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Forty Fort, PA


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What Blooms During the Dog Days of Summer

It’s hot out. And it’s dry. NEPA has been going days without seeing anymore moisture than the water in the humid air. Your evening ritual probably includes soaking your plants everyday to try and keep the plants from wilting.

This time of year it is tough to enjoy your garden. You may be wondering what actually blooms in July and August. Keep reading and we will give you a bunch of options to make your garden pop with color during the dog days of summer.

Begonias
Begonias are pretty bloomers that come in varieties for every space, from flower beds to hanging baskets. Pluck flower heads off as the start to fade and your begonias will keep blooming from spring through late summer. The flowers can actually be grown as perennials if you take the extra step. Pick off flowers as they fade. When the plants begin to turn yellow in fall, withhold water. When the tops are completely dry, dig the tubers from the soil, and remove the tops. Dry them in the sun for a few days, then dust the tubers with sulfur powder or another fungicide to prevent rot. Store in paper containers in a cool, dry, dark place until planting time in spring. (DIY Network)

Edward's Garden Center Summer Bloomers

Scarlet Sage
Scarlet sage (Salvia splendens) is a perennial typically grown as an annual. Some varieties like full sun, while others like the shade. Watch where you plant them, and deadhead them when needed and these plants will glow bright all summer long.

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Coreopsis
A bright, fluffy yellow flower grows atop tall stems and is often called ‘sunray’ or ‘tickseed’. They are very rugged plants and there are nearly 100 varieties with different colors and sizes. Coreopsis grow best in full sun, but will adapt to growing in partial shade as well.

Edward's Garden Center Summer Blooms

Dahlia
Growing in many vibrant colors, Dahlia’s are a very popular summer bloomers. They can be planted in sunny spots in your garden or added to a container garden. They thrive with lots and lots of water so on weeks like this one, you will want to water them thoroughly.

Edward's Garden Center Summer Blooms

Gaura
White flowers cluster like butterflies atop tall spikes on these tall airy plants. Selected forms include ‘Siskiyou Pink’ (to 2 feet tall), with rose-pink flowers and ‘Whirling Butterflies’ (to 3 feet tall), with white flowers. The heaviest blooming occurs in late spring, but expect flushes of flowers to recur throughout the summer and into fall.

Edward's Garden Center Summer Blooms

 

 

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A Visit to Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square

Two of our avid readers and longtime customers visited Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square during a family vacation. Talented 15 year old Johanna Kiska sent in some absolutely beautiful photos she took while walking around the gardens and asked to share them with our readers. Scroll down and take a look at photo collage.

Before you take a look at the photos, you should probably learn a little more about Longwood Gardens. The gardens sit on over 1000 acres, outside of Philadelphia. Open to visitors year round,  there are special events for every season. Longwood Gardens features many conservatory gardens including Acacia Passage, Banana House, Indoor Children’s Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Orangery, Orchid House among others. There are also hundreds of fountains that put on a dancing water show several times a day.

Only two hours from the Wilkes-Barre area, Longwood Gardens is a MUST see for all garden lovers. The trip is easy and a great idea for the whole family.

Here is a small taste of what you can discover.

 

 


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Five Family Fun Backyard Ideas

The kids have been out of school for a few weeks now. You and they are probably getting restless. While reading online, we found some really cool ideas that you could add to your backyard (or just have fun dreaming about with the kids). Here’s a few of the best ideas.

Tumble Run Way
This long trampoline run way is a great place for the kids to get all of their energy out and for parents to get some exercise (or a good laugh watching all the fun!)

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Floating Bean Bags
What could be better than floating around on a giant bean bag on a nice hot day? Relaxing in the pool is just what your family needs this summer. You can get these on various websites, but we saw them most recently on Frontgate.

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Bumper Balls
Fourth of July party coming up? Invite the kids’ friends over and let them have a blast with these inflatable bumper balls while they wait for the fireworks.

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Inflatable Giant Movie Screen
Great for a huge party or a cozy family night, this giant inflatable movie from Amazon is great for any night.

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Backyard Zipline
This toy will keep the kids busy all summer and fall long. If you backyard is full of mature trees, this will be simple to set up and lots of fun.

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It’s difficult to get kids out of the house these days. With all of their computer games, devices and TV shows, playing outside as become a chore for many kids. We hope some of the things we have share will give you some ideas to get your kids and family enjoying the backyard and garden, more often.

Ideas for this post came from Buzzfeed and HGTV.


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Spend Your Memorial Weekend in the Garden

Memorial Day weekend is the official kick off of planting season in Northeast PA. We know many of you (and us) have already started planting annuals, pulling weeds and maybe buying vegetable plants.

With the weather being finicky up until this week, planting early was actually a little risky. We are sure you or someone you know was outside rushing around last week putting buckets or bags over their plants because of the sudden cold spell.

