Saturday, August 11, 2012

Summer is Almost Over

Here it is- August 2012- and I am finally putting pen to paper, as it were, and putting some thoughts and ideas out there . Spring has passed, we have made it through most of another hot Summer, and wonder of wonders, we ( at least here in Greenville,SC) have been getting rain. The Nursery has survived another year- we have some new plants-like the new pink Annabelle "Invincible Spirit" and plenty of our stalwart standards- the Oakleaf , Incrediball, and Glowing Embers hydrangeas. Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs, as their root systems continue to grow over the winter months, enabling them to have a good start next Spring. It is also about time for your fall garden- be on the look-out for bedding plants- broccoli, collards, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts- that will soon go into the ground for those great Fall harvests. Remember, try to buy local grown stuff. If you are in need of flowering ornamental shrubs or trees , contact us. We also , of course, are always ready to help you with that hardscaping project, wether it is a wall, firepit, sidewalk, or outdoor living area.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Yikes!! Here it is , the second week of May, and I am finally writing a blog. . . .Lots of happenings since my last post (back in the Dark Ages, I think): The big Spring sale at the Farmers Market went well,the weekly sales at the Nursery are continuing ( great way to get great LOCALLY grown plants), and my veggie garden is doing great!
I can't emphasize the advantage of locally grown plants/shrubs enough. . . the plant is used to this climate, it has survived at least 2 years in this climate ( at least at Nature Trail Nursery), and is "toughened" to our growing environment. How long will that Big Box shrub ( that has been grown only God knows where) last in the heat of August and September? How long does the bloom last on that hydrangea you bought blooming in March, when it shouldn't even start blooming till May?
On to another soapbox. . . .
Have you noticed ( if you plant a garden, and if you aren't, you should be) that most places that sell seed are selling more and more hybrid seeds only, or at leaat less of the heirloom varieties? This is NOT a good thing. . . .Heirlooms are the dependable standards that produce true to ther parent plant, year after year. With hybrids, who knows what you get if you replant seed from what you grew this year.If we lose the heirlooms and are left with only hybrids, the safety and security of future seed resources is at risk. . . . which leads me to genetically modified vegetables, which is a topic for another day.
Remember, buy local, help the local economy, and use environmentally friendlier plants. . . .available at our Nursery.
We are still having sales on Saturdays through the first of June ( from 9AM till 1PM) See you there!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A New Year

Here we are in 2011. . . .where did 2010 go? Did you accomplish what you wanted to this past year? Have you set new goals for this year? Will you try some new or different plants or shrubs in your yard or garden? Do you have ideas or plans for some new hardscape. . . maybe a retaining wall, firepit, or walkway?
If you are ready for new or additional hardscape, give us here at the Nursery a call or email. We can design/install something to fit your budget and your lifestyle.There is nothing like the look and texture of a real stone fireplace, walk or wall, plus the added benefit of years of dependable service and durability.With real stone, you never have to worry about the color of your stone wearing off, or the stone itself deteriorating,
If you are ready for additional or new shrubs to add interest color, or depth to your yard, consider our many varities of hydrangeas or wegelias. We offer old favorites as well as new varities such as the "Incrediball"mophead hydrangea, or the beautiful "Glowing embers, with its dark red to rose -colored blooms.
We will begin offering blueberry bushes by the Fall of 2011, so be ready for more announcements about that.
I pray all of our friends and interested readers will have a safe and prosperous New Year, and I look forward to helping to beautify your yards and outdoor living spaces.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I'm a Slacker. . . . .

Yep, I am a slacker. . . .I haven't posted a lick since . . . .June? I have to confess that the heat, drought and generally lousy economy took the will to write anything right out of me. . . BUT hope springs eternal in those of us who are plant lovers, and I just know next year will be better! We still have some nice Knockout Roses in 3 gallon containers on sale for . . .that's right, $10 each!!Also some nice Oakleaf Hydrangeas for $12. We will have some reblooming lacecaps next Spring, as well as the fantastic INCREDIBALL Hydrangea- imagine an Annabelle on steroids. You will have to see the blooms to believe the size of them.
Right now I am sitting here with a great cup of WestEnd Coffee's Augusta Grill Blend, and there is a nice warm fire in the stove- thank the LORD for simple pleasures.Keep in touch dear readers!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summer is here!!

Summer is officially here and man, is it hot!! The garden is cranking , and the Nursery is growing. We will have new hydrangea selections next year, and who knows what other surprises are in store. I think we will be running the Nursery every Saturday next year from Spring until the end of June. I will be keeping updates on the blog as things unfold. Remember we offer hardscaping design and installation services as well as great deals on superior plants and shrubs.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Summer is coming. . . .

May is blowing by at an unreal rate! The garden is doing well- I have small 'maters that are the size of grapes...Ha!! Beans and corn are growing , squash is forming too. The star jasmine is covered with blooms and the fragrance is almost overpowering, but I can live with it. The Annabelles are ready to bloom and so are the Oakleafs. Remember, for LOCALLY grown shrubs come see or call us and we can set you up. You will not find better hydrangeas anywhere else. Need a little privacy- a place to decompress and catch your breath? We can create that space for you- whether with plants/shrubs, or a combination of hardscape and plants, we can meet your needs. Contact us, you will be glad you did.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Another month gone. . . .

Wow!! Time is flying by. April is over, and here comes May. I have been eating lettuce, onions, and radishes out of the garden for several weeks now. The corn is 3" out of the ground; things are happening! The wegelia are at their prime right now, and the hydrangeas are fixin' to start blooming. All the wegelia are on sale right now at $12 each. Hopefully the pictures will load. . .