May 15th is the last frost date in Western Pennsylvania. This means Mother Nature has theoretically ended the freezing air temperatures and that the ground is now ready to welcome newly sown seeds and their new shoots. However some seeds may rot in the too wet ground and the flowers to follow may themselves wilt and fry in the hot summer sun or drying winds. The glass and metal blooms from Still Blooming will not fall prey to the soggy clay soils of this region nor the humid and intense August heat that is bound to catch up to us. The blooms will hold their color through Autumn and beyond. And remember, no watering! What more could we ask of our gardens than never-ending color that will always be Still Blooming.
Butler Spring Home and Garden Show – Alameda Park Butler https://www.visitbutlercounty.com/events/5279-m/annual-spring-garden-market-home-show-alameda-park
May 17 – 9am – 4pm
Beachwood-Lyndhurst Art Festival Legacy Village – Cleveland, OH
Show Dates: 5/31/14 – 6/1/14
Three Rivers Arts Festival 2014 – Penn Ave. Booth 123 Pittsburgh, PA
Show Dates: 6/6/14 -6/7/14
Butler Garden Club Summer Garden Party Butler Country Club
June 19 – 9:30am
SouthSide Works Exposed – South Side Works, Pittsburgh PA
Show Dates: 7/11- 7/13
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It’s here, I promise. Spring is here. Right? It has to be. Perhaps if we collectively believe that the new green on the trees and the shoots emerging from the ground are a signal that the warm weather will indeed come, we may be able to convince Mother Nature to let her warming child stick around our gardens. Especially on the weekends! Perhaps we could persuade her with the glorious colors of the new crop of blooms from Still Blooming. They will stand tall and proud forever and will continue to remind us all that regardless what the calendar says, spring will always spring forth!
Nestled in Green Bloom
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The Northeast has turned into to a large, community steam bath. Summer pushed spring aside rather quickly this year. The heat and humidity have made themselves quite comfortable while the rest of us continue to stew in their juices. With the exception of 3 gerbera daisy plants I relied on the framework of woody ornamentals and perennials planted the year before to come back and own the gardens. Two of last year’s tomato varieties and many of the annuals volunteered in this year’s garden event. I am convinced that the perpetual blooms from Still Blooming planted in early spring invited all the plants to join the warming light and air above ground. Slowly they were coaxed out of their winter beds and the barren earth began to sprout fresh green, the soft purple of hostas and the bronze of the fern’s fiddleheads. I was delighted when the gladiolus purchased and planted last fall began to break ground.
The bag of gladiola bulbs sported a lovely photo that lured me into buying the delicately colored flowers-to-be appropriately named Pink Blush. I thought they would be the perfect respite for the eyes in and amongst the vibrant cutting garden and sunflower collections. The first one to show color hinted white. I figured it would turn pink as it began to open. It didn’t. The next gladiola to follow was neither white or pink. It was chartreuse. A beautiful sun-kissed spring green. As each gladiola’s buds plumped and unfolded a different color was exposed and none of them were pink! Not one! The front gardens are sparked with coral, white, chartreuse, yellow chiffon and today, the most brilliant crimson. The beds are ablaze with sublime regality.
Determined to get my pink I planted delicately colored, vintage, perpetual blooms including the negligee pink I so wanted earlier!
Save water this hot, hot summer and get the color you want in your garden. Plant the perpetual blooms from
~ Still Blooming ~
Now and forever… Bloom On