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March, 2018
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Happy Gardens
ANNOUNCEMENTS
OPENING DAY
The Flower Farm opens to the public on Sunday, April 1. Visit us from 9 to 5 Monday through Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday. We look forward to seeing you!
FAN CLUB NEWS
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Calling all garden clubs, youth groups, horticulture students, school teachers and any one else interested in learning about growing plants in a greenhouse environment. The Flower Farm offers free tours by appointment. We'll show you how we grow our plants from seeds and cuttings to finished product. We'll tell you about greenhouse components and equipment. We'll have hands-on activities for children. We'll have fun for one and all! The best times for tours are April and June. Just phone 208.263.8764 to set up your tour.
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CONTENTS
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
NEW PLANT PICKS
POPULAR GARDENING MYTHS
HAPPY GARDENS ARCHIVE
NEW PLANT PICKS
Here is where we share some of our favorites among the new plants we are growing this season. A complete list of our plants with new plants highlighted in bold text, is available...
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PLANT A HEAVENLY HANGING BASKET page 2
HARDY FUCHSIAS FOR NORTH IDAHO? page 3
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BEGONIA BELLECONIA ROSE
Last season we introduced Belliconia Soft Orange to our portfolio and we were quite impressed. This season we add Belliconia Rose. This is a very free flowering Begonia, easy to grow with a mounding and trailing habit and great weather tolerance perfect for container gardening. Performs best in part sun. Tolerant of shade or full sun. Produces a profusion of large, pendulous, beautifuly ruffled flowers of rose pink.
Begonia Belleconia Rose
Lantana Bloomify Red
POPULAR GARDEN MYTHS
Few disciplines are as rife with misinformation as is horticulture. Even many of the “experts” pass on erroneous information to the hapless gardening public. Perhaps it is because new information, often contradicting what was previously “known”, is constantly coming to light or maybe it is because horticulture is as much about art as it is about science. Here we try to clear up some common misconceptions about horticultural practices.
PUT GRAVEL IN THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POTS TO IMPROVE DRAINAGE
Countless studies have shown that this practice actually impedes drainage. Water will not begin to move through a coarse layer of material until the finer layer of material above it is completely saturated. The result is what we call a perched water table – a super saturated layer of soil where the two differently textured materials meet.
WATERING IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY WILL BURN FOLIAGE
The magnifying effect of a water droplet is not sufficient to adversely affect the tissue upon which it rests. There is a good reason not to water in the heat of the day. Namely that it is wasteful since much of the water evaporates before it penetrates but it does not burn the foliage.
VITAMIN B-1 IMPROVES TRANSPLANTING SUCCESS
For the past 70 years or so we’ve been advised to use Vitamin B-1 as an aid to successful transplanting. It is often said that B-1, by itself or in combination with certain nutrients promotes root re-generation. The research to prove or disprove this theory was never done until about 20 years ago.
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HAPPY GARDENS ARCHIVE
Starting Right with Blueberries
The Care and Feeding of Blueberries
Clematis- Queen of the Vines
The Original Green Industry
Lantana has been a favorite for hot, sunny locations from forever. New for this season is the Bloomify series which is the first sterile Lantana on the market. Being sterile, they don’t set seed so all their energy goes into producing tons of flowers. We are growing Bloomify Red.
LANTANA BLOOMIFY RED