Thursday, May 19, 2005

Its a tropical jungle at Greenscape Gardens. Come in for the best selection of palm trees in the St. Louis area.

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Roboleni Palm

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The tranquil tropical landscape at Greenscape Gardens. Picture yourself in a hammock enjoying your Banana Daquiri.

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The tropics have invaded the St. Louis garden scene at Greenscape Gardens.

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A reprise from Jimmy Buffet's album "Banana Winds". Makes it look like a tropical island.

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Even the unusual palm trees arrived on today's shipment from Florida. Bottle palm.

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Fresh shipment of palms just arrived at the garden center. Majesty palms (some more than 12 feet tall).

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Coming Soon-----Large tropical trees, not as large as this but no other garden center will have palm trees as big as this.

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Blue spruce, Norway spruce, Black Hill spruce and Serbian spruce are available. Plus the deer don't cause any damage.

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Great selection of spiral alberta spruces.

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I've been so busy that I haven't updated the website or blog as much as I would like to. However, the website is still cranking out the visits with over 41,500 visits since the last update which was probably a week ago. More than 160,xxx web pages have been viewed with an average of 5 webpages viewed at each visit. When things slow down a little bit, I'll update the website more often.



Realtors estimate that over 95 percent of the people who are out shopping for a home won't even get out of their cars if the house doesn't have “curb appeal.”

With so much emphasis on skyrocketing property values and investments in real estate outstripping more traditional stocks and bonds, it helps to know where to spend one's money. Apparently, good landscaping can increase the value of a homeowner's property by up to 15 percent, according to research done by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). A landscape architect, designer or contractor can offer the expertise to design and install landscaping that would end up recouping 100 to 200 percent of the seller's initial investment.

Editor's note: Not a bad investment for your money. I've been saying this for more than 30 years. BUT. The real benefit is the self esteem from having a home which is a delight to live in because of the beauty of nature in your own landscape.



Hydrangeas can bring color to your shady beds.

Among the most popular summer flowering shrubs for shady gardens, hydrangeas provide flower clusters like fluffy balls of cotton candy.
From now through July, huge flower heads of pink, blue and blends of those two colors appear above the rich green leaves of these plants.

Potted hydrangeas are popular gifts for Mother’s Day, and they can be a gift that lasts. Once their flowers fade, these gift plants can be planted outside where they will provide beautiful flowers for years to come.

Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) are deciduous shrubs originally native to Japan. They need an evenly moist soil and are intolerant of dry conditions. If you allow hydrangeas to wilt excessively, either those growing in pots or in the ground, it will shorten the life of the flowers and can cause the foliage to develop scorched edges.

Display your potted hydrangeas in a bright, sunny window, and make sure the soil stays moist so the plant does not wilt. When the flowers begin to look unattractive (nothing lasts forever), cut off the flower heads and plant the shrub in an appropriate location in your landscape. Blooming hydrangeas also may be available at local nurseries and could be purchased and planted into garden beds now.

Locate hydrangeas in a spot where they receive some shade during the day. A shady (two hours of direct sun) or partly shaded (about four hours of direct sun) bed is ideal. Avoid hot, sunny, dry areas or beds that are baked by the afternoon sun. Morning sun is much preferred by these plants, so an eastern exposure is excellent.

Hydrangeas do best in beds that have been amended with generous amounts of organic matter, such as compost, rotted manure or peat moss. Dig in a 2-4 inch layer of organic matter during bed preparation. The organic matter helps retain moisture in the soil.

Once planted, it is important to keep hydrangeas well watered. Water deeply and thoroughly two or three times a week while they get established and then once or twice a week later on if the weather is dry. Hydrangeas also benefit from a 2-3 inch layer of mulch, such as leaves, pine straw, cypress mulch or pine bark, over their root system to help maintain a moist soil condition.

Interestingly, the colorful parts of the flower head are not part of the flowers at all. What you might think of as petals actually are modified sepals. The actual flowers are tiny, inconspicuous and located in the middle of the four showy sepals. The flowers which have showy sepals are called sterile flowers.

The mophead or hortensia hydrangeas have huge round heads of sterile flowers. Another group, the lacecap hydrangeas, has a center cluster of small fertile flowers, which are not showy, surrounded by a ring of attractive sterile flowers. The popular variegated hydrangea is a lacecap type.

When the colorful flower heads turn green it signals the ideal time to prune your plants. First, cut off the faded flower heads with stems about 4-6 inches. If you are trying to reduce the size of your bush, cut the heads with longer stems.

If there are any especially tall shoots, or if you need to cut the whole bush back to reduce its size, you may continue to cut back shoots to achieve the desired results. Pruning back stimulates new growth – creating a fuller, shapelier bush. This type of pruning must be done by the end of July at the latest. Hydrangeas set their flower buds for the next year in late summer, so any pruning after that removes the flower buds and reduces or eliminates flowers the next year.

The flower heads of hydrangeas are rather unique. Depending on how acid or alkaline the soil the plant is growing in, the colorful sepals can be different colors.

For example, if you have pink hydrangeas and you want them to be blue, treat the soil around the bushes with aluminum sulphate in March and again in October each year. Gradually, over time, the flower heads will turn blue. If your hydrangeas are blue and you want them to be pink, treat the soil around the bushes with lime following the same schedule. It may take a couple of years to be fully effective.

The intensity of the color is controlled by genetics and depends on the variety you are growing. Since white hydrangeas do not have pigment in their sepals, they are white regardless of the soil pH. But the others can be varied.

While thinking of hydrangeas, don’t forget our native oak leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia). With its large pointed cones of white flowers, which age to dusty rose, and its dark green attractive leaves, it also deserves consideration for shady areas of your landscape. Larger growing than standard hydrangeas (up to six feet), oak leaf hydrangeas also are deciduous and have the added attraction of orange to burgundy fall color.

We presently have a great supply of hydrangeas at Greenscape Gardens.