- Release lady beetles at dusk or early evening. Lady beetles will fly away almost immediately if released during the heat of the day or where the sun is shining, so wait until evening to release them. Spray a fine mist of water on the plants before the release. Giving beetles a drink may keep them around longer. Place beetles at the base of plants or in the crotches of low branches. Lady beetles will crawl higher into the plant in search of aphids. Once lady beetles begin to fly, they are likely to fly a substantial distance, often outside the boundaries of your garden. Do not release lady beetles on plants that have been sprayed with insecticides as residues from most insecticides are likely to kill the beetles. However, insecticidal soaps and oils, once dry, will not leave toxic residues.
- They need a good supply of aphids. There is no point in releasing them on plants with few aphids. Lady beetles are voracious aphid feeders and an adult beetle will eat 50 or more aphids a day. The convergent lady beetle, which is the species sold for release, feeds almost entirely on aphids and will not remain on plants with low aphid populations and will not control other garden pests.
- Expect lady beetles to fly away in a few days. Even when released with care, lady beetles will fly away within a few days. Lady beetles are unlikely to lay eggs on the plants they are released on. If aphids return a week or two later, gardeners will need to release more lady beetles to help increase the local population.
Lady Beetle Care
Creating a Hummingbird Garden by using a diversity of plantings and garden techniques to attract them to your garden. Hummingbirds are important pollinators as well as adding entertainment and meaning to your landscape.
1.Plant nectar and pollen rich flowers- Provide a variety of heights of plants so they meander while feeding. Hummingbirds like all colors- primarily brighter colored and typically tubular in shape. See examples below.
2.Go Organic- Say no to pesticides and chemical fertilizers (at least limit the use) Avoid harmful chemical use in the yard and herbicides whenever possible.
3.Provide Shelter- Hedge row, trees, hollow trees. Provide nest boxes, nesting material.
4.Provide Food/Feeders & Water- make sure they are disinfected regularly
Attracting Plants(there are many more) : Ajuga, Abelia, Bee Balm, Begonia, Bleeding Heart, Butterfly weed, Canna, Cardinal flower, Coral bells, Current, Dahlia, Delphinium, Pinks, Foxglove, Fuchsia, Geranium, Gladiolas, Hollyhocks, Impatiens, Iris, Lantana, Liatris, Lilacs, Lily, Lupine, Nasturtiums, Nicotiana, Oregon Grape, Penstemon, Petunia, Phlox, Sage & Salvias, Scabiosa, Sweet William, Verbena, Willow, Yucca, Zinnia
Stop into Zenith Holland to get your beautiful plants to create your own hummingbird haven!
Learn more here:
Native Hummingbirds: https://www.beautyofbirds.com/hummingbirdswashingtonstate.html
Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Become a Certified Wildlife Habitat certify at: www.nwf.org
As our garden awakens, so do we in a way, by embracing the warmth and sunshine that spring brings to us all. Turn off the TV, put down your phone, stop watching the news and get outside and work in the garden. There are a lot of things that can be done now, and then again in early May to achieve the garden of your dreams. While you work and create outdoors, take advantage of the fresh air and embrace your yards energy. Here are some gardening tips for now, some for later, plus a blooming by the seasons guide.
Winter & Spring Blooming Bulbs (Feb-April)- Crocus, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Iris, Snowdrops, Tulips.
