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WHAT’S BLOOMING IN SANTA FE NOW

ANOTHER GREAT QUESTION?

As far as what’s blooming in Santa Fe – the Garden Guru said that he has been seeing Lilacs all over town! 

Lilacs are also one of those plants that have the popularity through the ages almost as long as roses have. Most of the Lilacs that are grown in New Mexico today come from the common Lilac of Europe — even though several Lilacs are bred in the US we collectively call these Lilacs – French Hybrids!

These hybrids come in every color from purple and blue and pink and white and everything in between — and some of them are fragrant some are more fragrant than others! Listen to Lynn’s tip about the Korean Lilacs and what is so special about this particular variety!

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VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!

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DOMINO AFFECT!

The week after Easter we begin filling our tables with flowers and vegetables for the Spring rush. Now we are stressing out because much has been sold and we cannot keep up with the transplanting and the demand.

 
In addition, we are also experiencing other shortages. Customers cannot understand why we do not have all the plants and other products they are looking for. In the past, we have been able to bring in plant material from outside vendors. These vendors are also experiencing shortages. The smaller workforce this past year meant many of the greenhouses had to cut back on their production. Several natural disasters, like the freeze in Texas, fires and hurricanes have added to the shortages.
 
Shortages include plastic resin for pots, bark for mulches (a byproduct of lumber) and trucks to deliver the products. The Domino Affect.
 
This is a whole new experience for us all. PLEASE BE PATIENT. We have less staff than usual and are doing our very best to fill everyone’s requests. Routines are slowing returning. Remember gardening is supposed to be enjoyable.

STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE. HAPPY GARDENING!
 

4 BEE FRIENDLY PLANTS TO HAVE IN YOUR YARD

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By T. Lacoma
 
Even if you aren’t a beekeeper, there are still plenty of reasons to encourage bees to inhabit your garden or yard. Bees are great for flower pollination, most aren’t dangerous (unless their hive is threatened) and, hey, some people even like the sound of murmuring bees on a summer day. Regardless of your reasons for attracting these helpful insects to your yard, here are 4 bee friendly plants that will also beautify your landscape.
 
Plants for Bees: Lavender
If you ever wondered, does lavender attract bees, then you’ll be pleased to know it’s a great addition. Lavender is one of the most versatile plants on our list, ideal for gardens, pots, flowerbeds and anywhere else you want to include it. If you’ve grown lavender outdoors before, you know that it is popular among bees. If you want bigger, bushier lavender plants, then grow it in raised flower beds with good drainage-lavender hates heavy soils that stay wet for long periods of time. Here’s how you can also improve yard drainage.
 
Plants for Bees: Oregano
As a general rule, common herbs like oregano, sage and basil are very attractive to bees when they flower. Oregano is best grown in a pot, where it is easy to control and harvest. Otherwise it can take over a flowerbed and grow into more of a problem than a useful herb. Keep it in well-drained soil and do not overwater. Here are some other incredible plants for container gardening.
Discover more great herbs to grow near a patio.
 
Plants for Bees: Lilacs
Beautiful, fragrant lilacs are always a good idea if you have the space-and it’s not hard to see why bees love them. Lilacs love well-drained soils and the sun, and they grow into large bushes over time, so leave plenty of space for these bee friendly plants to grow when starting your garden.
 
Plants for Bees: Clover
We’re not talking about the clover that’s taking over your lawn, we’re talking about a larger flowering variety that is far more at home in your garden. While you may have to protect it from hungry creatures, bees will love it. Just remember to plant it more like grass and treat it like a groundcover (please don’t step on bees though) as an alternative to a lawn. These are really simple things you can do at home to help save the bees.
 
Ask Payne’s gardening experts which of the above we have in stock!

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