Come to Hydrangea Days at Norway Gardens -- Aug. 29 - 31.
Enjoy special seminars and workshop on Aug. 30.

1/2 Price Sale of Selected Gifts & Lawn Ornaments
Summer Fashion Accessories -- Buy 1, Get 2nd Free
                                           (equal or less value)

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events!

Open Mon. through Sat., 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer Sale of Gifts and Fashion Accessories -- in progress

Hydrangea Days -- Aug. 29 - 31
Special Seminars and Workshop on Aug. 30


Free Gift Wrapping At Norway Gardens!

Visit Norway Gardens whenever you need a gift for someone special. Did you know you can purchase gifts there and have them gift-wrapped for you FREE? Simply ask to have your purchases wrapped & it will be done for you while you wait.

Hydrangea Days at Norway Gardens

Saturday, August 30, will be a red-letter day at Norway Gardens. It is the centerpiece day of a 3-day promotion -- Hydrangea Days -- at Norway Gardens.  All three days of the weekend will honor lots of sale prices but the special events will take place on that Saturday, August 30. There will be two fantastic seminars that day plus two Make-It Take-It Workshops.

All About Hydrangeas
Seminar at 10 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 30

There are so many kinds of hydrangeas! Some of them have blooms that can be controlled by adjusting pH levels and others will stay white regardless of what you do to them. Some get huge while other stay relatively small. What are the basic kinds of hydrangeas and how do you care for them? What about water and fertilizer needs? When should they be pruned? How can you preserve the blooms?  You will get answers to all your hydrangea questions at this 10 a.m. seminar.
The Best of 2014
Staff & Customer Picks of Annuals, Perennials, & Veggies
Seminar -- 1 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 30

What were your very favorite annuals, perennials, and/or vegetables thatyou grew this year? We offered so many new varieties as well as some tried-and-true favorites. Our staff members had favorites and want to share their ideas on this subject but we want to hear yours also!  Our one request is that you share pictures of plants you bought from our store so we can be more knowledgeable about them when we share our findings.
Please email or mail us your list and/or your pictures (with variety names mentioned please). If you prefer, you may bring this information to us.
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Deadline for entries is Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
Each person who enters a list and/or pictures of their favorites will receive a $10 gift certificate from Norway Gardens!

Fun with Dried Hydrangeas Make-It Take-It Workshop
Sat., Aug. 30 at 11:15 and 2:15


Create your choice of this beautiful hydrangea wreath or Christmas tree using hydrangeas that we grew and dried. While you are working, you will learn in greater detail the best ways to preserve the different varieties of hydrangeas.
We strongly suggest that you sign up in advance for this seminar and let us know which project you wish to make -- the wreath or the tree -- since our quantities are limited. When you sign up, you can specify your project choice so we can guarantee you will get to make the item you prefer.
Cost of either project:  $29.99

Plan to have lunch at Uncle Don's Barbecue Truck. Uncle Don will be at Norway Gardens all day on Aug. 30 during our special day.

Plants that Work in a Cutting Garden

A recent Twilight Seminar at Norway Gardens discussed the creation of a cutting garden so you can enjoy lots of fresh flower bouquets from your garden. Here are some possibilities of plants that make great cut flowers:

Annuals -- Zinnias, sunflowers, marigolds, lantana, calla lilies, salvia, celosia, pentas, snapdragons, Jewels of Opar, cosmos, statice, and angelonia.

Perennials -- Roses, daisies, lamb's ear, campanula such as Silver Bells or Genti, tall garden phlox, asters, coneflowers, monarda, mums, delphinium, rudbeckia, Baby's Breath, heliopsis, veronica, helenium, coreopsis, Russian sage, sedums, verbena, pinks, coral bells, astilbe, columbine, lupine, and yarrow.

Foliage -- Coleus, hostas, ferns, ivy,

Herbs: Scented geranium leaves, lemon verbena, pineapple sage, other kinds of sage, Thai basil, lavender, and rosemary.

Shrubs: Hydrangeas, Spirea blooms, lilacs.

For more information about this seminar, check our email that was sent on June 11, 2014.