Cool Season Annuals (Sept-May)- Calendula, Pansies & Violets (johnnie jump-ups), Primroses, Snapdragons
Spring Blooming Shrubs & Trees- Flowering Ornamental: Cherries, Plums & Crabapples, Dogwoods, Lilacs, Weigela, Azaleas & Rhododendrons, Mountain Laurel, Pieris
Summer Blooming Bulbs (some hardy, some annual)- Crocosmia, Dahlia (tender), Elephant Ears (A), Freesia (A), Iris, Peony
Summer Blooming Shrubs- Butterfly Bush, Clethra, Crape Myrtle, Hydrangeas, Roses
Warm Season Annuals (May-October+)- Fuchsia (some are perennial), Geraniums, Impatiens, Petunias, Marigolds, Verbena (some are perennial), Zinnia
Fall Annuals and Colorful Perennials- Add into pots, borders & beds- Pansies & Violas; Mums & Asters; Cabbage & Kale and Fall Color Vines (Purple Grape, Silver Lace Vine, Virginia Creeper) & Shrubs (Dogwood, Spirea & Blueberries), Evergreen Perennials (Heuchera, Tiarella & Hellebores), Broad Leaf (Euonymus, Azaleas & Lonicera) & Conifers.
Late fall -Winter-Early Spring- Blooming Shrubs- Camellias, Current, Daphne (winter), Forsythia, Quince, Sweet Box, Viburnum (some), Witch Hazel
Plants with Berries- Beauty Berry, Blueberries & Evergreen Huckleberries, Cotoneaster, Holly, Juniper, Mondo Grass, Nandina, St. John’s wort, Viburnum (some), Wintergreen
January & February: Plant Cool Season Annuals & Veggie Seeds inside. Plant hardy trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and grasses- weather permitting. Plant Bare root fruits and berries.
March & April: Plant Cool Annual Starts & Veggie Starts outside, weather permitting. Plant hardy trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and grasses. Plant Warm Season Annuals & Veggie Seeds inside (Feb-April) read directions for plant timing to put outdoors.
May: Plant Warm Season Annual Starts, Veggie Starts and Hanging Baskets outside, weather permitting. Plant hardy trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and grasses. Plant Summer Blooming Bulbs (April – June) see directions on package.
June: Put houseplants outside in the shade on porch or other protected areas for summer-repot and fertilize as needed. Direct Sow Seeds (late May-early June)
July & August: Plant Warm Season Annual Starts- replace dead or tired plants from baskets. Start Fall Blooming Annuals & Cool Season Veggies- in pots or direct sow into ground/beds.
September: Plan Your Fall & Late Winter Tasks. Plant Fall Crops Starts, Fall pots & Hardy Plants. Bring indoors houseplants & tropicals. Lawn Care- Aerate, Thatch (if needed), Sod/Seed, Fertilize. Plant Spring Blooming Bulbs (Aug- Oct). Direct Sow Root Veggies Seeds.
October: Plant Fall Crop Starts, Hardy Plants. Rake Leaves, clean plants. Mulch.
November: Irrigation winterized (or in October). Cover spigots. Plants should all be winterized.
December: Decorate for holidays. Feed the birds.
If you have questions, Ask Kerri at: email@example.com
We at Zenith Holland hope this "Recipe for Seed Gardening" will help you with a great project for kids to get them excited about growing plants and creating their own gardens.
Always be sure to read your seed packet first for best results.
Some Tips: Soil should remain moist, not soggy. As plants grow, they may need to be transplanted into a larger container or acclimated to the outdoors then planted into the garden. * Try using egg cartons, plastic muffin or produce containers and other recycled items to sprout your seeds. Use your imagination and have fun with it!
This was a collaboration written by Eileen Hoffman of Zenith Holland. Stop in and ask to Eileen about this project and choosing seeds. Call or Email for further details.
We have several varieties of Hellebores or Helleborus at Zenith Holland that we either grow ourselves or bring in from various other reputable growers. These evergreen perennials are winter -early spring bloomers which can be important pollinators while adding long-lasting visual appeal. Hellebores do well in containers, beds and borders and in combination with bulbs, ferns and shrubs.
Helleborus Variety Frostkiss® Anna's Red has beautiful outward-facing, deep burgundy red single flowers with creamy stamens and red stems on a backdrop of marbled leaves. Prefers moist soil enriched with leaf mold or compost, yet drought tolerant once established. Mulch in fall for winter protection. Exposure: Part to Full Shade. Height 15-24" Spread 24”. Deer Resistant.
