Sunday, March 20, 2005

THE OLD SIGN PHILOSOPHER, THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

OFFICIAL SPRING WELCOME CENTER

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THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING......GOODBYE WINTER

Today at 6:30 am was the first day of spring. Even though it was a very mild winter, I'm sure everyone will agree that they're happy to see Spring. But what is in store for this Spring? Will it be a mild spring, or lots of rain? Check out the most reliable weather forecasting service for the St. Louis area.

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The 2005 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year is the Helleborus often called the Lenten Rose. But did you know it is an evergreen perennial? One of the most popular cultivars is the Royal Heritage™ Strain. It includes a dynamic range of flower colors including purple, near-black, red, rose-pink, yellow, pale green, and white. Some are attractively spotted or brushed with a contrasting color. Each blossom has overlapping petals, forming a cup shape about two inches in length. The evergreen, leathery, serrated leaves form an umbrella-like covering which sometimes coddles the nodding flowers. Attractive seed pods create additional interest after the plants are finished blooming. These hybrids typically grow 18-24 inches tall, bloom in early to mid-spring, and are hardy in the St. Louis area. They are available in 1 gallon containers at Greenscape Gardens.

Evergreen Perennials…
• Retain their shape all year long
• Continue to provide interest when other perennials are not in bloom
• Hide dying bulb foliage and summer-dormant perennials
• Come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and bloom times
• Many are shade tolerant
• Many can be used as a low-maintenance ground cover

Other evergreen perennials of interest include the following at are available at Greenscape Gardens.

Ajuga
Bergenia
Dianthus
Epimedium
Carex
Festuca
Helictotrichon
Hedera
Heuchera
Heucherella
Iberis
Lavandula
Lewisia
Liriope
Pachysandra
Phlox subulata
Potentilla
Sagina
Sedum (some, mostly low-growing ground cover types)
Sempervivum
Thymus
Tiarella
Vinca
Yucca

Check out the entire list of perennials from Greenscape Gardens. Remember, the perennials at the garden center are Greenscape Grown. WE KNOW PERENNIALS. Check out these locally grown perennials.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Tree bring beauty and practical benefits to modern society. They provide shade, beautify properties, strip pollutants from the air and much more.

Trees save energy. One large tree has the cooling effect of 15 room size air conditioners. Mature trees shading homes cut energy costs by 18 percent to 50 percent.

Trees increase property values. Trees can add up to 20 percent to the value of a home. However, without proper maintenance the value of the trees decline. Timely use of speciality pesticides controls disease and insect damage. Corrective pruning will add value plus increase the life expectancy of the tree.

Trees clean the air. One acre of trees removes 5 tons of carbon dioxide from the air annually. According to the American Forestry Association, one average mature tree absorbs 26 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. The same tree cleans up the pollution created by a car driving 11,300 miles, as well as gives off enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe for a year.

Plant a tree for the future. Check out the trees available at Greenscape Gardens.

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2 comments:

Kara said...
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Dottie said...

I enjoy visiting your site. I would like to grow an avacado plant from seed. Can you be of any help to me?
Sincerly,
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