Within the past few decades, a native American shrub has been slowly making the transition from it woodland and forest habitat to backyards throughout New Jersey. What’s puzzling about it is just how long it took homeowners to realize that Callicarpa American (Beautyberry) is both an attractive addition to any landscape as well as a valuable source of food for many types of wildlife. Most of the time though, you’ll look at it and wonder why it’s name alludes to beauty? Then bam, fall arrives and this plant gets busy.
Once the holidays are here and gone, go for a walk through any neighborhood and you’ll see Christmas tree after Christmas tree, with strands of tinsel blowing in the wind, dumped by the road awaiting garbage collection. This strikes me as somewhat befuddling when we can take a custom that symbolized life and the promise of rebirth in the spring and turn it into another aspect of our “throw-away society”
Now that autumn is here and we are planting beds with mums, cabbages, kales and other seasonal color plants, we often get asked “what can we use for winter color”?
You can take the kid out of work however you cannot take the work out of a Kid. Well what does that mean? In a nutshell, sixty-five hours a week is not unusual for this business owner to put in and maintain throughout the growing seasons. Even when I’m not working I really am.
Do you like the color blue? Well this client who lives in Ridgewood NJ wanted nothing but blue in the front of his house. He loved the color blue so much he decided he wanted Colorado Blue Spruces planted.
Teach your children. Working in a garden, a child can experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time, while observing the cycle of life firsthand.
I’m busy as a bee for my “honey” and you know why?I”m busy as a bee for my “honey” Because September is National HONEY Month. and I thought that meant take care of “angela” or whoever your is boss in your case. But NO. It’s the honey we relish, that oh so sweet nectar. I got the “skinny” on that too, so here goes.
Spring flowering bulbs planted in Autumn produce a stunning display of color, growth habits and a panorama of nature’s beauty welcoming us to another gardening season. We stop dead in our tracks and marvel at these palettes of plants; and admit it, all of us want a piece of it to make the neighbor’s envious. Well Fall, Autumn, is the ideal time and ONLY time for planting these spring time displays. In our growing zone, early October through November is the time to get them in. This year almost PERFECT Landscaping has partnered with Spring Displays to offer a very diverse and wide selection of spring flowering bulbs for you to choose from.
The earliest bulbs to bloom include snowdrops, crocuses, squill and winter aconite, all worth seeking out. Deer and rodents can do terrible damage to tulip and crocus plantings, but there are many bulbs critters don’t like, chief among them daffodils.
So how does a landscaper unwind and relax? You would think go on vacation. Well not this landscaper. Some things just run through your blood and no matter how hard you try to get away from them, you end up right smack dab in the middle of something new yet the same. I go for a “WILD WALK”