Our Plant Pick: Flowering Maple

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 13, 2016 3:46:03 PM

Our Plant Pick: Flowering Maple

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Flowering Maples (Abutilon spp.) are one of the most versatile and accommodating evergreen shrubs for shade. They come in a variety of colors, including yellow, red, orange, white and many shades of pink. There are compact varieties, which stay small and mounding, and vining-shrub types which can be pruned to stay low or trained vertically onto a trellis or fence. 

Kristina_Abutilon-959714-edited.jpgProbably their most attractive quality has to be how easy they are to grow. Flowering Maples are very forgiving of occasional neglect and flower sporadically spring through fall, attracting a variety of pollinators such as hummingbirds to the garden. A chameleon of a shady border, Flowering Maples will fit perfectly in the ground, containers, trained into a small tree or trellised onto an arbor or wall. 

They're Kristina's plant pick because:

 "The beautiful bell-shaped flowers are almost always blooming, and the hummingbirds love it!"

Looking to attract the attention of feathered friends?

  Hummingbird Plants

 

Topics: Container Ideas, Hummingbirds, pollinators, Flowers for Shade

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 2, 2016 2:57:43 PM

Did you know that one out of every three bites of food you eat is supplied by pollinators? 


Poppybees-1.jpgOne of the largest threats to pollinators today is a loss of habitat and food, and the Pollinator Partnership has come up with a creative solution. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge encourages gardeners to devote a planting space to pollinator-friendly plants, and then register their garden here, in hopes of reaching one million registered gardens.  

Registered gardens include the location, size and the varieties of plants included in a garden. The Pollinator Partnership website is rich with resources about what types of plants are best for the pollinators in your region

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Green Acres Nursery & Supply has a large selection of flowering perennials, trees and shrubs (including California natives) which attract all sorts of pollinators such as bees, bats, butterflies and birds. 

As of spring 2016 there are almost two hundred thousand registered gardens, and we'd like to help the Pollinator Partnership reach their goal! 

Click the button below to learn about how to create a pollinator-friendly garden.

Appealing to Pollinators

 

 

Topics: Butterflies, pollinators, Bees, Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Garden Gifts for the Botanically-Minded Mom

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Apr 28, 2016 6:38:06 PM

DSC04225.jpgMother's Day is upon us, so you may be searching for the one thing that will make Mom feel special–not just for the day, but for years to come. If your mom is botanically-minded and enjoys the simple things that remind her of her garden, then Green Acres Nursery & Supply has something we're sure she'll love. 

Not too long ago, a small group of the Green Acres team went in search of items we know gardeners will treasure. Being planting enthusiasts ourselves, we have a pretty keen understanding of what gardeners—with thumbs of all colors—enjoy. We found tools that will last generations, small projects that will get your hands dirty, and things that will personalize your garden retreats. Here's a look at a few things we found...

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Burgon & Ball Garden Tools
Heirloom-quality crafted to last–add gloves and a gift card for Mom. Functional, beautiful and sized for women's hands. Made with waxed FSC beachwood handles, brass and stainless steel. 
Prices start at $30

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Urban Agriculture Flower, Herb, Arugula, Lettuce, and Pepper Garden Kits
Unique recycled tea bag containers with organic seeds and soil–try a mix of herbs for Mom's
favorite recipe.
Herb and Flower Kits $15
Arugula, Lettuce, and Pepper Kits $17

 

 

 

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Outdoor Candles
Soy wax is hand-poured for an artful touch–Mom is sure to love any of blended citronella scents, while keeping mosquitoes away. The handmade earthen clay pottery piece can be repurposed once the candle is finished. 
Prices start at $55

Indoor Minis
FlashPoint minis are made with soy wax and clean-burning cotton wicks. Choose from a variety of subtle garden scents like Tomato Chile Lime, Blueberry Parsnips, Peony, Peas & Pear, and more. Designed for countertops, baths, coffee tables, end tables...
$9.50 each

 

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Garden Terrarium Kits
A stylish way to display and inside garden–Mom will have fun planting a terrarium with plants you select for her.  The kits come with a 100% recycled glass terrarium—in tabletop and hanging styles— along with charcoal, orchid mix, terrarium soil, moss, gravel, stones, decorative accents and building and care instructions.
Prices start at $30

 

 

 

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One-of-a-Kind Bolga Baskets
Hand-made baskets from Ghana are unique, colorful and can be used all kinds of things: for harvesting veggies, holding a potted plant, as a garden tool basket, or for grocery shopping. Add a potted houseplant, or seed packets and soil, with a nice garden trowel for a fun gift. 

