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Midday Fix: Spring garden tips from Tony Fulmer, Chalet Landscape, Nursery and Garden Center – WGN

Tony Fulmer, Chief Horticulture Officer

Chalet Landscape, Nursery and Garden Center
3132 Lake Avenue

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Tony’s Tips:

Do not wait too long to prune the spring flowering shrubs. The general rule is anything blooming before July 1 (spring) is blooming on the growth it makes in July, August, September. For example, plants like lilac, forsythia and viburnum (to name just a few) should ideally be pruned within 4 to 6 weeks after they finish spring bloom. Pruning within that timeframe should ensure bloom next spring.

We don’t think enough about fertilizing plants in containers. Surprisingly, potting soils are either peatmoss or bark-based, and therefore have little innate nutrient value. Here I would underline that even the soils that say “fertilizer added”, it’s not much. Container plants are growing in limited soil masses and are necessarily watered frequently, often daily. What little nutrient content is there initially is quickly flushed out the drainage hole. If you want beautiful container plants you need to fertilize- either with a timed release or the water solubles that are used more frequently, ideally every 2-3 weeks on plants growing in full sun. Always remember, plants in part or full shade should receive 1/2 the dosage of plants in sun.

By midsummer, containers with petunias and callibrachoas may have the “Rapunzel” effect — lots and lots of length. The problem is usually all of the flowers are at the tips with bare stems in the container. I would caution you to wait until after the 4th of July party so you have color for that. You just give them a haircut with scissors or pruners. You can do it all at once and be colorless for a few weeks of recovery or you could do half, let that grow out and color, then the other half so you always have some color, but in the end you basically have a new plant. Don’t be afraid to edit (cut back) as the season progresses and container thugs emerge overgrowing their neighbors and changing the intended look of the pot.

If you want your tulips, daffodils, hyacinths (the large-flowered, “major” spring bulbs) to rebloom next year, there are two things you need to do. Immediately after flowering, when the flowers fade from glory, cut the bloom spike off so the plant doesn’t waste energy trying to produce seeds – just the same reason you deadhead annuals to promote rebloom. The other thing is to leave the foliage on until it is completely yellow. As long as it’s green, it’s photosynthesizing and storing food for next year’s flower crop. So, don’t cut off or remove leaves until they’re completely yellow.

If your trees and shrubs are established (in the ground for at least a year) the best general rule is: It’s better to water deeply, but infrequently. Plants are as lazy as we are. When we water lightly and frequently over time root systems become shallow (and that includes lawns, by the way). Plants with shallow root systems are much more susceptible to damage from weather extremes, insects, diseases, just stress in general.


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Mount Airy Garden Club to host ‘Red, White & Bloom’ flower show

The Mount Airy Garden Club will hold its annual flower show at Carroll County Public Library’s Mount Airy branch on Tuesday, June 13. The theme of this year’s show is “Red, White Bloom.” The public is encouraged to stop in and enjoy the club’s beautiful horticultural design entries and exhibits in the library’s large and small meeting rooms.

The club’s stated mission is “to stimulate a desire to grow in knowledge and understanding of how to make gardens a place of enjoyment and beauty; encourage horticulture and conservation practices in home and community; encourage the protection of native plants and birds; maintain an active interest in civic plantings and beautification; and to stimulate interest on our environment.”

The Carroll County Times recently caught up with Mount Airy Garden Club President Tina Swanson to discuss the upcoming show.

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Union Bridge members speak about Deputy Brian Colussy


Deputy Brian Colussy, Union Bridge members talk about his work in the town.

Deputy Brian Colussy, Union Bridge members talk about his work in the town.

New Windsor blaze


Fire companies from New Windsor, Union Bridge, Westminster, Pleasant Valley and Winfield responded to house fire in the 100 Block of Springdale Avenue in New Windsor Saturday afternoon.  According to New Windsor Fire Department Chief Tom Coe, no one was injured in the fire that was reported at 3:48 p.m. and brought under control within 14 minutes.

Fire companies from New Windsor, Union Bridge, Westminster, Pleasant Valley and Winfield responded to house fire in the 100 Block of Springdale Avenue in New Windsor Saturday afternoon.  According to New Windsor Fire Department Chief Tom Coe, no one was injured in the fire that was reported at 3:48 p.m. and brought under control within 14 minutes.

