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APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS


by Cliff Bennett

'Chets Garden Center'
May 24, 2014
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You know what they say here in Oregon,” if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes”. This has been so true this spring. This up and down in temperatures with cold rain really plays havoc in the garden. We have seen a sudden appearance of all sorts of things like diseases and insects. Like I always say, “don’t panic, deal with it”. First sign of a problem, place a sample in a plastic bag and take it down to your favorite nursery for diagnoses and cure. Some things may need repeat applications but what-ever it is you can deal with it. It is all just a component of gardening. It will all be alright so relax.

A good example right now is spittle bug. The insect is housed in a foamy white cluster of spittle that sits on the plant. If you get inside the foam you will see the little guy that is just a sliver and pretty much harmless. I have never recommended a spray of either organic or synthetic, I recommend simply hose them off the plant. That will keep them in check with very little effort on your part.

Weeds are very active right now and this is the time to get a handle on them before they get the best of you. There are many products available for all types of situations. Again, if you are not sure what you have, ask a nursery professional for help. Try to get them before they go to seed since that is how they continue life later on down the road. Once you do get the area cleaned up be sure to apply a pre-emergent to help you keep the upper hand.

This time of year is the best time for shopping since all the garden centers are full of beautiful plants and flowers. Go shopping and get inspired. If the nursery does their job I can promise you, you will not leave empty handed and it very possible you will totally break the budget. There are worse things. The garden center is a place that will allow you to relax and absorb the plant environment. Enjoy the displays and all the colors and scents that the local nurseries offer as a way to create ideas for your own home. I am not referring to the 8 foot towers of insecticides at the chain stores. Ha Ha.

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COOL NEW PLANT: ALSTROEMERIA: ‘ ROCK AND ROLL’.

This easy to grow plant has been a favorite of many gardeners for years. This new introduction has stunning foliage of yellow fading to white with green edge. The very showy foliage is topped off with beautiful red flowers that bloom in abundance. The color combination is over the top. Likes part shade here in our area. Grows to 3 feet and 2 feet wide. Needs well drained soil. Perfect for containers and is excellent as a cut flower. A must have for year round’ interest.

See ya,

Cliff

CHETS IS BURSTING WITH COLOR

Our greenhouses are full of color for any garden and any exposure. Our nursery is also full of new plants and trees including dogwoods. Lots of edibles including blueberries, raspberries and all the veggies.

NEW PRODUCT JUST IN: We have just received a new line of decorative glass birdbaths and plants stands. Many different styles to choose from. Starting at $39.99.

REMEMBER; AS ALWAYS WE GLADLY DELIVER ANYTHING WE SELL. Ask for details.

2014 - Cliff Bennett - All Rights Reserve

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Cliff and his wife Roxanne have owned and operated Chets Garden Center downtown Grants Pass, Oregon at 5th and H st. for the last 21 years. Cliff has an extensive background in plants. Owned a large commercial landscaping company in San Diego for 23 years specializing in hotels and shopping centers. Cliff and Roxanne are very active in the community and are always doing what they can to help beatify the downtown area such as hanging flower baskets etc.

E-Mail: chetsgarden@yahoo.com


 

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A good example right now is spittle bug. The insect is housed in a foamy white cluster of spittle that sits on the plant.