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Is it time to prune?

All gardens have a variety of plants, flowers, trees and bushes. Many gardeners purposely plant things that bloom at different times of the season so there gardens look beautiful and full all the time.

Plants and flowers bloom and different times and they die off at different times. Pruning the deadheads and trimming back branches will help your plants stay healthy and bloom longer. Knowing when to trim and prune each individual breed of plant can be tricky. Some need to be pruned in the fall, some in the spring. Some need the deadheads taken off all season long.

To help you keep your garden looking colorful, we have posted a list of when to prune which flower and plant. Take a look to see if any of your plants are on the list.

Getting Started
It’s always good to start pruning plants by removing all the dead, diseased or damaged stems. Dead stems attract insects and invite diseases to develop. Also remove crossing branches, water sprouts (vigorous upright growing shoots that form on trunks or side branches), and suckers (vigorous shoots that develop near or from below ground).Tips for pruning plants - Edward's Garden Center

Summer – Blooming Trees and Shrubs
Plants that bloom in summer, such as potentilla, butterfly bush and crape myrtle should be pruned in the winter when the plant is dormant. They can also be pruned in early spring just before they push out their new growth. You can even cut them all the way to the ground in late winter, and they’ll still bloom that same summer.

Most hydrangeas, like pink, blue, or white mopheads and lacecaps, or oakleaf forms grow on old wood. Prune these types of hydrangeas before midsummer. If you prune them in winter or early spring, you’ll be removing flower buds.

If your hydrangeas are newer reblooming types, such as the Endless Summer Series or Let’s Dance Series, which bloom on new growth as well as old wood, timing of pruning is less critical. Even if you cut off some of the flower buds by pruning the old stems, the plant will bloom on the new growth.

Clipped Hedges
Shrubs such as boxwood and privet are often sheared to form a hedge. To maintain a solid wall of green, shear the new growth frequently during the early part of the growing season. Keep the top narrower than the base so that the upper branches don’t shade the lower ones. Stop shearing the hedge approximately six weeks before your area’s average first frost.

Treat climbers and old garden roses that bloom only once per year the same as other spring-blooming shrubs: Pruning after they finish blooming.

Varieties of repeating bloomers should be trimmed back in early spring.

Perennial Flowers
Most perennial flowers look the most beautiful when you remove the faded flowers. This is called deadheading. Many varieties will actually push out another round of flowers when you remove the dead ones. If your perennial flowers become too tall and leggy, or flop open in the middle, try shearing them back to 6-12 inches above the ground. This type of haircut causes them to branch and become stockier.

Annual Flowers
Deadhead annual flowers regularly to keep them blooming well. Removing the old flowers prevents them from setting seed and allows plants to put more energy into blooming. Some annuals such as petunias sprawl and develop bare stems at their bases. As with perennials, you can shear these rangy plants to force more compact growth and renewed bloom.

Every good gardener knows, gardening is a full time job (though an enjoyable one 🙂 ). Pruning deadheads off your flowers, trimming stems and branches should all be part of your daily or weekly routine.

Hope you found this article helpful!

-Aimee, blogger for  S.W.E.A.T. Fitness Studio, ReBath Northeast and Edward’s Garden Center

Information for this article came from Better Homes and Gardens.


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Have a laugh only a gardener would understand

Everyone loves a good joke right? Heck people even like the pretty bad jokes. For your enjoyment, we’ve collected a bunch of jokes only gardeners will appreciate. Are you ready to have a giggle? Gardening Jokes - Edward's Garden Center

