With the warmer weather, hummingbirds are beginning to show up here in Northern New Mexico. AND… while there are still some chilly nights here and there, getting your feeders up now will help these little birds until there is more natural nectar available. While in Santa Fe, they mate, build nests, hatch their young, and eat, eat, and eat as much flower nectar and tiny insects as they can until they have put on enough weight to endure the long, cold, dangerous fall and winter flight south.
TJs TIP: Don’t forget to clean the feeders regularly (at least once a week) to prevent the nectar from going bad. Payne’s has an excellent selection of hummingbird feeders and food supplies.
See this week’s DID YOU KNOW button on our website some fun facts! Help these amazing birds out by providing them nectar. Stop by either location today and start enjoying the beauty of hummingbirds.
Most summer-blooming hardy perennials, such as yarrow (Achillea), Jupiter’s beard (Centranthus ruber), and hummingbird mint (Agastache), can be divided at this time, before they have developed too far.
Have your new planting hole ready before you take your divisions. Make sure you cut through the rootball cleanly, with a sharp spade, as far down as you can, so that you lose as few roots as possible.
Plant the division immediately (the longer you wait, the more likely it will suffer from transplant shock) in soil that has been enriched with compost, well-aged manure, and/or a slow-release plant food.
To guard against transplant shock, water in your transplant with a solution of 1 teaspoon per gallon Super-Thrive® or Root Stimulator; repeat the following week. Keep the transplant well-watered until it has had a chance to establish a good root system.
THE RAIN GODS SEEM TO
HAVE FORGOTTEN US THIS YEAR!
Many of us have switched to planting our annuals in pots where we can control their watering. The days of planting annuals in large beds have almost disappeared. Perennials are now being used more as many are drought tolerant and still give you beautiful color.
Many of the perennials we carry grow beautifully with little water once established. Of course, all plants will need to be watered regularly at the beginning. Some of the varieties I can think of right off hand are yarrow Coronation Gold; all lance-leaf coreopsis; iris; daylilies; sedums; gaillardias and salvias. We also have lots of perennials worth growing that give you the ‘WOW’ factor such as a new series of West Country lupines, the ever popular gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and Summer Nights delphinium.
We here, at the South Store, have only pulled a sampling of the perennials we have in stock at the North Store. Be sure to visit both locations for the whole flower experience.
The Garden Guru last week chatted about the history of Mother’s Day. Lynn mentioned that Mother’s Day has been celebrated for thousands of years, probably the oldest celebration was by the Hindus – they started celebrating Mother’s day, but it wasn’t a celebration of your Mom, or my Mom, it was more a celebration of “motherhood” in general. As for the United States, Mother’s Day is a relatively new holiday. actually it was President Woodrow Wilson who signed a proclamation making Mother’s Day a national holiday to celebrate.
Thank goodness for President Wilson… this way we have a very special day to offer our moms beautiful flowering plants and gifts.
Payne’s has a plethora of colorful flowering plants such as rose bushes, geraniums, petunias, marigolds and much more! But there is a trick to keeping these plants healthy! Listen to Lynn’s tip on how to keep these flowering plants blooming all summer long!
Tune in every Friday on KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm you’ll hear Lynn Payne’s tip of the week. The “Garden Guru” himself provides information on different topics including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.
Homegrown Dahlias from Payne’s Nurseries from this Spring!
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