The deadline for entries has come and gone, and we’ve had a fair number of photos submitted. Now comes the time for voting. You can vote here on this blog post, or you can go over to our Facebook page and vote by liking your favorite fairy garden photo there. To vote here, find the number of your favorite fairy garden by scrolling over the photo; then add a comment on the post with the number of your vote. To get a closer look at these photos, just click on the one you’d like to enlarge. Happy voting!
It’s time to get out your cameras and brush up on your photography skills. We’re having a fairy garden contest!
Many of you have come in with pictures of your miniature and fairy gardens, and we love seeing all the creativity at play in your designs. In fact, we love it so much that we’ve decided to have a contest in which you can showcase all your fairy gardening skills.
1st place winner will receive Preston’s Place Cottage
You can submit your photos by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org or messaging them to our facebook page. In your entry, include a photo of your fairy garden and your name, email, and phone number. You may enter more than one fairy garden, but you may only enter one photo per fairy garden. The deadline for entries is Monday, July 6th. We’ll post all the entries to our facebook page and website by Wednesday, July 8th, at which time voting will begin. Voting will last for one week and will close on Wednesday, July 15th at 11:59pm. Winners will be notified by Friday, July 17th.
How to Vote
To vote on our facebook page, simply like the photo of your favorite fairy garden. On the website, we will post a blog post with all of the pictures, and you can vote by commenting which is your favorite.
So post your pictures, tell your friends about our contest, and recruit them to vote for your fairy garden!
“When are you having another fairy garden workshop?”
This has been perhaps the most popular inquiry ever since our last fairy garden workshop in April. And since we just can’t disappoint all our wonderful customers, we are scheduling two more workshop dates this June.
So mark your calendars for June 9th at 1pm and June 13th at 10am.
You can visit this page for more information and to sign up for our workshops. Make sure to sign up quickly because there’s a limited amount of space in each workshop.
We look forward to seeing you!
We’re almost done planting all of the containers that were ordered this spring, and we thought we’d share some of the nicest and most spectacular with you. With nearly 1,000 containers having been planted, our greenhouses are full of all the gorgeous combos. Of course, there’s no way we could show every single pretty container, so you can always stop by and take a look at all the beautiful planters, and maybe get a few ideas for your own yard while you’re at it.
With all the crazy weather of the past few days and in celebration of Earth Day, we thought we’d brighten your day with a few pics of all the new plants that are coming to life in the greenhouse. Featured here are some of the combos we’ve been working on. Maybe this will help with your spring fever and get the creative juices flowing.
Every year, when we tell people that we still work, even through the winter months, they invariably ask us, “what do you do during the winter?” We find plenty of ways to keep busy, but one of our main goals during the off season is to do what we can to make our facilities better. This winter, we’ve been giving our store a face lift and preparing a new fairy garden display area. Primarily, that means a lot of painting.
We’re giving the floor a more subdued slate gray covering that coordinates better with the rest of the decor. Our red floor was getting a little tired and needed an overhaul. We’ve also repainted the bathroom, added a purple accent wall to our fairy garden display area and updated some of our wooden trim with a fresh white color. The overall effect is to make the story feel more open and airy, and the space is much brighter and more inviting now.
As you can see, this is not a task for the faint of heart. We’ve had to get creative with our storage options while painting because of our high inventory volume–and new things are coming in all the time. It feels an awful lot like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
Even Lily has volunteered to help–she provides great moral support and reminds us every once in a while that we need to take a break so we can play ball with her.
We’re excited to see the finished product and look forward to being able to show off our renovated store this spring!
It’s that time of year again, and we’ve begun to schedule our various workshops here at Moraine Gardens. We will be giving our fairy/miniature gardening and container gardening workshops again this year, and we are contemplating adding one or two new workshops–but more on that later.
We’re excited about our workshops this spring and are confident that we’ll be able to offer a great workshop experience, since we’ve got a whole year’s experience under our belts this time around. The workshops with be structured much the same way as last year, but we’ve got new plants and a plethora of new houses and accessories that we know you’ll fall in love with.
This year, we’re kicking off our workshop season with our “Spring Fever” workshop, a celebration of the first day of spring! This will be a fairy/miniature gardening workshop, and we can’t think of a better way to start out spring than feeling the satisfaction of having completed a whole garden before the last frost.
Another highlight of our container gardening season is our Earth Day workshop. In this workshop, you’ll receive some tips on how to make your container gardening practices more eco-friendly as well as general instruction on how to achieve stunning container garden results.
