Spring Cleanup

File_001(1)When it comes to spring garden cleanup, I am definitely more of a ‘slow and steady wins the race’ kind of gardener. I do admire Weekend Warriors that get out there and get everything cleaned up and ready for the season in just two days off, whilst they limp to work Monday morning to recoup :). But it’s just not my style. Not anymore anyway. At this stage in the game, I’m learning to enjoy the process of spring garden cleanup instead of treating it as a chore to just get through. Though plants wait for no one. When it’s time for them to break ground, it doesn’t matter if you still need to rake and remove winter debris, spring happens fast and furious. Waiting for a day-long block of ‘free’ time to get started will only allow me to procrastinate, instead I do tasks on a priority basis and steal 15 minutes here and there.

How do you decide what garden task takes priority for your time? Start with the hot spots. Hot spots are any planted area near your house foundation, driveway, or walkways. File_008The ground is always warmer in those areas so the plants are going to wake very quickly.

Next up for cleanup would be any areas that bulbs are planted. Not too much uglier than knocking beautiful tulips and daffodils to the ground because you want to rake the ground around them. Leaf clean up of the showy winter perennials needs attention before they start to produce new healthy foliage. Plants like heuchera and epimediums are wonderful to see in the winter, but by this time their leaves are just done, and you don’t want new foliage mixed with the raggedy old. Cut them back right to the new growth at the crown and they’ll be back and beautiful before you know it.File_007

Lavender needs early spring attention before they wake up too much. I am not a fan of hard pruning my lavender plants unless they need it. Lavender with plump looking healthy foliage is left to grow big and beefy, while any branches with shriveled looking branches gets trimmed. This is a good time to snip any of last years flower stalks before new buds get mingled with the old sticks.

Gardening is just short of something miraculous, and there is always something to discover. Don’t wait to get out there and get your hands dirty!

Heather Thibeault is a life-long gardener, plant collector, and Burnett's employee.

Heather Thibeault is a life-long gardener, plant collector, and Burnett’s employee.

Landscape Project Weeks

Dreaming of a picture perfect landscape but don’t know where to start? That’s where we come in! Let us help you get started no matter how small or big your project is.

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Call to make an appointment for a complimentary design consultation. This offer is only good for 2 weekends, March 25 & 26, April 1 & 2. These spaces are limited, so call to schedule your appointment right away!

Here are some things you can do to make the most of your 1/2 hour appointment:

– Take pictures from different angles and distances of the area you want to landscape or garden in.

– Take measurements!

– Take pictures of your house to capture the style and color of your home.

– Know the exposure (north, south, east, or west exposure).

– Know the lighting. How many hours of shade/sun?

– Think about your goals. Do you want to see flowers? Do you want low maintenance plants? Do you need deer resistant plants?

Call 860-949-8722 to take advantage of this special design service!

Birds of Prey at Burnett’s

IMG_1571It’s easy to see that we love our critters.

But we love critters of all shapes in sizes, and whenever we can help them in some way, we will! Sunday, October 9th from 1-3, we play host to A Place Called Hope. DSC_0586They are a rehabilitation center that helps to heal injured birds of prey with the hopes of returning them to the wild. Unfortunately, not all of them are able to be released to their natural environment. A Place Called Hope is there to care for them the rest of their lives and use them as ambassadors to educate the public on these amazing creatures we share the earth with. DSC_0598

Burnett’s welcomes you to bring a donation for A Place Called Hope. Donated items help keep their important work going.  hope_2

Fairy Festival

Fairy gardens are becoming a popular form of gardening, either planted in some kind of a container or directly in the ground. This growing trend is where gardening and hobby collide, and is introducing the love of plants to a growing number of people.

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Who participates in these garden-meets-art activities? Adults and children alike enjoy fairy gardening, each creating a fairy garden that’s uniquely theirs. From jurassic park, to beach scenes, to woodland forests; the only limitation is the imagination of the creator.

What’s a Fairy Festival? It’s a week-long event celebrating this fun hobby of miniature gardening with a whimsical twist.

-Weekday activities will take place only during ‘Happy Hour’. Monday-Friday from 4pm-5pm (pre-register here) enjoy a hands-on creative workshop. Also during the week, participate in the Fairy Kingdom Hunt (a self guided hunt for themed gardens).

-The BIG day is Saturday, July 16th. From 9am-4pm (workshops are continuous throughout the day on the 16th) we will have workshop tables throughout the greenhouses for 7 different activities. Participate in the Fairy Kingdom Hunt, and sip some Pixie Juice.

Register online, or phone, or in person at BCG. Registration GUARANTEES your place in a workshop. Walk-ins are welcome, but all activities are ‘while supplies last’.

-All activities can be done by any age group, adults and children alike. Activities labeled with the word ‘wee’ are designed for children to do easily, but adults can also do them as each person will make the project with their own flare and style.

