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Mums, Pansies and Bulbs, oh my!

Fall is right around the corner (Sept 23rd to be exact) and many gardens are starting to look a little worse for wear. Now is the time to pull any annuals or vegetables that are done for the season. You can refresh your gardens with mums, flowering cabbage and kale, pansies, snapdragon, cyclamen and more. We’ve got everything you could want. They all love the cooler weather of fall and as an added bonus, the color of flowering cabbage and kale actually intensify as the weather gets colder especially after a frost.


It is also time to plant spring flowering bulbs. Yes, they are a delayed satisfaction, but flowering bulbs are such nice spring surprises. You’ll be glad you did. We carry a wide variety of colorful spring bloomers that you will really enjoy after the gray days of winter! And now bulbs are even easier with the Easy Bloom Pads: dig, drop, done!


Garden Centers all like to say ‘Fall is for Planting’ and for good reason… Now is the very best time to plant just about everything. Warm soil, cooler air and (hopefully) rain make for well-established plants that really burst forth next spring. And just in time for all this wonderful fall planting, all remaining perennials, roses and shrubs are now 50% off!


Succulents have become all the rage recently and sedums are king when it comes to succulents. Sedums are commonly called stonecrops because many of the sedum species are found in the wild growing on rocky or stony ledges. Succulents are one of the easiest to grow perennials in the garden. And by choosing your varieties carefully, you can have sedums in bloom from early summer all the way to late fall.


While most sedums are low growing and bloom in spring or summer, the Autumn Sedums bloom in the late summer and fall. Mine are amazing right now and the bees love them. They tend to grow more upright and taller than the others. These will bloom in late September and October along with your fall mums, which really puts a nice exclamation point on the growing season. Autumn Sedum Joy is probably the most popular of all the fall stonecrops. It is as dependable as they come. Blooming from late August through October; the flowers open pink and mature to a rich autumn-like copper and attract the bees like crazy! They grow about 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide and look great with ornamental grasses. Plant them in full sun where they won’t be over watered. They can tolerate drought conditions if necessary once established. I also just read that if yours are tall and spindly, they can be pinched back, much like the mums. When the stems reach about 6 to 8 inches, the terminal buds, or top buds can be pinched back. Be aware that if pinched back, they will flower later, much like the mums.


We have some great classes and workshops this fall. Join us this Saturday, September 19th at 10am for our free class Herbs and Dips to learn how to add herbs to your table with a few easy, delicious herbal dips.  Want to put together the perfect fall planter? Then sign up for our Plant a Fall Container workshop on Thursday, Sept 24th at 6pm. This workshop costs $40 and includes everything you will need to create a beautiful fall container garden that will be layered with spring flowering bulbs for early spring color as well. And, back by popular demand, we have also added another free class about Worm Composting on Thursday, Oct 1 at 6pm. This is a great time to learn how to turn your kitchen scraps into rich compost with worms!


Have some empty bottles and cans sitting around? Bottles and cans are currently being accepted as donations for the Gull Lake Grad Bash 2016. Wenke Greenhouses retail will be a designated drop off point for those who wish to contribute their cans/bottles. We will be collecting cans/bottles all the way through October 31 and will have an after-hours drop off available as well.   


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Laura Valence


Wenke Greenhouses


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