Propagating Fears Alleviated

bloomngardens seedsThe other day I was doing my weekly grocery at the Kroger and I ran into an old friend.  After exchanging pleasantries about college age children the conversation steered toward propagating hydrangeas.   I know big leap, but I get questions like that all the time.  In fact it is a great topic that more people should investigate.  One of my earliest memories is of my mother rooting spider plants on the window sill. She was not much of an outdoor gardener, but loved growing houseplants on our sun porch. Truth is the same principles apply to outdoor plants. I love getting “pass along” plants or even multiplying the number of plants just in my own back yard.  It’s a great way to garden frugally.

Many of you would never consider propagating your own plants, because it may seem very intimidating, but there are a quite a few plants that practically propagate themselves.  There are three main ways of propagating plants that every homeowner can be successful at. Collecting and planting seeds, dividing root stocks, and cuttings. [Read more…]

Its August….Think WATER

bloom n gardens lawn sprinkler                Have you been feeling the 90+ degree temperatures lately? I know our landscapes have. Well it is August and we are all beginning to show a little heat stress, looking all tired and wilty. In your landscape, dull, limp leaves are a sure sign your garden is suffering.  As the yard caretaker, you may be feeling a little heat stressed too and neglecting your landscape.   Try not to succumb to the “hey its August, what is there to do in the landscape besides watch it melt” mentality. I am here to tell you that there is plenty to do that will not only help to improve your landscape year round, it will begin to look better immediately.

Most of your tasks this month will revolve around water.  In an environment like ours, an irrigation system is crucial to keeping a landscape looking its best. It is human nature that you will not water your landscape nearly enough if you try to do it by hand, plus the best watering goes on while you are still all snug in your bed. Plants that are watered after the sun comes up have a higher probability of scorching under the intense rays of the sun. They also are more susceptible to fungus when watered at the wrong time of day. [Read more…]

Who knew we would get a bounty from an Okame Cherry

Bloom n gardens Fallen cherriesTypically I would not be contemplating writing about my Okame Cherry tree in June.  Other than providing a good bit of shade to my patio, it truly is not worth a mention.  It should be just a nice green canopy with a delicate branching pattern. The season that we ooh and ahh over this perfect little tree occurred way back in February when its positively pink blooms were the first to burst pulling us out of our winter doldrums.

So how did this tree make itself the center of attention in JUNE?  [Read more…]

Its gonna be a HOT one…….How to protect your garden in summer.

Bloom n gardens turf grass legionAh summer, seems like all we do each winter is pine for summer. Well it is here and it is about to get hot.  How do you think your yard and garden will fair in the scorching temperatures?

Summer temperatures can brutally affect the overall health and look of your landscape.  Not to mention how the abundance of rain may actually do more harm than good as we move into the hot summer months.  As a precaution it is always best to spend some time now preparing your garden or yard space and then you must take a proactive approach in combating the issues that arise before they get out of hand.

If you were to play the word association game, when I say Rain, what is the first word that pops into your head? For me it would be…………FUNGUS.  An abundance of rain brings the exact environment that fungus just thrives in.  Although you need to be on the lookout for signs of fungus on your shrubs and annuals, the number one area of your yard you should be concerned about is your lawn.  [Read more…]

Learning From The Masters….of Landscape Design

Bloom n gardens garden inspirationMuch the same way an Artist must study the Masters to hone their art; a Garden Designer must do the same.  As it is spring, I have had two such opportunities to view the work of others.

Last year, I purchased a season pass at the Biltmore Estates.  Although the house is quite lovely, it is the gardens that draw me back season after season.  The gardens were originally designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead whose most notable garden, Central Park, lies in the center of New York City.  [Read more…]

Recovering from Atlanta’s Polar Vortex

HardinessZones-compressedWell, I declare, Spring is in the air.  Soon it will officially be summer, but I must admit, it has been a tough row to hoe this winter and our landscapes have taken a bit of hard beating.  By now you should be able to tell what survived the extreme cold and what is best left for the compost pile.  From my observations there were about a half a dozen shrubs that were hit particularly hard.

Remember those USDA Hardiness Zone Maps, yeah the ones that say our area is labeled ZONE 7B, well for many years we have sort of “tricked” some plants not officially rated for our area to grow and thrive in our landscapes.  Or plants were only marginally hardy here, and well, guess what, they bit the dust, especially those plants that were not in particularly good health anyway. [Read more…]

Fescue…The Year Round Green Grass

I have been driving arounBloom n gardens fescued the past few days and have really noticed it is definitely FESCUE season, the time of year when Fescue grass really looks good. I mean FANTASTIC.  That’s saying a lot for a grass that ultimately is only viable in our area for about ten months of the year.

Basically, Fescue is a cool season grass (that means it likes cooler temperatures, more appropriately, it melts in higher temperatures), so now is the time it should look good.

Many covet their fescue simply because it is green year round, unlike its warm season grass counterparts that brown out in the winter.  Throughout my appointments, there are definitely two camps.  Of course the warm season lovers, those people who equate no winter mowing as a big plus, and those that love the year round green that fescue provides. [Read more…]

Bloom’n Gardens TOP 5 Landscape Problems Solved

Bloom n gardens landscape problem solving

This past weekend the Bloom’n Gardens Team got some much needed face-to-face time with potential customers at the Spring Atlanta Home Show. It was great fun talking with everyone, allowing the homeowners to use us as a sounding board for all of their landscape issues.  People came with pictures in hand to get some creative ideas to fix those ailments and our staff enthusiastically gave out advice, or scheduled appointments to see the offending landscapes in person in hopes that we can strap on our Super Hero capes and come to the rescue.  Many times the homeowner feels alone in their problems, but I am here to tell you that there were definitely some common themes to the issues we are facing in our home landscapes.  The TOP 5 most sought after landscapes solutions, according to our Atlanta Home Show Audience are as follows: [Read more…]

Celebrate Spring with Bloom’n Gardens Landscape at the Spring Atlanta Home Show

Bloom n gardens Atlanta Home ShowToday we celebrate the Spring Equinox, the date that the day and the night share equal hours.  As a gardener we mark the calendar each year for celebration that there will now be more daylight hours to get things done outside, at least until the Fall counterpart shifts the tide. What better way to usher in Spring than a visit to the Atlanta Home Show.  Bloom’n Gardens Landscape will again celebrate our green thumbs with a unique landscape design in booth #1216. We love how the show allows us to connect with friends and customers and hope to create a garden space that gets you thinking about your OUTBACK. [Read more…]

How to use a color wheel

Flower Color WheelFrom the most experienced plantsman to the rankest amateur, the one thing everyone wants in their outdoor space is COLOR!  But how do you effectively use color in your garden?  First, remember that there is no right or wrong when it comes to color in the garden.  Color choices are a matter of personal taste.  For some, a riot of color is just the ticket.  Others prefer to work with a single hue.

 

A basic understanding of color theory can help your figure out combinations that work for you, allowing you to combine blooms, foliage and other elements in ways that you will find pleasing.  Let’s start with a simple color wheel which is essentially the colors of the rainbow arranged around a circle.  Note that on one side of the wheel are what we call warm colors — yellows, oranges and reds. On the other side of the wheel are the cool colors — greens, blues and purples. [Read more…]