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Please check back often to learn great gardening and landscape tips and the latest Winterberry news. Remember, Winterberry is your one source solution for all of your landscape needs.

  1. Holiday Winter Roasted Vegetables

    With the holidays only a few days away, we wanted to share a holiday seasonal recipe with you! These roasted root veggies look so good, and they are are great side dish to add to your table. 

    We hope you try this recipe out!

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  2. Extending Your Veggie Gardening Season

    If any of you attended one or more of our Veggie Gardening 101 sessions this season, you’ll remember that one of the subjects we spoke at length about was extending your vegetable gardening season. There are two ways of course to do that. One is to start planting earlier with cold-tolerant crops such as: spinach, lettuce, peas, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, just to name a few of the many veggie you can plant.

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  3. How to Beat the Drought this Winter

    Half of Connecticut is in an extreme drought this winter. The National Drought Monitor website shows that 44.5 percent of CT state falls into the extreme drought category, 24.8 percent considered in “severe drought,” and 30.7 percent in “moderate” drought.

    The Hartford Courant stated, “Late last month, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy requested that all Connecticut residents and businesses voluntarily restrict water use and state officials issued their first-ever “drought watch” for counties in the western and central portions of Connecticut.”

     

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    John Woike / Hartford Courant A panorama view of Wassel Reservoir in Southington is way below it’s normal levels as many cities and counties in the state of Connecticut are facing severe drought conditions as reservoirs and wells are drained of their natural resource, water. This reservoir feeds New Britain who announced today that city officials are preparing to buy water from the Metropolitan District Commission.

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  4. Thanksgiving Dishes from the Garden

    With the Holiday’s coming up, we wanted to share some recipes with you from Cooking Light! Its a great time to use up any of your root veggies from your garden!

    The recipes are a great twist on classic holiday dishes, and on the healthier side as well.

    We hope you try them out!

    Pan Roasted Veggies

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    Ingredients

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, divided
    • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 pound peeled cubed butternut squash (about 3 cups)
    • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-in. pieces (about 2 1/4 cups)
    • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
    • 8 ounces small Yukon Gold potatoes, halved
    • Cooking spray

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  5. Welcome Fall Gardening!

    Mums, hay bales, cornstalks, and pumpkins are starting to pop up in neighborhoods everywhere.  Most people have put their vegetable gardens to bed by now.  So when we recommend adding cabbage or peppers in fall plantings, it raises some eyebrows. Using plants that are traditionally grown as edibles to accent the landscape can be a difficult concept for many. But it’s important to note that using cabbage, kale, or even ornamental peppers can bring visual interest, little maintenance, and long lasting color into your fall annual garden or container.

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  6. Colors of Fall

    With summer winding down and fall just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about adding fall colors into your landscape. Fall annuals are really what fall is about, but there are other ways to get long-lasting fall interest in your yard using trees, shrubs and perennials.

    Here at Winterberry we have a variety of ways to add color. Trees are a great way to add a big splash of fall color to your landscape. A few of my favorites include Maples, Sweetgum and River Birch. The foliage of Maples range from yellow to orange and even red, depending on the type of Maple tree you select. Sweetgums have yellow-purple-red foliage, also depending on the variety. River Birches offer a yellow foliage with an interesting bark in the fall.
    In the shrub yard, we selected a new Weigela called Wings of Fire which grows to four feet tall and wide. This shrub is great for borders and the foliage gets a distinct red color once cool autumn temperatures arrive. Brandywine and Winterthur, just two of the many types Viburnum we carry, produce red and blue berries and are paired with a dark maroon-red foliage. These Viburnum are stunning alone or even planted as a border. A favorite fall shrub or tree of mine would be Hydrangea paniculata varieties; Limelight and Little Lime are a great choice for fall color. Lime green blooms age into varying shades of pink and persist throughout the season and even into the frost.
  7. Cannas, The Versatile Tropical

    Looking for a unique plant to add to your container gardens this year? One of our favorites here at Winterberry is the Canna. Known for its dramatic foliage and brightly-colored flowers, this tropical is sure to add some pizazz to any planter or landscape!
    One of the things we especially love about Cannas is the variety of foliage colors found on the many different types of Canna. Some have deep burgundy leaves while others have bright green and even striped leaves! In addition, if the foliage alone isn’t striking enough, Canna flowers typically last for several weeks. The boldness of the red, orange or yellow flowers presents quite the dramatic appearance against the colorful foliage.

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  8. Container Gardening Contest!

    Starting July 1, 2016……..

    Winterberry would love to see current photos of your prized container gardens. Share with us your favorite flower creations; showing best use of color, texture and plant combinations.

     

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  9. Beat the Mosquitoes This Summer

    Looking for ways to keep those pesky mosquitoes from becoming a nuisance at your home this summer? Winterberry has some tips to help keep them from ruining your cookouts and parties.
    There has been an increased concern this past year when it comes to mosquitoes and we have had a lot of requests for some plants that are known to help repel these little pests. As a result, we are fully stocked up to meet your requests! Read More
  10. Mother’s Day Gift Idea’s

    Mother’s Day is May 8th this year. Why not do something a little different by getting her a flowery gift that she can enjoy for the whole season, or many seasons to come.

    At our garden center you can find many of the traditional Mother’s day gifts like roses, hanging baskets, flowering shrubs, and almost anything to help you spoil mom this year.  But what if you could take it a step further and really wow mom with some great gift ideas that she didn’t expect?

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