Winter is fast approaching. We are putting most of our plants under winter protection using our poly-covered cold frames and straw bales to protect their root zones. Once temperatures stay routinely below 40 degrees fahrenheit, most plants remain dormant until spring warmth brings them back to active growth.
That is not to say that you can not enjoy the beauty of winter plants. Winterberry and American hollies will delight you from now through the holidays with their striking berry displays, as will many of the viburnums. The bark characteristics of musclewood, ninebark, hickory, beech, white oak and birch are textural eye candy and tactile delight. The dry winter habits of grasses, goldenrod, milkweed, Eupatorium, Clematis, Joe Pye, Rudbeckia and sumac are enjoyable to look at and food for many of the seed eating birds, as well.
So visit your garden and see what is about. Go to a local park or other public place and bird watch and see what the plants are doing, as well. You are welcome to stop by our nursery and go for a hike through our fields, forests or wetlands. See how the summer storms have reconfigured our stream. Check out the hawks, herons and bluebirds. You might even get to see an eagle! (There are 2 resident in the area.)
And, if you are interested, fall is still a great time to plant. Due to lower temperatures, and reduced water loss from plants (transpiration), fall is a great time for installing any deciduous or dormant plant. We have a good supply of native Rhododendrons, maples, viburnums, beech, Carpinus, oaks, dogwoods, redbuds, elderberies, hazelnuts, buckeyes arbor vitae, bald cypress, etc.
Our address is 5200 West Heaps Road, Pylesville, MD 21132.
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