they like to have their roots shaded
* Plant the vine somewhat deep so that 2 of the buds are below
ground level so that they will be preserved in case of dieback of the
* Take special care to avoid injury to the stem and roots
Just one annual pruning is sufficient for Clematis. Although
requirements differ from variety to variety, the process is easy to
master. The 3 types of pruning techniques are grouped based on
Group 1: This group produces their flowers directly from old stems,
and, therefore, pruning must be done after the last flowers have dropped
from the vine. Prune lightly, remove all dead and weak stems and
do not cut back more than one third of the stems.
Group 2: These large-flowered types bloom first from last sesaon's
stems and new growth. In early spring, watch for swelling leaf
buds beginning to show. Cut all dead material off from above these
swelling buds. Tie all growth to it's trellis at this time.
Group 3: This group blooms later from new growth. This group
should be pruned in March to about 12" as new leaf buds begin to show
low on the plant. All dead material above these buds should be
removed at this time.
Be sure to check out new varieties of the Festoon Clematis Collection
such as Galore, Avant-Garden and Bonanza. These are free-flowering
from mid-summer to early fall. They provide summer color when
traditional early flowering forms are finished or resting and requires
little care. A perfect compliment to small trees and climbing
You've been asking... Heirloom tomatoes have become
increasingly popular and more readily available in recent years.
Because of this and your requests, we plan to deliver on a good
selection of Heirloom tomatoes this season in our greenhouse. We
will stock familiar varieties of Heirlooms such as Hillbilly, Cherokee
Purple, Mortgage Lifter and more! These tried-and-true fruits have
been grown for years and years.... nurtured, selected and handed down
from one family member to another for many generations.
cups fresh blackberries
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup rolled oats
3 tablespoons unsalted butter,
softened, plus more for ramekins
6 store-bought sugar cookies, coarsley crushed
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
Stir blackberries, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons flour, and the lemon
juice in a bowl; set aside.
2. Put butter, cinnamon, salt and remaining tablespoon sugar into
a small bowl. Stir vigorously with a rubber spatula until creamy.
Stir in cookies, oats and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons flour. Work
mixture through fingers until it forms coarse crumbs.
3. Butter four 5-ounce ramekins (3 1/2" diameter). Divide
blackberry mixture among ramekins; transfer to a rimmed baking sheet.
Sprinkle with crumb topping. Bake until juices are bubbling and
topping is golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Let cool on rack 20
minutes before serving.
Martha Stewart Living, April 2007
Gardening for your Health
You may not think of gardening as great exercise but as you
pull those weeds, spread that mulch and trim those shrubs, you are
improving your overall health while toning and strengthening your body.
Gardening just 30 minutes per day can improve your cardiovascular
fitness and may even help to reduce stress, blood pressure and
Gardening is also more rewarding mentally and emotionally.. wouldn't
you rather gather a bouquet of flowers then walk an hour on a treadmill?
(per hour, 135 pound person)
Push Mowing 370