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The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before

~ Vita Sackville-West ~
 






























From the GTG Garden and Greenhouse

We walked the aisles of the FarWest Nursery trade show last week until my feet were hot and tired and my knee wouldn't take another step, Several of the new coneflower varieties caught my eye, check back soon to see E. Southern Belle and E. Cleopatra on our web site for spring delivery.
We returned home to see Mother Nature cool off her feet along the East Coast as Hurricane Irene. While not quite as hefty as expected, I expect it was quite an adventure for those of you in the path and there will be some stories to be told about how you rode out the storm.
Have a wonderful Labor Day, Belle
Green Thumbs Galore LLC


Goodbye Summer Hello Fall

by Dava Stewart

The last bit of summer offers hints of what's to come. During the late summer, mornings begin to have a certain feeling, something not quite nameable, but that you just feel. Before the first leaf turns, chances are you have noticed a cooler morning or felt a change in the air. Those sorts of seasonal changes make some people want to celebrate and signal a change in outdoor decor at the very least.

If your garden is beginning to look a bit dried and crispy, you might want to turn to it for some fall decorating inspiration. Dried corn stalks, seed heads, berries, evergreen trimmings, hay bales and sunflowers make fun decorations. Combine them with fall-blooming varieties like gaillardia or chrysanthemums to make indoor and outdoor arrangements.

By late August my own garden is tired. The weeds are at their worst, the plants I've babied along all summer are beginning to turn yellow at the edges, and the whole thing is just looking droopy. Planters are getting droopy about now, too. Plants like sedum or heuchera can do wonders to revive a tired planter to add color and interest. Wreaths are also excellent for fall. Living wreaths incorporate evergreens and various dried flowers for visual appeal.

As I pull up beans and cucumbers I'm planting kale and spinach that thrive in the cooler temperatures I know are coming. Besides being edibles, many fall veggies are colorful, decorative plants. Swiss chard, for example, makes a gorgeous border. For me, the change of season is bittersweet - I hate to see the bounty of summer fade, but also welcome the lower humidity and the beauty of autumn. New greenery in the planters and updated outdoor decorations brighten my days while I wait for my fall vegetable garden to bring fresh produce to my winter table.



Our Fall Driveway Sale is scheduled for the weekend of October 8th, 2011. Call or check our web site for directions.

 

September in the Garden:

Winter Jewels Hellebore:

Rose Quartz

Sparkling Diamond

Harlequin Gem

Cotton Candy