-We encourage everyone to wear your wings and bring your wands. When else will you have the opportunity to wear a flower crown? Some of our staff will be having fun with costumes, so why not join us?

The Fairy Garden Workshop

Included in the cost of the workshop: a bowl container, soil, moss and stones, 3 plants, a $2.99 figurine, and full use of our DIY accessory ingredients. This workshop is geared toward adults and older children as the DIY ingredients are not all child friendly, however, parents are welcome to partner with their children. Examples of the types of gardens you can work toward are below, but let your own imagination flow!

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This is an example of a beach themed fairy garden. We’ll have some ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Many different ‘ingredients’ will be available to make unique accessories. Manufactured accessories shown are not included in the cost of the workshop, but can be purchased at any time to grow your fairy garden.

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This fairy garden has more of a woodland feel. Note the DIY patio, stepping stones, and birdbath you can create. Manufactured accessories shown are not included in the cost of the workshop, but can be purchased at any time to grow your fairy garden.

Wee Folk Fairy Garden Workshop

Included in the cost of the workshop: a beach bucket, soil, sand and stones, 3 plants, and full use of our child friendly DIY accessory ingredients. This workshop is geared toward younger children because the DIY accessory ingredients are child friendly. Parental supervision is still necessary. Adults may also enjoy this workshop!

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A summer fairy garden in a beach bucket! Manufactured accessories shown are not included in the cost of the workshop, but can be purchased at any time to grow your fairy garden.

Fairy Attracting Suncatchers Workshop

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Choose from colored marbles, gems, and glitter to make your own Fairy Attracting Suncatcher for your fairy garden. Projects will be taken home for curing before using.

Fairy Garden Path Workshop

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Once you learn how to make these little paths pieces, you’ll put them everywhere! Projects will be taken home to cure before using.

Fairy Doors or Wee Folk Fairy Doors Workshops

The difference between these two workshops is the available art materials to decorate them. The Wee Folk Fairy Doors will have child friendly craft materials, while the Fairy Doors participants will have use of more challenging mediums. Both start with a natural wood door. Below are example of what you can do with your door, but let your imagination fly!

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Fairy Flower Crown Workshop

Stop first (registration highly recommended) at the Fairy Flower Crown workshop table so you can wear your crown for the day! As always, adults and children are encouraged to participate, but younger children will need parents to do the project for them.

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Miss Kim in the Garden

What’s not to love about Miss Kim? She’s beautiful, low-maintenance, and fabulously fragrant. Of course, we’re talking about the low growing lilac shrub, Miss Kim.

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Tight buds with the promise of fragrant blooms very soon!

Miss Kim is a compact lilac shrub that only gets 6′ tall, making it a great addition to foundation plantings. This Korean type lilac will be covered with spicy scented blossoms in late spring, just when the old-fashioned lilacs are finishing up. Even in the Fall, Miss Kim does not disappoint with the foliage putting on a show of burgundy tones.

Mother’s Day Hanging Basket Special!

Through May 8, 2016, 10″ annual flowering hanging baskets are Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off! Right now, there are literally THOUSANDS of blooming hanging baskets covering the ceilings of our greenhouses! Our staff is ready and waiting to help you make your selection. Got shade? We’ll show your your choices. Hot sunny spot? No problem, we’ve got the perfect plants for that too! Bring Mom and enjoy a special day at the garden center.

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Want to keep those beautiful hanging baskets blooming? Read here for some tips.

Caring For Your Flowering Hanging Basket

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Flowering hanging baskets have become a symbol of warm weather. Nearly every house in every neighborhood is adorned with overflowing blooms suspended in the air, as surely as there is a mailbox. Time, energy, and money are spent choosing the perfect hanging baskets for your home, so learning to maintain them to keep them looking beautiful is important.

Here are some tips to help you this season.

-In a very short period of time, the pot of your hanging basket will have more roots than soil. The bigger the basket, the easier time you will have maintaining it. Watering is the most important part of caring for your hanging basket. You don’t want them to be consistently sopping wet, nor do you want them to wilt flat to the pot before giving it a drink.

-In early spring, your basket can go longer between waterings, simply because the plants are young with smaller root systems and the days are cooler. But as the days become hotter, you will be watering more frequently, eventually every day the sun is shining.

-Learn to feel the weight of your hanging basket by gently lifting up the bottom of the pot. A heavier pot may not need watering that day, and make note of how much lighter if feels as it dries out.

-Another way to know when to water, is when the soil surface feels dry to the touch.

-When you water, water thoroughly until the water comes flowing out of the bottom. If this happens immediately, it means the pot was really dry, repeat the process again after several minutes.

-Remember, your basket is packed full of plants, so fertilizer is JUST as important as water to keep them looking healthy. We recommend a time-release fertilizer like Jobe Potting Plants and Hanging Basket Spikes. For 10” and 12” baskets, place 2 spikes on the outskirts of the pot every 8 weeks. 14” cone baskets get 3 spikes.