Garden Update for 2017

If you're reading this now you may be wondering why it's been so long since my last post. Well, today I thought I'd use this post to give you an update on why my posting has diminished over the last year and where I see it going over the long term. For many years gardening has been my obsession, my goal, and my dream to do professionally in some manner. The way I always envisioned my garden "job" (quotes because gardening just doesn't seem like work to me!) is to be a nursery owner. I began Blue Shed Gardens with the idea that I would grow it from a small backyard/farmers market nursery with vegetable and herb plants to one day expand into my dream nursery on a large piece of land. I wanted to take that piece of land and create a nursery that wasn't just a storefront and…

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My Visit To Growild Nursery in Fairview

It's not often that I am so impressed by a nursery that I feel compelled to write about them.  So many nurseries just do things the same way, the established way.  I know it works well but when a nursery steps it up a notch it REALLY works.  Growild Nursery in Fairview, Tennessee to me is an example of one nursery that steps it up!  Was it the plants that impressed me?  Definitely, but that wasn't all.  The service by the employees was great.  And it's more than just the demeanor of the employees, they knew their stuff!  They could tell me the habits of the trees, offer up examples of similar specimens that I might enjoy, and were simply a great horticultural resource. Growild opens up to the public only a couple times a year.  The rest of the season they sell to landscape designers, contractors, and by appointments. …

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Plant Nurseries and Resources

Here are a few plant nurseries that you may find useful. But first a little advice on buying plants from nurseries:Always do plenty of research before buying any plant to make sure it will do well in your garden. Check for light requirements, water needs, soil types, recommend fertilizer regimens, and pest and disease issues. Also be aware that mail order plants may not look the same as the same plant in a local nursery. The advantage mail order has over nurseries is in the variety of stock. You may not be able to find the same plants where you are. Keep in mind that pictures from  online nurseries are representative of what the plant will one day be so don't be surprised when it doesn't look identical! Tennessee Plant Nurseries Greenwood Nursery http://www.greenwoodnursery.com Greenwood Nursery is your one stop shopping for Fast Growing Trees, Flowering Shrubs, Evergreen Groundcovers, Perennials,…

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The First Plant Hunt: A Scouting Mission

Yesterday we went on a scouting mission. Needham's Nursery in Mount Juliet was the territory we explored. The game was scarce as the season has not officially begun, but as I said it was only a scouting mission. We wandered the paths of our quarry occasionally stopping to observe, admire, and record the potential acquisitions.Although it was early, what we hunted for was there, lurking among the rows of vegetation just waiting to be found. We saw several interesting formations while scanning the lay of the land.We stalked our quarry past the Hamamelis (Witch hazel) which stared at us while fully in bloom.The path beyond the Witch hazel the trail led us to the purple foliage of the loropetalum.Once we passed the lorpetalum we stopped to observe the dry seed pods of an extremely rare site in the south: The Crape myrtle!We trudged on, through the rhododendrons. A native of…

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