Our New Proven Winner Plants

Plan your planting schedule with Greenwood‘s weekly spring specialscalendar. Your Greenwood Club Page is the only spot where you will find not only the current Greenwood Gardener’s Club Weekly Specials, but also, the specials we have scheduled for the following weeks.

This week’s special is 20% off our new Proven Winner plants. Click here to go to your Club Weekly Specials Page. This spring we are offering most of our Proven Winnervarieties in the smaller one quart size making them more affordable and much easier to plant. Remember this special begins now and ends midnight next Thursday, February 3rd.

For the past month, it seems we have had snow each week. Here at the nursery, all of us enjoy when customers phone in to place their orders and the first thing we hear when we answer the phone, “Is it snowing there?” Lately, the answer has been mostly YES! It makes for a fun day. Thank you!

Tuesday morning, after yet another snowfall (with accumulation), I went out to my garden to capture a few snow shots of my Contorted Filbert – Henry Lauder’s Walking Stickfor its plant page. That morning I was presented with several inches of snow and fog, but the pics still came out good. This morning I woke up to a little over an inch of snow and sunshine so I took more pictures. I think the tree posed for me. No doubt the Contorted Filbert exhibits a stately appearance in the garden. While it is amazing in summer and fall, it is absolutely gorgeous in winter. You can still see the catkins dangling from the branches. I’ll post a few of my Contorted Hazelnut pics on Facebook this weekend. It really is stunning.

 

Be sure to “Like” our NEW Fan Page to keep informed on new plants, specials and planting news from Greenwood Nursery.

Questions? Feel free to drop me an email: Email Questions. As owner of Greenwood Nursery, I have always made myself available to our customer base to help with questions or concerns.  I’m here. Just let me know if you need any help.

Until next time…….Cheryl

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Lavender Book Ahead Sale

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This week kicks off Greenwood’s Member’s Weekly Specials with our Lavender Book Ahead Sale. Between Friday, January 21st and midnight Thursday, January 27th, book yourlavender plants and SAVE 10% OFF your already low member prices. These are specially priced plants and will not be included on the Members Monthly Value Page.

When I think about my own garden, the first plants that come to mind are always my lavenders. They are planted near the garden gate and follow the walk down to the side porch and are even planted across from it. There is a small sitting area just off the side porch which on warm summer evenings you will find my family and me sitting, talking and enjoying the slight breezes of my lavender plants. These plants are also a delightful hangout for the local bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Word gets around!

This year we offer the English Lavenders, Mustead and Hidcote Blue, which are the lavender varieties used for culinary purposes but are, also, used dried in craft projects. Our French Lavenders are the Grosso and Provence which with their strong fragrant buds are used dried in crafts and distilled for their oil. The most adorable lavender variety is the Spanish Lavender with its bunny ears or pineapple shaped blooms like the Kew Red Lavender.

Special Lavender notes: The Grosso and Hidcote Lavenders are especially good for cooler climates. The Kew Red performs better than other lavender varieties in humid areas.

How to Dry Lavender:

  • Cut flowers in morning – after dew evaporates yet before heat of day
  • (Rubber) band together in bunches of about a dozen or so stems
  • Hang upside down in a warm dimly lit space with adequate ventilation
  • Dry for one to weeks – until stalks are completely dried
  • Once dried – dislodge the buds by rolling them back/forth in a towel or newspaper
  • Store buds in an air tight container

Use your Hidcote and Munstead blooms in late spring and summer dishes. Fresh blooms should be submerged into water for a minute to release any dirt or insects hanging on. Dry the fresh lavender by wrapping them in a towel and lightly squeezing them. Lavender mixes beautifully with herbs such as rosemarythyme and oregano.

Use fresh or dried lavender in the following dishes:

    • Chicken (especially roasted chicken – my favorite!)
    • Tuna or other strong flavored fish
    • Salads (fresh lavender preferably)
    • Stews
    • Custards
    • Sorbets
    • Chocolate
    • Jelly
    • Sweets – cookies and cakes
    • Heavy sauces (usually made with alcohol reductions/heavy creams)
    • Breads
    • Lavender honey – heat clean fresh blooms (no chemicals used) in regular or other flavored honey on low until lightly simmering. Strain flowers or leave in honey. Cool and store.

 

Remember, this Lavender Book Ahead Special will end midnight Thursday, January 27th. Lavender will begin shipping early to mid March. Book your order now to get your order scheduled.

Don’t forget to “Like” our NEW Fan Page to keep informed on new plants, specials and planting news from Greenwood Nursery.

Click here to view our Tips for Growing Lavender Video.

Questions? Feel free to drop me an email: Email Questions. As owner of Greenwood Nursery, I have always made myself available to our customer base to help with questions or concerns.  I’m here. Just let me know if you need any help.

Until next time…….Cheryl

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Wildlife in the Winter Landscape

With the heavy blanket of snow and ice that hit much of the Eastern U.S. this past week, as we dig out we are finding that our wildlife and feathered friends have little food. Incorporate a tree or few shrubs into your landscape that will provide food for the critters that live in and around your garden and landscape. You know the guys: squirrels, birds, maybe even raccoons or the neighbors cat.

During spring and summer, those pesky critters drive us crazy damaging everything, but come winter and the barren wasteland that they probably see as their world, we should have compassion and feed those little guys.

If you’re at a loss of which plants will not only produce food for wildlife, but will blend in with your winter landscape theme, here are some ideas:

Many of the varieties in the list produce berries that remain on the plants throughout the winter months. Roses have rose hips for critters while the plumes on ornamental grassesproduce seeds for birds that stay local over winter.

Planting just a few of these plants will help to feed your local wildlife for winter seasons to come. Also, consider adding a few evergreen shrubs for the animals to seek protection, such as Emerald Green ArborvitaeNandina FirepowerSungold Cypress, and boxwoods.

Lately, I have been working on our new Greenwood Nursery Facebook Fan Page. Now, we are ready to make the move to our new page. Click here to “Like” our Fan Page and keep up with new plants and planting news from Greenwood Nursery.

Questions? Ask your questions below in the comment section or feel free to drop me an email: Email Questions. As owner of Greenwood Nursery, I have always made myself available to our customer base to help with questions or concerns.  I’m here. Just let me know if you need any help.

Until next time…….Cheryl

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