Take Splendor in Maples

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What is better than sitting in the shade under a large maple tree on  a hot summer day drinking lemonade? 

Or taking splendor in the yellows, oranges, and reds of a maple tree in the fall? 

Maple trees have stood the test of time. And now there are new varieties available that will help you choose a maple best suited for your yard.

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Here are some of our best selling maples:

Amur Maple: Small maple in single or multi stems, beautiful red fall color, grows 15’

Autumn Blaze – Stunning bright red color in fall – cross between a silver and a red maple, fast growing but not as sturdy as a sugar maple, upright grower 50-60’

Brandywine – beautiful deep red/burgundy color in fall, Seedless, oval shape, 30-45’

Burgundy Belle – beautiful deep red foliage in fall, 45’

Crimson King or Royal Red – deep burgundy color all year, slow growing but worth the wait, grow 35’

Deborah- Foliage has red cast in spring, turns deep green in summer, grows 40-50’

Emerald Luster – a Norway maple, fast growing but sturdy, bright green leaves in summer, resistant to leaf tater, yellow in fall, grows 45’

Matador: beautiful red fall color, grows 40-50’

Red Sunset- Early fall color of bright orange/red, fast growing, 40-50’

Silver Maple- if you had a lot of seeds this spring you may have a silver maple, fast growing but not as sturdy or long lived as sugar maples, good for windbreaks, grow 50-60’

Sugar Maples:  Sugar maples bring us some of the most beautiful colors of fall.  We carry

·      Fall Fiesta – this variety is very resistant to winter sun scald on the bark grow 50-75’

·      Green Mountain -  Beautiful orange/red fall color, grow 40-60’

·      Majesty – Beautiful orange/red color in fall, grow 60’

Sun Valley – a small maple if your space is limited, beautiful red fall color, grows 25’

 MORE: 10 Reason to Plant a Tree HERE

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

 

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Spring Bloomers: Peonies

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We are a few weeks past Memorial Day, but I thought it would be fun to share a little history about it.

To previous generations, Memorial Day was known as “Decoration Day” as this was the day flowers were used to decorate the graves of service men. We now honor all those whom have passed with flowers on graves.

Peonies were often the flower of choice for “Decoration Day” as these were often in full bloom.

Peonies remain a favorite for Memorial Day. Peonies are very hardy and live a long time. We have peony bushes at the nursery that are over 50 years old!

The row of peonies in the backyard of our home at Natural Plus Nursery. They are over 50 years old.

The row of peonies in the backyard of our home at Natural Plus Nursery. They are over 50 years old.

We carry several varieties of peonies, all require full sun.

Rare peonies: (These are hard to find. They are more expensive but worth the money.)

·      Fern Leaf Peonies – these have lacey fern like foliage and double deep red blooms

·      Yellow Peonies – These have proven to be very hardy with very large yellow blooms.

A rare yellow peony

A rare yellow peony

Old Fashioned Peonies : We carry improved varieties of the old fashioned peonies. These are more disease resistant, flowers are larger and more colorful, and blooms last longer than older varieties.

·      Kansas: Double deep carmine red

·      Karl Rosenfield: Double red blooms

·      Raspberry Sundae: Soft double pink/cream blooms

·      Sarah Bernhardt: Double bright pink blooms

·      Shirley Temple: Double white blooms

The row of peonies in our backyard mean a lot to us. Dave's grandpa planted them and I look forward to seeing them bloom every year. Here are some pics of me with those peonies through the years.

2014: Our first season running the nursery

2014: Our first season running the nursery

2015: The June after losing our first son David Holtan.

2015: The June after losing our first son David Holtan.

2017: Holtan joined our family!

2017: Holtan joined our family!

The great debate: is it pronounced Pe-OH-ny or Pe-ah-ny?

Get Dirty at the Nursery: Plant your OWN Kitchen Herb Garden

We had a super fun evening gathering at the Nursery for our first “Get Dirty at the Nursery Workshop. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed being outside, getting our hands dirty, and most of all the company.

Family, nature, and CONNECTION are important to us, so workshops like these are right in line with what we value.

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These ladies left with 6 herbs to be used in their kitchen, a set of 3 pots that can be reused forever (I’m thinking succulents will look cute in these too!) and 6 EXCLUSIVE recipes (using the herbs) from Simply Nourished’s new cookbook being released this year!

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They also got an impromptu tour of my yard and the nursery. I loved sharing what’s blooming and the history of this land we live on.

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And of course we couldn’t plant herbs without sampling them!

I can’t wait for the next workshop… TUESDAY JUNE 18!

Spring Bloomers: LILACs

Lilacs

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Most of us can remember the wonderful fragrance of lilacs in the yard when growing up. Newer varieties have new colors, double blooms, and longer bloom times. 

Lilacs need full sun.

Some lilacs that we carry are:

French Lilacs:  Plants are a little smaller than old fashioned lilacs ranging 8-15’ tall.  These bloom in May, often have double blooms, and come in various colors.

·      Beauty of Moscow (double pale pink/white)

·      Chas Jolly (double magenta)

·      Monge ( single red/purple)

·       Pocahontas (single deep purple)

·       Sensation (single deep purple with white edge)

·        Yankee Doodle (Single deep purple)

Dwarf Lilacs : We carry two varieties of dwarf lilacs:

·      Bloomerang – This is a dwarf lilac ( 4-5’) that has small pale very fragrant lavender blooms in early June.  Blooms are similar to Dwarf Korean Lilac blooms. The main bloom time is early June but they will also set a smaller number of blooms later in the season. 

·       Dwarf Korean Lilacs- These also grow 4-5’ and bloom in early June with small lavender very fragrant blooms

Old Fashioned Lilacs:

·      Purple : grow 12-15’ or bigger with lavender blooms in May

·      White: grow 12-15’ or bigger with white blooms in May

Tree Lilacs:

·      Dwarf Korean Tree Lilacs: Basically a Dwarf Korean lilac bush on a stem. Grow 8-10’  with fragrant lavender blooms in June. Perfect if you need a tree for a small space.

·      Japanese Tree Lilacs: These are a dwarf tree, growing 30’ tall. They come in a single trunk or clump variety. Blooms are white and very fragrant. Bloom in June.

What's Blooming: 5/22/19

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I know the weather hasn’t been feeling like spring, but the blooms at the nursery and around town are telling us otherwise!

Here’s a round up of some of the things that are blooming at the nursery, in my yard, and around town!

First up, creeping phlox. The top left picture was taken on Main Street in Clear Lake. They are putting on quite the show right now!

First up, creeping phlox. The top left picture was taken on Main Street in Clear Lake. They are putting on quite the show right now!

I’m sure we’ve all noticed the Crab trees around town in all their glory. I just wish they would last longer!

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Lilacs are blooming! And they smell so good! Want to add some fragrance to your landscape? Here’s an article to get you started  HERE

Lilacs are blooming! And they smell so good! Want to add some fragrance to your landscape? Here’s an article to get you started HERE

Daffodils and irises make a lovely combination.

Daffodils and irises make a lovely combination.

And an old classic, the bleeding heart, pic taken from my yard.

And an old classic, the bleeding heart, pic taken from my yard.

So many beautiful blooms right now and we are just getting started!

What’s blooming in your yard?