Friday, May 28, 2010

More Flowering Beauties: Another Slideshow

In between rain storms I was able to get out in the gardens and take some pictures of our "babies."  They look so cute with the water droplets.  This is the reason why we garden.  We get to see the fruits of our labor and enjoy all the beautiful flowers.

Iris Collection Slideshow

This has been a crazy spring and our iris collection is just starting to bloom.  Usually  the are blooming during the plant sale, but we are running behind schedule this year.  Look how beautiful all the different varieties are.  I will be taking pictures as the flowers progress.  It's just going to get better and better.  I love how the rain droplets sit on the blooms.

If you see one you like--we might have it for sale.  Come and see our Dike's Collection and add it to your own garden.  They are perfect for Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I'm Happy: See Why

I apologize for giving all you fellow readers a lecture today.  I have corrected the problem with leaving comments and now anyone can share their answers--Master Gardeners and friends of the Gardens.  Now, let the flood gates of answers to "What's Wrong with my Plant" flow from your fingertips.  I'm waiting to hear what y'all have to say.

I'm Sad: See Why

I thought for sure I would have had a guess on "What's Wrong with my Plant I or II" by now.  I guess the two blog viewers out there don't want to win a fabulous prize from Jerry's office.  Oh well, I'll continue to patiently wait for a few more days.  Then I'll tell you the answers.  C'mon super sleuths--I want to hear some answers.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What's Wrong with this Plant: Part II

I had another mystery that needed to be solved.  See if you can figure out what is wrong with this beloved tomato.  I have decided that the tomato is the most endearing plant in the veggie kingdom.  People love their tomatoes!  This will be the first of many diagnostic questions with this well-loved crop. 
 Let me know if you can figure it what's wrong with this plant.  I think I might start giving prizes to the first one who answers it right.  But first, I need to find something for a prize. Okay, I found a great prize in Jerry's office.  Who wants to be the first winner?  Leave me a comment with your answer under this post.  1,2,3...Go

Monday, May 24, 2010

What's Wrong with this Plant: May 24, 2010

I promised that I would give you more chances to use the skills you have learned in the Master Gardener course.  Now's your chance to impress us with your horticulture knowledge. 
Each year we have a lot of people bringing in their scrub oak with this problem.  Can you figure how what happened to this branch?  Give me your best educated guess.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

All Flats are Gone

Sorry, all the $5.00 flats and other left over plants have been sold.  Thanks for buying them and supporting our gardens.  We are steps closer to getting our Outdoor Classroom.

What's Blooming in the Gardens: May 18, 2010

 After we planted I had a few moments to see what was blooming in the garden.  All the flowers look great with the raindrops on them.  The iris are starting along with the clematis.  The hidden bench with Kerria is gorgeous.  I really can't complain with all the cooler temperatures and moisture we have received this spring.  It has made the flowers look wonderful!

The Best Planting Day Ever!

We couldn't have asked for a better day to plant all our annual flowers.  The weather was cool, we had awesome Master Gardeners and Interns to work with, and once all the planting was done Mother Nature watered them in for us.  Everything went so smoothly today--I'm still in shock how nice it was. 

Susie and I were able to get all the designed with help from you guys and everything was planted by 3pm.  That has never happened--ever!   Thanks for all your help today.  We can all agree that we have the best Master Gardeners in the world!

Rain or Shine: We're Still Planting

Yes, we're crazy for planting in the rain, but the flowers need to be planted.  Hope that you all can come and join us.  Bring a trowel and rain gear if necessary.  It will be a lot of fun!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Art in the Garden: Change of Date

Remember how I told you our next event is the spectacular Art in the Garden?  Well the date has been changed to Thursday, June 17th, instead of Friday, June 18th.  I hope everyone will pencil it onto their calendars and plan to come.  It will be so much fun to stroll through our beautiful gardens on sunny day.  Watch some of our wonderful local artists painting beautiful landscapes, sample some delicious food provided by local chefs, and listen to a talented orchestra perform under the stars.  What more could you ask for?  For the event to be free?  Why yes it is.  Please come out and have some fun with us.  Did I happen to mention that will have a few plants for sale?  Yes, that will be going on also on Thursday, June 17th.  Mark those calendars!

Steal of a Deal

Update:  The flats are almost gone--we have about 10 flats left.  We still have beautiful geraniums and spikes left.  They are priced well below cost!

I have a deal for all those who come out to the Ogden Botanical Gardens.  We are selling our annual flats for $5.00, Heirloom Geraniums for $3.00, and Spikes (Dracena) for $2.00.  It's a first come, first serve basis.  Get them before they're all gone! 

Friday, May 14, 2010

What's Blooming in the Gardens

Even though we had a busy week, I was able to snap a few pictures of what is blooming at the gardens.  The crabapple walk is spectacular.  Hope that you were able to enjoy when you came to the sale.

