As we transition to summer, the spring flowers will be on the wane and early summer blossoms will be presenting themselves, along with their warm season pollinators.
Bluebells (Mertensia) and Dutchman's Breeches are now past their prime, and Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon), Delphinium and Moss Phlox are finshing up. Soon the milkweeds, Liatris, cow parsnip, Joe Pye, Silphium, summersweet, and Hydrangeas will be on display. The following plants are just a few of what we have ready for your enjoyment: Native Rhododendrons, Christmas Ferns, Royal Ferns, red maples and their cultivars, American Elms (2 hardy varieties), American Beech, musclewood, oaks, dogwoods (5 varieties), redbuds (5 varieties), hollies, hazelnuts, red and bottlebrush buckeyes, elegant arbor vitae, bald cypress and Hydrangeas (3 varieties).
We have many earthly delights from which to choose, many of which are not on our website! Come by to see, learn and enjoy.
Cicada update: The 17 year cicadas are now mating and laying eggs. Adult cicadas don’t eat plants, but the female cicadas make slits and lay eggs in small tree and shrub branches, preferring stems that are about 1/8- to 1/2-inch in diameter (green wood). Most established trees weather the process ok. However, some branch tips will wither and die back. This poses a risk to only the most new and delicate young trees and shrubs; for others, the damage is cosmetic. The process is sort of a natural pruning in forests, but you may not want cicadas to help prune your favorite woodies. Some gardeners will cover young or prized ornamentals with netting to keep cicadas off of them. Or you can watch your new transplants and shake the branches to disrupt egg laying, or crush the fat little bugs and turn them into fertilizer. Or, cut off any smaller branches with slits in them, if it's not too severe.
Our address is 5200 West Heaps Road, Pylesville, MD 21132. (410) 836-0500.
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