Camellia

By , March 23, 2015

March 23rd, 2015

Camelia ‘Chansonette’

Camellias are bursting into Bloom!

Camellias are one of the most beautiful spring flowering shrubs. The flowers come in a range of colours from reds, pinks, white, and some are even yellow. The flowers can be single, semi-double, or double. The double flowers resemble roses when in full bloom. They are evergreen shrubs which make an excellent backdrop to your flower garden. Varieties can range in height from 6 to 8 feet high or as tall as 10 to 12 feet. They are hardy to zone 6 (-20 C or -5 F).

Camelia sasanqua ‘Winter’s Snowman’

 

If you are choosing a place for a Camellia in your garden they like to be in a location that gets partial sunshine. When Camellias are young they apprecaite being protected from cold winter winds so plant them against a wall or fence. If you plant one close to a house and it is under the eaves of your house do not forget to water it during the winters. If they go dry they are more likely to attract pests and diseases.

Roses

By , March 9, 2015

March 9th, 2015

March is a Great time to plant Roses!

Our rose bushes have arrived and you can choose from more than 100 varieties of roses including: Clean ‘n’ Easy, David Austin, Climbers, Floribundas, Grandifloras, Groundcovers, Hedge roses, Hybrid Teas, Rugosa, Shrub roses, and Tree roses.

New hybrids of roses are becoming easier to care for as they are less susceptible to insects and diseases. Many varieties are resistant to black spot and mildew.

Click here to download our Rose Care Brochure

Click here to download a list of the Roses we have in stock at our Surrey store – Updated March 9th, 2015

Please Note: Due to space limitations not all varieties are available at our Vancouver store but you can have any variety transferred to the Vancouver store from our Surrey store.

Rose Hybrid Tea 'Fragrant Cloud'

Rose Hybrid Tea ‘Fragrant Cloud’

Rose Hybrid Tea 'Mister Lincoln'

Rose Hybrid Tea ‘Mister Lincoln’

Rose David Austin 'Falstaff'

Rose David Austin ‘Falstaff’

Rose David Austin 'Teasing Georgia'

Rose David Austin ‘Teasing Georgia’

Rosa Floribunda 'Easy Does It'

Rosa Floribunda ‘Easy Does It’

Dahlias

By , March 5, 2015

March 5th, 2015

Our Dahlias, Lilies, and Other Perennials Have Arrived!

You can choose from a great selection of spring bulbs and other perennials that can be planted now to fill your garden with colour this summer. This includes varieties of Anemones, Begonias, Canna Lilies, Calla Lilies, Dahlias, Gladiolus, Lilies, and many other varieties of perennials.

We have over 100 varieties of Dahlias to choose from including a great selection of specialty Dahlias from Ferncliff Gardens.

Click here to download our information brochure on how to grow Dahlias.

Forsythia

March 5th, 2015

When the Forsythia are in Bloom it is Time to Prune!

One of the first spring flowering shrubs to delight us with its blooms every spring are the Forsythia and this year they are blooming nice and early. These beautiful shrubs are filled with bright yellow flowers for about a month every spring. They are also an excellent reminder that it is time to prune your tree and shrubs. Roses, Fruit Trees, Small Fruits (Blueberries and Raspberries), and summer flowering shrubs.

One of the best new varieties of Forsythia to be introduced in the past few years has been the Proven Winners variety called “Show Off’. This great dwarf variety grows only 2 to 3 feet high and wide and is covered every spring in beautiful golden yellow flowers. ‘Show Off’ is hardy to zone 4 (-34C or -25 F).

For more information visit Proven Winners website by clicking here.

Fruit Trees Have Arrived

By , March 1, 2015

March 1st, 2015

Grow your own fresh fruit!

If you have been thinking about growing your own fruit now is a great time to plant fruit trees and other berries. You can choose from over 75 varieties of Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches, Pears, Plums, and more. Please call the stores to check whether we have an item in stock as they sell out quickly. If you have a small space garden we have a selection of Dwarf fruit trees including apples, cherries, and peaches.

Please Note: There are a few varieties that are scheduled to arrive mid March.Due to space limitations not all varieties are available at our Vancouver store but you can have any variety transferred to the Vancouver store from our Surrey store.

Click here to download our 2015 Fruit Tree List – Updated March 1st, 2015

Spring Seminars

By , February 16, 2015

February 16th, 2015

Spring is Coming! Are you Ready?

Are you interested in learning more about gardening?Pruning

Our Surrey store hosts a series of gardening classes and seminars throughout the spring. We have just posted the schedule for March and April.

For more information about this and other seminars click here.

Please note: all seminars and classes are held at our Surrey store.

Valentine’s Day Flowers

By , February 6, 2015

February 6th, 2015

Give Flowers to the one you Love!

Valentine’s Day is Saturday February 14th and Roses make the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. Order a dozen, half dozen, or single rose. One of our florists can arrange them in a vase, or wrap them as a bouquet.

If you are looking for more than just roses our Surrey Store has several talented florists that can create custom bouquets or arrangements for you or your sweetheart. Call and speak to one of our florists or stop by anytime to place your order.

You can order your flowers online at www.davidhunterflowershop.com or Call 604-590-2431 or stop by today. We have a florist available seven days a week  from 9 AM until 5 PM.

Note: On Friday February 13th and Saturday February 14th our Flower Shop at our Surrey store will be open from 9 am until 6 pm.

