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April News

These warm days sure do get me excited for summer. It is so wonderful to be able to open the windows and air out the house. I finally had a chance to get out into my garden on Sunday to do some prep work and clean up. It felt so good to get back into the garden. These warm temperatures really tempt me to "jump the gun" and start planting but I keep telling myself to be strong and resist that temptation. This is Michigan, after all. Check out the official frost free date in your area here.

While heat- loving summer annuals will not thrive and grow well until the soil has warmed up, there are plants that love the warm days as well as the cool nights of spring.  Annuals such as pansies, snapdragons, stock, dianthus and alyssum are pretty forgiving when it comes to cold day or night temperatures. We have a great selection of individual plants as well as cold weather tolerant container gardens to add a splash of personality to your home or early spring garden.

If you really want to get out in the garden, this would be a great time to improve your soil. You will reap the benefits all season long. The best way is to work several inches of organic material into your garden soil to improve its balance, texture, and water-holding capacity. Use aged manure, rotted leaves, peat moss, compost (the best!) or whatever kind of organic material is available in your area. Adding organic material benefits all soil types - sandy soil will hold more water; clay soil will become less compacted, so add it before you plant each new crop as well as at the end of the season. Good soil is essential to having a productive garden.

If you did do some planting this weekend, be sure to keep an eye on night time lows and be ready to protect those plants if temps drop down below 45 degrees. Covering with a sheet or light blanket can be helpful but remember - do not use plastic. Plastic can actually conduct the cold rather than protect from the cold. Read more about protecting from frost here.

Consider joining us on Thursday, April 21st at 6pm for our quick class Spring Cleanup and Dividing Perennials. Also, join us Saturday April 23rd at 11am to learn why Spring is for Vegetables. You don't need to wait for summer to start harvesting your own healthy and organic produce? This class will teach you what's possible to grow and pick in early spring. Come join us and learn about the types of vegetables that love the cool weather of spring in Michigan.

One of my favorite events of the year is the New Variety & Wine Tasting, next Friday, April 29th between 6 and 8 pm.  We share information about new plant varieties, while you leisurely stroll through the greenhouse sipping wine from Contessa Winery.  Whether you come for the plant information or just for the wine, it's an enjoyable evening and we hope you can join us. Please register on our website. Please note that you must be a 21 yrs and a Garden Rewards Member to sample the wine.

Our store hours are now Mon thru Sat 8am-8pm and Sundays 10am-4pm. If you haven't already, we invite you to stop in to get inspired for the season. Be sure to check out our upcoming Classes and Events at www.wenkegreenhouses.com and like us on Facebook for all the latest news.

The sunshine and blossoms are beckoning and it is finally time to start digging in the garden. We look forward to helping you make it your best gardening year ever!

Check out this weeks Wacky Wednesday deal!

Laura Valence

Wenke Greenhouses

Where the Earth Laughs in Flowers



Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds with Columbine! Now 25% off

With beautiful bell-shaped flowers, Columbine is an excellent garden perennial with many colorful hybrid varieties to choose from. Its distinctive, bell-shaped, spurred flowers, bloom from mid-spring to early summer. 

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All about Roses with Larry"The Rose Guy"

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” ~ Alphonse Karr

Learn All About Roses from Larry Hill. Larry loves talking about roses and sharing his knowledge and love of roses with others.

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Pansies: The favorites of Lovers & Spring Gardeners

Pansies have been in fashion since Victorians thought them to be the flowers of lovers, and have been a popular ingredient in “love potions”. It has been told that pansies could transfer the thoughts of sweethearts without a single word being spoken. Panises have been present in the writings of many authors, including D. H. Lawrence, Hawthorne, Wordsworth, and Shakespeare.

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies

These cookies use only four ingredients, and mix up in less than 5 minutes!  Seriously awesome. These are simply the lightest, softest, yummiest cookies ever. The perfect treat during the warm weather!

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