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Which SunPatiens Are You?

 

10% or less

Scarlet Red SunPatiens You are a social butterfly! You get your energy from being around others, and you are happiest when spending time with family and friends.scarlet red sunpatiens

11% - 20%

Orchid SunPatiens You’re very intelligent! You like to spend your free time reading or learning about new things. You work well by yourself, but others love having you on a team because you know how to take charge!orchid sunpatiens

21% - 35%

Magenta SunPatiens You have boundless energy! Even if your free time, you like to be doing something—cooking, baking, or pursuing a hobby. But you don’t like to waste your time. You do your research so that you do things right the first time.magenta sunpatiens

35% and above

Blush Pink SunPatiens You’re a sensitive soul! You tend to be very aware of your feelings and other people’s as well. To relax, it’s important for you to “check out” from the world and be in the present moment.blush pink sunpatiens

create a living fence with evergreens

Create a Living Fence with Evergreens

Aside from the vibrant color, there are a number of other reasons to plant evergreens. Large trees can create a screen to provide privacy that won’t wane with the seasons. Additionally, these trees and shrubs can create a buffer or noise barrier between your garden or home and busy streets or loud neighbors. Here are my favorite evergreens to use in creating a living fence. Read more

keep rabbits out the garden

3 Ways to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden

For most people, the thought of a rabbit conjures a cute, cuddly little creature. For gardeners, though, these critters can be one of our nightmares. Known to wreak havoc on a garden, rabbits will gnaw on tender plants and even build nests among the shrubs. There are a few things you can try to deter rabbits from getting comfortable in your garden.

How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden

As with most rodents and even deer, fencing is one of the best ways tokeep rabbits out your garden prevent rabbits from getting into your garden. Chicken wire and netting works well for young plants—simply lay them directly over the plants. For more mature plants, you’ll need to build a fence at least two-feet high, buried about six inches deep. Be sure to bend the wire away from the plant before burying it. Chicken wire with narrow openings works best.

This same concept works on a smaller scale as well. You can protect individual young plants by creating mini fences around them. Create a cylinder around your baby trees, shrubs, or vegetable plants. Use mesh with no more than a half-inch opening and, again, bend it away from the plant and bury it.

Rabbits like to nest. Take measures to keep them from making your garden their home. Remove branches from shrubs that are low-lying. Thin out or remove dense vegetation. If you find any signs of rabbit nesting, remove it.

keep rabbits out the gardenAt the farm, we also use blood meal to deter rabbits from having a feast or making a home in the gardens. Rabbits are plant-eaters, so the scent of blood meal will usually send them running. Blood meal is high in nitrogen and will need to be re-applied every 7 to 14 days.

12 Principles of Garden Design

These universal principles have become the set of tools I use to create gardens that embody all the key elements of the world’s greatest landscapes but are scaled to each individual’s site, taste and budget. When woven into the plan of the garden, they are unifying components that magically transform the space into a place of enchantment and beauty. Read more