Rejuvenate Your Tired Pots of Flowers for Fall

By summer's end it is tempting to let our tired pots of flowers die. Remember that early frosts are generally light and may occur only one or two nights. Often the temps will then warm up again. With another 4 to 6 weeks before a frost, why not -- with a little altering -- make our pots beautiful for that time? You can protect your pots for these short cold snaps by pulling them into your garage or covering them with a sheet or N-Sulate sheets.  In her seminar last night at Norway Gardens, Mary Ann Novack gave great tips on how to refurbish pots of flowers that are languishing at summer's end. With some pruning, fertilizing, and replacing the more tender plants with hardier ones, you can make your pots look great for another two months! Here are some of her tips:

  1. Rejunenate! Trim up any long or straggly growth and fertilize your potted plants.
  2. Pull the really sick-looking plants out of your pots. (If you wish, you can simply let the existing plants take over the pot.)
  3. Add a new plant or two to the pot in replacement and to add more color. Note: you may need to trim up or thin existing plants so they don't crowd out the new plants.
  4. If any of your pots look completely bad, pull out the dying plants and replace with hardier cold-weather lovers for fall beauty.

Mary Ann talked about selection of plants for fall pots, grouped by hardiness:

  1. The most cold-hardy plants that will look good late into October include pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale, small evergreens, perennial mums, and perennial ornamental grasses.
  2. Plants that can withstand some heavy frosts and even some freezing temps include many of the herbs, lavender, annual ornamental grasses, fall mums, ivy, asparagus fern, and fall-flowering perennials such as sedum, plumbago, asters, and coral bells.
  3.  If you are willing to provide a little protection on really cold nights, consider using these plants, some of which will give great fall color: zinnias, coleus, ornamental peppers, and succulents.
Here are examples of pots that still look good in late summer or that have been refurbished to look good. The first group has had nothing changed for late summer. They show the value of weekly fertilizing all spring and summer. They still look amazing and should look good into the fall:
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When planting your pots next spring, consider choosing plants that have the best chance of looking good well into the fall. Such plants include dragonwing begonias, coleus, lantana, ornamental grasses, King Tut and Baby Tut, sweet potato vines, vinca, Diamond Frost Euphorbia, and lobularia.

Finally, get creative with your pots. If only one plant looks good, get rid of the rest and fill the empty space with small pumpkins or gourds, a solar feature, or small lawn ornaments. Add movement to your pots by attracting butterflies to them. Butterflies love flowers such as sedums, asters, pentas, and zinnias. Consider putting a bird feeder or a whirly pinwheel in your pots.

You can enjoy your flowers well into the fall with just a little work. It is well worth the effort for the enjoyment beautiful pots of flowers provide.

Guard Against Blight on Tomatoes

Tomato blight can ruin a gardener's dreams of tomatoes! Blight is a fungal disease spread by spores. It is most severe in wet weather. There are three basic kinds of blight on tomatoes, Septoria Leaf Spot, early blight caused by the fungus Alternaria solani, and late blight from the fungal-type organism known as Phytophthora infestans .

Septoria leaf spot appears on the lower leaves of the plant after tomatoes begin setting on the plant. This fungus rarely affects the fruits of the plant but it reduces yield and quality. As leaves thin out from this fungus, the exposed tomatoes no longer have leaf protection from the sun and often are damaged by sunscald. This fungus spreads from plant to plant by splashing water.

Early blight affects lower leafs first too. It is first seen as dark brown to black spots on the leaves. Later the leaves turn yellow and drop. Even the stems of the tomato can be affected by early blight. Sometimes black spots appear on the tomatoes as well and often the tomatoes fall off the plant before they have a chance to ripen. This fungus overwinters on old tomato vines as well as on certain weeds.

Late blight most often appears in moist weather when nights are cool and days are quite warm. This fungus shows itself with dark green to nearly black wet-looking spots that begin spreading from the edges of the tomato leaves. Often a downy white growth appears on the lower leaf surface close to the outer part of the spots. This fungus is a rapid spreader!

What can be done about tomato blight? First, don't plant tomatoes in the same spot each year. Rotate them so you plant them in the same spot every three to four years. Next, if you have had a problem with blight before, plan to use a good veggie-safe fungicide such as Fertilome Broad Spectrum Landscape & Garden Fungicide or Bonide Fung-onil. These fungicides need to be applied every week or two beginning before any fungus appears. Once you see it, you may be too late in your efforts to destroy it.

With proper planning and care, you can avoid tomato blight and have a great harvest of tomatoes.

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