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"October is the month of change in the garden and the garden center," by the Whistling Gardener

Of all the seasons of the year, fall is probably my most favorite and the month of October is when it all starts to happen (although this year one could argue that fall actually started in September).  The garden comes alive again in the fall and it shifts into high gear in October.

Of all the seasons of the year, fall is probably my most favorite and the month of October is when it all starts to happen (although this year one could argue that fall actually started in September). 

The garden comes alive again in the fall and it shifts into high gear in October.

"What's New for 2020," by the Whistling Gardener

With a few possible exceptions, most of the new 2019 plants are long gone and we will have to wait until next spring to discover what the breeders have in store for us for the 2020 season. As a retailer however, we get a sneak preview and from time to time, if the growers have a crop mature early, we actually get to bring in some of those new goodies in the fall.

With a few possible exceptions, most of the new 2019 plants are long gone and we will have to wait until next spring to discover what the breeders have in store for us for the 2020 season.

As a retailer however, we get a sneak preview and from time to time, if the growers have a crop mature early, we actually get to bring in some of those new goodies in the fall.

"Creating winter interest in our containers," by the Whistling Gardener

I recently read an article on designing with foliage in the garden by a local author, Christina Salwitz. Her main point is that while flowers are ephemeral, foliage can last all season and therefore should be the first consideration in any garden design - be it in the landscape or simply in our containers.

I recently read an article on designing with foliage in the garden by a local author, Christina Salwitz. Her main point is that while flowers are ephemeral, foliage can last all season and therefore should be the first consideration in any garden design - be it in the landscape or simply in our containers.

"Cone Flowers continue to thrill the summer garden," by the Whistling Gardener

I mentioned last week that I always hesitate to spend too much ink on just one variety of plant, so it was my intention to discuss some summer chores for us to complete this month. However, I found myself distracted by an article in my wife’s "The English Garden" magazine about the glories of the perennial Echinacea.

I mentioned last week that I always hesitate to spend too much ink on just one variety of plant, so it was my intention to discuss some summer chores for us to complete this month. However, I found myself distracted by an article in my wife’s "The English Garden" magazine about the glories of the perennial Echinacea.

"Crocosmia pack a lot of punch in summer," by the Whistling Gardener

It is always hard for me to focus in on one variety of plant this time of year. But this little treatise is going to zoom in on the genus Crocosmia - mostly because they are coming into full bloom now and there isn’t a day that goes by that someone doesn’t come into the store with a sample and want to know what it is.

It is always hard for me to focus in on one variety of plant this time of year. But this little treatise is going to zoom in on the genus Crocosmia - mostly because they are coming into full bloom now and there isn’t a day that goes by that someone doesn’t come into the store with a sample and want to know what it is.

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