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Garden Guide for January 2018

Happy New Year!

As we bid farewell to 2017, the staff at Scarborough Gardens want to say thank you to our customers for their continued support, and a fond goodbye to our long-time manager Tama Malwaukie, who retired in June. The New Year will bring many changes, among them the arrival of our new General Manager Kate Ullom, who has brought with her energy, enthusiasm and many plans for a “New & Improved” Nursery and Gift Shop. We will be open every day during the changes, some of which have already happened, others are still a work in progress, so stop by and let us help you find what you are looking for!


Enjoy Beautiful Fragrance in Your Garden

Winter Daphne (Daphne odora)

This old time favorite is at its peak during this time of the year. Its pink buds that open white have a heavenly scent. It is not overpoweringly sweet, but rather it has a slightly citrus-like fragrance. We keep them in a part sun location. Use Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost mixed with your soil to help create excellent drainage. We also try to keep them on the dry side in summer, so they do not succumb to root rot. The average height and width is 4'x4’. Daphne is an excellent choice to place near a partly sunny patio or entryway where you can enjoy its lovely fragrance. Additionally, they are frost tolerant and deer resistant!


Plant Bare Root Roses and Fruit Trees!

Bare Root Fruit Trees

Bare Root Roses and Fruit Trees

This year we are offering a selection of bare root roses, both bush, and tree (standard) form. The bush roses are in biodegradable peat pots that can be planted directly into the ground, the tree roses and fruit trees are completely bare root and must be planted immediately after purchasing to keep the roots from drying out. If you need to temporarily heel them into wet soil, do so on the shady side of the house or under trees and make sure the soil does not dry out.

Once planted, keep them watered regularly. Dry soil = dead roots = dead plant! If we continue to see a dry winter or go long periods between rain storms, don’t forget to give your new additions an occasional deep drink to keep the roots moist while they are getting established.

Amend your soil: Give your rose garden or mini-orchard a little help by boosting the fertility of the soil. Mix in some good compost or amendment (we recommend Gardner & Bloome Harvest Supreme, G&B Planting Mix, or our new product, Gardner & Bloome Rose & Flower Planting Mix) with your native soil in a 1/3 amendment to 2/3 native soil ratio. This will help support the new root development that will be occurring throughout the winter, which is needed to support the blooming and fruit production in the spring and summer.

Don’t forget the gopher basket! Gophers LOVE both roses and fruit trees, so be sure to protect your new investment with a heavy duty wire gopher basket around the roots. Whether you make them yourself with a roll of wire, or buy them pre-formed, match the size of the basket to the mature size of the root ball! General guidelines: use a 5-gallon basket for roses and 15-gallon for fruit trees.

Protect from the deer! Yet another pest who enjoys snacking on roses and fruit trees, there are a few options for deer prevention. The best would be an 8’ fence around your yard, but if that’s not feasible, you can erect individual rings around each tree using deer fencing and posts. At a minimum, using deer repellent spray such as Liquid Fence on a weekly basis may help “train” the deer to avoid the plants you wish to protect.


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January Garden Guide


Continue to check your other plants in areas under eaves and porches to be sure they do not dry out. Cold and dry is dangerous to the health of many plants. Water all other plants in the landscape if rain has not fallen within a two week period. For added protection for the most frost tender plants, use frost blankets, frost bags or Cloud Cover Spray. Remove dead blossoms and stems on pansies, cyclamen, calendula and primroses to prevent fungus and bacteria from spreading and infecting new flower buds.


Plant cold-tolerant flowers. Some of the best colorful annuals that perform beautifully during winter’s cold, freezing days include Violas, Pansies, Ornamental Kale and Dusty Miller. These selections had little to no damage here in Scotts Valley where our temperatures have dropped to 28 degrees. We recommend using Gardner & Bloome Organic Potting Soil for the best plant and flower development.


Sow seeds of Kale, Lettuce, and Chard to plant out in the garden in February. Use Black Gold Seed Starting Mix to ensure the best germination results and the best root development for seedlings.


It is an ideal time to shop for winter blooming Camellias, Pieris, Correa, Grevillea, and Daphne. These shrubs are all evergreen and cold hardy. While these plants have the added bonus of being deer resistant, very few plants are gopher resistant, so don’t forget to plant them in gopher baskets large enough to accommodate the mature size of the root ball.


Don’t forget the hummingbirds! Keep hummingbird feeders clean and filled with fresh nectar. They are a great educational aid for children, and they are entertaining to all. This time of year most of their favorite flowers are dormant, so offering supplemental food is much appreciated by these little-feathered friends!


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