Monday, 02 August 2010 08:24
The Bloomingfoods East Garden Center expanded significantly this past spring, with the renovation of our patio seating area. Plants in the Garden Center are protected by lattice fencing and edged with well cared-for shrubs. The Garden Center was designed to include natural plant-based air conditioning and light shade, making it a cooling oasis. Plants from Stranger’s Hill Organics grace the front of the store. They include sometimes hard-to-find native cultivars. Organic berry bushes from Keith Uridel’s farm are available, too.
Local grower Linnea Good has returned to our staff to help manage the Garden Center. She brings extensive experience to the job, along with the skills to keep plants happy and to answer customer questions. Linnea owns and operates Linnea’s Greenhouse in Unionville and is a popular vendor at the Farmers Market and Winter Market.
“We have a great selection of perennials in the Garden Center that can be planted now,” Linnea says. “August and September are months when you should be sure to mulch your gardens, planting any bare spots with flowering kale or hardy garden mums. The earlier you plant your mums the better. Hardy mums need time to establish themselves before winter.” The chrysanthemums at Bloomingfoods are from Grams Nursery in Nashville, Indiana.
“Pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and colors will start to come in soon. Herb plants from local growers, (including basil, oregano, mint, parsley, rosemary, and many varieties of thyme) are also available. We’ll have lots of fall planting bulbs – tulips, daffodils, paper whites, hyacinths and amaryllis. I am also expecting elephant garlic bulbs and shallots.”
Some of the flowers that do well at this time of year are those that are first seen in early spring. “You can brighten an entryway with a wide variety of flowering pansies and violas,” Linnea suggests. “We have winter hardy spring-back pansies, in varieties that will bloom this fall and come back next spring.” This is also good time to plant trees and shrubs. “We’ll have many beautiful seasonal options from local vendors as the weather cools down,” Linnea promises.
”For seasonal decorating, you’ll see dried sunflower heads, Indian corn, bales of straw, broom corn, bittersweet, and colorful flowers for your deck or doorway. Enjoy a late summer meal on the Bloomingfoods patio, and then come walk around the Garden Center to see what’s available.