Hoops Spruce for the Holidays

11/30/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Plant tip of the day – Hoops Spruce for the Holidays Outstanding evergreen tree, generally considered the bluest form. New growth is especially bright blue. Pyramidal form that holds stiff horizontal branches with dense silvery-blue needles. Picea pungens hoopsii

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Dwarf blue Globe Spruce for winter evergreen

11/29/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

30 second plant tip of the day – Dwarf blue Globe Spruce for winter evergreen This little beauty is like a shining sapphire in gardens of hardy green dwarf shrubs. Use it a single accent in Asian schemes or…

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So Many Choices for Decorating with Plants

11/29/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Of course, any plant can be decorated and used as a holiday decoration. Over the years I’ve sold all types of trees as living Christmas trees, even dormant fruit trees. The most popular choices have been: Colorado spruce – with…

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Colorado Spruce as a Living Christmas Tree

11/28/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

30 second plant tip of the day: Colorado Spruce as Living Christmas Tree Twice taller than it is wide, this native forest evergreen is best used on large properties. Use it to separate tall multistory buildings or in shelterbelts…

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Living Christmas tree arrivals

11/27/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

They have arrived! Holiday Christmas trees have arrived and ready to decorate and then plant in the landscape in January. Decorate the patio, deck, or bring them right indoor for holiday cheer:)

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Opportunity for Watters Customers

11/26/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Opportunity for those of you who patronize us here at Watters.  $10 credit on your American Express card + enter to win a $25 American Express gift card donated by Watters Garden Center. Small Business Saturday® is a great way…

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Free drawing for $25 Amex gift cards

11/26/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Watters Free drawing for $25 American Express gift cards. American Express has allowed Watters to give $25 gift cards away as part of their Shop Small promotional.  Simply enter your name and email and you’re entered to win. Winners will…

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Porch Pots Create an “Oasis” for Thanksgiving Guests

11/22/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Thanksgiving is just days away, family and friends ready to gather, and landscapes are dormant, bare, and almost ugly.  But they don’t have to be that way if we keep in mind that the eye naturally is drawn to any…

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Gardening with Deer and Rabbits

11/15/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

With their large eyes, subtle colors, and graceful movements, deer really are mesmerizing to people. However, as our town grows, encounters with these majestic creatures are more frequent and often unwanted.  Helping to increase deer numbers are warmer winters; they…

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Cool Nights Bring Pesky Black Gnats Indoors

11/08/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

A couple of weeks ago we dispersed the final applications of plant food to keep our landscapes healthy through winter.  “Crabgrass and Weed Preventer” was applied at the same time to keep winter growing weeds away until spring. This week…

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