It appears spring/summer has worked its way into our area so you should be okay to start filling up your vegetable gardens and hanging baskets.

Here are some of ideas of what to start with on this hot, humid Memorial Day weekend.

Edward's Garden Center - Grow Sunflowers Memorial Weekend

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Start a new tradition: planting sunflower seeds
These fun, sunny plants are easy to grow and are the perfect way to kick off the growing season. Plant seeds in warm soil about 1 to 2 inches deep and keep the soil moist until the seeds sprout. Once the plants get growing, water thoroughly and as needed. Established plants are drought tolerant though you’ll get the best eating seeds when properly watered. The best part about growing sunflowers is the beauty they will bring to your garden.

Plant your vegetables
It’s officially time to start those tomato plants. Though you may have had some growing in your greenhouse or home for weeks, it’s time to move those plants outside for optimal harvest. It’s also a great time to start a vegetable container garden. If you are not sure how to start a vegetable container garden, sign up for our hands-on seminar, on June 5 at 11 am.

Edge out your gardens and boundaries
The grass has been growing like crazy thanks to the wet week a few weeks ago and the heat this week. It’s probably time to redefine the edges around your gardens. Using a spade or a half-moon edger could be a lot of work but the end result will be beautiful.

Visit your favorite Garden Center!
Many people’s favor thing to do on Memorial Day weekend is shop for all the annuals and perennials they will add to their gardens this year. Visit Edward’s Garden Center this weekend. We are fully stocked with annuals, perennials, mulch, fertilizer and pond supplies. Don’t forget to bring the kids to enjoy all our animals.


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Springtime at Edward’s Garden Center

There is some beautiful scenery at Edward’s Garden Center right now. Even though the weather has been unpredictable lately, spring is in full bloom. The sites are so pretty and colorful we had to take some pictures to share.

All of the colorful flowers are sure to brighten anyone’s day… even on one of those sad days when it snows and hails in May, like it did today!

We also have another surprise in the very last picture of the collage…. a new baby bunny! This little one is so cute and so young we don’t even know if we have a boy or girl. Stop by and see our new comer this week!


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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is tomorrow. Don’t panic. We have your Mother’s Day gifts covered! Here are some last minute ideas for your mom, or your grandma or for the kids to get their mom.

Hanging flower basket
The gift of flowers always brightens a woman’s day. We know there are flower tents all over the place, but we promise if you buy your flower basket at Edward’s the quality will make an outstanding difference in how long the flowers last. Your mom will be able to enjoy it all season.

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Sign up (and pay) for some seminars
Maybe your mom has everything or doesn’t want anything. Signing up for an Edward’s Garden Center seminar is a great gift because you are promising your mom time together. Take a look at our event list to see which seminars your mom would like to attend. Then see Debi in our gift shop to sign up. Our container gardening seminar on June 5th is a great choice. (Hint hint)

Wind chimes and yard decor
Give your mom a piece she can showoff to the whole neighborhood. We have a large selection of wind chimes, statuary, yard signs, birdhouses and so many more unique gift items. Stop in to our gift shop to pick something out.

Gift certificate
A gift certificate to Edward’s Garden Center is the perfect gift for any occasion. Stop in and get one in any denomination. 🙂

Hopefully we gave you some ideas for the special mother in your life. See you tomorrow at the Garden Center!

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Unique Items Found at Edward’s

At Edward’s Garden Center, we pride ourselves on finding quality, unique items for our customers to purchase. This year, many of you may have noticed that we changed the layout of the gift shop to offer more items. We have also added a small section near our Home of Gnomes that has antique-like items for your garden.

More space means more great items for you! Here’s a look at the changes we have made in the gift shop and some of the items you can find.

Gift Shop Gifts
From air plants and wind chimes, to Fairy Garden accessories and gifts for kids, our gift shop has something for everyone. For the Fairy Garden lovers, we offer a collection that no one in the area has and each and every item is adorable. Pick up your favorites before they are gone!

Home of Gnome Antique-like Gifts
Our outside mini gift shop is full of items that have been repurposed. From painted buckets to ceramic shoes with plants growing in them, you never know what will strike your fancy.

We have so many great items in our gift shop and around the Garden Center that we can’t possibly put them all on our blog or Facebook page. You will just have to stop in to see what else we have. With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, you may want to stop in and pick out something for the mother, grandmother or wife in your life.


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2016 Full List of Events and Seminars

We know you have been waiting for it! Mark your calendars, we have a full list of our events and seminars. We are happy to announce we have many new, hands on seminars this season.

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Our seminars are great for kids and adults!

Traditionally, our events are a great way to learn a few gardening tips and tricks in a laid back, informal setting. We laugh, we make a mess and in many cases you get to take home a great souvenir.

