In the garden, Autumn is indeed the crowning glory of the year ~Rose G Kingsley
 
Happy Fall... it might actually be fall this time! We hope everyone has enjoyed the extended summer weather the last few weeks. With change in the weather comes questions about preparing our gardens for the winter season.
 
Read on for tips and suggestions on how to protect your roses, fall lawn care, protecting your garden from critter damage and more! As we think ahead, be sure to add some spring-flowering bulbs to your garden. They will be a welcome sight after our Canadian winter! The bulbs range from early crocus and snowdrops to daffodils, tulips to late alliums and fritillaria bulbs. We have the bulbs in packages as well as in bulk. (currently on sale!)
 
In the next few weeks, you will see the Rustic Charm Gift Shop become our Magical Wonderland. We are excited to share the new winter and Christmas gifts and d├ęcor. Be sure to save the date for our Christmas Open House on November 4, 2017. Back by popular demand, is Chef Phil Demar from local restaurant Soulyve! Chef Phil will demonstrate several appetizers that are easy to prepare and are made with fresh herbs. Perfect for holiday entertaining! This event is free of charge, however, we ask that you bring a pair of mittens or gloves for our glove tree. These will be generously donated to the Orangeville Women's shelter just in time for the cold weather.   Be sure to register for this free event... save your seat and save your fork!  
 
Fall Hours: 
Monday to Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
 

CIL Fall Fertilizer
- CIL fall fertilizer features a high potassium formula that prepares your lawn for the winter weather
- Guaranteed burn proof with 30% slow release nitrogen
- Fertilizer is phosphate free, and helps thicken turf to reduce lawn weeds
- 6 kg bag covers 400 square metres
 
Fall Fertilizer is available at the Dufferin Garden Centre.

Time to Put the Garden to Bed
Here are a few last minute gardening tips to help protect your plants and to tidy things up before the cold and winter weather arrive.
 
Trees and Shrubs
  • Protect your less hardy plants when winter sets in by wrapping them in burlap
  • Continue to water your plants well, especially the ones you have just planted and evergreens until the ground freezes.
  Perennials
  • Mulching fall planted perennials will keep the soil warmer longer, allowing root growth to continue, however, the plants do need time to harden off for winter. Spread a thin layer of mulch after fall planting, and then add a thicker layer once the ground has frozen.
  • When doing your fall cleanup, leave interesting seedheads, ornamental grasses and shapes for winter interest and cut back the remainder of foliage
Bulbs
  • Time to think ahead to spring and plant your spring-flowering bulbs like tulips, crocus, daffodils, hyacinths etc.
  Roses
  • Some varieties are grown on their own root stock which means they are hardy and do not require additional winter protection to ensure their survival. Some roses have been bred specifically to weather our extreme Canadian winters.
  • The crowns of the Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Grandifloras must be covered with 8-10" of soil or protected with a Styrofoam hut after all the leaves have fallen off. Remove the soil in the spring when chance of snow is gone.
  Lawns
  • Feed your lawn with a Fall Fertilizer; the nutrients will help protect the grass throughout the winter and gives it a good boost for next spring.
  • Keep mowing as long as your grass is growing and rake leaves regularly.
 

Bee Friendly Bulbs
When the warm spring weather arrives in March and April, the pollinating insects start to come out of hibernation. However, finding pollen and nectar can be hard to find that early in the spring. Here are our top 5 spring-flowering bulbs for pollinators.
 
5. Snowdrops - delicate hanging flowers provides both a nectar and pollen source for bees other native pollinators
 
4. Winter Aconite - this bright yellow flower in the buttercup family is one of the first flowers of the spring, often blooming through the snow!
 
3. Anemone or windflower - great for naturalizing in wooded locations and rock gardens. They bloom early and can last for about a month!
 
2. Muscari or Grape Hyacinths - one of the most fragrant of blooms in the early spring garden and full of sweet nectar and pollen
 
1. Crocus - often the first flowers to appear in the spring. Plant them in groups to provide loads of pollen and nectar early spring
 
Be sure to check our selection of bulbs currently on sale!
 

Garden Tip :: Winter Protection for Roses
- some varieties are grown on their own root stock which means they are hardy and do not require additional winter protection to ensure their survival. Some roses have been bred specifically to weather our extreme Canadian winters.
 
- other roses are tender and require winter protection to allow you to enjoy them from year to year.
 
- Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Grandifloras must be protected in the following manner. - the crown (where the plant is at ground level) of these roses must be covered with 6" to 8" of soil or protected with a styrofoam hut.
 
- remove the soil in the spring when chance of snow is gone.
 
- each winter the top of the rose dies and a new plant grows from the protected zone.
 
- while this may seem like a lot of work, the reward is in the colour and fragrance enjoyed throughout the growing season.
Time to Deck the Halls
We know the calendar says that it's only October, but believe it or not...our winter workshops have been posted and even started to fill up. Thank you to all of you who have signed up early. This will help us order enough greens and 'bling' for the season ahead.
 
November 4, 2017: 9:00am - 5:00pm :: Christmas Open House
Christmas Herb Basket Workshop :: November 4, 2017 at 9:30am (Cost $45.00)
Caribbean Christmas Entertaining :: November 4, 2017 at 11:00am (Free Event) Registration 
 
Suet Bird Ornament :: November 11, 2017 at 1:00pm (Cost $20.00)
Fairy Garden Workshop :: November 18, 2017 and November 26, 2017 at 1:00pm (Cost $10.00)
Centrepiece Workshop :: December 2, 2017 at 1:00pm (Cost $45.00)  
 
During these winter display workshops, learn the design techniques for stunning seasonal displays.  Please call the Garden Centre (519-941-5081) for more information and to register.
 
November 12 :: 1:00pm
November 15 :: 1:00pm
November 19 :: 1:00pm
November 25 :: 1:00pm     
 
We would love to have you be part of these fun workshops. Join us and create your masterpieces...and we'll clean up the mess!
 

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