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Autumn Greetings

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus

Beautiful fall days are perfect for cleaning up the garden before winter while reducing your work load the following spring.  I know fall just started, but I prefer to do the clean up gradually rather that doing it all in one long, tiring weekend. This way I have more time to relax and enjoy my favorite season especially the amazing weather we are having right now.

While there are many things that need to be done in the garden right now before winter, the most important is to water, water, water. It’s important to maintain moisture so trees, shrubs and perennials enter winter in the best possible condition. So keep your garden well watered until the first freeze.

You should also remove any plants that have diseased foliage and be sure to clean up the surrounding area very well. This is important because it can affect next year's garden if there are still any traces of the disease left behind in the garden bed. Check your plants for blights and leaf molds as well as any insects that may destroy your plants. Be sure to properly dispose of any diseased plant material - do not compost.

Weed the garden and flower beds. As you trim back perennials and pull out spent annuals and vegetables, you may find some weeds hiding under the foliage. Weeding now will save time in the spring.

While some perennials can be left to provide winter interest in the garden, some will not fare well at all. Here is a link to great article that can help you decide which perennial plants to cut back this fall. This is still a great time for planting and filling in those bare spots. In many ways, it's an even better time to plant than in the spring. All remaining perennials & shrubs at Wenke Greenhouses are now 50% off. Stop in today for best selection and let us help you choose the right plants for your needs.

This is a great time to plant spring flowering bulbs. We carry a wide variety of colorful spring bloomers that you will really enjoy after the gray days of winter! So put some spring into your fall right now while all our spring flowering bulbs are 25% off! One great tip I have learned when planting bulbs is to use colored golf tees to remind you where you planted your bulbs! This really helps a lot!

While mums are a favorite for fall, providing rich tones of bronze, red, yellow and lavender, consider adding textural contrast with ornamental cabbage and kale. Or liven things up with the vivid color pallete of pansies.  We've got everything you need to celebrate this amazing fall season.

Stop in and see us! Open Monday - Saturday 9am -6pm all the way until Christmas! Be sure to like us on Facebook to keep up with sales and events in the store

Happy Fall! 

Laura Valence

Wenke Greenhouses

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