Prices start at $12.50

 

 

 

Topics: Gift Ideas, mother's day, terrariums, garden gifts

The ABC's of N-P-K

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Apr 18, 2016 9:21:55 AM

Fertilizers are an essential tool in any gardener's artillery. Even if you start out with excellent soil, over time the nutrients will be depleted and need to be replenished.  

Fertalizer_NPK-01-542778-edited.jpgThere are many nutrients which are essential to plant growth,  broken down into two groups: macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients are used by plants more than micronutrients, the primary macronutrients are nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (often abbreviated by their elemental symbols as N-P-K).

These three elements are indicated on every fertilizer package in that order, here's what they do:

N- The first nutrient listed on the box is nitrogen, which primarily stimulates vegetative, leafy growth.

P- The second is phosphorous, which is used by the plant for root development, flowering, and fruiting. 

K- The third is potassium, which assists plants in developing vigor and overall health by facilitating sugar formation. 

Most of the fertilizers you find in the nursery are formulated for specific groups of plants, such as the E.B. Stone Tomato & Vegetable Food pictured. This is because the ratio of N-P-K is important to direct growth for certain plants. For example, if you feed your tomatoes a fertilizer with relatively high nitrogen, they may push a lot of leafy growth at the expense of fruit. 

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At Green Acres Nursery & Supply, we primarily recommend organic fertilizers because they contain natural sources of macro and micronutrients, which feed the organisms in your soil to promote better soil health long term. They also contain mycorrhizae, which is a relationship between fungi and roots that facilitates better nutrient and water uptake. Finally, organics contain less salt than synthetic fertilizers, which can help plants use less water. 

Tip: Use a Soil Test Kit to determine what nutrients your plants may need. 

For more information about which fertilizers are right for which plants, visit the Garden Solutions department at any of our five locations

Topics: Fertilizers, Organic, Organic Fertilizers

Our Plant Pick: Columbine

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Apr 13, 2016 6:18:56 PM

Our Plant Pick: Columbine
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Columbine (Aquilegia spp) is truly a perennial for the birds. It's botanical name comes from the Latin word aquila, which means eagle, referring to the flower's spurs which resemble an eagle's talons. It's common name is derived from the Latin word columba, meaning dove, as the inverted flowers of certain varieties resemble five doves huddled together. Finally, the beautifully spurred petals of this perennial are loaded with nectar, making them irresistible to hummingbirds. 

Nate_Aquilegia-158903-edited.jpgColumbines are happiest when nestled in dappled shade or morning sun; they're not suited to afternoon sun in the Sacramento Valley. Reaching only about 1-2' high and wide, they're excellent for filling a spring pot-up, or tucked into a shady bed. They can be found in a myriad of colors, and even when they aren't in bloom, their delicate foliage lends textural interest to the garden. Their best quality has to be the beneficial wildlife they attract- from hummingbirds to butterflies, very few pollinators can resist the charm of this whimsical woodland plant. 

It's Nate's plant pick because:

"It's very versatile, you can grow it in a container or in the ground and it's a hummingbird magnet!"

Want to make friends with small-winged wildlife? 

Appealing to Pollinators

Topics: Flowers, Container Ideas, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Our Plant Pick: Flowering Dogwoods

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 31, 2016 1:33:01 PM

Our Plant Pick: Flowering Dogwoods

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Flowering Dogwoods (Cornus florida) are small, deciduous trees with an elegant broadly pyramidal crown. In their natural environment on the east coast of North America, they are considered to be an "understory tree", meaning they grow beneath the dappled shade of taller trees in the woods. In our climate, they require afternoon shade, and prefer well-mulched, slightly acidic soil.

Carly_Dogwood-262330-edited.jpgDogwoods are slow-growing, eventually reaching 15-30 feet tall. Every spring before leaf-out, the branches are nearly obscured by showy flower bracts in pink or white. The true flowers are small, but the bracts which surround them can last for weeks, making these show-stopping trees truly worth the wait. The flowers, which are extremely enticing to butterflies, are followed by small red fruit which is adored by songbirds. It's Carly's plant pick because:

"I just can't wait for these to bloom every year. I love to pass by them in the nursery and stop to admire the enchanting flowers."

 

 Did you Know? Flowering Dogwoods are ideal companions to Japanese Maples in the landscape.   Our Favorite Japanese Maples

Topics: Flowers, Butterflies, Japanese Maples, Flowering Dogwoods

Garden Décor DIY-Inspiration Meets Experience

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 19, 2016 5:00:06 PM

Social media is an unlimited source of inspiration. It's easy to spend hours on websites such as Pinterest, browsing jaw-droppingly beautiful garden projects which you're just dying to try at home. However, it can be hard to know where to start to get your projects looking as lovely as they do on your screen. 

