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Celebrate Summer ☼

My garden will soon be in peak bloom, filled with vibrantly colored flowers allowing me the pleasure of being able to cut flowers from my own garden to bring indoors or to give away to friends and family. I love creating bouquets although sometimes it can be a tough decision whether to cut flowers for indoors or leave them on display outdoors. But I find that walking through the garden selecting blooms allows me to appreciate the plants in a new way, while slowly putting together a beautiful and completely unique bouquet. While I do cut a lot of the flowers right out of my garden, I also have a little area behind my shed dedicated to a cutting garden. This is a great way to "have my flowers and pick them too"!

I have learned that early morning is the ideal time to cut fresh flowers. The flowers have had the benefit of cool night air and morning dew. As the day warms up, flowers will gradually dehydrate.  It is best to have a bucket of water on hand and place the cut flowers in the bucket immediately. And be sure to always use clean, sharp utensils when cutting your flowers. This will allow you to get the most out of your cut flowers and create longer lasting bouquets.

It's hard to believe that July fourth is only a few days away. Why not dress up your front porch with a show stopping red, white and blue theme? Greet your friends and family with a cheery reminder of the star spangled season of celebration. Or refresh your yard and deck with fresh hanging baskets and patio pots. We have an amazing selection of hanging baskets and containers already planted for you. Just stop in and pick out your favorites!

And don't forget, Wenke Greenhouses will be open all summer!  The summer is when many perennials are looking their best both in the garden and at our store. Be sure to stop in to check out the wonderful selection of perennials, as well as the shrubs and roses, available in the store.  The bee balm, phlox and coneflowers are all blooming right now. New store hours are Mon-Sat 9-6.  We'll be closed the 4th of July.

I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends and watching an amazing fireworks display. I can only hope the weatherman is right and we are going to cool off a little bit. Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Hope to see you soon!

Laura Valence

Wenke Greenhouses

Where the Earth Laughs in Flowers 

Watermelon Strawberry Mint Salsa

Easy to make and perfect when served with seasoned meat just off the grill.


1 c Diced Watermelon (Seeds removed)
3⁄4 c Diced Strawberries
1⁄4 c Diced Red Onion
2 T Chopped fresh mint leaves
2 T Diced Seeded Jalapeno Chile
1 T Lime Juice
1 t Sugar (Optional, to taste)

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Look Out! Japanese Beetles! (Popilia japonica)

Japanese Beetle season is upon us.  If you have noticed the foliage slowly disappearing from your plants, you may have a problem with these bugs.  Are you ready to protect your garden?

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Daylilies - Also known as Hemerocallis

Daylilies - the perfect perennial.  Perfection is a pretty high standard but I think you might agree that this plant comes pretty close to meeting that definition.  Their real name is Hemerocallis but that just does not sound as pleasant as "Daylily".  They're called the perfect perennial because they seem to thrive everywhere they are planted with very little care and come in several colors.  A fun fact is that each bloom usually only lasts for a day and then it is replaced with a new flower.  Most varieties bloom for about 6 weeks but some of the newer varieties have a "second blooming period". 

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