Plant Sale Fun

Thanks for coming out to our Plant Sale on Thursday.  We had such a great time talking with each of you and selling all the wonderful plants.  A special thanks to all you Master Gardeners who came out and supported us with your help during the sale, and also by purchasing some plants for yourselves.  We truly couldn't have had such a successful day without your help with the customers, sorting the plants, loading and unloading the trailer, and writing tags. 

Thank you for coming to our classes--we hope that you enjoyed the Annual Bed Design and Hanging Basket classes put on by Susie.  She always does such a fantastic job teaching and designing the beds.  We also hope those that attended the Hanging Basket classes remember the importance of a thriller, filler, and spiller.  Don't forget to water, deadhead, and fertilize those beautiful baskets. 

We had such a wonderful time and thanks again for sharing the gorgeous day and plants with us.  Don't forget--Art in the Garden is June 18th.  Now, I need to get working on that.  You know what that means-- Master Gardeners, I'm going to need your help, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Visa and Mastercard Now Accepted

Virtual Hosting
We now accepted Visa, Master Card and debit cards at all our plant sales.  We used to only accept cash and personal checks, so we are excited by this good news and we hope you are too!

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Aren't you glad that you are in a warm house surfing the web and not outside planting flowers?  It has been raining cats and dogs here at the gardens and we have been organizing our greenhouse for the sale and classes for Thursday.  We hope to see you all here.  The planting will have to wait until next Tuesday and let's hope that the rain will have stopped by then. 

Monday, May 10, 2010

Answer: What's Wrong with this Plant?

I only got 2 answers to my trivia question, and yes, you two were exactly right.  The answer was frost damage on the hosta and the Golden Rain tree buds.  This spring we have had many nights that have dipped into the low 30's and the cold temperatures have nipped the buds on many plants throughout the gardens.  The good news is that the plants will recover and will put out new buds and growth--so the damage will eventually not be so noticeable.

Thanks for participating in our diagnosis session and I hope to post more questions as the season progress.

Another Rain Delay

Master Gardeners-- it looks like rain and cold temperatures are forecasted for our planting day on Tuesday.  For these reasons we will have to postpone moving, prepping and planting our annual beds until next Monday(17th) and Tuesday  (18th).  Sorry for the inconvenience that we might have caused in your personal schedules.  We will still be holding our plant sales this week and classes.  For a schedule of free classes, workshops, and sales click here.  Hope to see you all out at all our fabulous events this week and next Monday and Tuesday for prepping and planting.  Let's hope that we don't have another rain delay event next week.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Sneak Peek

I'm going to give you guys a sneak peak of some of the annuals we will have on sale this Thursday. If you are a member of the garden our Members Only Sale is Wednesday from 6-8pm at the Utah Botanical Center in Kaysville. The sale will be at the New Wetland Discovery Center--you'll be one of first people to have a "sneak peek" inside. Come check it out! It's pretty awesome! Not a member? Click here to find out how you can save 20% on some amazing plants and classes this year! With your support you'll be helping our garden as it continues to grow.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Heirloom Tomatoes, Peppers, and Geraniums--Oh My!

Our favorite Horticulturalist Jerry Goodspeed was on KSL Studio 5 today.  Here is the recap for those of you who were busy helping us at our Clean Up Day.  Hope to see you at the plant sale next Thursday and Saturday.

Thank again Master Gardeners

Thanks to all who came out and worked at the gardens today.  You truly exceeding all our expectations!  The place looks gorgeous!  We were so tickled pink to have had about 40 wonderful Master Gardeners to rub shoulders with today. We were able to accomplish everything on our "wish list," so thank you for coming out and working so hard in all the gardens today.  You truly are amazing!  We look forward to working with you through the rest of the season!  We truly have the best Master Gardeners in the world!

Monday, May 3, 2010

What's Wrong with this Plant?

Okay everyone, I'm starting a new segment called "What's wrong with this plant?"  I'm hoping that it will help you to become better plant detectives and me a better teacher.  Susie and I were looking around the arboretum today and found some problems.  Let's see if you know the answer.  I will post the picture(s) and you can leave comments on what you think might be the problem.  It's okay to guess--just leave me a comment and I will post the answer in a few days, after I have given you a while to think about it.  So get your thinking caps on and start doing some detective work.  Master Gardeners--now is your chance to impress me and your friends.  Here's your first problem--let's see if you know the answer.  Clue: It's the same problem on both plants.

What's Blooming in the Gardens

I thought I would change the slide show to a bi-weekly update.  That way you can see what's blooming in the garden throughout the entire year.  Stay tuned--the plants have only just begun to "pop."  I will try to have names of the flowers under each of the pictures for educational purposes.