Christmas Picture Time

Posted on November 20th, 2018

It’s that time of year at the garden center when we peek through the holiday greens on the patio and spot families trudging through our tree fields. Decked out in their Sunday best, bags of pre-wrapped gifts in hand. In search of the perfect spot to take the annual family photo. Christmas card photos are […]

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The Season is Upon Us

Posted on November 20th, 2018

The season is upon us.  The time for families to find the perfect Christmas tree.  If you are like me, memories of what seemed like endless searching at multiple tree farms springs to mind.  Once our journey ended then the real work began, as we hiked over hills of trees and made our way back […]

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BIRD FEEDING BASICS & the best houses!

Posted on November 16th, 2018

Each year as the cooler temps roll in I stock up on a few things for our feathered friends. I know it may seem somewhat dull but I really do enjoy watching the birds visit each morning. Year after year it seems I appreciate the calm natural beauty they bring to my yard more and […]

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Live tree planting and care

Posted on November 15th, 2018

The holidays are upon us, and nothing brings that festive spirit out more than getting your Christmas tree. For many families, this means gathering up the family and traveling to cut a tree down. But for others, this means going to a nursery to pick out a live tree. While it may seem intimidating at […]

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Why are my pines turning yellow?

Posted on November 2nd, 2018

One of the most common questions we get here in the fall at Van Wilgen’s is, “Why are my pines turning yellow? Are they sick?” The answer is, thankfully, no. All trees and shrubs renew their foliage annually in the spring and summer, and shed old, unneeded foliage in the fall. While this is most […]

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Many Hands make Light Work

Posted on November 1st, 2018

We have so few fall days to get outside and enjoy the little bit of warmer weather we have left.  Grab the whole family and finish up the last of the fall chores together.  Working as a family will make all the work seem lighter.  Heck, have some fun while you do it.  And…of course, […]

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Perennials: What not to cut back in Fall

Posted on October 31st, 2018

Nothing says fall is fully here like realizing that mornings start with a frosty car and cranking the heat to get the windows clear. Unfortunately for your plants, there’s no heater to keep them warm, and right about now, your perennials are probably looking pretty sad. If you’re like many gardeners, that means it’s time […]

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Fig Tree Winter Care

Posted on October 25th, 2018

As the days get shorter it is now time to start thinking about what we need to do to over-winter our plants. While your plants have enjoyed being outside this summer they need to come in before the temperatures dip below 50 degrees consistently. Now that covers most plants. But, there is one plant that over- […]

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Citrus winter care

Posted on October 19th, 2018

As the days get shorter it is now time to start thinking about what we need to do to over-winter our plants. While your plants have enjoyed being outside this summer they need to come in before the temperatures dip below 50 degrees consistently. The proper way to handle the transition is to slowly inch […]

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ASTER ‘PURPLE DOME’

Posted on October 18th, 2018

With the end of summer’s heat comes the beginning of fall’s color.  I love asters and fall brings lots of them.  A favorite of mine is Aster novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome.’  Nova-angliae is botanical Latin for New England where this aster is most happy. The flowers are a clear rosy-purple and the foliage is a healthy deep green. Height […]

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