Weekly Blog

Stay connected to the nursery, our employees and day-to-day operations of the business with our weekly blogs written by Tom Dayton himself! Check back weekly for new updates.

 

 

Pollinators

The recent planted pollinator garden planted in late spring on the south entrance of the Owl Barn is doing its job. Bumblebees, honeybees and butterflies are frequent visitors on a mixture of Crocosmia, Allium, Hibiscus and annuals such as lantana among others. It is...

Propagation Week

This past week has been propagation week as we have been taking cuttings of numerous shrubs in order to root them for potting up to grow next spring. Some of the shrubs and trees include azalea, magnolia, barberry, Franklinia, spiraea, hydrangea . . .! Unfortunately,...

Native Trees & Shrubs

On a recent trip to the Cook Forest-Allegheny Forest in Pennsylvania, I examined the native tree and shrub arrangement of nature more closely. Kayaking 10 miles down the Clarion River, a better view of the forest is possible from a distance. A mix of white pine,...

Summer Bloomers

Summer brings with it a variety of blooming shrubs. One of the easiest to grow species is the paniculata group of hydrangeas; that is, Limelight, Little Lime, Little Lamb, Vanilla Strawberry and Strawberry Sundae among others. One of the best is Hydrangea ‘Bobo’ that...

Everything Blueberry!

For the nursery, the Blueberry Festival will be centered around the Owl Barn Market as wagon rides, music and food originate from this location. Preparation for the fest are made almost beginning from the end of the previous year’s celebration in order to book various...

The 4th of July has passed…

The Fourth of July is now passed and hopefully the very hot weather that is not good for people or plants. According to long time produce farmer Chuck Seiberling, even heat-loving vegetables like tomatoes thrive better when temperatures are in the eighties in the day...

The Bald Eagle – A Proud National Symbol or a Scourge?

For as long as the American experiment has been going on, the American Bald Eagle has been revered as a symbol of strength and ideals of the United States with this bird of prey portrayed on the Great Seal with spread wings, a clutch of arrows in one set of talons and...

Plenty to do in June…

What’s there to do in the garden the last half of June? Plenty! If not already accomplished, all evergreen azalea, deciduous azalea and small-leaved rhododendron need sprayed with a pesticide containing the active ingredient called acephate such as in the product with...

Days Growing Longer & Warmer

As the days grow longer and warmer, the rain keeps falling so that this year so far is not a repeat of the hot and dry June of 2016. The one and one half inch rainfall from last Saturday through Sunday was enough to replenish our water supply for irrigation for at...

The Rhododendrons are Blooming

Our trials with beneficial “bugs” in the greenhouse have gone well except that there were some “hot” spots of aphids. Due to the limits of using many insecticides that would kill harmful and beneficial organisms, adequate aphid control was lacking. Two species of...

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