Time to dream about your garden!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

March Tips

Gardening Tips – March

(USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7-A

by Bill Colvin

As you know, the temperatures this "winter" were much above normal. As a result, there are plants starting to grow early. Care should be taken when encour-aging them to grow more (i.e. fertilizing). Since March is usually a month of transi-tional weather, fertilizing of shrubs and perennials should be done based on cur-rent and projected weather conditions. If you do not fertilize early in the month, then you should fertilize by late March, or early April.

In late March, remove winter mulch from
roses. Apply Epsom salt (Magnesium Sul-phate), alfalfa pellets, and an organic rose food mix to each plant. Prune non-climbing roses to remove any dead stems. Prune climbing roses after they bloom.

Fertilize non-spring blooming shrubs with a slow release fertilizer blend (i.e. Holly-tone). General pruning and fertilizing of spring blooming shrubs can be done as soon as blooms fade.

Apply a slow-release general fertilizer (i.e. Osmocote) to established perennials. Ap-ply a general purpose bulb food mix (i.e. Bulbtone) as the bulb foliage begins to emerge and again after flower has faded. Apply pre-emergent herbicide to control lawn weeds about the time Dogwoods bloom.

As bulb flowers fade, you can remove the flower stem, but leave the foliage till it turns yellow/brown. This is the most criti-cal point in the bulb’s development for the next flowering season. This is also the right time to divide crowded spring blooming bulbs. In dividing these bulbs, leave the foliage and plant bulbs to the proper depth – usually 2 ½ times the bulb size.

Do not plant tender plants till the weather warms consistently in April. It is all right to plant ‘seasoned’ plants (those that have remained outside in pots) now.

Recommendations based on information from Forsyth County Extension Office. For more information, please contact Bill Colvin.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Should I take down that tree?

Local Arborists in Winston-Salem (Forsyth Country)

Three highly recommended services:

Larmore Landscaping:

Well known excellent company.  Does all aspects of landscaping including pruning and/or removing trees and shrubs.
336 765 6340

Legacy Landscaping and Tree Care

General landscaping, irrigation, lawn care and tree service
Walker Price, principal
General maintenance and/or one time service.
336 413 3048

Lusk Tree Service

Tree preservation, maintenance and hazardous removal
Well known arborist. Envirnomentally oriented.
336 924 5911

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Home Garden

Garden I designed for a home garden. Full sun with a canopy of crepe myrtles.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Winston-Salem, NC Garden Nursery Reviews (Zone 7)

If you are gardening in Winston-Salem, here are some nurseries that I have used and found really good. 

House of Plants,  Small selection of annuals and perennials but high quality; also have one of the best selections of clay pots, bird baths, benches, etc. Lovely gift shop and indoor house plants too.

Reynolda Nursery and Landscaping, 5353 Reynolda Road, west of the intersection of Reynolda and Shattalon (where Old Town School is). Go past the road to Bethania and continue up the hill. Nursery is on the right. High quality plants and large selection; includes a shop for tools etc.

Frank's Perennials.  1744 W. Clemmonsville Rd. 650-111Excellent nursery for perennials.  Good prices.

Shouse's Nursery, Reynolda Road about half mile on right after intersection of Yadkinville and Reynolda. Has basic annuals and some perennials, shrubs and trees. Knowledgeable staff.

Farmstead Nursery. Corner of PeaceHaven at Robinhood. Good selection of annuals and perennials. Seasonal. Spring and summer only. Is closed until next spring (April).

L.A. Reynolds. Biggest nursery in Winston-Salem. Has wide variety of good quality flowers, shrubs and trees, including good selection of roses. Includes many pots, soils, mulches, etc. also.
Styers Ferry Road. Prices are higher but quality is good.

Myers Nursery. Stratford Road just northwest of intersecton with Stratford Rd. and Jonestown Rd. Small and diverse nursery. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Some vegetables they have been grown from seed. Very reasonable prices.

Mitchell's Nursery (King).  Excellent. 1088 W. Dalton Rd., King, NC. 983-4107. One of the best in our area.  Go up HWY 52 and take King Exit. Stay on Main Street until intersection with W. Dalton Rd. Turn left.  At least 2-3 miles.

Best selection of vegetable flats but also sell trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials.

If you have others to add, please let me know. I can assist you in choosing plants and/or determining which plants are best suited for your situation. Ellen

Friday, March 1, 2013

Containers-window boxes

Large and small pots or windowboxes are a great way to create a mini garden. Samples here are easily created. Here I demonstrated how to create a window box on HGTV.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Community gardens

Community gardens are a great way to bring people together to grow food and beautify a neighborhood.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Home Shade Garden

Small garden for condo dweller.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

School Garden

School gardens are a great way to introduce children to the world of plants while connecting to a diverse set of curriculm objectives, including science, math, art, literacy.


A wonderful way to spruce up your deck, patio or front door.
This was done by a gardener in West Salem.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

How Can I Help You?

As a garden coach, I can assist you as you develop your garden. I live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Zone 7B) but lived much of my life in New York City (Brooklyn).

I work with people who want to do the work themselves (I CALL THEM D.I.Y. GARDENERS)  but I can also recommend people who can help you in more ambitious tasks where a designer or contractor would be helpful.

My work as a Garden Coach addresses your dream of a garden, which could include:
  • perennial border
  • flower bed of annual flowers mixed with perennials
  • butterfly garden
  • herb garden 
  • containers on your deck and window boxes
  • vegetable garden
  • composting area
I hope to assist you in finding just the right plan for your hopes and dreams.