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A great new Rudbeckia. Little Goldstar has a dwarf habit with increased manageability. This variety has excellent branching and forms a tidy, compact clump. More flowers than Goldsturm and has a slightly glossy foliage. Flowers into October. #perennial #nj #garden flowers

Blue and Gold! Coreopsis 'Zagreb' with Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Blue Perennial Plumbago) is an awesome full sun combination. When done blooming the plumbago gets an awesome purple fall color. #perennial #garden #nj #feralflower #feralflowerphotography #williamsnursery #gardencenter #summer

This is the 1st time I've planted Gomprena 'Pink Zazzle' I love it, it handles drying out between my infrequent watering. Grows only 8-10" tall, spreads, trails. Flowers are almost 4" across. Since it loves the Summer weather, you may have missed these in early Spring, and we still have a few left. New for 2014. #garden #nj #annual #fullsun #new2014 #summer #pinkflower #cool

There are going to be so many great new flowers for 2015. This one caught me going around the corner at the trial gardens, it made me go Wow! Petunia 'Saguna Radiant Blue" #annual #sun #petunia #sanguna #2015 #spring #garden #nj #feralflowerphotography #williamsnursery

We probably spend more time in our yards in the summer than any other time of year. Almost all of the other trees have finished blooming, however the Crape Myrtles have yet to burst into bloom. Colors range from pinks, to purples, to whites, and reds. Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia) used to be a tree that could only be enjoyed if you lived in Cape May or further south. There have been several things that have changed that have helped to bring these wonderful trees into our gardens.

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One of the most common questions that we get this time of year is "when is the last chance of frost?"Since weathermen seem to have a hard enough time predicting yesterday's weather let alone tomorrow's this is a tricky question to answer.We've had years where we haven't had a frost after the 10th of April. We've also had years where there has been a frost towards the end of May. This is generally the exception to the rule. Generally the chances of a frost after the first of May is fairly low. The trees have also leafed out by this time, and this actually offers protection to the plants that are under them.Some plants have more tolerance to frost than others. The cool season annuals such as pansies, primrose and rannunculus can handle a f...

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I had written this article before the devastating earth quake in Japan. My heart goes out to everyone that has been affected by this tragic event. When I saw the video of the greenhouses being washed away by the tsunami, I had to sit down. I have heard back from our friends in Japan, and the places that we’ve visited haven’t been directly impacted, and they are safe. I urge everyone to make a $10 donation to the redcross. No links no credit cards just use your cell phone and txt “REDCROSS” to 90999 and you’ll have made a ten dollar donation. Just a few seconds and your done, and it does make a difference. This October I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the United States as President of Garde...

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With the dramatic cooling off of weather, the daffodils are still at their peak. If you haven't visited Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit. Go! Over 40,000 daffodils in bloom. It's one of my must visit places in Spring.

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I wrote this article for the Gardener News last Spring. I then gave my mom a copy of this article with a large bunch of lilacs for Mother's day.

As a kid growing up, my mother’s favorite flower was a lilac. Every mother’s day I would walk to the back of our nursery and find the big lilacs that we had growing. I would cut five or six flowers and make a giant bouquet for her. I probably was making my dad look bad, but it was mom’s special day, not my dad’s. Mom raved about the lilacs and the cut bouquet was given a prominent location in the center of our kitchen table. I continued with these bouquets for many years. The lilac bushes are long gone, but the memories still remain.The traditional old fashioned lilac, Sy...

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There are certain instance were squishy isn’t fun, as in when its raining and you step in a puddle, but squishy is enormously fun when you are talking about GelGems.

Loved by the very young and older…my daughter has them decorating her common room area in college…these versatile, colorful, clinging shapes open up endless creative decorating opportunities. Halloween is no exception.

Here is the chance to move haunting ghosts, glow-in-the-dark skeletons or silly pumpkins all over the windows of your house. Visit the Williams Nursery gift shop or the hard cover greenhouse to see the current selection and unleash your inner artist.

Then get even more out of your GelGems experience by visiting these links:

  • Send a GelGems eGreeting card.

  • Create a virtual GelGems on the Internet window of your choosing, save it, edit it and/or send it to a friend

  • Learn about a new, lighted GelGems that will be available at Williams in the spring.

GelGems are re...

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