August 2016

August….and the heat is on

Majestic sunset in the mountains landscape. Overcast sky before storm. Carpathian, Ukraine, Europe. Beauty world.If you think you are hot, just imagine how your garden is feeling! We are just not used to these searing temperatures, and neither are our plants. You can help your garden out!

If possible, move container plants to the shade when the temperature soars. Check the soil, you may need to add a second watering to your schedule. Cut back as needed, keep annuals and perennials deadheaded. Make sure your perennials are mulched. This will even out the soil temperature and hold in moisture.

Not all plants will survive in this heat. If you plan on refreshing your pots or flower beds choose heat-loving plants. Click here to see Rodale’s Organic Gardening list of flowers that can take the heat.

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer…like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.  The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot…with sunsets smeared with too much color.”  – Natalie Babbitt

Sundance by Design

If your plants are drooping from all this heat, maybe it is time to add some garden art to perk things up! We have a great selection of unique, handmade sculptures sure to liven things up….or just make you smile. Add some WOW to your garden!

Were you able to make it to the Evergreen Garden Club Tour this year? If so, you may have noticed several of our granite birdbaths at one of the homes. We just received a new shipment and have a beautiful selection.  If you couldn’t make the tour, check out our Facebook page (click here).  We posted a virtual tour and you can see what you missed – it was a great event!

Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see our sale coupon, valid for these birdbaths, our fountains, and much more.  There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy your yard.

Linda’s Garden Center Tip

Honey bee mid flight, ready to collect pollen and nectar from lavender. slightly oof to bees eye.Visitors to the Garden Center are always amazed at how many bees are buzzin’ around. They shouldn’t be surprised. Sundance carries many of the bees’ favorite plants including catmint, lambs ear, lavender, hyssop, salvia, honeysuckle, Russian Sage, & Blue-Mist Spirea. A plus to planting these varieties is that they are also deer-resistant.

Some people are frightened by the bees, but in the 29 years the Garden Center has been open, not one customer has been stung. Most people enjoy watching all the activity, & our local beekeepers love the fact that Sundance never uses chemicals and only uses natural, organic insecticides if needed.

So stop by Sundance & bring home a plant for our very important pollinators. Invite them into your garden and have garden friends for life.

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