The following sale prices are good at Glover Nursery through September 31st, 2011:
- 20% off all Trees and Shrubs
- 20% off all Perennials
- 50% of all Annuals #1 or larger (excluding Kale and Fall Blooming Mixed Containers)
- 50% all Roses
- 30% off all Pond Plants
- 50% off #5 Willowleaf Cotoneaster
- 50% off #20 and #25 Chokecherry
Glover Nursery is located at 9275 S. 1300 W. West Jordan. 801-562-5496
Last week my in-laws came from Iowa to visit. While we were enjoying a pleasant backyard barbecue I commented on how strange it was that my peonies were yet to open since, in my past experiences, they’ve always opened during the first week of June. (I know this because my birthday is that week and I like to consider it nature’s little gift to me ) My father-in-law then pointed out that there were no ants on my peony buds and didn’t I know that peonies need ANTS to bloom?!!? Now my father-in-law is a bit of a jokester so I just blew him off with a “what kind of crazy stuff are they teaching you people out there in the midwest?!?” However, when my mother-in-law confirmed that she had heard something similar, I decided to investigate.
It turns out that there is an old wives-tale which claims peonies need ants to bloom (who knew?). But that’s all it is– a wives tale. According to a post on www.gardenopus.com, “Ants are attracted to the sweet resin exuded on the flower buds, but it’s a long-standing, popular, even benevolent myth that they “tickle the buds” or “lick the sugar” to help the buds open. They would open regardless of the ants’ presence.” I should mention that, although ants may not be a necessity for peonies, there are also not harmful and will leave as soon as the bud opens.
As for me, in 10 years I’ve NEVER seen an ant on one single peony! This makes me wonder if Utah ants are immuned to this obsession or have I just been lucky?
Either way, with a delay most likely truly due to the unusually cold spring, my peonies did finally open (without any help from the insect world) and they are GORGEOUS!
If you’d like a bit more info on peonies you can click here for a great article.
On June 10th and 11th Utah State University Extension Master Gardeners in Utah County invite you to join us for the 15th year of discovering some of Utah Valley’s most beautiful private gardens. Tour includes: Entrance to 15 beautiful hidden gardens from Orem to Alpine. Tickets are $13 (in advance) or $16 (at the Gardens).
You can purchase tickets online at www.hiddengarden.org or at these locations: Cook’s Farm and Greenhouse, 1248 S. 1200 N. Orem Utah 801.225.8271 Diamond’s Greenhouse, 643 South, 1500 East, Springville 801.489.5561 Extension Office, 100 East Center St. Rm. L600 (lower level of the building) Provo Thanksgiving Point Gardens 801.768.4999 Lindon Nursery, 535 N. State St. Lindon 801.796.8576 Olson’s Plant Shoppe, 1190 West 400 North, Payson 801.464.4422 Sun River Gardens, Inc. 1248 N. State St., Orem 801.229.1975.
There are also free classes available exclusively for ticket holders:
- Thursday June 9 – Joy Bossi from ABC 4 Good Things Utah and host of a weekly radio show “Joy in the Garden” 7 pm – “Herbs and Other Edibles for the Front Garden”
- Friday, June 10 – Larry A. Sagers Extension Horticulture Specialist Utah State University Thanksgiving Point Office 10 am – “Getting More from Your Vegetable Gardening” 11 am – “Fabulous Flowers for Your Garden”
- Saturday, June 13 – Classes By Loren Nielsen and Eco-Scraps 8 am -”Horticultural Hotties – Hot New Plant Introductions for 2011″ 9 am – “Composting” Mystery Plant Contest and prize drawings Live entertainment (various times at selected gardens)
- Gardening clinics (various times at selected gardens)
Click here for more information.
The Home Depot Garden Club has sent out new coupons for June! My favorite is “Buy two perennials, get one free”! If you haven’t signed up yet for the Home Depot Garden Club’s free eNewsletter, you can do so here.
The latest pest advisory from the Utah State Extension Office is up. You can click here to view it.
This Saturday, May 7th, Conservation Garden Park will be holding their annual Mother’s Day Garden Fair from 9am-5pm . There will be plant and garden-ware vendors, experts, workshops and mini-classes throughout the day. This is also an excellent opportunity to get that last-minute gift for mom! Admission and parking are free.
This event is held at the Conservation Garden Park, 8215 E. 1300 W., West Jordan, UT. Click here for more information.
“Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus.” ~St. John 19: 41-42
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen! ~Mark 16: 1-6