Manchester Valley grad Zion Collins talks about future


Manchester Valley grad Zion Collins talks about future

Manchester Valley grad Zion Collins talks about future

Manchester Valley grad Lauren Bredenburg talks sports, future at West Point


Manchester Valley grad Lauren Bredenburg talks sports, future at West Point

Manchester Valley grad Lauren Bredenburg talks sports, future at West Point

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Landscape Design 101: Think it through, step by step – The San Diego Union

Sometimes your garden needs just a tweak here and there rather than a full-blown overhaul. Sometimes it is hard to tell what needs fixing until you start the process. But either way, getting started begins with your eyes, not your hands. And it is a clean process, so just jump right in, right now. Let’s get started.

These first steps you can do alone or with a partner. And if you do plan on hiring a design professional, these early lessons will save you time and money; everyone will be on the same page.

Before you grab a pad and pencil or charge your iPad, there are some skills to be learned. You need to see your garden through new eyes. Step outside. Begin by treating your home and garden as two halves of a whole. Observe your house first. Become objective about its design strengths and flaws. Make a list. Walk around the entire home. Too close to a neighbor? A minus. Beautiful front door? A plus. By acknowledging these points, you may be able to emphasize your home’s strengths and diminish its flaws through your garden’s design.

Your garden and home work as a team, so let’s stick with the house for a bit more. What is its style? You will probably want to use the same style in your garden design. Mediterranean? Cottage? A Japanese garden fronting a Spanish Colonial looks a bit — well — quirky. You have a lot more choices than may immediately come to mind. Formal or informal? Modern or whimsical? Seasonal or forever green? If you are stuck at this point, take a drive around the area and take note of the gardens you like. It won’t be long before a pattern emerges.

Landscaping.Center Now Provides Modern Landscape Design and Maintenance Ideas

Albuquerque, NM — (SBWIRE) — 05/23/2017 — There are millions of people across the globe, who keep looking for contemporary landscape design ideas to decorate their lawns and give them attractive and attention-grabbing look. Landscape design, however, is a challenging task and it’s not easy to master this „science” right from the start. This is where online resources like Landscaping.Center may be of great help.

Landscaping.Center is a web-based platform that contains dozens of interesting and valuable articles about landscape design and proper lawn maintenance rules. This is the number one destination for all those homeowners, who wish to give their lawns attractive and appealing look. The website belongs to Kimberly Warner, who is an expert in landscape design. She is also the editor in chief and the author of articles the blog contains. This is what Kimberly tells about the website: „Landscape design is a very popular topic, many of my acquaintances, friends, and also random people ask my advice in this or that aspect of the topic. That’s why this site was created – to help people find articles on certain issues in the field of landscape design and lawn care.”

The website is regularly updated with lots of interesting articles that provide useful information on how to design and take care of the lawns surrounding a house. To simplify the search of users and provide them with information relevant to their inquiries, the author of the blog has subdivided it into several sections, which include design ideas and DIY guides on gardening, landscaping, garden pathway or patio design etc. Readers can also browse through other categories that concern additional topics, such as lawn care and garden building. The most popular and widely visited website categories include Fences, Gardening, Landscaping, Lawn Care, Outbuildings, Paths, Patios, Pergolas etc. There is also the search filter option that makes it possible for users to find information they are interested in within the shortest time possible.

For more information, please, feel free to visit

About Landscaping.Center
Landscaping.Center is a website that focuses on landscape design and lawn maintenance issues. The resource was launched by Kimberly Warner with the only idea in mind – to help users find interesting articles on landscape design and maintenance. The website is subdivided into several sections depending upon the topics they cover. The information is updated on a regular basis. It is available 24/7.

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Address: 3315 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, 87110 New Mexico, USA
Tel.: 505-888-1707

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Longmont Landscaping by RSL Outdoor Living, Patios and Backyard Design Ideas

Longmont, CO — (SBWIRE) — 06/01/2017 — Home improvement projects needn’t focus solely on the home itself, the outdoor living area has the potential to be a place to relax, a place to have fun and a place to entertain. For those looking to relax, water features offer a bubbling soundtrack to ease the stress of a long day. With so many designs and styles to choose from, the experts at RSL Outdoor Living are helping residents with Longmont, Boulder, Fort Collins, Erie, Lafayette and Broomfield landscaping solutions for their dream backyard. On-site consultations are the perfect opportunity to match design ideas to a rock solid plan moving forwards.

With the long Colorado evenings in the summer, the patio can also be home to fireplaces, fire pits, pizza ovens, built-in barbecues and pergolas to provide some shade. Specialty Outdoor Living can be customized to each client so familiar looks can be copied or something unique can be imagined, planned and crafted. Rock landscaping can be incorporated around pathways, waterfalls, dry river beds and seat walls whilst stone can be versatile as decorative boulders or functional patios.

