Visit local FFA greenhouses

By Charlene Thornhill

May 13, 2014

Everyone is getting out and making their lawns and landscape look beautiful again. Lots of people have asked the big question, “Is my boxwood dead or do you think it will come back from the winter burn?” “My butterfly bush hasn’t shown any green yet, will it come back?”

My answer has been not what they want to hear. It’s “We’ll have to wait and see.”

The polar vortex experienced this past winter has made some of our landscapes a mess. Be patient, though, you might be surprised at what does survive.

Damage may be slight with just a few dead branches here and there or to an extreme with branch dieback and even entire plant death.

Before getting out the pruners or the chain saw, take a good look at your plant. If an entire branch seems to be dead, follow the branch to the main trunk to make sure. A dead branch will look darker and discolored.

You might have to prune back to the main trunk but make sure you prune to another healthy branch. Don’t leave any stumps as those can decay and cause more problems plus look unsightly.

Decide whether you want to keep the plant and nurse it back to health or whether the damages has been too severe and you would rather get a new variety.

Perennial plants might be a little delayed leafing out, too. Give them time. If you still don’t see new leaves by the end of May, the plant might be dead.

Be sure to visit the garden centers in our area and make a special trip to the local greenhouses established by our local F.F.A. programs. They have wonderful flowers, vegetables, trees, along with fertilizers and other products for the garden.

At Ansonia FFA Greenhouse, their crop looks better than ever! On May 17, they will be hosting a Pink Day! Wear pink and save green! They will be taking donations for Darke County Cancer Association. They will have some specials, mainly if you purchase a pink flower!! Their hours are Monday-Friday 8-6, Saturday 9-3 and Sunday 12-3.

They will be open until June 7 and then they will start bringing plants to the Downtown Greenville Farmers Market every Saturday. They will be back open in the Fall with mums, perennials, trees, pumpkins and Fall decor. Enjoy planting!

Charlene Thornhill is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her community column Along the Garden Path. She can be reached at chardonn@embarqmail.com. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.