Archive for April 2016

A Man with a Mission

What’s in the Garden: “Each generation takes the earth as trustees.” – Julius Sterling Morton Does the name Julius Sterling Morton ring a bell? It should! Morton was the driving force behind Arbor Day, a time-honored national holiday that has led to the planting of countless trees. In New Jersey, Arbor Day is celebrated on…

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Trendy, Tried, & True

Succulents Are the New Roses! Not exactly – but growing succulents indoors and outdoors has become a popular gardening trend. What’s not to like? Most succulents are resilient, easy-care plants that continue to grow despite occasional neglect. After all, these plants grow in arid regions, and are adapted to store water from rain and mist…

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‘Brave’ Act of Environmentalism

In honor of Arbor Day and Earth Day 2016, Rohsler’s Allendale Nursery & Florist donated a Cherokee Brave Dogwood tree that will produce deep pink flowers. The tree was presented to the Friends of the John Fell House and was planted on Earth Day on the Fell House property at 475 Franklin Turnpike in Allendale.…

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An Influential Pioneer: Julius Sterling Morton

A pioneer who moved to the American West in 1854 ultimately moved the West, East, North, and South to plant millions of trees. Born in Adams, New York, on April 22, 1832, Julius Sterling Morton was an influential journalist whose ardent love for trees helped establish our national celebration of Arbor Day. In 1854, Morton…

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Call Me Spike

Perennial of the Week: Salvia – ‘Meadow Sage’ Well loved by butterflies and hummingbirds, spiky, colorful Salvia – also known as Sage – is deer resistant and relatively pest-free. The Salvia family includes multiple types of herbaceous or woody perennials that bloom in late spring and early summer. Varieties include Blue Sage (Salvia azurea) Meadow…

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What Are You Doing For Mother Earth?

What’s in the Garden… Earth Day is this Friday, April 22 and everyone needs to lend a helping hand in preserving Mother Earth. Earth Day Network, the world’s largest recruiter for the environmental movement, is calling on people across the planet to plant trees. Their 2016 Earth Day Theme, “Trees for Earth, Let’s Get Planting” is…

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I’m a Soldier of Fortune

Perennial of the Week: Dicentra – ‘Bleeding Heart’ Greek for “twice spurred,” Dicentra refers to multiple herbaceous, fern-like plants that include Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart), Dutchman’s Breeches (D. cucullaria), Fern-Leaf Bleeding Heart (D. ‘Luxuriant’), Fringed Bleeding-Heart/Turkey Corn (D. eximia), and Western or Pacific Bleeding-Heart (D. Formosa). D. cucullaria is a favorite among hikers and birders,…

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Crystal Clear

What’s In The Garden… Just like your home and garage, your water garden also benefits from spring cleaning. The cold weather is finally retreating, but Old Man Winter undoubtedly left debris and sediment in your pond. Don’t let those remnants inhibit the health of your backyard ecosystem. The aquatics experts at Rohsler’s are already engaged…

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Rohsler’s Provides Microhabitats for Butterflies

Gail Moll of Rohsler’s Allendale Nursery & Florist recently created two lush container gardens that will act as microhabitats for butterflies, and help inspire others to plant the nectar and host plants favored by butterflies. The gardens were commissioned by Subaru and are being displayed at the Subaru dealership on Kinderkamack Road in Emerson and…

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A Frosty Start

What’s In The Garden… April got off to a chilly start, but dyed-in-the-wool gardeners know there is still plenty to do! As you plan your spring projects, remember to save a bit of space in your yard for our region’s amazing resident and migratory birds. Lively, colorful, and musical, birds bring excitement wherever they go…

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