Here are our fairy/miniature workshop dates:
“First Day of Spring!” Fairy/Miniature Workshop ~ Friday, March 20th – 1pm-3pm
Fairy/Miniature Workshop 2 ~ Saturday, March 28th – 1pm-3pm
Fairy/Miniature Workshop 3 ~ Tuesday, March 31st – 10am-noon
Fairy/Miniature Workshop 4 ~ Thursday, April 9th – 10am-noon
and our container gardening workshop dates:
Container Gardening 1 ~ Thursday, April 16th – 1pm-3pm
Container Gardening 2 ~ Saturday, April 18th – 10am-noon
Earth Day Workshop ~ Wednesday, April 22nd – 10am-noon
Container Gardening 4 ~ Friday, April 24th – 5pm-7pm
We look forward to seeing you and sharing the joys of container gardening with you this spring!
We’re to that point in the summer, especially with a wet summer like we’ve been having, where containers start to look a little ragged and the leaves on your plants are probably starting to turn a little yellow. This is a condition know as chlorosis.
Chlorosis is the result of a chlorophyll deficiency. In most cases, the tips of the newest leaves will be the first to turn yellow. Then the discoloration will work its way down the leaves and into the older foliage. As you can see from the picture, the veins of the leaf will remain a darker green. In severe cases the leaves can turn almost white.
There are a few conditions that can cause chlorosis, but one of the most common is iron (or ferrous sulfate) deficiency. Now, the problem is not that there is an iron deficiency in the soil, because most soils have plenty of iron to satisfy any plant’s needs, but that there is a shortage of the proper type of iron. Of the two types of iron found in the soil, the kind that is often lacking is the more soluble, and therefore more readily usable, form.
So why do plants need iron?
Even though most plants don’t need a lot of iron, it is essential that they have the little bit they need because without it, the plant cannot produce chlorophyll. Plants use iron to transport oxygen and other nutrients needed for photosynthesis from the roots up to the leaves. Iron is also used by many plants in some enzyme functions.
Give your plants iron!
Many garden centers sell chelated iron fertilizers (chelated is just a fancy way to say that it’s water soluble) which can be mixed with water according to the proportions given on the label and then fed to the plants by watering them with the mixture. This is an easy way to give iron to houseplants and plants growing in containers. If you have trees, shrubs, or beds that need iron, there are fertilizers such as copperas or other high-iron fertilizers that can be worked into the soil around the plants that need it.
Unfortunately, giving your plants the iron fertilizer may not be enough for it to have its intended effect since the problem is not always a lack of iron but conditions that inhibit the availability to plants. There are several factors that can inhibit a plant’s iron intake besides a non-soluble form of iron. These factors include:
- high soil pH
- high levels of phosphorus in the soil
- too much clay soil
- overly compacted and/or wet soil
Fortunately, there are solutions to each of these problems.
Fixing the pH
Highly alkaline soils (levels 8 and higher) restrict the plants ability to absorb iron because high pH decreases iron’s solubility. If you have applied an iron fertilizer and it seems to be having no effect, you may need to lower your soil’s pH by adding acidic matter to the soil. One easy way to lower the pH in beds and around trees and shrubs is to work left-over coffee grounds into the soil.
Fixing phosphorus levels
It is hard for plants to get too much phosphorus because this nutrient is incredibly important for good plant health. However, on those rare occasions when a plant has too much available phosphorus, the plant will store the excess phosphorus in the form of phytic acid, binding up other important nutrients such as iron in the process. To correct this condition–which will usually only happen as the result of over-fertilization–simply use a lower phosphorus (the middle number) fertilizer.
Fixing clay soils
You will never have to worry about this condition in your containers if you use a quality potting mix when planting your containers, but this condition is frequently encountered in flower beds and other in-ground plantings. Clay soil lacks the organic matter which contains the nutrients needed to make the iron in the soil available to the plants. To fix this, work organic matter such as peat moss and compost into the soil. For heavy clay soils, it may take a few years of working in organic matter to obtain a suitable loamy soil.
Fixing wet or compacted soils
When the soil becomes too wet or too compacted, there is not enough air for the roots to be able to take up the iron in the soil. This problem is closely related to the problem of clay soil since clay soil in beds and plantings makes drainage slower and clay soil is often heavily compacted, but it can also occur in containers that have been over-watered. Once again, this problem can be lessened in beds by working organic matter into the soil so that the drainage and aeration are better. Another method which is effective in both containers and in-ground plantings is to use a chelated iron fertilizer as a foliar spray or soil supplement.
So now you know why your plants are turning yellow and have the know-how to fight chlorosis.
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