We're here to help with some simple DIY décor ideas to catch the latest online trends and keep your patio Pinterest-perfect. 

Tantalizing Terrariums

DSC04011-461196-edited.jpgTerrariums are miniature gardens enclosed in glass, and they make beautiful centerpieces for an event or just on display in your home. A few pointers for pulling this project off:

  • Because terrariums are enclosed and lack drainage, watering can be tricky. Try wrapping the root ball of the succulent in coco coir or moss when you "plant" it, then removing it from the container when you water. 
  • Morning sun or indirect light is best, the enclosed space can magnify heat.
  • Layer your sand, rocks, or mulch in the container, and don't forget charcoal, which will absorb any odor caused by excess moisture. 
Choose a theme and let your imagination run wild- any combination of ingredients can be paired to emulate a landscape in miniature. Try sand, glass and shells for a beachy feel. Mulch paired with moss, then accented with tchotchkes can create a whimsical woodsy look. 

The Art of Kokedama

DSC03930-533748-edited-799791-edited.jpgKokedama is a Japanese term which means "moss ball" and its a fast-growing trend in the world of miniature gardening. Basically, it's something which has been "planted" in a ball of moss, which is then wrapped in bonsai mix, layered with more moss, and bound with twine.

Kokedama is a form of bonsai in which you are stunting the plants growth, but creating a beautiful and peculiar work of art which can be suspended to hang or displayed on a pedestal.

Things to consider:

  • Small plants which grow slowly are good choices for kokedama planters, bonsai starters have a wide selection
  • Kokedama have limited root space to sustain them, so avoid situating in harsh conditions such as full sun or reflected heat.
  • Watering will depend on sun exposure, wind and the type of plant. Generally, an indoor fern, such as the one pictured, will need to have its moss ball soaked once per week. If outdoors, mist between waterings. 

 

Up-cycled Container Chic

DSC03941-732504-edited-771301-edited.jpgSurely you've seen planters which are made of unusual recycled objects. This "up-cycling", as it's called, is wonderful for taking things which might have otherwise gone to waste and transforming them into a stylish home for a living thing.  Basic tips for turning what might have become trash into container-gardening treasure:

  • Whenever possible, poke drainage holes in your container. If you can't, be sure to layer charcoal in the bottom, and be cautious of over watering.
  • If planting something which will be hung vertically like the birdcage pictured, use wire to hold the plants in place until their roots grow out enough to anchor them.
  • Succulents are a savvy choice for up-cycled containers because the plants can be divided and nestled into little nooks and crannies. 

These are just a few examples of projects you can accomplish with little time, your personal taste, and a little garden know-how. For recipe cards, and more adorable inspiration, visit us this weekend at our Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair at our new Rocklin location.

Dig Into Spring!

 

Saturday, March 19th & Sunday, March 20th 2016

Green Acres Rocklin 5436 Crossings Drive

Topics: Houseplant Care, Gift Ideas, Free Events, Garden Planter, Container Ideas, Decorating, Dig into Spring

Dig into Spring with Garden Gurus

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 14, 2016 5:52:00 PM


backyard-vegetable-garden-107920-edited.jpgDig into Spring Ideas Fair is just what you need to get back into the groove of gardening for 2016- featuring inspirational demonstrations, Hot Buys plus exciting raffles and giveaways. The biggest attraction is always the educational seminars; free gardening wisdom from Sunset Western Gardens, the Sacramento chapter of the American Rose Society and other green industry experts. 
 

The following workshops are taking place at the grand opening of our fifth location in Rocklin on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20. They are free, fun, and sure to get your thumb a little greener. 

For more free educational gardening workshops, check out our Workshop Calendar.

Workshop Calendar

Saturday, March 19th

9am • Love Your Low Water Lawn 

If you love your lawn and don’t want to let it go- we’re here to help. There are less-thirsty grasses, efficient irrigation techniques and tools you can use to keep your lawn healthy using less water. Join Ron Silva from Delta Bluegrass company as he shows you how to maintain a lush, green lawn (without the guilt).

11am • Creative Containers with Sunset

Container gardening—it always looks beautiful in magazines, but it can be hard to know where to start to recreate the look. Janet Sluis from Sunset Western Gardens will inspire you with innovative techniques, new plant introductions and style tips to keep your pot-ups looking perfect all season long.

