Hanging Baskets

Our greenhouse is dripping with bodacious hanging baskets and plants for sun or shade…and remember, we grow our own! Stop by and pick up a couple to refresh your summer garden.

Lixit Chicken Toy

The Lixit Chicken Toy is a great way to keep your feathered friends entertained. Just fill the toy with chicken treats and let the fun begin! Want to see how it works? Check out this video!

Pruning Clematis

One of the questions most often asked at the garden center relates to the pruning of clematis vines. It can be a somewhat confusing topic. This confusion arises from the fact that there are different types of clematis (spring bloomers, summer bloomers and spring and summer bloomers) each requiring different pruning styles.

We’ve uploaded a guide on pruning clematis that will make this job a cinch. Head over to our Expert Articles to learn more!

Everything is Coming up Roses!

David Austin Roses, that is…These gorgeous English rose hybrids have a full, well-shaped appearance which makes them incredibly versatile in the garden. In addition to beauty, these roses are bred for disease resistance, vigor and repeat blooms. They require little care and are full of lush foliage and beautiful flowers all season long.

We have a wonderful selection of David Austin Roses. Here are just a few:

  • Gertrude Jekyll–a deep pink flower, often described as having the quintessential heirloom rose scent.
  • Fair Bianca–a graceful, pure white rose.
  • Penelope–a beautiful creamy pink color with lovely coral-pink hips.
  • Teasing Georgia–a sunny yellow scented rose with a flower packed with petals.
  • Abraham Darby–a yummy apricot flower, highlighted with yellow.
  • Graham Thomas–this yellow climber was voted the world’s favorite rose!

Abraham Darby Rose

 

Reblooming Hydrangeas

Reblooming hydrangeas are full of color all season long. These stunning performers bloom on both old and new wood, making them foolproof for all gardeners. One of our favorite varieties is Hydrangea Red Sensation. The blooms appear in summer, displaying a lovely shade of lime green that change to red, before fading to purple in the fall.

In addition to the rebloomers, we have lots of other varieties in stock. Stop by and choose one while they are in full bloom!

Hydrangea ‘Red Sensation’

Tuscan Natural

We’ve got a great new cat food in stock called Tuscan Natural. This chicken based, dry kibble is loaded with extra virgin olive oil, a groundbreaking advancement in pet nutrition, and is excellent for cats with digestibility, skin and coat issues. It also helps cats that tend to struggle with hairballs. We’re getting enthusiastic feedback from our customers with this cat food.

It’s That Time Again: Tent Caterpillars

 

Just some thoughts on the Tent caterpillars that are migrating from their nests…We’ve been heading into the upswing of their 7 to 9 (or so) year cycle. It’s amazing how many there can be. Some of us who have lived here a long time have been able to observe these cycles. Remember 1985? Cars were skidding on the streets because of the thickness of their bodies.

 

It helps to know some fun facts about our creepy crawly relatives and the meaningful place they hold in the bio-system. Their host plant is the Red Alder (called “red” because of how they look in the spring when the buds are swelling.) In the years when the Tent caterpillars’ numbers are large, they all but completely defoliate the alders. This opens up the forest floor to sun, rain and air circulation.

 

The fallen insect frass, aka caterpillar poop, provides rich nutrient to the baby conifer seedlings and saplings. When you hear the raining sound of something that isn’t rain, know that it is just Mama Nature fertilizing her garden. During this time the conifers enjoy a huge growth spurt and are able to get a boost past the understory brush. The Alder trees have the role of preparing the ground for the royalty of the great coniferous forest, primarily Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Western Hemlock. They take nitrogen out of the air and deposit it into the soil (magic, right?) If you pull a baby Alder seedling from the ground and look at the roots, you can see the little nitrogen nodules.

 

When the caterpillars leave their nests, they eat and eat and eat. It becomes our problem when they leave the Alder forest and head into our gardens. Their favorite exotic treats seem to be the leaves of apple and cherry trees and roses. Any leafy thing in your veggie garden will also do. At Bayview Farm & Garden, we can show you how to protect your garden plants in a non-toxic way.

To read the rest of this article, head to the Bayview Farm and Garden Expert Articles section.