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Invasive Species Week

This week is invasive species week. We should all take a little time to educate ourselves about invasive species. Wether or not you are a gardener they have an impact on all our lives. How many of us have had our veggies ruined by stink bugs or lost an ash tree to the emerald ash borer? The Bradford pear is a tree with huge economic repercussions. It is costing billions of taxpayer dollars to remove the invasive tree from public lands. For more information in invasive species go to: https://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/index.shtml

Phenology!

When the forsythia blooms I know spring is near. Some folks also use the forsythia blooms to know when to prune their roses or fertilize their lawn. The study of plant and animal life cycles and how they are influenced by the seasons is widely known as phenology. These warmer temperatures made me wonder if the phenology would be off kilter this year. Are you seeing any unusual phenological happenings in your area? For information on phenology you can visit the USA National Plant Phenology Network at https://www.usanpn.org

New plants for 2017

We have been busy finding plants to add to our inventory. Along with the old standbys this year we will have some new additions: Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Sugar Shack - A dwarf cultivar of our favorite button bush. Saurus Cernus - Lizzards tail, a fun one for a wet area. Symphoricarpos - Snowberry, delightful white berries. Sanguinaria canadensis - Bloodroot, Wonderful spring ephemoral. Comptonia - Sweetfern, marginally native here, but fun to grow. Bignonia - Crossvine. Similar to trumpet vine, but less aggressive Smilacina racemosa - Solomon's plume. White flowers for shade. Callirhoe involucrata -Winecups. Marginally native, but a strong performer in the drought garden. Porteranthus

Spring Hours!

We have started posting hours for 2017. These warm days have got me thinking of spring planting! This year we have added hours. We will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and alternate Saturdays all from 9-noon. Be sure to check www.watermarkwoods.com in case the schedule changes. We will try to keep availability updated, but in the spring things move in and out pretty fast!

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