1pm • The Joy of Citrus

Low effort and high reward, citrus are the fruit trees that keep on giving. Learn which varieties thrive in the Sacramento region and how to care for them with Ed Laivo from the renowned Four Winds Growers.

3pm • Discovering Drip: Doable DIY

Drip irrigation is the solution to your watering woes–it’s the next best thing in maintaining a healthy landscape. Efficient, practical and less complicated than you might believe, Kyle Rose from Tempo has the answers to your toughest drip conundrums.


 

Sunday, March 20th

 

9am  • Roses De-Mystified

Roses are red, orange, white, yellow and pink- and easier to grow than you might think! Charlotte Owendyk and Baldo Villegas from the Sacramento chapter of the American Rose Society know roses, and they’re happy to show you the ropes. Learn month-by-month maintenance, and which of the many varieties on the market thrive in our region.

11am • Succulent Success

Succulents and cacti are the hottest new trend in horticulture, and it’s not hard to see why. Easy to care for and rich in texture and color, these beautiful and practical perennials are popping up everywhere. Get the dirt on which succulents perform best where, and how to care for them with Matt Green from Matsuda’s Nursery.

1pm • Breaking Down Clay- Soil Solutions

When it comes to soil, you've got to work with what you've got, which usually means clay in our region. Healthy soil is the root of healthy plants, so whatever your soil problems are, Gisele Schoniger with G&B Organics can show you how to fix them.

3pm • Victorious Vegetables

There's nothing like the taste of vine-ripened tomatoes. Or, a zesty vinaigrette made with fresh herbs, drizzled over cucumbers just plucked from the garden. Bill Maynard with the American Community Gardening Associations can show you how to make your backyard-to-belly dreams come true. 

Dig_Into_Spring_JPEG-738285-edited-830709-edited-596336-edited.jpgGreen Acres fourth annual Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair will take place at the grand opening of our fifth location:

Rocklin 5436 Crossings Drive

9am-5pm Saturday, March 19

9am-4pm Sunday, March 20

Topics: Soil, Sod, Edibles, Organic, Roses, Lawn Care, Events, Pot-Ups, Citrus

Our Plant Pick: Maejima Winter Daphne

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 7, 2016 1:27:03 PM

Our Plant Pick: Maejima Winter Daphne 

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Maejima Winter Daphne (Daphne odora 'Maejima') is an evergreen shrub which forms a mound of glossy green foliage rimmed with gold. It has an upright, somewhat open growth habit, reaching about three to four feet high and wide with little pruning needed. It's an underrated problem-solving plant, which tolerates dry shade, is deer resistant and can withstand temperatures all the way down to 0°F. 

MelinaDaphne-272309-edited.jpgPerhaps the most enchanting attribute of this overachieving evergreen is its bloom. In late winter or early spring, clusters of deep pink buds open to reveal highly fragrant white flowers. The flowers may be small, but the fragrance carries- a sweet-spicy perfume reminiscent of ginger and citrus. Requiring afternoon shade and slightly acidic soil, Daphne make nice informal hedges, or even specimen plants in a container. Nestle one in your garden where you can walk past it occasionally and appreciate it's invigorating fragrance announcing the arrival of spring.

It's Melina's plant pick because:

"It looks great year 'round, and the flowers smell phenomenal."

 

Considering re-doing your yard with low water plants? 

Drought Tolerant Plants

 

Topics: Waterwise, Fragrant Plants, Winter, Shrubs, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Low maintenance

Our Plant Pick: Forsythia

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 2, 2016 5:24:34 PM

Our Plant Pick: Forsythia

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Forsythia falls into the category of plants which are show-stoppers only once a year, but they are very worth the wait. In late winter to early spring, you may start to notice them burst forth from dormancy in a flurry of brilliant yellow fringed flowers which spring directly from the branch. 

SandyForsythia-386565-edited.jpgThe rest of the year they take the form of an unassuming upright shrub with bright green foliage. Water wise, easy to grow and relatively low maintenance, forsythia makes an excellent hedge for a sunny spot. The variety pictured 'Lynwood Gold' reaches about seven feet tall by four to six feet wide, but there are dwarf varieties such as  'Show Off® Sugar Baby' which stay two to three feet high and wide. 

It's Sandy's plant pick because:

"It's so showy! Plus you can cut the branches when they're budded and bring them inside to bloom."

 

 

 

 

For more low water landscape ideas, check out our design ideas for California Landscape 2.0.
  CA Landscape 2.0  

Topics: Waterwise, Flowers, Shrubs, Low maintenance

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