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Issue Forty One
New For 2015
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"Tiny Tortuga"
Turtle Head
Flowers reminiscent of turtles' mouths persist from mid-summer into fall, a favorite of butterflies but distasteful to deer.

Its very compact habit is a great choice for mixed containers, or let it spread ever so slowly in the landscape along pond and stream edges, rain gardens or perennial borders.
National House Plant Week!
14th - 20th

National House Plant Week.

Receive a
free Small House Plant

with any purchase during that week.

Limit of one per guest.
Ends: 9/20/15
Featured Item
Ohio Gardener Magazine

Unlike other gardening magazines Ohio Gardener is actually geared to us Ohioans.

 All the information you get from this magazine pertains to us and our growing conditions.

I have found this magazine very helpful and has a lot of useful information.

We do sell the magazine at Wilson's. If you find out you like it, you can purchase a subscription through them.

The best part is, if you get a subscription to the magazine they send  you a Discount Card through email that allows you to get 10% off plants at select garden centers every time you shop there. In the back of the magazine is a list of all the garden centers to choose from.

Guess what! We are on that list.
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Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Roses & Fruits

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Sale ends
September 27th!
In the Garden With Abby
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Follow Abby this summer in the garden with new videos each week on our "You Tube" Page.

You can view these videos on our website, You Tube page and our store app.

Straw Bale Garden Update

Segment 19: Update On Garden

How To Make Bruschetta

How To Make Baked Eggplant
Ladies' Nite Out!
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Tickets Still Available!

Ladies' Nite Out

September 17th
6 pm - 9 pm
Cost: $30
Upcoming Events
Due to limited space in the workshops, advance registration is required to guarantee your spot (Including Free Workshops). Payment is due at time of registration unless other wise indicated.
For more information on workshops visit our website
Sat, Sept. 12th:
4 Seasons Landscaping
Time: 10 am
Cost: Free
Sun, Sept. 13th:
How To Plant Your Bulbs
Time: 2 pm
Cost: Free
Sat, Sept. 19th:
Black Kettle Fairy Garden
Time: 10 am
Cost: $39.99
Sun, Sept. 20th:
Chair Porch Decoration
Time: 2 pm
Cost: $49.99
Sun, Sept. 27th:
Pumpkin Center Piece
Time: 2 pm
Cost: $15.
Sun, Oct. 4th:
BYOB Succulent Garden:
Time: 2 pm

Cost: Materials used

(Pay for materials used at time of workshop)
Sun, Oct. 11th:
Bird Talk
Time: 2 pm
Cost: Free
Sun, Oct. 25th:
Winterizing Your Garden
Time: 2 pm
Cost: Free
Farmers Market
Stop by the
Farmer's Market
before it ends for the season.

Every Friday
from 3-6 pm.

Last Day Is September 25th!
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

 August  September

Mon. - Sat.
9 am - 6 pm

11 am - 6 pm

Close at 4 pm on Sept. 17th
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Good Afternoon Great-Gardeners,

The last week or so we have been watching five baby monarch caterpillars in the display gardens. It is completely amazing how fast they grow. They have now gone to cocoon and so far we have not been able to find where they are hidden.

The fall season is right around the corner. Many gardens are starting to look a little worse for wear. Pull any annuals or vegetables that are done for the season. Refresh gardens with mums or flowering kale. Pansies will be available for sale at the end of the month. They love the cooler weather. Last winter we had some planted out front that survived the whole entire winter.  How cool is that!

Don't forget to water, especially newly planted plants. For more information on watering check out our watering tips guide.

In this issue, leaf loss, winter rye and five ornamental berries for fall.

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

Fall Bulbs Are Now In Stock!

It is too early to plant bulbs into the ground, but you can still get a head start. Purchase them now for best selection and when you get home store them in a cool dry place until planting time. 

The best time to plant is in October or November before the ground freezes solid.

If they are planted now the bulbs may start growing due to the heat we have been recently experiencing.
Trees Loosing Leaves Early
From The Buckeye Yard & Garden Line

  The calls have begun to come into the Extension offices from concerned citizens, regarding their trees which are dropping leaves.  Most of the concerns for the trees center on these leaf losses and whether or not the trees are dying.  While there is no direct correlation between early leaf loss or coloration and tree death, it may suggest that there are stress factors which are impacting that tree. 

There is no question that drought stresses causes leaf drop in certain species of trees, like river birch (Betula nigra) and tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera). 

These trees typically/normally combat drought conditions by methodically dropping their leaves.  The reason for this drought avoidance adaptation in their evolutionary history is that by dropping leaves, they will lose far less precious water because there are less leaves overall requiring water to keep them cool and functional.
This year in Ohio, we experienced significant amounts of rainfall to the point of excess.  There was so much water in fact, that most of the plants really didn't need much of a root system because there was just so much rainfall. 

Then in mid- to late July, the rains stopped and it became hot and dry with steady breezes.  Because many plants had compromised root systems, the resultant stresses caused multiple degrees of symptoms on various types of plants. 

