Thursday, December 31, 2015
Here's a few of our most popular links of 2015 featuring color for your garden!
Take advantage of the best time for the varieties that need a little extra time to become established.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Most people that don't already grow the flowering shrubs are surprised to learn that roses do really well in our climate. They are drought tolerant when established and are a rewarding way to add bold color to your landscape.
Ketchup & Mustard Rose
With the hundreds of varieties available to plant, it can be overwhelming to pick the right ones.
Here's a basic breakdown of five of the most common categories of roses that you'll find while shopping. Knowing how a rose is going to mature will help you put the right plant in the right place.
Opening Night Rose
Hybrid Tea are the world's most popular roses. They grow to 4-6 feet in height with a 2-4 foot spread and produce large well formed blooms atop long straight upright stems. They are excellent for cutting and arrangements.
Chicago Peace Rose
Grandiflora, Latin for "large-flowered", are the largest of the shrubs getting up to 8-10 feet in height.
The blooms cluster in threes or fives and are also featured on long stems.
Dick Clark Rose
Floribunda, Latin for "many-flowering", is a cross between polyanthas and hybrid tea to produce a large number of high quality blooms. This bush stays in the 3-4 foot range in height with a 2-4 foot span. The flowers are typically smaller than a hybrid tea, but bloom in larger clusters. The Iceberg roses are also in this group and are very prolific bloomers.
Coral Dawn Beauty
Climbing roses grow very long (15-30 feet with a 10-15 foot spread) with more flexible canes than the shrub or bush varieties.
These are not to be confused with vines that can cling to walls or trellises by themselves, climbing roses need to be trained on to support structures.
The blooms are varying forms of small and large flowers and some can be repeat bloomers.
Miniature Roses are dwarf mutations of other shrub varieties. They stay relatively small growing only 6 inches to 2 feet in height with a span of about 2-4 feet. This makes them excellent for growing in containers or also in a bright spot indoors as houseplants.
All roses grown in our desert climate require some hard pruning in the dormant season (winter) to thrive. There is an art to pruning so don't miss our Seminar this Saturday at all Star Nursery Locations at 10am and 2pm!
Pruning is well worth the time and you'll see the flowers of your labor in the spring, possibly all summer, and again in the fall.
Knowing the growing habit of a rose makes it easier to plan for its place in your garden whether you're looking for a more formal rose garden or just looking to add some color to your already drought tolerant landscape.
Check out our Star Notes on Rose Selection, Care, and Planting!
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Black Seed Simpson Lettuce
Fall, just like Spring, can be a tricky time of year for veggie gardeners here in the desert. Either it stays cool too long in the Spring and heats up quickly leaving a short window for things to mature before summer, or the opposite happens in the Fall.
This year our summer seemed endless and it was tough to get seeds to germinate and for plants to get nice and sturdy in the heat.
Then the cold came in fast and hard. Dipping down in to the low 40 degrees immediately after record breaking high temperatures.
Strange as it's been, the cool season vegetables are luckily pretty hardy as long as you've gotten some substantial growth on your seedlings.
As long as you've plated the season's appropriate edibles, you should have a pretty worry free cold season.
This includes your leafy greens such as lettuces, kale, mustard, collards or chard.
Veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and root vegetables like carrots, parsnips or turnips will all do well this time of year.
Peas are another hardy cool season favorite and are a great addition to help add nitrogen into your soil naturally.
If you have young seedlings or tender greens like lettuce, it may do you some good to cover up those baby plants when our temperatures hover around freezing.
Burlap is a great insulator for these chilly nights.
Don't forget to stake or anchor the burlap so that the wind doesn't carry it into your neighbor's yard.
Be sure to uncover the plants after the temperatures rise the next morning so that your veggies can gather as much sunlight as they can.
It's also a good idea to give your garden a nice long drink of water before a frost hits.
Although it seems contrary to preventing plants from freezing up, watering your plants before it's supposed to freeze is the very thing that will keep them from freezing.
The amount of energy that is generated while the plant is actively taking up water is just enough to keep them warm for the night.
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Join us this Saturday, October 24th at the beautiful Sunset Park for Get Outdoors Nevada Day!
Come learn all the ways you can explore the great outdoors in our exciting state.
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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Fall is more than just an excuse to eat pumpkin spice flavored everything.
Take advantage of sweater weather to refresh your garden beds with some flowers that have cool season staying power.
Mums, or Chrysanthemums, are the quintessential fall flower and they
come in lots of rich colors.
From deep reds to golden yellow, you're sure to find something
to spice up your tired pottery or front entryway.
Marigolds are such a cheery way to liven up your end-of-summer-stressed-out-beds.
Layer in rows of yellow, orange and even white to create your own candy corn
walkways or paths.
Pansies are a staple of cooler weather flowers and are so versatile thanks to their many colors and painted faces. They are low growing and can even take a shadier spot in your garden.
So roll up those recently donned long sleeves and hit that seasonal reset button!
For more cool weather color options, visit your local Star Nursery today!
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
We had a great planting day over at The Boys & Girls Club of Kingman last week!
The club, although occupying a beautiful historic building, was surrounded by concrete and bare dirt. They were really in need of a green space and an opportunity for the children to enjoy a little bit of nature while visiting after school and over the summer.
We started by covering the beds with clear plastic sheeting and solarizing the soil to rid the beds of weeds and pests.
After about a month we were ready to get our shovels into the soil and prepare the beds for a variety of desert shrubs, trees and flowers.
The marketing team here at Star Nursery made fast work of digging holes for the new garden.
Once all the larger plants were in he ground we invited the kids to come out and get their hands dirty.
They each were able to plant their very own addition to the garden; a red salvia.
Pristine Black Swallowtail Butterfly
It didn't take long to see that our efforts had paid off. We had visitors from nature as soon as we had put the last plant in place.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Join us for a weekend of fun at the Pahrump Fall Festival!
There's going to be lots to see and do, including:
Noon Kids’ “Barrel Racing”
Pictures in the Park Princess, Super Heroes, Ninja Turtles
Pie Eating Contest Come hungry for this one!
Noon Kids and Adults Talent Show
And so much more!
Don't forget to stop by the Star nursery Booth!
150 NV-160, Pahrump, NV 89060