From container gardening to pond openings and from rose pruning to brick paver laying, we truly have a seminar for every outdoor lover. Take a look at the list of our events below and make your reservations to take part. Our three main events are open to everyone, but to participate in our seminars you will need to stop by or call to reserve your spot.

  • Sunday April 10th: Opening your Pond/Pond Maintenance Tips Seminar
  • Sunday May 1st: Pond Fish & Care Seminar
  • Sunday May 15th: Rose Care and Maintenance
  • Sunday June 5th: Container Gardening, Grow Vegetables & Herbs in Containers Seminar ($20 fee)
  • Saturday & Sunday June 11th & 12th: OPEN HOUSE
  • Sunday June 19th: Pruning Seminar
  • Sunday July 10th: How to build a Bubbling Boulder for small spaces: Set-up and Care
  • Sunday July 17th: Brick Paver and Flagstone Installation Seminar
  • Sunday Aug. 7th: Create your own Air Plant Display Seminar ($20 fee)
  • Sunday Aug. 14th: Fair Garden/Gnome Garden workshop ($20 fee, container & soil supplied)
  • Sunday Sept. 18th: Build your own Scare Crow Seminar ($20, we supply straw and poles, bring your own clothes and accessories)
  • Saturday & Sunday September 24th & 25th: FALL FESTIVAL
  • Sunday Oct. 16th: Closing your Pond Seminar (hands on)
  • Sunday Nov. 27th: Design your own Holiday Topiary ($30 fee)
  • Saturday & Sunday December 3rd & 4th: HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

All seminars start promptly at 11 am. To reserve your spot for a seminar please call (570) 287-4329 ext 1.

If you attended one of our events or you want to see how much fun they are, visit our past events photo gallery!

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Our seminars are great for kids and adults!


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Air Plants & Terrariums Available at Edward’s

Terrariums and air plants have been quite popular the last few years. They are easy to care for and allow you to get really creative with designs, themes and decorations. They also grow almost anywhere!

So what are air plants?

Air plants or Tillandsias are a genus from the bromeliad family that don’t require soil to grow. The come in a variety of colors and sizes and can grow with little care. There are about 550 types, plus hybrids. Tillandsias are native to the southern U.S., Central America, South America and Mexico. They can be as small as a couple of inches or as large as three feet across. (Chicago Tribune)

Air plants are resistant to pests and diseases and are fairly forgiving and, with ambient air and the proper light and watering, can last quite a long time.

One of the great benefits to growing air plants is they make the air better. Seriously, scientific studies have proven air around air plants is cleaner and more pure.

We love them because they look great in miniature gardens and terrariums.  They can grow inside or outside or both. This year in the gift shop we have added a large selection of air plants and air plant containers.

If you are interested in growing some air plants, stop by the gift shop and speak with Diane, Debi or Amy. They will be happy to give you advice about how to care for air plants and what containers to grow them in.

Why wouldn’t you want to grow them? 🙂

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Lots to chose from at our new air plant display!

 


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Tips for preparing your garden for spring

Spring is in the air! The Garden Center is open and the weather for next week is looking warm and sunny. It’s time to start preparing your garden 🙂 To get your started, we have listed some activities (because they are obviously not chores for garden lovers) that will kick off your gardening season the right way.

  1. newdaysuntilspringCheck all of your raised garden bed for damage. While we didn’t have a particularly harsh winter, the wind the other night was enough to tear anything down. Make sure any wood frames are still strong and holding tight. Repair any bowed or split wood.
  2. Check your tools. Now is the time to make sure you have everything you need and it’s all in tip top shape. Purchase your new shovel and sharpen your hedge sheers. It won’t be long before you are putting them to work.
  3. Top dress your gardens with home-grown compost or purchase some manure. A well dressed garden will be a very fruitful garden in a few months.
  4. Begin your warm weather vegetable plants inside. Starting your seeds inside will give you healthier more fruitful seedlings when it is finally time to plant them outside. If you need more tips to starting some seedlings, read our post from last year on the topic: “Get spring started right now by planting seeds“.
  5. Start your weeding. As soon as the frost disappears, the weeds start to grow. Resolve to stay on top of your enemies this year….Take those weeds down.
  6. Plan a way to protect your seedlings. We all know spring weather is unpredictable. Begin planning how you will protect your little plants from the harsh winds and possible snowflakes. A tip from Gardentherapy: “Make sure you have enough cloth and plastic to protect tender plants. If a frost is predicted, just a cloth over your plants will suffice. For nights when the temps are forecasted to dip below freezing, it’s better to put a layer of cloth on first, then lay plastic on top. Condensation on the plastic will freeze and damage foliage.”
  7. Enjoy the prep! We can all be so excited to get outside and get started that we forget to enjoy our time in the garden. Try not to let the busyness get to you.