  • Little Joey is helping his grandfather dig up potatoes. ‘What I want to know,’ he says, ‘is why you buried the darn things in the first place.’
  • Pete and Harry were talking one day. “My wife asked me to buy ORGANIC vegetables from the market garden,” said Pete.
    “So were you able to find some?” Harry asked.
    “Well when I got to the market, I asked the gardener, ‘These vegetables are for my wife. Have they been sprayed with any poisonous chemicals?'”
    “The gardener answered: ‘No, you’ll have to do that yourself.'”
  • The woman applying for a job in a Florida lemon grove seemed way too qualified for the job. “Look Miss,” said the foreman, “have you any actual experience in picking lemons?”
    “Well, as a matter of fact, yes!” she replied. “I’ve been divorced three times.”
  • What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?Pumpkin pi.
  • What kind of socks does a gardener wear?
    Garden hose.
  • How do you stop moles digging in your garden? Hide their shovels.
  • A husband and wife are standing at the window admiring their garden. ‘Sooner or later you’re going to have to make a proper scarecrow to keep the birds off the flower beds,’ says the wife. ‘What’s wrong with the one we’ve got?’ asks the husband. ‘Nothing, replies the wife. ‘But Mother’s arms are getting tired.’

Free WeedsHay! Those were funny right? Want some more amusement? Check out these fun gardening puns.

  • Lettuce be married – but we cantaloupe.
  • Organic farmers till it like it is.
  • After winter, the trees are re-leaved.
  • When kissing flowers, tulips are better than one.
  • She beat him to the garden by pre-seeding him.
  • The plums for sale dried out, so the profits were pruned.

Sources for this post: http://www.manwalksintoajoke.com/gardening, http://www.guy-sports.com/humor/jokes/jokes_gardening.htm, http://www.punoftheday.com/cgi-bin/disppuns.pl?ord=S&cat=13&sub=1301&page=5

Hope you got a good laugh or two! Enjoy your weekend in the garden and don’t forget to stop by the Garden Center!

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Famous movies featuring gardens

As many of us know a gardeners work is never done. If you get to the point where you need to sit and relax or the weather is keeping you from enjoying your afternoon of planting, we have a suggestion for you. Take a seat on the couch and watch a movie or TV show featuring gardens and gardeners. Just in case you have trouble thinking of which films and shows have gardens, we have collected some for you to start with.

The Secret Garden - Edward's Garden Center

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden
A children’s classic based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Young orphan Mary is sent to live at her uncle’s foreboding estate. She discovers a secret garden which was abandoned after a tragic accident. With the help of her crippled cousin Colin, and Dickon the country boy, her spirit is gradually reawakened as they bring the garden back to life.

Enchanted April
Four women rent an Italian castle for the spring to get away. Their seaside Italian castle is drenched in wisteria and sunshine. The women find themselves in a transformative beauty so enchanting that each woman blooms in ways she never thought possible.

Green Card
Two strangers agree to a marriage of convenience. Bronte, a horticulturist, gets the apartment of her dreams and George, a Frenchman, gets a green card to live in the U.S. The two encounter difficulties, and even worse, they just might be falling in love.

The Constant Gardener
After his wife is murdered in Kenya, Justin Quayle, a diplomat and constant gardener, is compelled to investigate her death, discovering surprising truths about her life and their relationship in the process.

Being There
Chance, a secluded gardener who has spent all his life in the house of an old man, is put out on the street when the man dies. After a run in with a limousine, he ends up a guest of an influential, but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, as well as an unlikely political insider.

Several Harry Potter films
Although they are not centered on gardening, they have many unique plant and flower species that appear in the books and movies. Even if Harry Potter is not your thing, make the kids happy while you look at it in a new way. Try to pick out all the fantasy plant and flower varieties.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Edward's Garden Center

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, harvesting Mandrakes.

A prison inmate with a green thumb goes on to compete in a national gardening competition. Based on a true story.

Ladies in Lavender
Taking place in pre-war England, aging sisters Ursula and Janet live peacefully in their cottage on the shore of Cornwall. One morning following a violent storm, the sisters spot from their garden a nearly-drowned man lying on the beach. They nurse him back to health, and discover that he is Polish.

So if you are stuck inside or just very tired and sore from a full day out in your yard, kick back have a lemonade and enjoy one of these films. You can even call it research!

Some ideas for this post came from http://clpgh.org/books/filmlists/gardeners.html

-Aimee blogger for Aimee, blogger for S.W.E.A.T. Fitness StudioReBath Northeast and Edward’s Garden Center

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Fun foods for your July 4th cookout

A weekend full of cookouts and outdoor time is quickly approaching. With the warm weather that our area has been blessed with recently, there is a good chance that you can feature some of your own fresh fruits and veggies in your July 4th dishes.

