Gardening NEVER Gets Old!

by on June 14, 2012

Stop, Shop, and Grow!

Longfield GardensWe know you’re up to your elbows in digging, planting, and maintaining your gardens. In fact, you’re so busy you don’t have time to truck over to your local nursery for the plants and supplies you need.

That’s why we’re big fans of online nurseries, like Longfield Gardens. Already a top importer of high-quality flower bulbs, Longfield has now launched an online retail site with a remarkable selection of bulbs for spring and fall planting, as well as perennials.

Looking for a pretty color combination or advice on creating curb appeal? Longfield has plenty of ideas to offer, as well as helpful how-to articles, videos, and, of course, lots of plants. They’ve got a wide selection of tantalizing dahlias that are shipping right now.

Take a break and stock up on plants!

This Watermelon Matures In Just 90 Days

It’s not too late! You’ve still got time to plant one of summer’s most beloved treats—watermelon. ‘Shiny Boy’ melon, an All-America Selections (AAS) winner in 2010, is ready for harvest 90 days from planting seeds, which is earlier than many watermelons of this size. The globe-shaped fruits weigh an average of 20 pounds or more and are coveted for their sweet, tropical flavor.Common name: ‘Shiny Boy’ watermelon
Botanical name: Citrullus lanatus ‘Shiny Boy’
Plant type: Fruit
Zones: Annual
Width: 12 to 13 feet
Family: Cucurbitaceae

Growing conditions
• Sun: Full sun
• Soil: Rich, humusy loam
• Moisture: Medium

Turn Heads With Rare Honeysuckle Vine

Kintzley's GhostWhen you think of a honeysuckle, the ubiquitious and undistinguished shrub comes to mind. In fact, there are more than 180 species of honeysuckle, and some of them are downright stunning, like Lonicera reticulata ‘Kintzley’s Ghost’.

This heirloom vining honeysuckle offers up delicate yellow flowers in late spring followed by a long-lasting show of round, silver-green foliage that resembles eucalyptus. Though it’s being touted as new this year, it’s actually an old, rare plant that was first propagated in the 1880s by William “Ped” Kintzley at Iowa State University. Passed down to just a few family members, this honeysuckle was virtually unknown until it was recently rediscovered growing in Ft. Collins, Colorado, by a local plant propagator.

Hardy in Zones 4 to 8, ‘Kintzley’s Ghost’ is easy to grow and care for, tolerates most any soil type, and grows 8 to 12 feet tall in full sun or light shade.

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