It’s almost mum season! Many of the bright colors produced by calibrachoas and petunias are gone from the nursery, having been replaced with a sea of small, round green plants laid out in neat rows as far as the eye can see. It’s almost impossible to tell what color they will be when the color… Read More Mums the Word!
The nursery is teeming with life year-round, especially in the spring and summer. In addition to all of the lovely plants, flowers, shrubs and trees, a variety of species of wildlife thrive on the 450 acres of land that Johnson Nursery, The Garden Center and The Gardens of Southeastern North Carolina encompass. I recently had… Read More Life at the Nursery – The Business of Birds
PRO TIP: Choose your container, ensuring that the container isn’t too much bigger than the plant itself with about an extra inch all the way around. Step 1: Gently squeeze the container that the plant is in to loosen the root ball. Cup your hand around the base of the plant and gently pull the… Read More Gardening 101: How to Pot a Plant
10 gorgeous shrubs, plants, flowers and grasses that create a polished look with little upkeep. Low maintenance gardening is a great option for those of us who don’t have a lot of time to spend in the garden but still want their yard to look lush and manicured. There are many ways to make gardening… Read More Gardening 101: Create a Colorful, Low Maintenance Garden
I’ve loved watching butterflies for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been enchanted by their many colors, patterns, the way they fly gracefully, or lopsided, or in a jerky up-and-down-and-all-around fashion. It’s not uncommon to see me quietly and carefully creeping around a flower bed trying to catch that perfect image or video… Read More Pollinator Week: Butterflies!
Six years ago, I started dating a beekeeper, little did I know, his passion for them would make me fall in love with the creatures that once scared me. Everyone knows that fear… “LOOK OUT THERE’S A BEE!” You duck, swat, and some even run… But honestly, there’s really no need. Honey bees lose their… Read More Pollinator Week: Did you know… The Honey Bee – Apis Mellifera
I was taking photos in The Gardens of Southeastern North Carolina a couple of months ago when I came across something I’d never seen before. It was black and yellow and furry with large, beautifully detailed wings like a butterfly. It was unmoving, nestled within the petals of a large white tulip. I wondered if… Read More Pollinator Week: Introducing the Hummingbird Moth
Here’s a quick solution gardening guide for any home or gardener– plants for any problem. Wet Soils: Finding a great plant for wet areas doesn’t have to be hard, even with shade! You can always start by looking at plantings from Japanese gardens or any other climates that generally have high precipitation. For me, I… Read More Solution Gardening 101
Did you know: Over 80% of the world’s plants must have a pollinator in order to reproduce? Pollination is a simple act of transference; pollen grains from the anther (male) to the stigma (female). Since the majority of our botanical beauties remain in place, it is crucial for them to find an outside stimuli for… Read More The Unsung Heroes – Pollinator Appreciation
Don’t forget, Pollinator week is June 21st to the 27th! If you’re looking to bring the birds, bees and butterflies to your garden, see below for a few options to have you garden buzzing with excitement! Coreopsis vert. ‘Moonbeam’ Lantana Luscious® Citrus Blend™ Verbena EnduraScape™ Blue Improved Buddleia x ‘Miss Molly’ Echinacea Lakota™ Fire Portulaca… Read More Pollination Appreciation!