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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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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 March 2019

Spring has Sprung!

Bring on the sights and smells of a bountiful spring garden with our featured plants of the month: Winter Daphne and Pacific Coast Native Iris. Our Garden Guide for March will help you keep up with the tasks most needed this month.


Pacific Coast Native Iris

The word Iris is Greek for rainbow, a description that fits Pacific Coast Iris beautifully. Pacific Coast Iris are an easy, low care, evergreen hardy native that bloom profusely in the spring and thrive in our mountain conditions. These Iris require well-draining acidic soil and dry shade conditions when grown inland or during the hottest part of the day. On the coast they can handle more sun. They differ from Bearded Iris in that they do not require annual dividing. A seasonal application of Gardner & Bloome Acid Rich Planting Mix as a top mulch will help feed the soil for a happy, long lasting native beauty in the garden. Beautiful hybrids are available right here in the nursery! (Source: www.pacific


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’ x 4’. 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!


Don’t Forget Your Gopher Baskets!

If you have experienced trouble with gophers in your yard in the past and are planning on putting in new plants now that the threat of drought is over, make sure you protect your investment by using the appropriate size gopher basket to protect the root ball of your shrub, tree or edible plants. Generally, the pocket gopher produces from 1 to 10 babies sometime between March and June. After a short time in the nest, they are kicked out and start their own network of tunnels and nests and are ready to reproduce within 1 year. All those gophers are hungry and will quickly take down all sorts of shrubs, including fruit trees! We carry gopher baskets that can accommodate any size plant, from 4” annuals all the way up to 15 gallon “tree size” baskets. Match the size of the basket to the MATURE size of your plant. Using baskets may seem like an unwelcome expense up front, but it’s cheap insurance: better to purchase a $5–10 basket now than another $50 tree later!


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, bush, climbing 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 heel them into wet soil temporarily, 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, Gardner & Bloome 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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March Garden Guide


Give your plants a strong start with E.B. Stone Sure Start Fertilizer and Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Conditioner. The sooner the plant’s roots get established and deep into the soil, the less water they need. The beneficial soil microbes found in ALL Gardner & Bloome products extend the root system, helping your plant absorb more nutrients while helping improve overall soil health.


Prune cold-tender plants this month after danger of frost has passed (usually about Mid-March). In colder pockets, you may wait until the end of the March or even early April. Finish trimming and cleaning all perennials and grasses as they show signs of new life. If you have severely cold damaged plants, wait to remove them until May or June, as many have hardy roots and may come back beautifully with some care and patience!


Wormy Apples? Set out BioCare Codling Moth Traps in early March (approximately two months before blooms) to help prevent worms in your apples. This safe product will reduce your need to spray later. If you trap a large population of moths or had a particularly heavy infestation of worms in your apples last year, we recommend organic (OMRI) Monterey Garden Insect Spray with Spinosad starting in mid to late April. Spray early in the day before there is bee activity, since this product can be harmful to the honey bees that pollinate your fruits and veggies.


Get your plants cozy! Night time temperatures should be close to 50 degrees or warmer consistently to ensure a healthy start for heat loving plants such as tomatoes, basil, impatiens and petunias. Start your gardens early, and get a jump start on the season by using garden Frost Blankets or Pop-Up Greenhouses.


Start an easy potato patch by choosing from our selection organic seed potatoes and using Smart Pot Potato and Squash Grow Containers. Smart Pots allow for better oxygen exchange at root level and provide bigger early season growth because the black pot warms up the root zone faster in early spring, and keeps the roots cooler in the heat of summer.


Prep your vegetable beds now, to be ready to move your cold-tender seedlings out when the night-time temperatures are warmer. Pull weeds, turn the soil, add planting mix if your soil levels need to be raised, and amend with E.B. Stone Chicken Manure or Steer Manure or Gardner & Bloom Farmyard Blend to get your vegetable garden in great shape for a bountiful harvest!


Check your drip system. Now is also the time to make sure your drip system, sprinklers or hoses are in good working order and make needed repairs or replacements before the weather gets warm.


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