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Magnolias in March?

Did you hear that March is the new August? Well friends, dust off those those watering cans and don’t forget to turn your irrigation systems on!

 

Right now at Jean Brooks Landscapes, our irrigation team is busy doing the rounds turning the water on to make sure plantings are not damaged by the unseasonably warm weather. There was no snow accumulation this winter to provide moisture in the ground so the soil is VERY dry. Because of this, plants are in danger of drying out, wilting and ultimately dying. Spring roots won’t become established if there’s no moisture for them to grow into. Furthermore, plants never had their winter “dormant” period in which they gather and build energy for spring blossoms. Now that everything is starting to bloom, these plants REALLY need water. As our Irrigation Manager, Brad, mentioned, “it doesn’t need to be the summer to have drought-like conditions. You need to maintain a proper amount of moisture in the soil in order to maintain a healthy landscape.”

 

Heed his advice, folks. Water, water, water. This spring, looks like summers here to stay!

 

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Good morning, crocusus!

Some little friends popped up to say hello this morning!It’s so lovely that even in a (semi-) urban area like Central Square, we’re still pretty immersed in nature.

Cultivation and harvesting of crocus was first documented in the Mediterranean, notably on the island of Crete. Frescos showing them are extant at the Knossos site on Crete as well as from a comparably aged site on Santorini. This particular soft purple variety with tangerine stamen is called “Bonte.”

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First Phase of Seasonal Containers 2012!

This morning marked the beginning of our Seasonal Container designs 2012. At the market today, Spring pansies are not available quite yet. So today we went with Pussy Willow,  little Tete-a-Tete daffodils, grape muscari and hyacynth. These babies were potted up in the nursery in November and held in a cold house. With the exception of Paperwhites and Amaryllis, all Spring flowering bulbs require at least 6 weeks of a cold phase to store enough energy to bloom. Then you can plant them in the ground or your favorite outdoor container. Pussy Willow branches last all season long and sometimes they even root if you leave them in long enough! “How fun!” says the Lead Designer at JBL

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