Tuberous Begonias

February 6th, 2015

It is time to Start Your Tuberous Begonias!

Begonias come in two different types; tuberous or fibrous. Tuberous begonias are started from an established root called a tuber. Fibrous begonias are started from seed. Tuberous begonias are started indoors in February and March. You should start the tubers in sterile Potting Soil or Starter Mix rich in peat moss in pots or trays.

You can choose from a wide selection of Belgian hybrid tubers as well as many specialty and novelty varieties.

For more information about how to grow tuberous begonias download our information sheet here.


Spring Lawn Care

Spring is a great time to start caring for your lawn!

A well established healthy lawn requires less water, care, and maintenance during the summer.  The following is a list of a few things that you can do now to help ensure that you lawn is healthy and strong all year:

Starting a New Lawn

If you are starting a new lawn it is recommended that you wait until the risk of frost has passed. This is usually in Mid March. It is also important to ensure that there is at least six inches of soil for the lawn to grow its roots. So be sure to till the soil to an even depth to allow for the roots of the grass to develop. Next ensure that the area is level to reduce the possibility of drainage issues in the future. Then you can apply the grass seed or sod to the area and water thoroughly.

If you have an existing lawn you can top dress the lawn by spreading a thin layer (1/4 inch) of top soil and then apply the grass seed on top. Water thoroughly to ensure that the seed germinates.

Watering your Lawn

Adequate watering ensures that your lawn has an established root system to cope with the dry summer months. Be sure to water thoroughly and deeply. Watering restrictions come into affect on June 1st and are in effect until September 30th. Please not that they have changed as of 2013. They are as follows:

Residential Addresses:

  • Even-numbered address: Monday, Wednesdays, and Saturdays 4 am to 9 am
  • Odd-numbered address: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays 4 am to 9 am
  • Please note: You can no longer water your lawn during the evenings

Non-Residential Addresses:

  • Even numbered addresses: Monday and Wednesday 1 am to 6 am
  • Odd numbered addresses: Tuesday and Thursday 1 am to 6 am
  • All addresses: Friday 4 am to 9 am

Newly planted lawns need special attention. It is best to keep the soil moist for at least 4 to 6 weeks to ensure that your lawn develops an adequate root system. If you are starting a new lawn in the summer be sure to apply for a permit to water outside of the watering restrictions.

Mowing your Lawn

Lawns should be mowed at regular intervals with a sharp mower at the correct height. Lawns should be cut every 7 to 10 days. A rotary mower should to be set at 2 to 3 inches for the season. You lawn mower should be kept sharp at all times. A dull mower tears the grass instead of cutting it, making it more susceptible to diseases. You should use a catcher, or rake the cut grass to remove the cuttings and prevent the build-up of dead grass. If you do not remove the dead grass you should power rake you lawn on a regular basis to remove the layer of dead grass (thatch) that builds up, this is called de-thatching.

Applying Moss Control

Before your moss goes dormant in the summer heat you should take steps to kill and remove the moss in your lawn. To do this apply either a liquid or granular Moss Control to affected areas. Approximately two days later, use a mechanical power rake to remove the dead black moss. The area should then receive a thin layer of soil or sand followed by an application of grass seed to grow where the moss was.

Moss Out

Moss Out

Fertilizing your Lawn

The beauty of your lawn, its resistance to disease, insects, moss and weeds depends largely on how you feed it. With our heavy rains in the coastal area, much of the mineral content (food or fertilizer) of the soil is washed away each year. Every fertilizer shows the percentage of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potash (N.P.K.) For example 12-4-8 is 12% Nitrogen, 4% Phosphorous and 8% Potash.

  • Nitrogen                     – gives the green to lawns and is the main food a lawn responds to
  • Phosphorous            – encourages good root growth
  • Potash                       – promotes strong healthy stems

Lawns should be fed at regular intervals.  We recommend an application of 28-3-8 in early spring. This will feed your lawn for 10 to 12 weeks. For late spring and summer, we recommend 12-4-8. This feeds your lawn for 6 to 8 weeks. Fertilizing should be done when the grass is dry and should then be watered in thoroughly. To ensure an even application, it is best to use a fertilizer spreader.

When you apply fertilizer you should water your lawn to make sure that the fertilizer make it to the soil and does not remain on the leaves where it could burn them.

Applying Lime to Your Lawn

Lime is an important soil conditioner that helps you lawn absorb fertilizer and deter moss from growing. Lime does not kill moss, but does neutralize the pH of the soil making fertilizer applications more effective. To be effective Dolomite Lime should be applied in spring and again in fall.

Top Dressing Your Lawn

After power raking and/or aerating in the spring, your lawn may appear sparse. Top-dressing is a reliable way of rejuvenating it. You can top-dress your lawn with Peat Moss for sandy soils, peat and sand for clay soils, sand if you have wet soil, or top soil. Top-dressing is best done in March or April. After top-dressing you can also apply a thin layer of lawn seed to help fill in the spaces left by the power rake.

Helleborus

By , January 12, 2015

January 12th, 2015

Heavenly Helleborus!

Helleborus, or Christmas Rose, are an easy to grow perennial that bloom continuously for many months. Some varieties start in early December and can bloom until March. They grow best in a dry shady location. They are fairly disease resistant, drought tolerant, and deer resistant. For more information about growing Helleborus click here.

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