Mid-Atlantic

January, 2004
Regional Report

Take in the Winter Wonderland

Take the opportunity during these cold weeks to view your landscape or garden from many vantage points, especially your favorite windows. Now consider if some additional evergreen plantings or plants with interesting berries or bark might enhance the views. Take notes and plant accordingly this spring.

Plan for Spring

The gardening season moves so fast each spring. Take time now to plan ahead. If you want to expand or start a new garden area, measure it and try out your ideas by sketching them out on graph paper. This will help you fine-tune your plans; it's easier to re-do a patch with your pencil than with your shovel!

Keep Flowers Fresh

Florist bouquets cheer things up in mid-winter. Help your cut flowers last longer by recutting the stems at home. Use a sharp knife and cut under water, then plunge into the vase using a commercial floral preservative. Keep your bouquet out of direct sun and set it in a cool location each night.

Visit Flower Shows

It\'s show time! Get out your calendar and mark it -- it\'s flower and garden show time again! Big, world-class shows (e.g., Philadelphia Flower Show) and smaller regional shows and even local community shows are all great fun and a good excuse to get out and see what\'s new.

Get Estimates

If you are thinking about having some landscaping work done this coming year, it is not too early to begin planning and getting estimates and scheduling the work. Landscapers, landscape architects, and garden designers will all be terribly busy in just a few short weeks.

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