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Hummingbird Frenzy

 

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Monday–Friday 8:30-5:30

Sat 8:00-5:00

Sun 9:00-5:00

 

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Patio Shop

At Scarborough Gardens Patio Shop we have a broad range of products and prices designed to meet your needs. We have the best selection of styles in patio furniture, umbrellas, outdoor heaters, fireplaces, and other patio furnishings.
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Gift Shop Hidden Treasures Gift Shop

Hidden Treasures Gift Shop is a full-service gift store—that focuses on outdoor and indoor living. We have a wonderful selection of gifts that includes jewelry, kitchenware, small kitchen appliances, cards and artwork. Shipping, delivery and complimentary gift-wrapping is also available.
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Welcome to Scarborough Gardens

At Scarborough Gardens you’ll find three complete stores, all in one place! If you are looking for the right plant for your garden or the perfect gift for your friend you’ll find it here.

Garden Guide for August 2018

 

“A flash of harmless lightning,
A mist of rainbow dyes,
The burnished sunbeams brightening
From flower to flower he flies.”

~ John B. Tabb

 

Beautiful, and bustling with supernatural grace, hummingbirds are not only fun to observe but are fabulous pollinators. Invite the magic of these feathered fairies to your garden or porch with a feeder, where you can easily watch them through a window. Come in and see the many styles to choose from!

 

Attract Delightful Hummers to Your Garden

Allen’s Hummingbird

Hummingbird Feeders

Hummingbird feeders allow us to see and enjoy this unique bird up close, and may benefit birds whose normal food supply has been altered by changes to their environment, due to seasonal changes (plants going dormant during the winter or losing their blooms in the heat of summer), or the complete removal of a food source. However, improperly maintained feeders could harm birds. The most common example is sugar water that has not frequently been changed enough or containers that are not cleaned well will grow bacteria and mold. It is essential to change the mix weekly, and clean and rinse the feeder thoroughly whenever the mix is changed. You can purchase the pre-made mix, or you can make your own using 4 parts to 1 part sugar, and bringing it to a full boil to break down the sugar completely. Once it’s cool, refrigerate what you don’t use between fillings. Avoid using red dye; the birds don’t need it, and it’s easier to monitor the freshness of colorless sugar water. Another way to avoid mold is to fill feeders only halfway and clean them before each refill. Placing your feeders in the shade will also help keep sugar water from spoiling too quickly.


Stay Calm and Lather Up!

Bonny Doon Farm Lotions and Handmade Soaps

Bonny Doon Farm Lotions and Handmade Soaps

This fabulous locally owned company was started in 1972 in in the Santa Cruz Mountains by Diane and Gary Meehan. We have proudly stocked many of their products for nearly 15 years and continue to do so because of the tremendous popularity of this quality product. They specialize in Lotions and Handmade Soaps in various scents that are fresh and calming. One of the most popular fragrances is Lavender, which comes from plants they grow on their own property. Another very popular scent that appeals to all and particularly to men is The Lodge. If you are not sure which scent to choose for either yourself or for a gift, the 1.5 oz. sample size soaps provide the convenience of having an assortment to try without committing in a large amount. We have also added their Spirits of Lavender, which is a great perfume blend of three lavender types. Come in and find your favorite!

 


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August Garden Guide

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Feed Azaleas, Camellias, Rhododendrons and other acid-loving plants this month, or mid-September at the latest, for the last time this year. For best results use a fertilizer specially blended for Rhododendron, Azalea, and Camellias. It is also beneficial to put a 1–2 inch layer of mulch over the roots (but away from the trunk of the plant) to keep them cool and moist through the rest of summer.

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Add fresh summer color to take you through the next few months until frost. Some low water use perennial plants include Salvias, Kangaroo Paws, Rudbeckia, Yarrow, Echinacea, and Lantana. Exceptional annuals that take the heat of summer include Marigolds, Zinnias, and Portulaca.

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Sow seeds for cool-season veggies near the end of the month. Good choices include radishes, beets, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, kale, and spinach.

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Sow seeds of Sweet Peas at the end of the month for early winter foliage and a fantastic spring show of colorful and fragrant blossoms!

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Divide and replant perennials such as Irises and Daylilies that have finished blooming. Dividing is recommended when they’ve grown too large for their location, or they have had a reduction of blooms this past year. After dividing, replant only the sections of rhizomes that have roots attached, and water thoroughly to re-establish.

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Cut back leggy petunias by about 1/3 to 1/2 and then feed them with a fertilizer blended for bud and bloom development to help them remain beautiful for a few more months.

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It may be time to replenish your mulch to help keep moisture in the soil and roots cooler during what is typically the hottest time of the year in our area. Gardner and Bloome Soil Building Conditioner adds nutrients to the soil AND acts as a mulch to keep weeds from sprouting when applied in 2–3” layer.


 

Water Saving Tips

Because of another dry winter, we want to encourage plant lovers to garden wisely by following a few vital water conserving tips. These suggestions will help you be successful in your yard every year, wet or dry! For more info, visit www.watersavingtips.org

  1. 1. Spread 1-3 inches of mulch around all plants especially newly planted ones. For each inch of mulch, you reduce water usage up to 10%.

  2. 2. Check your soil for moisture BEFORE watering to see if it is really necessary. Established gardens can often go for weeks without needing water depending on your soil type and the weather.

  3. 3. When you do water, apply it slowly and for an extended period of time. This will help reduce runoff and encourage deep roots.

  4. 4. Do not over fertilize with high nitrogen fertilizers. Nitrogen increases soft new growth which then requires more water to support the plant.

  5. 5. Reduce the size of plants by pruning excess growth.


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