For inspiration, the RSL Outdoor Living website has pictures to showcase a selection of styles and designs. Outdoor patios are being transformed into unique outdoor living spaces. To request a quote or sign up for the newsletter, simply access the forms from any page on the website.

Other services include everything clients would need for their yard throughout the Colorado seasons: snow removal in the winter, mowing, fertilization, irrigation maintenance, irrigation winterizations, and spring irrigation reactivations, as well as lawn aeration and of course, backyard landscaping. Customers are commercial and residential.

About RSL Outdoor Living
RSL Outdoor Living is a division of Rock Solid Landscapes Inc. Based in Longmont, Colorado, they bring their backyard landscaping ideas, backyard design ideas, and creation skills to yards and patios in the Longmont, Boulder, Broomfield, Erie Lafayette areas. When every outdoor space is unique, they bring experience to blend the local conditions, soil and rock composition with the dreams of the homeowner.

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Address: 3686 Stagecoach North, Unit A. Longmont, CO 80504
Phone: 303-772-4736

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Peace on Earth: A Lincoln Garden Designer Creates Spaces of Refuge

click to enlarge Sam and Kathryn Wyatt in their Lincoln home's front gardens - CALEB KENNA

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  • Sam and Kathryn Wyatt in their Lincoln home’s front gardens

The gardens in front of Sam and Kathryn Wyatt’s Lincoln home are a work in progress. There are stone pathways and clusters of chamomile, a birdbath and stalks of allium. Vegetables grow among the flowers and herbs, and Kathryn says she’ll plant more in coming years.

“Gardens are never done,” Sam says. “That’s the point.”

He’s not allowed in hers, Kathryn says, lest he pull a “weed” that isn’t a weed. Yet Sam is the garden designer by profession. His small firm, Studio Roji, does nature-based landscaping with a particular focus on creating spaces that provide a sense of solace. Roji is a Japanese word for the ground on which people walk on their way to a tea ceremony — a passageway that might be transformative.

Such spaces can be created by numerous means, including an arbor that serves as a gateway between a driveway and a garden, a series of strategically placed plantings and stones that act as guideposts along a path, or steps that slow a person’s pace as they approach a certain area of the garden.

“The more we can live with nature and natural forms, the happier we’ll be here,” Sam says. “It’s very good for our souls.”

The Wyatts live with their two children on 10 acres in Lincoln, where they moved three and a half years ago from Mount Desert Island in Maine. They came to Vermont to be closer to family and because they were “too young to be this isolated” on a dead-end road in coastal Maine, Kathryn explains.

The couple met at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston about 20 years ago, when they were assigned to work on an interdisciplinary project together. He was a sculpture student; she studied fiber art. Together, they made a woven scroll based on the changing seasons.

“It was the best collaboration pretty much from the start,” Kathryn recalls.

These days, working in a shared home studio, the Wyatts are bound by a common aesthetic theme: incorporating natural elements into their work. They use a variety of techniques to make botanical art.

Sam presses flowers in a vintage cast-iron plant press dubbed “Howard the Beast”; combined with color washes, these are sold as originals or limited-edition giclée prints on the Studio Roji website. Kathryn uses flower pigments in her printmaking, extracting color by making a stack of flowers sandwiched between pieces of paper, placing the stack in a canning pot with a weight on top and simmering it on the stovetop for two hours. The flowers leave their impressions on the paper in lovely shapes and interesting colors. Her prints are also available for purchase online.

click to enlarge Kathryn Wyatt holding a flower print created at Studio Roji - CALEB KENNA

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  • Kathryn Wyatt holding a flower print created at Studio Roji

“It’s a really nice way to spend time in the garden and bring that inside,” Kathryn says. “And keep it, indefinitely.”

The studio also holds a drafting table for Sam’s garden-design projects. He began this work when the family lived in Maine and, after moving to Vermont, continued it at Rocky Dale Gardens in Bristol. Two years ago, Sam opened Studio Roji, a design practice that draws on his experience studying garden design in Japan. More recently, he earned a certificate in health care and therapeutic garden design through a program of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

In his designs, Sam’s intention is to create spaces that possess restorative energy and “therapeutic value,” he says, “rather than landscaping as distraction or wallpaper.” He says these qualities can be cultivated in a Burlington backyard or on a rural acreage. (See sidebar for Sam’s tips on crafting such gardens.)

“I’m really interested in building calming and beautiful places that take you away from the stresses of everyday life,” Sam adds. “People are intuitively seeking those types of places.”

In 2015, he collaborated on a project with Will Wallace-Gusakov of Goosewing Timberworks. For a garden that is tucked in the corner of a backyard in Bristol, the Lincoln woodworker built a meditation/yoga hut. Sam contributed a stone-carved water basin that complements the black cherry and white cedar structure and nearby tall grasses.

