I’ve decided Henry’s Garnet Sweetspire is this week’s Plant of the Week. This is an awesome little shrub that is very much underused in our landscapes. It’s a hybrid of the Florida native Sweetspire, Itea virginica, and it’s on the list of Florida Friendly Plants. What’s not to love about this little guy? It grows 3-4′ tall x 4-6′ wide. Blooms fragrant, white bottlebrush-type flowers in the Spring. Has no serious bug or disease problems. And its leaves turn a red/garnet color in the fall. Too cool! It loses its leaves in the winter, likes sun/part shade, and can adapt to either regular water situation in a garden or to wet areas. It’s a very versatile little plant. Don’t you have a place in your garden for a low maintenance, flowering shrub??
Henry’s Garnet Sweetspire
Henry’s Garnet Sweetspire
Henry’s Garnet Sweetspire. The blooms are just beginning to open up.
Hey. Did you hear that this Sunday is Mother’s Day?? You don’t want to forget that day, for sure. Instead of giving her a bunch of cut flowers that die in a week, why not give her a living plant that will last for years. Keep in mind too that the Garden Shop has beautiful jewelry and home accessories. Not sure what to get her? Well, an R&G gift certificate would be perfect.
Can’t figure out why a plant is looking all wilty even though its soil is still wet from all that recent rain? Well, there are a couple of reasons.
First is, it got use to that cloudy weather we had for about a week and now it’s getting tons of direct sunshine (if it’s in the sun, of course). So it has to get acclimated to all that sunshine again.
Second is, if the soil is really wet from the rain, its roots may be too waterlogged to be able to absorb water.
So don’t automatically reach for the hose if you see wilty. Check the soil first. If it’s moist, leave it alone. Give the soil a couple of days to dry out, them check it again. It the plant’s in the sun, just give it a couple of days of getting use to alot of sun again.
Hey, look outside. Do you see what I see?? Yep, that’s blue sky and beautiful, glorious sunshine. It’s gonna be a perfect day for hitting the Garden Center and taking advantage of our Derby/Cinco Sale…20% of all roses and 10% off everything else. Gibbs would love to see you.
Well, today is Kentucky Derby Day…mint julep, anyone? And tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo…tequilla, anyone? I think that calls for a Derby/Cinco sale. So…today and tomorrow only, 05/04 and 05/05, all roses are 20% off, everything else in the Nursery and Garden Shop is 10% off. See ya there.