Color Color Everywhere!

Color Color Everywhere!

Happy July! The arrival of summer means the start of our Summer Hours:
 
Open Wednesday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-4
Closed Monday and Tuesday
July 4th-CLOSED
 
Please make a note of this change. Why have we decided to close on Mondays and Tuesdays in the summer? We are not super-busy early in the week at this time of year. For the past few years, we have been closed on Sundays. This year, we have chosen to switch it up and stay OPEN on Sundays. We hope this doesn’t cause any major inconvenience. 
When you come to visit, be sure to stroll through the gardens. This is our cutting garden on the front lawn. Check out those zinnias and cosmos. Wow!

One of the highlights of coming to Natureworks is to check out our demonstration gardens. This year, they look especially lush and full. Bring your camera and take photos. Be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram. 

Strawflowers are a great cut and dried flower
Ageratum houstonianum is an annual form of ageratum with long stems for cutting. It is shown here in our cutting garden with poppy foliage behind it. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This year, we are really focusing on not only selling flowers for cutting and drying, but also planting them, harvesting them, arranging them, and teaching you how to create dried wreaths and arrangements. Our collaboration with Once Upon a Farm has inspired us ALL to try new flowers and the results have been outstanding. 
A tiny portion of Diane’s flower border. Be sure to click on the linkto see the video and be inspired.
Diane has gone all out, filling the border around her veggie beds with all sorts of beautiful flowers. She did a mesmerizing video and it’s now up on our You Tube channel. Click Here to watch it. She said to me “I get home and go to this little 30 by 30 foot plot of land every day. It is my happy place!” Yes, gardens will do that to you. When I get home, I drop my briefcase and lunch bag and immediately go out to the yard and check it out. Sometimes my husband doesn’t even know I’m there for about 15 minutes! Then it’s in and out all evening till I finally sit and watch the thousand of lightening bugs put on their silent fireworks display just for me before bed. Lightening bugs live underground for much of their early life. They only live in healthy ecosystems. If you use poisons in the soil, you will eliminate them. 
Don’t these petunias look like they belong at a 4th of July picnic?
I am going to take a few extra days off around the 4th of July holiday to tend my OWN garden. It is what you call a classic “Staycation”. Something is happening at Natureworks though. Every time I walk near Diane and her staff, the whispering stops and they just look at me silently. I think they are planning some kind of a sale on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday while I am gone. All I can get out of them is “it will be explosive” and “there will be pop-up surprises all over the nursery”. Hmmm…..
The zucchini looks wonderful under the row covers, doesn’t it? It’s amazing how many flowers have come up in this bed. The poppies and borage are self-sown. I planted the ‘Zowie’ zinnias in front of the bed. 
Speaking of my own garden, I pulled back the floating row covers on my summer squashes and cucumbers over the weekend. Wow! The plants are big and healthy. No sign of flowers yet, so the covers went right back on. I did water them, as I didn’t receive any of the rain that many did over the weekend. I am bringing home shredded straw to thickly mulch them as I didn’t do that when I sowed the seeds. 
Keep planting flower and veggie seeds. We have a long growing season ahead of us still. This is spider flower (Cleome), one of the first annuals I ever fell in love with. 
I have been harvesting and eating my spring vegetables for quite a few weeks

Three huge heads of escarole filled this basket. Now it’s time to plant carrots, beets, beans, and more cucumbers. 

now. In our household, it’s escarole week. And it’s lettuce week as the last two giant heads were cut on Saturday. The sugar snap peas are coming in like crazy and we are eating raw and cooked. Yummy! But as these crops are pulled, there is SO MUCH empty space opening up. I guess that’s why I need a staycation. I need to keep planting! Eliza is restocking our seed racks. She organized them into 3 categories: seeds to start in pots now for fall crops (think broccoli, kohlrabi, Brussel sprouts), veggie seeds to direct sow now (such as beans, carrots, beets, summer squash), and flowers to direct sow now. You can plant another round of zinnias, sunflowers, cosmos, and other great cut flowers and they will produce bountiful bouquets in late summer and fall. You can also sow perennials in the summer and they will grow leaves by fall, returning next year to grow even bigger and flower too. 

 
Did you plant breadseed poppies in March? We talked and talked about how you sprinkle the seeds on frozen soil. Well, this is the week that everyone is bragging about their poppies, including me! I planted ‘Black Swan’ in my courtyard and it looks pretty darn good with my pink Hydrangea arborescens plants. 
 
The lavender and pink poppies have been self-seeding in my veggie and

perennial beds for years. At the shop, we put in every variety of seed we carried and they are blooming like crazy! Rebecca, my design assistant, planted so many seeds that she has to thin them. 

Rebecca’s poppy pathway
We say to you: show us your poppies!Post them on Facebook or Instagram and tag us. They come in so many colors and styles- doubles, singles, fringed. If you didn’t sow poppies this year, make a note to try it next year. I find it works best where there is some open ground in the spring. My pink hydrangea bed was completely renovated last fall and there was exposed soil, so it worked out well. The veggie beds are a given as there is usually space available while the plants are filling in. 
Share your poppy pictures with us!

Since this email is arriving in your mailbox on July 3rd, I will remind you that you should finish up the pinching of your asters, mums, Montauk daisies, perennial sunflowers, Joe Pye weed, and any other late summer/fall bloomers that you don’t want to stake NOW. The rule is that the pinching should be done by the 4th of July. I am sure that if you couldn’t get to it till the 5th or 6th it would still be okay, but don’t put it off any longer. You will thank me when you DON’T have to stake and when many of your perennials bloom twice as long. 

Got milkweed? We sure do! I took this photo from the base of the rock garden by the road. We have many varieties of Asclepias in stock for you to lure the monarch butterflies to lay eggs in your garden. 
There a few pest and disease problems that we are all dealing with right now. I have written a brief article about What’s Bugging You below. With the beautiful flowers and delicious harvests come the challenges. But we are here to help you figure out how to cope with these garden challenges organically. 
 
So it’s July. The month of hydrangeas and delphiniums and bee balm. The first sunflowers. The first summer phlox. The garden is moving quickly into fast forward mode. The summer solstice is past. Let’s soak up all of the sunshine, embrace this growing season, and enjoy it completely. Yes, we have to water a bit more. Yes, it can be hot, or buggy, or sweaty. But summer only comes around for a few short months. It’s time to celebrate!
 
See you soon…
 
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Baptisias are on sale, Roses too
P.S.  ALL roses and Baptisias are on sale  thru July 10th, at 20% off.

Baptisias are called false indigo and are a native plant pollinated by bumblebees. In the summer, their leaves are perfect. Being a legume, they fix nitrogen from the air and feed themselves. In June, they make a lovely cut flower. 
P.P.S. Diane here, store manager of this wonderful nursery. I am proofreading this email Nancy just wrote and I want to add….. Nancy is away so I am going to run a bunch of pop up specials Fri, Sat and Sun. Come on in!! Help us clear some plants and get some nice savings! Brand new annuals just arrived too!