December 2, 2013
Once again we will offer a winter pruning class. Two classes, each with a maximum of six students will meet for 21/2 hours and learn how to ‘look’ at a plant or tree, establish pruning priorities and make the cuts. Class room instruction, demonstration and field work outside. The class is held rain, snow or shine but will be cancelled if the roads are icy. There will be a morning class and an afternoon class – both held on Saturday January 18, 2014. Call the nursery for more information: 919-620-0779.
November 7, 2013
We love this unusual dogwood that has army green puckered leaves arranged tightly on a distinct axis. It turns an interesting and lovely chocolate or deep purple in the fall. It is relatively new for us but sources say that it grows to 6-8 ft by 3-4 ft wide. It is easily propagated by cuttings made during summer and early fall under mist.
November 1, 2013
October 24, 2013
We have brought in a second truck of really nice trees and shrubs for your fall landscaping needs. Beautiful Hinoki cypress, strikingly odd Norway spruces called Cobra, and chubby shining blue Fat Albert Blue spruces for your holiday lights or maybe for your Tree! Remember, this is a great time to plant to get those roots growing into our soils all during the fall and most of the winter. Trees planted in the fall become better established than those planted in the Spring. We are open Tuesday through Saturday – 9 until 5pm.
September 25, 2013
Focus on Design
Each Seminar runs from 10:30 to noon in the Education Center at Architectural Trees
October 12: Maureen Buck Owner of Bluesky Nursery, ”Design with Specimen Trees as focal Points”. Maureen has a special interest in Japanese maples and Conifers.
October 19: Michelle Wallace – Durham’s own Horticulture extension agent will give a power point presentation on: ‘Garden Room Development’. Michelle has given many workshops and presents in a clear and effective manner.
October 26: Matt Carlisle – Purdue Graduate, Landscape Architect doing Residential design for Garden Environments in Durham , will give a seminar on “Hardscapes for Outdoor Living”.
November 2: Laurie Renz – Lifelong Gardener, academic background, “Plant Selection and Design for Deer-resistant Shade Gardening for Wildlife” Dr. Renz has developed beautiful shade gardens in Cincinnati, OH, and now in Hillsborough.
November 9: TJ Husted of Outdoor Images will give a presentation on “Design on Site: Go Paperless!” TJ ‘s company was the “Grand Award winner NCLA for design and installation.”
September 7, 2013
Our Fall shipment has arrived and we have pulled out many of our own treasures for our Fall season which is starting in just a few days! The inventory list will be completed prior to Sept 14th, I promise. We brought in some really nice Acer japonicum cultivars – in 15 inch boxes, as well as some spectacular conifers that I had picked back in Oregon in July. We will have our ‘tractor barn filled with 1 and 2 gal size plants and some 3 gal Japanese Maples as well. Our nursery has never looked better!
August 28, 2013
We are looking forward to our Fall season. What an incredible spring and summer we have had. It has been an ideal condition to grow plants – we have had plenty of rain, and cool weather. Our hours this fall are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 to 5pm. Come see what we have grown! OUr website will be current prior to our opening.
June 28, 2013
On a dreary Wednesday, some of the members of this very active Garden Club came to visit the conifer garden at John Monroe’s home in Indian Lake NY. For almost 20 years he has been planting cultivars of Spruce, PInes, Junipers, Firs and Larches in this zone 3 climate. After viewing almost 50 specimens, the members of the club were asked to name their favorite and why. The winners were: PIcea abies ‘Virgata’, Abies concolor ‘Blue Cloak, PInus banksiana ‘pendula’, Larix ‘ varied directions’, PIcea glauca ‘dent’, Picea glauca ‘pendula’. and PInus resinosa ‘ morel’. The club was given a 3 gal Picea engelmannii ‘snake’ to raffle or plant as they chose.
May 19, 2013
This form of Western Cedar has a beautiful form, and could be more widely used in our landscapes. The way we grow it at the nursery is to stake it initially, allowing only one leader. Eventually, when the desired height is reached. It is topped ( cutting the leader), and then all secondary shoots that may try to resume dominance are kept cropped off. The picture demonstrates this technique.
Deer have left this tree completely alone.
March 13, 2013
Kuma bamboo grass ( Sasa veitchii) typically grows up to 5 ft. Every spring we use the lawnmower and cut it down to 3 inches or so. The plant responds by re-growing to about a foot during the summer. The dark green fairly large leaves are attractive during the summer. What is stunning however, is what happens during the winter when the edges of the leaves turn straw colored. It runs but this technique seems to stunt the plant so that it has not been overly aggressive. After 30 years the patch has grown from one plant to a 15ft x 25 ft section.