Can’t think of anything new to try out? Try some of these recipes that we found on FoodNetwork.com

Tomato and Watermelon Salad by Alex Guarnaschelli 4th of July Recipes - Edward's Garden Landscaping

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 beefsteak (or other large variety) tomatoes, stemmed, washed and dried
1 pint cherry tomatoes, stemmed, washed and dried
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon leaves
4 strawberries, hulled, washed and cut into very small pieces
Maldon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 to 2 teaspoons superfine (or granulated) sugar
6 ounces cold watermelon, rind removed, seeded and cut into bite-size cubes

In a bowl, whisk together the balsamic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Taste for seasoning. Set aside.

Place the tomatoes on a flat surface. Cut the smaller ones in half and the larger ones into slices. Arrange all of them in a single layer, flesh side up. Season them with salt, black pepper and sugar. Drizzle the tomatoes with the dressing. Toss them with the tarragon and strawberries.

Arrange the tomatoes down the length of 6 rectangular plates. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and top with the watermelon. Serve immediately.

All-American Mini Burgers and Special Sauce By Rachael Ray 4th of July Recipes - Edward's Garden Center

1 1/4 pounds ground sirloin
2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
2 tablespoons steak sauce
1 tablespoon grill seasoning
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
10 soft dinner rolls, split
2 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
1 small yellow skinned onion, finely chopped
Special Sauce:
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Preheat grill pan or outdoor grill to high. Mix meat and next 4 ingredients. Divide meat into half and score each half into 5 pieces. Roll the meat into balls then squish it into small, thin patties, 3 inches across. You will yield 10 patties. To make a double batch or more, meat can be made into patties ahead and placed on cookie sheets to store 24 hours. These patties can also be baked on cookie sheets in preheated 400 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes. But, on a hot indoor or outdoor grill, these small burgers will take just 2 or 3 minutes on each side for medium doneness. Serve on dinner rolls with chopped lettuce, chopped onion and Special Sauce.

To make sauce, combine ranch dressing with ketchup and black pepper.

Add fresh items from your garden like romaine lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and onions for toppings.

Here’s a dessert the kids will not only enjoy eating, but also making. Watch this short video to see how.

Red White and Blue Gelatin Flag Cake 4th of July - Edward's Garden Center

Cooking spray
Strawberry Layer:
8 cups boiling water
5 plain gelatin packets
4 strawberry gelatin packets
Sliced strawberries, if desired
White Layer:
3 cups heated sweetened coconut milk
3 cups heated unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups cold whole milk
8 plain gelatin packets
Blue Layer:
4 1/2 cups boiling water
4 blue gelatin packets
2 plain gelatin packets
Whipped cream, in a pastry bag fitted with star tip, for topping
Blueberries, for garnish
Special equipment: star-shaped cookie cutter

Spray two half baking sheets and a quarter baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside in the refrigerator.

For the strawberry layer: Combine the hot water, plain and strawberry gelatin. Once thoroughly combined, pour the strawberry layer into one of the half baking sheets in the refrigerator. After 15 minutes of cooling, add some strawberry slices, if desired. Allow the gelatin to cool until set, about 2 hours.

For the white layer: Combine the hot water, sweetened and unsweetened coconut milk, whole milk and plain gelatin. Once thoroughly combined, pour the white layer into the other half baking sheet in the refrigerator. Allow to cool until set, about 2 hours.

For the blue layer: Combine the hot water and the blue and plain gelatin. Once thoroughly combined, pour the blue layer into the quarter baking sheet in the refrigerator.

Once the layers are set, remove them from the refrigerator.

Turn the red layer out onto a parchment-lined platter or cutting board. Slice two-thirds of the white layer into strips and reserve the remaining third to punch out stars with a star-shaped cookie cutter. Top the red layer with the white stripes. With the widest side of the blue layer facing you, cut the layer in half from the top of the baking sheet to the bottom. Add one portion of the blue layer on top of the white stripes on the top left portion of the flag. Top the blue layer with the white stars. Using a piping bag fitted with a star tip, pipe out a whipped cream border and top with blueberries.