Helleborus 'Cheryl's Shine' is another hybrid with lovely green and silver-veined, evergreen, deer-resistant foliage.
January thru mid-February 15" tall stalks of out-facing pink flowers appear, lighter toward the center and each beautifully accented by a large central cluster of yellow stamens.
Hardy in Zones: 5 to 8 preferring Part Sun to Light Shade.
This Gold Collection Hellebore HGC Cinnamon Snow is a wonderful, sturdy hybrid that is gorgeous both in leaf & flower.
It forms a low mound of leathery, evergreen, dark green leaves with pink buds appear in early spring opening to large, outfacing, creamy-white flowers that are streaked rose and cinnamon. Petals are dark cinnamon rose on the reverse. Hardy in Zones: 5 to 8 preferring Part Sun to Light Shade.
Helleborus Variety HGC® Ice N' Roses® Red has beautiful Deep red, upward-facing flowers in great profusion, even when young. Vigorous evergreen foliage makes great winter interest. Drought tolerant once established, water only in the hottest weather.
Prefers humus-rich, well-drained soil. Once established, water only in the hottest weather. Apply organic Fertilizer in early spring. Bloom Time Winter. Exposure Full Sun to Part Shade. Height 13-24" Spread 24". Hardy in Zones: 5 to 8.
Helleborus Variety Ivory Prince has lovely Ivory colored flowers flushed pink, with green streaks. Handsome, blue green evergreen foliage has burgundy stems and compact habit.
Plant in moist, well-drained soil and is drought tolerant once established. Bloom Time Winter- Spring. Deer Resistant. Exposure Part to Full Shade Height 12-18" Spread 24".
Hardy in Zones: 5 to 8.
Helleborus Variety HGC® Jacob has Large, single, white blooms age to light green or blush pink in cool weather. Dark green leaves and burgundy stems. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.
Mulch to maintain summer moisture. Drought Resistant once established. Pollinator Friendly, Deer Resistant. Exposure Part to Full Shade. Grows to Height 9-12" Spread 13". Hardy in Zones: 5 to 8.
Helleborus foetidus is a carefree perennial noted for its bell-shaped, pale green flowers that open in mid-November and last until late spring. Its lacy, narrow leaves remains dark, rich green year-round.
This striking plant is easy to grow and is drought tolerant once established. The unpleasant odor of the crushed leaves will explain their other common name, “stinking hellebore”. They have a clumping habit with a mature size of about 1 - 3 ft. tall and wide. Exposure Part to Full Shade. Hardy in Zones: 5 to 8.
Stop in and see are selection of Hellebores or ask us more about planting combinations, cultural care and pest control methods!
After the weeks of snow, it is nice to get a break from the artic blast and get back to our normal milder winter! This is an excellent time to get a few things done before March. Here is a list of 7 top suggestions.
1. Go to the Flower & Garden Show (Feb. 20-24). The color and smell of the plants is beneficial to your health. Plants add oxygen to the air while their aromas can reduce stress and color is its own therapy. The landscape designs can inspire you for your plans for spring and summer projects.
2. Plant Cool season Veggies-Direct Sow. Root Veggies best done now after the full moon. Beets, Radish, Onions, Garlic, Potatoes, Parsnips and Cool Season- Spinach, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Swiss Chard and Kale.
3. Prune and Tidy Evergreen Perennials- Hellebores, Heuchera and Blooming Seasonal plants- Violas, Pansies, Primroses- that may need deadheading or damaged/old leaves removed.
4. Add a pair of Camellias or other evergreen shrub or Conifers for containers near entry way outside of your front door. Use cool season color- Violas, Pansies, Heather, Primroses and Ground Covers to trail- Vinca, Wire Vine, Lonicera or Heucherella.
