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Camellias and a Garden of Winter Blossoms

camellia sasanqua "Yuletide", red blooms with yellow stamensOur wonderful autumn weather has caused many of the fall and winter blooming plants to burst out even earlier than usual. If you look around your neighborhood and see a short evergreen tree covered in fiery red blossoms, it is likely to be a 'Yuletide' camellia.  Who is thinking Yuletide near Halloween and before Thanksgiving? So it goes this year. Luckily, these blooms will continue for several months through the winter festivities.

Farmington Gardens has a large variety of these fall through winter blooming camellias. The sasanquas have pliable branches that are easily espaliered or trained to a trellis. They are wonderful covering an unsightly fence as they are evergreen and take part to full shade. Their blooms, in a dreary time of year, are a bonus!camellia sasanqua 'White Doves'

Camellia sasanqua come in a variety of colors from white like 'White Doves' to soft pink to various shades of red and mixtures in between. Some have single petals with bright yellow stamens like the 'Yuletide' while others are semi-double or even double. The camellia sasanqua 'Pink-a-Boo' even treats us to fragrance.                  

 

camellia sasanqua 'Marge Miller', pink flowersWhile most camellia sasanquas can be used in a woodland setting, as a specimen plant or even as a complete border and privacy screen, we are introducing this year a new prostrate form. Marge Miller is the first ever sasanqua that can be used as a ground cover, even weeping over walls.  Growing only 10 to 14 inches tall with a 4 foot spread, this evergreen with soft pink blossoms is sure to be a stand out in the right place in your garden.

Japanese Anemones are Great Fall Bloomers

 

Japanese anemone 'Pocohontas' Japanese anemone 'Whirlwind'

While most flowering perennials are slowly shutting down, Japanese Anemones are still in full bloom. Starting in August, they set flower 6 to 8 weeks, well into the fall!

The blossoms make wonderful cut-flower arrangements as the sturdy stalks hold their heads high. Ranging from singles to doubles and everything in between, the different varieties can be white, pink or deep pink. All have buttercup yellow centers. Massed in the garden, Japanese anemones demand attention from passers by.

Grown in part to full sun, Japanese anemones can take most soil types but like regular water. Their leaves will burn in the hot sun if the soil dries out.

They form solid clumps, spreading by underground rhizomes. In good garden conditions, they can be invasive but can be grown in containers or are lovely as a border. Cut them back to the ground at the end of the season but take the time to enjoy the interesting seed heads first.

Most grow up to 3 feet or more but the double rose pink ‘Pocohontas’ is compact, growing only half that height. All are prolific bloomers and a wonderful addition to your garden.

 

 
                                         Japanese anemone 'Pamina'  

Wreath in a frameWe are still a few months away from the holiday season, but now is the time for groups and organizations to start thinking about holiday fundraising programs!  Farmington Gardens is one of the largest producers of handmade holiday wreaths and evergreens in the country, and we have a profitable wreath fundraising program that is a great way to raise funds for your organization or group.

Our evergreen products and wreaths are:

  • Simply beautiful!
  • Freshest quality and they sell themselves---year after year.
  • Hand-made locally by a locally-owned family business.
  • Priced to be profitable!

To find out more information about our fundraising program, you may visit our online fundraiser packet here, or contact our fundraiser coordinator, Misty at 503-649-4568 ext 3607.  Pricing information is not available online, but we would be more than happy to send you that information on request and discuss how we can help you with your fundraising goals this year!

Time for Fall Lawn Care

Our lawn grasses in this area are ‘cool season’ grasses which means they grow best in temperatures between 50 degrees and the low 60’s. Fall provides these temperatures, along with warm soil and ample rainfall. Now is the perfect time to do your lawn maintenance and make the most of these seasonal temperatures.

Aerating: Allows water and nutrients to get down to the grass roots.
Dethatching: Removes a matted layer of built up dead grass.
Topdressing: Add an inch of compost or planting mix over your lawn. The grass will grow straight through it.
Fertilizing: Feeding your grass during this active period helps establish strong roots and lush, green growth.
Liming: Our soils tend to be acidic. An addition of lime will create sweeter growing conditions for grasses. 50 pounds of lime per 1000 square feet is recommended.
Seeding: Areas that are thin due to heavy traffic or animal wastes can be spot seeded. Entire lawns can be overseeded.
Weed Control: Ridding your lawn of existing weeds or preventing new seedlings from sprouting is a good idea. Little weeds grow into big weeds! Beware of the timing of any products as you don’t want to prevent your grass seed from sprouting!

 

Farmington Gardens has both bag and bulk soils available for top dressing.

We have several types of lawn fertilizer, organic and otherwise, with various combinations of insecticides and pre-emergents.

We have grass seed for sun or shade.

Come on by. Our staff is available to help with your many options.