The beauty and fascination of a garden, Sam says, is derived in part from the intersection of what the gardener intends and what actually results. “There are the hopes and dreams of what the garden is going to look like, and then the reality of what happens because of … nature throwing unexpected accidents at you.”

click to enlarge Sketches on the wall at Studio Roji - CALEB KENNA

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  • Sketches on the wall at Studio Roji

An observant gardener can turn an “accident” into a landscaping feature. An example of this can be found on the Wyatts’ property, where a dead black cherry tree has been left in its place.

The trunk of the tree has split and cracked, and one end of it rests on the ground. The tree’s mangled configuration forms a natural gateway, or threshold. Sam values this kind of landscaping feature, he says, because it helps guide a person from one space to another, and even from one state of mind to another.

In this instance, the naturally felled black cherry forms a passageway from the family’s backyard to wilder landscape down a steep grade behind the house.

At the foot of the hill, a captivating, sometimes fast-moving stream, Beaver Meadow Brook, flows into the New Haven River. The Wyatts’ property encompasses pools and falls along the brook, as well as swimming places and sitting spots. The two are mindfully and incrementally building garden-like spaces beside the stream — clearing paths and cultivating areas for hanging out, reflecting or playing.

Right now they’re in an “editing” phase, describes Sam, pruning and removing plants and trees to see more clearly what is there so they can highlight interesting features. For example, a century-old hemlock tree that stands sentinel by the river and a big rock across the path together form a natural enclosure. It’s a place that sparks the Wyatts’ gardening imagination. A lone European ginger plant, peeking up from the forest floor, has been noted and tended.

Looking into the future a decade or so, the couple envisions building workshops in the woods for visiting artists.

“We like to expand the definition of what a garden is,” Sam says, “from cultivated flowers and vegetables to a dialogue with our whole property.”

Seven tips for creating a calming garden

click to enlarge A meditation/yoga hut for a client in Bristol - CALEB KENNA

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  • A meditation/yoga hut for a client in Bristol
  • Create Enclosure: Develop the feeling of a sheltered retreat. When we feel safe and secure, we can let down our guard and enter our surroundings through the senses — the fragrance, the sound of birdsong, the feeling of wind on our skin. These sensations are magnified when we are at ease.
  • Tone It Down: Use restraint in choosing plants and materials. Rely on the soft textures of foliage and the many shades of green, blue and white, rather than on bright, bold colors. Utilize local materials such as natural stone and untreated wood rather than slick, manmade products. These have a calming effect on the mind and create understated elegance that stands the test of time.
  • Be Aware of Thresholds: Be mindful of stepping from one space into another. Find ways to heighten these transitions to allow a shift in mental state. Build an arbor or gate to pass through, add a large stepping-stone, or plant a tree to walk under.
  • Create a Garden Ritual: Sip a cup of morning coffee in your favorite spot, or take a slow stroll along a cultivated path. Develop a habit that strengthens your connection with your garden.
  • Bring the Garden Inside: Cut plants and bring them into your home. Hang artwork that reflects natural forms. Design the view from your kitchen sink or other garden-facing window. The more we can blur the line between inside and outside, and invite natural beauty into our daily lives, the more connected we feel to our environment.
  • Find Inspiration in the Natural World: Seek out places that you are drawn to in the wider landscape. Spend time in them and look at what makes them unique. Is the place under dappled shade, or is it made up of dramatic ledge stones? Does it include a beautiful view? Take these ideas and elements into your own garden, distilling their essence on an appropriate scale. A mossy boulder under a yellow birch can evoke the same emotional response as a deep mountain ravine.
  • Genius Loci: Try to tap into your garden’s “sense of place.” Enhance the atmosphere that makes your personal space unique and settled within its surroundings. Be aware of your specific growing conditions and work with them, not against them. Native plants are constant allies.

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You Can Grow It: Idaho Botanical Garden in bloom | KTVB.COM

BOISE – Mother Nature is still deciding whether we’re in spring or summer, but that hasn’t stopped her from putting on a beautiful display of colorful flowers from the foothills to the valley. And one of those beautiful spots is the Idaho Botanical Garden near Table Rock.

Garden master Jim Duthie takes us there to show us how you can get inspiration for your own garden designs at home, and he gives us a heads up on a popular garden event coming up this weekend.

Wildflowers are blooming along the foothills trails below Table Rock, and nearby, one of the prettiest landscapes in the Treasure Valley is in bloom as well.

We’re here at one of my favorite spots in the Treasure Valley, the Idaho Botanical Garden. A stroll through the garden will give you inspiration for your own gardens at home. And now’s the time to see the garden in full bloom.

