Archive | March 2017

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Great Plant Sales and Programs!

Here’s some wonderful programs scheduled in our area:

March 10 – Forks on Friday: Presented By NC Cooperative Extension and Extension Master Gardeners – Growing Amazing Tomatoes in the Piedmont at the Cooperative Extension Office on Fairchild Rd. W/S Bring your lunch and learn gardening skills 12:00 noon – 1:00pm  You can register by calling 336 703-2850

March 15 – Adult Education  Classes at Tanglewood Arboretum Office – No Deer Here: 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Registration required  336 703-2850  Space is limited.

March 23 – Lunch and Learn at Ciener Botanical Gardens 12:00 noon “The Making of a perennial Border” by Adrienne Roethling Registration required 336 996-7888 $2.00 fee for non-members

April 8 – Opening Day at the Emily Allen Wildflower Preserve. 10:00 am – 2:00pm – 1466 Old Town Rd W/S Come tour this gem of a garden right here in our backyard. Open to the Public free

April 8 – Plant Sale and Spring Tulip Bloom – Ciener Botanical Garden – Plant Sale 8:00 am – Noon Come and enjoy the over 24,000 bulbs that will be blooming

April 22- 25 Annual Spring Plant Sale at Tanglewood Arboretum and classes:

April 24 – Planting a Cutting Garden – 11:00am – noon Learn what plants to grow and how to harvest them for long-lasting blooms from Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent, Leslie Peck  Registration required. 336 703-2850

April 25 – Drip Irrigation – 11:00 am – noon – Learn how to put together a small drip irrigation system. Following the demonstration, a tour of several gardens in the Arboretum will be offered to show 3 different types of drip irrigation. Don Speranza, retired engineer and gardener

April 25 – Plan to spend the day at Tanglewood: There will be 3 major Plant Sales going on that day though out Tanglewood. All 3 will offer different plants for sale.

FREEZE WARNING

Freezing temperatures are possible overnight Friday into Saturday and Saturday into Sunday given the forecast conditions. Plan to protect newly planted annuals or herbs, and if possible any perennials that have begun to grow more than a few inches tall because of the unseasonably warm weather. If it is not possible to protect all your perennials, remember that freeze damage is not generally fatal to perennials, but may cause cosmetic damage. Pansies/Violas will be ok unprotected.

Trees and shrubs won’t be killed but may suffer cosmetic damage to flowers or new growth. Unprotected hydrangeas in particular may suffer damage to flower buds, causing poor or no flowering this year. 

Protect plants in the ground by draping sheets or blankets over them. Sticks can be used to create a “tent” to avoid flattening delicate plants, and also to avoid contact with leaves which may result in freezing through the blanket. Add bricks on top of the sheets to hold down the sheet from the winds. Containers can be moved into a protected area or covered the same way as plants in the ground.

What if you can’t protect because plants are too big or there are too many? Spring freezes are more of a cosmetic problem that a danger to hardy plants (perennials, shrubs and trees). Plants often recover with minimal long-term effects. That doesn’t mean it’s not frustrating to lose your beautiful cherry or magnolia blossoms.  That’s weather in North Carolina!