|It's Time to get your Fall Veggie Garden Ready
Classes for Kids and Grownups this Weekend
|Kids Growing Your Own Food Workshop this Saturday
Our Growing Your Own Food Workshop for kids (ages 5-10) is this Saturday, July 22nd at 9:30 a.m. There is still space available, so if your kids, our next generation of gardeners, would like to see and learn where some common fruits and vegetables come from before they get to your favorite grocery store, this is their chance. Each child will plant radish seeds and a tomato plant to take home and grow so they can experience the thrill of growing their own food!
The cost is only $5 and pre-payment is required. Call (972) 475-5888 Ext. 2 to sign up and pay over the phone, or come in to our store. See our Summer Classes and Events for details on all of the remaining workshops in our Kids in the Garden Series.
|Free Fall Vegetable Gardening Class for Grownups
The kids aren't the only ones who get to learn about growing veggies! Our Fall Vegetable Gardening Class for grownups is also on July 22nd. Reservations are not required, just be here by 1:00 p.m. to find out how to prepare for your second season veggie garden now so you'll be ready to plant when the fall vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, etc.) arrive in a few weeks. Bring your questions so Burton can answer them after the class.
If you haven't already planted your fall tomatoes, it's time to do it now so you'll be able to enjoy lots of your own juicy homegrown crop before the weather gets too cold.
See our Summer Classes and Events for details on our upcoming Succulent Make and Take workshop. Space is limited so sign up today.
|Cool Terrariums & New Plant Arrivals
This week we brought in several styles and sizes of terrariums which are perfect for small plants and succulents. We also received the following plants including a lovely new beautyberry which has only now become available to nurseries:
- Pearl Glam Beautyberry – New 2017 Introduction
- Orange Rocket Barberry
- Spider Web Japanese Aralia
- Blue Angel & Lil' Kim Dwarf Althea aka Rose of Sharon
- Hardy Perennial Hibiscus (Big Hit Pink & Red, Luna Pink Swirl & Red)
- Christmas Jewel & Oakland Red Holly
- Acoma Crape Myrtle – Vase-shaped white variety
- Tiger Eyes Cutleaf Sumac – Hard to find so get yours now while we have it!
- Ruby Falls Weeping Redbud
Go to our Available Stock List for all of the trees, shrubs, vines, and ornamental grasses we have in stock. List includes sizes, prices and new arrivals for your convenience. See our Planting Advice and Articles section for helpful planting tips and check us out on Facebook to see lots of pictures of what's in stock.
|Plant of the Week – Tiger Eyes Sumac
Tiger Eyes is an upright deciduous shrub with new growth that is vivid chartreuse green, changing to a bright yellow in the summertime. The leaf stems are purplish-pink and form a dramatic contrast with the lemon-lime leaves. The foliage turns shades of yellow, orange and scarlet in fall.
This is a great specimen plant with a unique look not many of your neighbors will have. Tiger Eyes Sumac grows to 6 feet tall and wide, is drought tolerant once established, and is very cold hardy. Plant in full sun to part shade.
We can't always get this plant, but we have them right now in 3 gallon size. You can see one growing in our display garden – get yours while they are in stock!
|Huge Sale on Summer Color, Fruit & More
Here's a small sampling of what's on sale, but check out our Available Stock List for all of the great deals!
- Summer Color Sale in Progress - 4" just $.98 each or 20-count flats only $12.88 (impatiens, begonias, torenia, vinca, dalberg daisies, scaevola & purslane) Brighten your pots and flower beds now and save!
- Penta & Vinca (1 gal/reg. $9.99) – Great summer color for only $2.88
- Caladiums & Angelonia (1 gal/reg. $9.99) – Only $4.88
- Dallas Red & New Gold Lantana (1 gal/reg. $9.99) – Only $4.88
- 1-gallon perennials - 10 for $80 (Reg. $9.99 each)
- Select 7-gal Limelight Hydrangeas – 50% Off
- Dwarf Sabal Palms (3 gal) & Windmill Palms (7-30 gal) – Now 35% Off
- Majestic Beauty Indian Hawthorn Patio Trees – 50% Off
- Select Crape Myrtles – 20-50% Off
- Huge Select Group of Fruit Trees – up to 72% Off (See Edibles Section of our Available Stock List)
- Blueberries – 35-67% Off
- Grapes – 50% Off
- Pecan Trees – 20% Off
- Huge selection of trees, shrubs & groundcovers – 50% off in the Half Price House
|Trees-Buy Now & We Plant in the Fall
Most of us want more shade trees in our yard, but we prefer to wait for cooler temperatures before we have the trees planted. Did you know that at Covington's you can purchase the trees of your choice now (including delivery and planting charges) while you can see the tree's shape and fullness before it loses leaves in the fall? Then we'll take care of your tree throughout the rest of the summer until it's time to plant. One of our nursery experts would be happy to assist you in selecting the best trees for your yard, plus you can check out our huge selection of trees on our Available Stock List.
If you are a Covington's Club member, take advantage of your July/August Member Discount coupon from the Summer Newsletter you received in your mail at the end of May, and save 20% on regular price trees or an additional 10% off sale trees through August 31, 2017. If you aren't a club member, see our Discounts and Savings page for details about how to become a club member so you don't miss out on these special discounts in the future.
|Earn Money For Your Group with Covington's Fall Flower Fundraiser
Looking for a fresh easy fundraiser? We have it! We'll be growing pansies and ornamental cabbage/kale here at the nursery so your group (school, PTA, church, scouts, athletic or drill team, etc.) can grow your bank account to fund the activities you have planned!
It's time to get started, and it's so simple. Your group pre-sells pansies and cabbage/kale that you'll buy from us at a greatly reduced cost, and you rake in the profits! See the Flower Fundraising Program for details, and apply today.
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This week, a question about a quirk of true red crape myrtles.
Q: I planted a Dynamite and an Ebony Flame crape myrtle last month, and their red blooms were very nice. Now, though, I'm seeing a lot of white and pink blooms mixed in! Do I have the right type of plant?
A: Yes, you do! True red crape myrtles are a fairly recent thing, and there's a certain quirk across most of the true red types. When the bud breaks open during rainy or extremely cloudy weather, the color can vary. Our weather's been doing this a lot in the past month.
Open a Dynamite crape myrtle bloom bud while it's still tightly closed, and you'll see that the flower itself is white! This isn't true of other colors of crape myrtle - it is a quirk of the true reds. The red pigments flow into the opening bloom as it cracks open, coloring throughout the bloom in a fifteen to thirty minute period. Too much shade during this process won't let the color flow through properly. The regular thunderstorms we've experienced recently certainly count.
It'll bloom the true color you're looking for as soon as we return to more regular summer weather, but it will do so on the next set of blooms to open. The blooms that are white or pink at this point will stay the color they are now until they drop.
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