“We have plenty in bloom right now. Spring and early summer is a great time of year to visit the garden,” said Idaho Botanical Garden Executive Director Erin Anderson.

Volunteers were busy putting the finishing touches on attractive flower beds and perennial displays for an explosion of colors and sweet smells. Even the littlest gardeners were lending a hand.

“Right now we’re standing in our rose garden,” said Anderson. “As you can see, behind me, a lot of our flowers are in bloom. Our English garden, right now, is blooming. And throughout the other seasons different areas will begin to grow and flourish.”

The Oppenheimer rose garden features a wide variety of heirloom roses and other flowering plants, as well as more modern tea roses.

Step through the gates of the Kirk English garden, and wander, stroll beneath the stone arbor, and you’ll almost think you’ve stepped into a Jane Austin novel.

“Every year we focus on improving the garden,” said Anderson. “This year we’re working to improve our English garden space. We’ve done a revamp and update of a lot of our plant material that’s there.” 

Among the other updates and improvements at the garden is the koi pond, made possible by a generous donation last year.

“We have a large koi pond that was installed and finished last year,” said Anderson. “We’ve removed our old koi pond and are now really focused on the new pond. We have several very beautiful and fancy fish that have been installed.”

The botanical garden also features native Idaho plants, including the Lewis and Clark native plant garden, with living specimens of most of the nearly 150 plant species collected by the famous expedition over 200 years ago.

“We also have a fire-wise garden that we partner with the College of Western Idaho on,” said Anderson. “It’s not a part of the Idaho Botanical Garden, but we partner, and so you’re able to walk through the fire-wise garden to check out some great ideas for how you, too, can have a fire-wise landscape.”

A big project this year is building improved bathroom facilities for the Outlaw Field concert venue, which features visiting musical artists throughout the summer.

“We’re really excited about our line up this year at our Outlaw Field concert series.  We kicked it off on Wednesday night with John Mellencamp.  It was a successful concert. On the 27th we have Carlos Santana, and a great line up from there on out.”

And this year marks the 30th anniversary of another popular annual garden event.

“Coming up this weekend we have our private gardens tour.”

“We have ten homes that are featured. There’ll be live music throughout the entire day. A lot of different types of gardens and this year we’ve focused on the Bench area.”

Even though it’s not located at the botanical garden, the private gardens tour will enable you to see what other gardeners have done in their home landscape, and give you some great ideas for yours.

Ideas for firewise gardening, native landscaping, and even vegetable gardening, all to be found here in the Idaho Botanical Garden.

The Idaho Botanical Garden is located off Warm Springs Avenue next to the Old Penitentiary below Table Rock, and is open daily at 9 a.m.

The private gardens tour is this Sunday, June 11th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the tour, and the summer concert series, you can visit the botanical garden’s websitesd.

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Low-cost landscaping can boost home values

Low-cost landscaping can boost home values

Inexpensive landscaping improvements can add to a home’s value and help increase its potential for sale, said officials with a professional association of real estate appraisers.

As spring arrives and homeowners spiff up their landscaping, they will spend an average of $1,766 to $3,227 per landscaping project, according to Besides beauty and pleasure, these projects can bring homeowners a return on investment, as a survey conducted by Turf magazine found that landscaping upgrades can increase property values by 10 to 12 percent.

“Curb appeal is important to both appraisers and potential buyers, and homeowners don’t have to spend a lot of money to get it,” said Appraisal Institute President Jim Amorin. “In fact, it’s important that upgrades don’t exceed neighborhood norms.”

The Appraisal Institute recommends that homeowners consider these four low-cost landscaping improvements:

Clean up. Tidying up is one of the simplest and least expensive landscape makeovers, and a clean yard can make a major impact on a property’s first impression. Replacing tired-looking flower pots, power washing sidewalks and raking grass clippings cost little and can take just a few hours.

Maintain the lawn. Proper lawn maintenance can cost as little as a few hundred dollars annually and can have more than a 300 percent return on investment, according to a 2016 survey by the National Association of Landscape Professionals and the National Association of Realtors. Lawn care can be particularly important for homes going up for sale within a year.

Seal driveways, decks and patios. When properly maintained and protected, expensive investments like driveways, decks and patios can provide enjoyment and add value to a home. Sealing wood can reduce rotting and insect infestation, and a sealed driveway is less likely to have unsightly weeds growing through cracks.

Pick perennials. Perennials can add an appealing pop of color to landscaping. Although initially more expensive than one-season-and-done annuals, their varying sizes and textures add visual interest and with proper care can bloom for many years.

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