5. Get Your Spring Seeds, Bare Root Fruits & Sets Now. Ed Hume Seeds are local to the PNW and are non-GMO, have a great price point and selection. Order seeds online or explore “seed libraries” or seed sharing programs for heirloom or hard to find plants. Bare Root Fruit Trees and Berry plants may be available this time of the year but must be planted right away (they have no soil). Garlic, Onions and Potatoes bulb sets can also be planted now.
6. Prune Fruit Trees. Selectively prune others. Wait until March to prune Roses and other summer bloomers.
7. Houseplant Care. Repot houseplants that are root bound. Check others for insects and disease. Water those that need it, add organic liquid fertilizer to soil or liquid with water.
If you need help understanding your landscape and garden, take one of our classes or stop in for help!
Valentine's Day is here time to get your sweetie something special from Zenith Holland Nursery.
We have potted blooming plants that last longer than cut flowers!
Blooming Beauties for Valentine's Day Gifts for Wife, Partner, Mom or Neighbor. We have a huge selection of houseplants, pottery and gift certificates.
Benefits of Beets- Old fashioned sweet treat is back in style for its many nutritional and health benefits. Beets are rich in fiber, Vitamin C, Folic Acid (helps memory), Calcium, Iron, Manganese, antioxidants and Nitric Oxide compounds (increases oxygen).
Current Health Claims of Beets:
-Boost Longevity, Weight Loss and Stamina (especially during workouts)
-Prevents Chronic Illness and Possibly Cancer
-Increases Oxygen to the Blood. Improves Blood Flow and Lowers Blood Pressure.
-Increases Blood Flow to the Brain. May Reduce Dementia.
-Useful for Detoxification, Improve Digestion & Sexual Health. Reduces Inflammation.
There are many ways to eat your beets. The young, fresh greens can be eaten in salads, smoothies or cooked. The root is often boiled used as a vegetable, pickled or made into a soup. If you don’t have time for that, ground beet root powder is available as a supplement added to smoothies alone or with other greens.
Growing your own Beets is another alternative and is a relatively easy garden root crop. Best planted direct sow (directly applied to the soil where it will grow outdoors) after the full moon before the new moon phase. Beets grow best in rich, fertile soil free of rocks or heavy clay. Beet seeds can germinate in soil as low as 45 deg. F (55-65 is best) and seedlings are frost hardy. Plant seeds- 1 per inch, ½ inch deep in rows 16” apart. Germination is between 5-14 days typically. Thin seedlings to 3-4” when they are 3-4” tall. Keep well- watered. Harvest is in 60+ days.
If you have questions about growing your own fruits and veggies stop by Zenith Holland. We can help you questions and supply you with starts, seeds, fertilizers and soils to get your garden started out right!
Indoor Gardening is the new rage, once again. Like the seventies, we are decorating our window sills, entry ways and bathrooms with Orchids, succulents and blooming foliage plants. The reasons may be a bit different now than in the past. Nasa has done studies proving the amazing air cleaning qualities houseplants have that improve our indoor atmosphere. But many of us turn to gardening inside our homes for many other reasons.
-Indoors can extend your growing space for certain crops. Yard sizes are shrinking, leaving home owners smaller spaces for growing veggies, fruits, herbs and other edibles that can help supplement our healthy diets. Growing food indoors can increase your nutritional intake by sprouting seeds or growing microgreens or herbs near a bright window or kitchen counter.
-Seed Starting. Don’t have a greenhouse? Start your seeds indoors 1-2 months before you plan to acclimate them outdoors. In winter- start cool season plants to go outdoors in March or April. In early spring, start warm season plants to go outdoors in May.
-Over Winter Tropical & Seasonal Plants. There may be many plants you want to try to grow indoors- exotic hard to find to seasonal holiday favorites. Citrus and other tropical fruits can also be grown indoors, with some being more challenging than others.
-Propagation. Take Cuttings or starts from houseplants or other plants. Make more for you or give as gifts. Indoor growing projects are great learning tools for kids.
Whatever your reasons, Indoor Gardening can be beneficial for everyone. To Learn more, stop by Zenith Holland or take one of our classes.