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June 2016
Issue 58
Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

My husband and I want to say "Thank you" from the bottom of our hearts for all the well wishes and prayers for our daughter. We are truly blessed to live in a community with such wonderful, kind and caring people.

Our daughter is at home recovering from the Gamma Knife Surgery.  They do not know how long it will take the blood vessel in her brain to collapse. She will have to go back every six months for a MRI for the first year and then every year for the second and third year. In the third year she will have to have a MRI/Angiogram done to see if the vessel completely collapsed. If it did collapse, then she will be home free the rest of her life. No further testing or surgery will be needed for the blood vessel. If it did not collapse then we will repeat the gamma knife radiation.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. As always, have a great-gardening day.

Celebrating 30 Years!
Thirty years ago the display gardens use to be farmland where Wilson's use to grow vegetables for their farm market.

Started as labor of love for the community, the display gardens are a host to many different plants that live well in Central Ohio. It is a testing ground for new varieties along with a wildlife habitat.

The gardens have survived flood and many changes over the years.

Lisa is the care taker of the gardens and was one of the original employees to help plant the gardens in 1986. She takes great pride in her work and has done a wonderful job making the gardens beautiful.

Check out the video below to see how the gardens have changed throughout out the years.
We invite you to stop by during store hours and take a relaxing stroll through the gardens.
Up Coming Events!
The Peach Truck

Thursday, June 23rd
2 pm - 3:30 pm

The Peach Truck is coming! They’re bringing their fresh, sweet, juicy Georgia Peaches right to our parking lot.
Did You Know?
While leaf lettuce was eaten during Greek and Roman times, heading lettuce did not appear until the late 1500's.

Thomas Jefferson grew fifteen varieties of lettuce in his garden, during the 1800's, of which only two were of the heading variety.

Today the heading variety is the most popular in the United States, with consumption at over four billion heads a year.
3 Gallon

$5 Off
$34.99 - $39.99)
New For 2016!
Coreopsis 'Hot Paprika'

Add a little spice to your garden this season with "Hot Paprika" Coreopsis. Deep red flowers blanket this beautiful perennial all summer long.
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Hens & Chicks
Ruby Heart
Sempervivum also known as "Hen and Chicks" are one of my favorite perennials here at Wilson's.

I absolutely love how they look with the mother "Hen" surrounded by her baby "Chicks". Each variety is completely different from the next, making choosing one as a favorite, impossible.
Royal Ruby
They are awesome in strawberry jars, work well as a ground cover and are drought tolerant once established.
Rocknoll Rosette
Creating A Pallet Garden
What You Need:
  • Pallet (Sorry we do not sell these here)
  • Flowers
  • Potting Soil
  • Landscape Fabric
  • Staple Gun & Staples
  • Hose & Water
  • Scissors
Watch the video below to take you through the steps to create a beautiful pallet garden.
Watering Tips
Temperatures are rising into the upper 80's and 90's next week. It is very important to remember to water newly established plants.

Each year I include our watering tips into the newsletter not only a as a reminder for those who have been getting the newsletter throughout the years, but for those who are just joining our email family.

Balancing plant water needs is like having a healthy diet. Everything should be consumed in moderation. Provide your plants with enough water for good health, but don’t flood them with it.
  • Drainage Test:  The best way to know how water behaves in your soil is to dig a test hole one to two feet deep and fill with water. If it drains away in an hour or two you have excellent drainage. If it drains over night, you have adequate drainage. If it stands any longer, you have poor drainage.
  • Rain Gauge: Set a rain gauge in an open area of your garden to learn how much water your garden receives in a week. After each rainfall, check the depth of the rain inside.
  •  Water in the morning: Watering in the mornings gives plants a chance to absorb the moisture before the hot sun or strong winds evaporate the water. It also allows the leaves to dry before evening. Frequent wet foliage during the night can lead to fungal diseases.
  •  Water only when needed:  Water timers are a great invention, but you should not automatically water your lawn and garden without checking the moisture. Too much water can be just as damaging to plants as too little water. Before watering, check your garden’s soil moisture with your finger. Push it into the ground around your plants. You want the top 2 or 3 inches of the soil to be dry, and the soil below that to be moist.
  • Finger Test: If the soil clings to your fingers and feels moist to touch, don’t water. If, soil falls loosely off your fingers and is dry to the touch, then water.
  •  Water Deeply: The best way to water is to apply it at a rate that the soil will absorb without runoff.  By watering deeply the first season, you’ll help your plants to grow deep root systems.  Newly planted plants may need to be watered more often for the first few weeks. Check on them daily, but only water if  needed.
Trees & Shrubs:
In order to encourage healthy root growth you need to provide enough water to soak the entire root ball. An open hose placed at the base of a tree with the water flowing slowly will provide needed water to the root zone. A thorough watering should last 30-60 minutes, depending on the size of the root ball.
In hot weather containers may need to be watered every day. Sometimes twice a day depending on the size of the pot. Water until the water runs out the drainage hole at the bottom. It is important to remember not to let containers sit in water. Always make sure their saucers are empty and that you have good drainage.  Remember that you will need to feed your container plants frequently as the fertilizer will leach out of the soil ball with frequent watering.
  •  Mulching: Mulching reduces surface runoff and slows evaporation along with reducing weed problems. As an added bonus mulching may also prevent certain kinds of soil diseases from coming into contact with your plants leaves, and it makes the garden look tidy, too.
Explore Ohio
Arboretums, gardens and conservatories are a great way to escape from the city, unwind and enjoy all that nature has to offer.  Get inspired by these beautiful places. Each newsletter I will feature a different place in Ohio for you to check out. Take the family and have fun.

P.S. Don't forget to share some pictures with us.
Photo from Kingwood Center Gardens
Kingwood Center Gardens
900 Park Ave W
Mansfield, Ohio 44906

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