What a Beautiful Beginning to Fall!

What a Beautiful Beginning to Fall!

What a BEAUTIFUL beginning to the Fall we are having! The weather is just gorgeous! Sunny days, a little rain Monday night, amazing fog early in the day and cool evenings. Just what we needed! This is Diane writing to you, Natureworks store manager. Nancy took a short trip with her friends this weekend and I am writing this weeks email newsletter. Nancy will be back when it is sent out and we have a few surprises for her return! I want to share them with you and hope she sees them for the first time when she opens her computer. 
 
While she was away, we had a great opportunity come up to sponsor and plant a garden at this week’s 100th Anniversary Durham Fair. There was a spot in need of some love, and we designed and filled it with plants right from our benches! She has no idea and we can’t wait for her to see it! 
I chose a ton of pretty pollinator-loving plants, many native plants and a few of my non-native favorites to use. Jaime and Kyle artfully planted and mulched them in. Amber painted a work of art for our sign in the garden. I asked Steve from Comets to Koi in Northford to come revive the old watergarden that was there and boy did he ever! It now has a pondless waterfall and the sound of water complements the garden perfectly. Thank you Steve! Take a look at the plantings. I will be posting more photos soon on Instagram and Facebook too!
 
We designed a pollinator buffet with their favorite fall plants. I bet the bees will be hanging out here!
 
Asters surround the lower garden. In time, this would fill in with all the groundcovers we added, so no mulching would be needed. Groundcovers as mulch is a great way to go in your own gardens.

 

I hope you have a chance to see the garden in person. It is a special celebration this year at the Durham Fair–it is the 100th fair! The garden is located outside of the Flowers, Horticulture and Needlework Barn. We are also teaching about monarch butterflies in the Discovery Center once again. To find us at the fair, locate the Llama Barn. Our display will include monarchs hatching, caterpillars eating and tons of photos and handouts of the process too. We will be tagging butterflies daily for Monarch Watch to help study their long migration to Mexico. (we will also still be tagging at the shop this weekend too) This past Sunday at the shop, we tagged and released 29 monarch butterflies. I shot a video of a few hatching in the morning. You can watch the video here, it is a sight to see.  Click here to see the video
 
Have you noticed more monarchs this year? One of our landscape clients on the shore in Guilford called to tell me she had HUNDREDS of monarchs on Saturday and Sunday last week on the Heptacodium tree we planted in her yard. She was in awe. I have heard reports from the pollinator garden at Meigs Point at Hammonassett that the monarchs are nectaring daily on the asters, fueling up for their long trip. As I type here, I see four on my container plants on my deck….and a hummingbird too. They need us to plant flowers that bloom this time of year. Every yard matters! To date we have raised and released 668 monarchs! Asters are a fall favorite for many pollinators, and we have a large selection in stock. Feed the bees through October into November with Asters!
 
The monarchs are heading south for the winter. Our last ones will leave us next week as they hatch. 
We will release them daily as weather permits.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The other surprise we have for Nancy is the sheer amount of plants we received for fall late last week. The benches are overflowing! Fall is a GREAT time to plant gardens. Our crews are booked for the next few weeks to install plants all over the local area. We invite you to come in with an idea for your own yard and our retail staff can help make it a reality. Big or small, we can help you choose plants for your spot. Bring us pictures, some rough measurements and we will send you home with what you need to create a pretty fall garden of your own! And we have more deliveries coming in Thursday and Friday of this week too-the selection changes quickly around here in Fall. I love it!
 
Here are some of the plants we have now:
 
Got Asters? We do! And there is Karen to help you choose!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Mammoth Mums are in! They are already selling quickly, so come in soon. They are a true perennial mum that grows up to 3′ wide. The bees LOVE these mums-they are loaded with pollen for them, and loaded with blooms for you! The yellow flowers on the left are Helianthus angustifolius, or Narrowleaf Sunflower and this can grow to 6′ x 6′ in ideal conditions. Usually blooms begin in October and continue into November. Birds of all kinds love the seed heads.
 
Take a look at what else is blooming in our display gardens. The Colchicums! These are fall blooming bulbs you can plant now. We have a very limited amount left of two types, The Giant and Double Waterlily. Plant them now, the flowers will bloom, and then next spring send up leaves. The leaves die back by July and in late September, they bloom again. They reliably return each fall. A welcome surprise every year!
 
Plant colchicum bulbs in between plants. Here they are with Black Mondo grass! It is a shock to see a beautiful flower pop up out of nowhere. 
 
The spring blooming bulbs are here and have actually been restocked this week. Come in now for the best selection. Plant bulbs in October and November. The organic garlic bulbs are not in just yet–we expect them in early October. Have you ever planted garlic? It is a super easy thing to do and will amaze your friends and family! Stay tuned for how to plant it in an upcoming email and sign up for our garlic planting workshop on Sunday, October 13th at 1pm. Details are below. Garlic is planted in fall–late October, November, and in my case, even December! We ordered a LOT and will let you know when it arrives.

In closing I just need to say this- Thank you all so very much for supporting us. Our mission of having beautiful, healthy yards and gardening organically has been one of the greatest things for me to experience in the past ten years I have been here. You are all such wonderful customers who have helped our mission spread throughout the state. We are making a difference! We are all making a difference in our lives, in our health, by not using toxic products in our yards. We are all making a difference to the ecosystem as a whole-the insects, the birds, the toads and turtles, the monarchs and all wildlife. Every single yard matters. Every patch of land we treat well is helping to sustain the pollinators. As I sit and type this I can see and hear the life outside my door. It brings me peace and happiness. Let’s spread the word and continue to teach others! We hope you can come for a visit soon! And Nancy will be back for Facebook Live this week-with improved sound-fingers crossed. 
Details and her topic are below.
 
Thank you!
Signature Diane
 
 
 
P.S. In addition to all of the beautiful, healthy plants on our retail benches, we do have a 50% off sale area too. The selection changes daily. Our staff is picky–if a plant is on our regular bench and it is not up to our standards, it is moved to the 1/2 off area. Gardeners love this area–you can get some great deals. I am going to let the staff really fill it up for the weekend! They have already started! Come and get some great deals that will reward you in 2020.