By Kevin Warhurst, Manager
Greetings! I hope you’re all enjoying your summer.
OK, so it’s been a little on the hot and humid side this summer, but hey, this is the Washington area. We may not get Minnesota summers and Florida winters – but we also don’t get Minnesota winters and Florida summers.
So we look on the bright side and graciously accept our beautiful mid-Atlantic seasons just as they are. Because as gardeners, we know that each season brings its own unique challenges, opportunities and rewards.
After all, spring is nice, but the pollen is not. And summer may be hot, but those tomatoes, peppers and basil you grew in your garden sure were tasty!
To tell you the truth, summer is actually one of my favorite seasons. For me, summer means going to the beach, having the kids home from school, playing some golf and enjoying the somewhat slower pace.
But it’s also a great time to enjoy the garden. There’s nothing quite like having friends and family over for a cookout on a nice summer evening and enjoying all the beautiful colors that come alive at this time of year.
Whether it’s hydrangeas (hopefully you read about all the many beautiful varieties in Robert Woodman’s last blog), crape myrtles or Knockout roses, these plants kindly show off their brilliant colors just when we have a little more time in our lives to appreciate them.
Yeah, summer is good.
But summer is also quickly coming to a close and here at the nursery we’re gearing up for the fall season. In addition to putting out new displays and stocking up on beautiful fall color, we’ve been visiting lots of growers and attending trade shows. We’re always searching for something beautiful for your home and garden.
As the kids get ready to head back to school, we eagerly embrace the arrival of autumn. It’s truly one of the best times of the entire year to be outside and working in the garden. Warm days. Cooler nights. And the perfect soil temperature for establishing new plants, seeds and bulbs.
The choices of plants that will illuminate your landscape this fall are endless! Whether it’s chrysanthemums, aster, anemones, ornamental grasses or shade trees, we have exactly what you need.
As we make the transition from summer to fall, I hope you will visit Merrifield Garden Center and see all the wonderful things we have in store for you. Our free gardening seminars begin at all three stores on Saturday, September 10. The complete schedule is available here on our website
, so be sure to check it out and attend as many as you like.
It’s time to get ready for a great fall season in the garden! We hope to see you soon!