The cold blasts of winter have been dispatched, and the spring flowers are presenting themselves.
Bluebells (Mertensia) and Dutchman's Breeches are now past their prime, and Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon), Delphinium and Moss Phlox are now emerging from their winter slumber and ready to leap from their pots into your warm and accepting gardens. All of the other species that are known as spring ephemerals (which bloom for a week or two during the spring) are soon to follow. The following plants are just a few of what we have ready for your enjoyment: Native Rhododendrons, Christmas Ferns, Royal Ferns, red maples and their cultivars, American Elms (2 hardy varieties), American Beech, musclewood, oaks, dogwoods (5 varieties), redbuds (5 varieties), hollies, hazelnuts, red and bottlebrush buckeyes, elegant arbor vitae, bald cypress and Hydrangeas (3 varieties).
We have many earthly delights from which to choose, many of which are not on our website! Come by to see, learn and enjoy.
Cicada update: The 17 year cicadas will be here soon. Cicadas don’t eat plants. The female cicadas make slits and lay eggs in small tree branches, preferring stems that are about 1/4- to 1/2-inch in diameter. Most established trees weather the process ok. However, some branch tips will wither and die back. This poses a risk to only the most delicate young trees and shrubs; for others, the damage is cosmetic. The process is sort of a natural pruning in forests, but you may not want cicadas to help prune your favorite woodies. Some gardeners will cover young or prized ornamentals with netting to keep cicadas off of them. Or you can watch your new transplants and cut off any 1/4" branches with slits in them.
Our address is 5200 West Heaps Road, Pylesville, MD 21132. (410) 836-0500.
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