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Spring Garden Design

Spring Garden Design

At last we have warmer days and the sunshine will soon be here.

It’ll soon be time to enjoy the great outdoors again. Entertain with friends and family or just to relax, soak up the sun and lose yourself in the garden’s comforting surroundings of heady scent and perpetual flowering borders.

Now is the perfect time to start realizing your dreams for that perfect garden and it needn’t be a daunting task.

James has designed all styles of gardens; country gardens, wildlife and organic themed gardens, outdoor kitchens and a whole manner of entertaining areas, some with wooden structures and lighting too. 

All of James designs reflect his vast experience, individuality, creativity and passion in design.

The whole design process is made easy and enjoyable and he’s available to discuss this with you further.

To discuss your requirements either call in and say hello or contact him below to arrange an appointment.  

  Consultations cost $75 for one hour.

  *Please note, if James’ services are engaged with the design and planning of your garden you will not be charged a consultation fee.

603 970 0201

Further information and to view his portfolio please visit

 jamesbrewergardendesign.com

Make Way for Ducklings 3/12/17

8th Annual “Make Way for Duckings” Spring Event for the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine.
http://yorkcenterforwildlife.org/index.htm
Sunday, March 12th, 11-1pm, 2017
Wentworth Greenhouses, 141 Rollins Rd, Rollinsford, NH
This has become one of the most popular annual events for the Cape Neddick Center for Wildlife and we are so happy to host them again this year! Each spring the Center for Wildlife admits hundreds of injured and orphaned native wild animals, including ducklings, baby mammals, nestling songbirds, and more. Come learn about the challenges our wild parents and their young may face, and how you can help.

This year’s event will include:
— Live animal ambassador presentations:

“Raptors to Rodents; Neighborhood Watch!” 11:30-11:50am

“Bats to Barred Owls; The Benefits of Neighbors of the Night” at 12:20-12:40pm

— Raffle prizes including the chance to release a rehabilitated wild patient and

— Activities like face-painting, woodland masks, and the duckling stream game

— Homemade baked goods and other refreshments

They will also be hosting another Wild Baby Shower! Participants that bring an item from their online wishlist will have the opportunity to have a family photo taken with one of their wild animal ambassadors.

We hope you can join us! No registration is required, there is a $5 suggested donation for adults, and kids are FREE!

Four-lined Plant Bug

We have seen a lot of the four-lined plant bug causing damage this spring.  Upon first look the damage resembles a disease.  The bugs are hard to spot because any movement causes them to scatter under the leaf and drop to the ground. Fortunately the damage they cause is mainly aesthetic, the plant looks unattractive but the pest will not likely cause serious damage.  The insect emerges and feeds April through June.  Once the adults have matured and mated they insert their eggs into the stem of their host plant.  There is only one generation per year and it is unnecessary to treat your plant with an insecticide at this point but it is important to give your plant a good trim now.  This will clean up appearances and remove the eggs.  Be sure to do another harder trim in late fall, after plants have gone into dormancy, and also rake away any leaf litter and  debris.

For more information please visit the University of Minnesota article here.

Fall Color

New, fresh trees and shrubs in stock for fall!

When we think of fall foliage color, the first thing that comes to mind is usually red maple, sugar maple, and red oak.  These trees turn vibrant colors of red, orange and yellow, and grow to 50′-60′ tall.  There are many trees and shrubs that offer stunning fall foliage displays, and we have many in stock now.  Some are landscape staples, while others are unique and interesting native plants that might not immediately come to mind when you think of fall.

Witch Hazel:  A tall, multi stemmed shrub with dark green leaves that turn bright gold in the fall.  An important native plant for pollinators due to its fall flowering.

Fothergilla:  Another native plant important for pollinators.  Grows slowly, to 4′-6′ tall and wide.  Leaves turn gold, orange, or red in the fall.

Deutzia:  A low growing shrub, around 2′ tall and 3′-4′ wide.  Covered by small white slowers in Spring.  It’s long slender leaves turn a rich red color in fall.