All Posts   Posted:   August 20, 2019

Compared to last summer, this season has been quite mild and, at times, even cool with very few 90+ degree days. Although the lack of heat may have slowed the ripening of some summer produce, it has benefited many landscape plants and seasonal color plantings by not being so intensely hot and dry. 

Here we are now in mid-August—kids are preparing to go back to school or have already begun a new school year and we are seeing the first signs of early fall color on a few trees. If you are like me, you have probably spent most of your time outside this summer squeezing every drop out of the season, so you may now be reluctant to face the fact that it is fleeting.

Ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers are at their peak right now, so there are lots of incentives to keep things going strong. Join us on Saturday, September 14th at our Lake Oswego Garden Center location for our annual Tomato Tasting Festival where we will celebrate another successful harvest season, sample delicious tomato varieties, and help judge an employee salsa contest!

To keep your summer veggie garden productive, continue to harvest and to maintain regular watering and fertilizing schedules. Annual container plantings and hanging baskets should also be kept fed and deadheaded; if your plants appear a little leggy or stressed, cut them back a bit for a fresher look.

I have great news for you… there really is no official "gardening season", just better times than others to do certain projects and tasks. In fact, as fall arrives, we see some of the most optimal conditions we have all year for planting. Cooler temperatures and more consistent rain creates the perfect setting for young plants to become quickly established with a healthy root system. Mid-August through mid-September is a great time to over-seed or establish a new lawn or to add some late-season blooming shrubs and perennials for color in the landscape.

If you feel like your garden is lacking pizzazz this time of year, stop by to see what plants catch your eye. If providing pollen and nectar for pollinators is one of your goals, it's important to have something in bloom at all times. Right now, perennial Coneflowers such as Echinacea and Rudbeckia are in full bloom, while Fuchsia and Salvia continue to provide fuel for local hummingbirds. Hydrangeas are also looking great right now, especially late-blooming panicle-style varieties like 'Limelight' and 'Vanilla Strawberry', and if it's fragrance you're looking for, not much compares to Star Jasmine for long-lasting, sweetly-scented blooms all summer long. 

Of course, if you are ready for a change of seasons, we’ve got you covered there too; we have some early shipments of fall pansies already, and classic garden mums will be coming very soon. We've also received some shipments of fall and winter veggies, including lettuce, kale, spinach, and more! If you need some inspiration or new ideas for your pots, be sure to sign up for our class on Fall Container Combinations (at our Portland stores) on Saturday, September 7th!

Compared to last summer, this season has been quite mild and, at times, even cool with very few 90+ degree days. Although the lack of heat may have slowed the ripening of some summer produce, it has benefited many landscape plants and seasonal color plantings by not being so intensely hot and dry. 

Here we are now in mid-August—kids are preparing to go back to school or have already begun a new school year and we are seeing the first signs of early fall color on a few trees. If you are like me, you have probably spent most of your time outside this summer squeezing every drop out of the season, so you may now be reluctant to face the fact that it is fleeting.

Ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers are at their peak right now, so there are lots of incentives to keep things going strong. Join us on Saturday, September 14th at our Lake Oswego Garden Center location for our annual Tomato Tasting Festival where we will celebrate another successful harvest season, sample delicious tomato varieties, and help judge an employee salsa contest!

To keep your summer veggie garden productive, continue to harvest and to maintain regular watering and fertilizing schedules. Annual container plantings and hanging baskets should also be kept fed and deadheaded; if your plants appear a little leggy or stressed, cut them back a bit for a fresher look.

I have great news for you… there really is no official "gardening season", just better times than others to do certain projects and tasks. In fact, as fall arrives, we see some of the most optimal conditions we have all year for planting. Cooler temperatures and more consistent rain creates the perfect setting for young plants to become quickly established with a healthy root system. Mid-August through mid-September is a great time to over-seed or establish a new lawn or to add some late-season blooming shrubs and perennials for color in the landscape.

If you feel like your garden is lacking pizzazz this time of year, stop by to see what plants catch your eye. If providing pollen and nectar for pollinators is one of your goals, it's important to have something in bloom at all times. Right now, perennial Coneflowers such as Echinacea and Rudbeckia are in full bloom, while Fuchsia and Salvia continue to provide fuel for local hummingbirds. Hydrangeas are also looking great right now, especially late-blooming panicle-style varieties like 'Limelight' and 'Vanilla Strawberry', and if it's fragrance you're looking for, not much compares to Star Jasmine for long-lasting, sweetly-scented blooms all summer long. 

Of course, if you are ready for a change of seasons, we’ve got you covered there too; we have some early shipments of fall pansies already, and classic garden mums will be coming very soon. We've also received some shipments of fall and winter veggies, including lettuce, kale, spinach, and more! If you need some inspiration or new ideas for your pots, be sure to sign up for our class on Fall Container Combinations (at our Portland stores) on Saturday, September 7th!