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Hummingbird Frenzy

 

Spring & Summer Hours

Open Every Day 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 2020

We are happy to report that the crowds from the early spring have all but disappeared, and your shopping experience will be much more relaxed and enjoyable now that summer is here! We remind all of our customers to please wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth for the entire time you are on the premises and respect social distancing while shopping.

While we are still experiencing some shortages with a few products, we have been able to find substitutes for many of them or can suggest alternatives. One item currently in short supply is canning jars, thanks to the abundant veggie gardens that everyone grew this year, not to mention all the restaurants using them for their “to go” beverages! Now that all those gardens have produced, customers are looking for ways to preserve the bounty. Consider alternatives such as dehydrating, vacuum sealing, or using freezer bags: we can help you find a solution for too many tomatoes!

NEW to the Garden Center:
DIY Fountains – Perfect for any location!

Build-Your-Own Fountain

Our Build-Your-Own Fountains start with a self-contained bucket and lid, a pump (nearby electrical outlet is needed), and a decorative stone choice. Choose from a pre-drilled fountain rock, a birdbath rock with an indent for your feathered friends to splash in, or the “mushroom rock” that stands a little taller and provides a little more sound. The pump, container, and stone (each sold separately), can be combined in any planting container that is big enough to accommodate all the pieces. If the planter is large, you can add annuals, perennials (even a tree!) around the fountain for year-round beauty and interest. These locally made fountain parts are not super “splashy” and can be set up indoors or on a deck or patio without spilling water everywhere. Please stop by and check out the example planter we created, then get inspired to make your own!

Build-Your-Own Fountain

Attract Delightful Hummers to Your Garden

Allen’s Hummingbird

Hummingbird Feeders

Hummingbird feeders allow us to see and enjoy this unique bird up close. They may benefit birds whose regular 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 been changed frequently enough, or containers that are not cleaned well will grow bacteria and mold. It is important to change the mix weekly and clean and thoroughly rinse the feeder 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.



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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. If you are still getting hot weather, plant your greens where they are shaded in the day’s late heat by a taller plant such as tomatoes or corn.

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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. Divide when they’ve grown too large for their location, or have a reduction of blooms this past year. After dividing, replant only the rhizomes sections that have roots attached, and water well 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 warm summer weather has arrived, 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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