Many of the falling leaves coming from the trees' canopies were jettisoned to create a better balance between water uptake and transpirational water losses via photosynthesis. 

In other plants, because of the compromised root system, not enough water could be moved to the leaves fast enough to support their transpirational demands; consequently, the edges or margins of the leaves overheat, the leaf tissues denature and die, resulting in what is called physiological leaf scorch. 

The tree is performing a great balancing act and even though it appears to be losing a lot of leaves, as much as 10 - 20% of leaves can drop without causing serious injury to the health of the tree.
Another noticeable factor serving as a tree's stress indicator is the early fall leaf color.  Early fall color does NOT necessarily mean that the tree is going to die, rather it is merely a signal that the plant has suffered some significant stress. 

In actuality, there are many factors that can cause the leaves to color early, such as damage caused by insect feeding and/or diseases directly affecting the foliage. 

If the leaf is damaged by insect feed or impacted by a disease to the point that it requires plant resources to keep it functioning, then the tree will often drop/eliminate that leaf.
How can one tell or judge if the tree will be okay in spite of leaf losses?  The best way is to examine the quality and quantity of the new twig growth or extension.  Investigate the length of these annual growth increments over the past five years. 

Are they generally the same length or have they gotten steadily shorter over time?  Also scrutinize the overall size of the leaves and the density of the remaining leaf canopy. 

The leaf size should be representative of that tree species and the overall tree canopy should block out most if not all of the sunlight before it reaches the ground beneath the tree. 

If these tree health indicators appear to be typical or normal, then most likely the tree will survive just fine to leaf out to experience another year, another spring and another challenging growing season!
Winter Rye
One of the easiest and most economical ways to improve your soil is to plant green manures, commonly called cover crops.

Winter rye is one such cover crop. It is a fast growing cereal grain used to  prevent erosion, smother cool-season weeds and prevent loss of nutrients from exposed soil.

The best time for seeding is from late summer to mid fall after all the plants have been removed from the vegetable garden.

In the spring you can best decide how to utilize this unique crop:
  • A month before spring planting cut back the winter rye. Let it lay for a week and then till into the soil as a green manure. It will give back nitrogen to the soil for the next crop. 
  • Use for animal forage
  • Just before seed set you can cut it and use for a very clean mulch around other crops such as strawberries.
  • Left to fully mature the grain can be used for making flour, rye bread, or rye beer.
Your own experience will ultimately determine what works best for you.
Sow 1lb. per 250 sq. ft.
69¢ a pound
Five Ornamental Berries For Fall Color
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St John's Wort 'Glory'
Late spring to early summer brings yellow buttercup flowers followed by stunning coppery-caramel berries in fall. The ornamental berries are wonderful in floral arrangements lasting weeks on end.

Fun Fact:
Historically, it has been used to ward off evil spirits, discourage fevers, and give warriors in battle heightened will power when they wore the herb around their neck.

Height: 30 - 36 Inches
Width: 30 - 36 Inches

19 cm pots: $16.99
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Bittersweet 'Autumn Revolution'

Bittersweet vine has long been a favorite for fall decorating. This beautiful vine is covered in bright orange to red berries in late summer to early fall.

Unlike common American bittersweet, this variety has perfect flowers that include both male and female parts so you need only one plant for fruiting.

Berries are not edible to humans but loved by birds.

Height: 15-25 Feet

2 Gallon Pots: $34.99
Beautyberry 'Early Amethyst'

 Masses of slender stems are covered in attractive pink blooms in spring.

In fall shiny, showy fruits appear that attract songbirds all autumn long. As the leaves fall from the shrub, the purple fruit simply becomes even showier.

Berry stems are splendid in indoor arrangements lasting weeks on end.

Fun Fact:
In the early 20th century, farmers would crush the leaves and place them under the harnesses of horses and mules to repel mosquitoes. 

Height: 3-4 Feet
Width: 3-4 Feet

3 Gallon: $39.99
Cotoneaster 'Cranberry'

This awesome deer resistant plant has delicate pink flowers in spring followed by large, red berries in fall.

Great for cascading over a low wall, in a shrub border, as a foundation plant or even as a ground cover.

Height: 2-3 Feet
Width: 3-6 Feet

2 Gallon - $29.99
Holly 'Royal Family'
Royal Family Holly is a winning combination of both Blue Prince Holly and Blue Princess Holly.
It is one of the most beautiful and sought-after plants for its use in the landscape.

Glossy green foliage shines year round.

In the fall bright red berries form that songbirds and other wildlife love to eat.

To add a festive air to your home prune sprigs of Holly to decorate your mantle.

Fun Fact:
The use of Holly as a symbolic winter decoration, with its shiny, prickly leaves and blood-red berries, goes back in history to the Celtic peoples of Northern Europe, who decorated their homes with it during the time of the winter solstice, or Yule. 

Height: 6 - 10 Feet
Width: 6 - 8 Feet

3 Gallon: $39.99
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