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August 2017
Issue 79
Good Afternoon Great Gardeners,

There are two major events happening during the month of August that you do not want to miss. Oops, make that three because you don't want to miss the last days of our Parking Lot Sale.

First off is the Perseid Meteor Shower which will peak August 11th – 13th. Make sure to grab a lawn chair and blanket as the best time to see the Perseids is around 1 am in the morning.

The second event is the Solar Eclipse on August 21st which will take place between 1 pm – 4 pm. Newark will not have a total eclipse, but 80-90% of the sun will be blocked.

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

What's Behind A Common Name
I was asked by my co-worker Ruth to find out why some perennials have such strange common names. She thought it would be a good topic to talk about through an e-newsletter. So after much research here are a few that I thought were pretty interesting.  Some of the plants we do have in stock and some we will not have again until next year.
According to the web bugbane is in reference to the "odoriferous" insect repellant properties of the plant. Don't be mislead though as not all bugs are repelled by this plant. It is a host and nectar plant for many butterflies.
Few In Stock!
Bergenia is called pig squeak because of the "oink" sound it produces when you rub the leaf between your thumb and forefinger.
Few In Stock!
The common name 'Bugloss' comes from the Greek word meaning 'Ox Tongue' in reference to the roughness and shape of the Brunnera leaves.
Available In Spring!
Turtlehead 'Hot Lips'
Chelone is the Greek work for 'Tortoise'. According to mythology Chelone was a nymph who was turned into a turtle for not attending the wedding of Zeus and Hera, thus the name turtlehead.  If you look closely the flowers do resemble tiny turtle heads.
Out of Stock,
May Get More In Fall.
Not sure what they were thinking when they named this plant. Coreopsis is called "Tickseed" because the seeds look like tiny "ticks". The name Coreopsis actually comes from the Greek word "koris" meaning bug and "opsis" meaning like. Although why they couldn't just call it stunning flower is beyond me.
Several Varieties In Stock!
Ice Plant
The ice plant is not called an ice plant because of how well it can survive the cold, but rather because the flowers and leaves seem to shimmer as though covered in frost or ice crystals when they are wet.
Several Varieties In Stock!
Sneeze Weed
Helenium is called sneeze weed because in olden times people used the dried leaves in making snuff. It was then inhaled to cause sneezing that according to them would supposedly rid the body of evil spirits.
A Few In Stock!
Hummingbird Moth
It looks like a hummingbird and flies like a hummingbird, so it must be a hummingbird right? Wrong!

This adorable insect is actually called a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. It is one of the most delightful visitors to have visit your garden as it flits from flower to flower sipping nectar. 

 Hummingbird moths belong to the Sphingidae family and are among the fastest flying insects on earth, clocking in at over 12 miles per hour.

They are not related to hummingbirds even though they may look like one. Some of their favorite plants though are hummingbird favorites such as butterfly bush, lantana, beebalm and honeysuckle.

If you own a honeysuckle you may see their caterpillars eating away at it. As it is the host plant for their larva. Don't use chemicals to kill them as they play an important part in pollination once they have grown into their adult size.
Current Specials
Parking Lot Sale
Items Are Marked Up To
75% Off
(Regular Prices)
Sorry There Are
No Guarantees -- No Returns On Parking Lot Items
Sale Ends Sunday
August 13th
Herbal Recipes
Tomato and Cucumber Salad
with Basil
2 medium ripe tomatoes
1 medium cucumber
1 medium sweet onion
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
3 tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup fresh basil

Core and chop tomato into 3/4 inch pieces. Peel cucumber and quarter it lengthwise and cut into ½ inch pieces. Cut onion into 1/2 inch pieces. Combine veggies into large bowl. Shred or dice the cheese into bite size pieces, add to the veggies and toss. Drizzle olive oil over the veggies and season with salt and pepper.
    Toss the vegetable mixture with fresh basil. If salad is not moist enough add a bit more olive oil. Let stand 30 minutes before serving.

If you have a recipe you'd like to share send it to
Upcoming Events
Wilson's Community Farmer's Market
Now Through
September 14th
3 pm - 6 pm
Ladies' Nite Out
Thursday, September 21st
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Cost: $30 per person

Food * Fashion Show * Door Prizes * Vendors * Raffle Drawings * Goody Bags & More!  Proceeds benefit Hospice of Central Ohio.
Purchase Tickets Here

Tickets Will be Available In Store August 14th
Fall Into Autumn
September 23rd & 24th
Join us for a fun filled weekend!
See our website for details http://gardencenterohio.com/upcoming-events/

* 10 am (Sat):
Painting With Ryan ($25)
* 12 pm - 2 pm
(Sat & Sun): Free Lunch
* 2 pm (Sat): Fall Bulbs
* 4 pm - 5:30 pm: Barefoot McCoy

* 11 am (Sun): Winterizing Your Houseplants
* Noon - 2 pm (Sun): Free Lunch
* 2 pm (Sun): Cement Leaf Casting Demo
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

August Hours:
Monday - Saturday:
9 am - 6 pm
11 am - 6 pm

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