We had so much fun putting together this photo shoot for the Register Guard’s Home & Garden Section! Check out this actual story and stay tuned for more pictures from the photo shoot!
Mother’s Day is around the corner and sometimes it can be a challenge to find the perfect gift for the special mom in your life! Here are a few ideas to help you decide!
For the Foodie Mom: Get her some wonderful extracts from Meso Nutso Pantry
For the Bird Loving Mom: Get her a beautiful bird feeder
For the Sentimental Mom: If your mom appreciates a thoughtful gift that brings back memories of past times, finding a rose with a special name can be very meaningful.
For the Mom who wants your time: If this is your mom, a Johnson Brother’s Gift Card is the best gift you can give her! Include a note that lets her know you will be taking her on a trip to Johnson Brothers to pick out exactly what she wants.
For the Mom who is a bee lover: Give her some local honey from The Queen’s Bounty.
For the Mom who appreciates art: If this is your mom, give her a print of a flower from Lisa Livoni Art.
For the Mom who loves a cocktail: Give her a cocktail infusion kit from Rokz.
For the Mom who loves to clean: Give her an assortment of Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Products!
If you still can’t decide after seeing these ideas, a Johnson Brothers home-grown hanging basket is always a good choice!
Come by and we can help you pick out the perfect gift for the perfect mom in your life.
Watch our amazing crew get the basket houses ready for the weekend! Our team has been working hard on these hanging baskets since December! Come out this weekend and check them out and bring one (or two) home!
Releasing live lady bugs in your garden is a wonderful way to naturally guard against pests that will ruin your vegetables and flowers. Lady bugs will eat dozens of pests per day. The adults will lay eggs throughout the gardening season. Lady bugs will protect your garden from Aphids, Spider Mites, Thrips, Mealy-bugs, Scales, White fly eggs and more!
Besides all of these benefits to releasing lady bugs in your garden, kids LOVE them! It is a fun way to get your kids outside and helping in the garden too!
Join us as we release our 2017 collection of famous hanging baskets! Here is a look at some of our 2016 baskets. We grow over 7,500 hanging baskets right here at Johnson Brothers!
Whether you need a sun basket or a shade basket, we have a basket for you! Join our hanging basket care class on Saturday, April 22nd from 12-1 to learn tips on how to keep your baskets looking beautiful all summer long!
Sign up for our monthly enewsletter to stay up to date on our upcoming classes, events and in store specials! Plus, get exclusive coupons and tips on what to do in the garden!
This last Saturday we had a fun class on making Paper Pinwheels! Our guest teacher Kathy from Art-sy did a wonderful job!
Here are some pics and easy instructions in case you missed the class!
Here are a few examples of the finished product to give you inspiration! These are so fun to place in a plant as a gift or use a cake topper! Below is a pictures of the items needed to create these cute little decorations:
2 sided paper (can be scrapbook paper or you can get creative and use old maps!
Straws (we used thick paper straws)
Paper piercing tool
Coated wire to attach buttons
Here are some steps to create paper pinwheels:
I love this time of year because the store changes daily. We have so many beautiful plants coming up from the back growing greenhouses. You never know what treasures you will find when you stop by. Here is a sampling of what you can find this week at Johnson Brothers!
So, come and wander to see what treasure you will find!
We are excited to announce our 2017 Rose Collection is available for purchase! Check out our list of roses in this year’s collection:
Join us for a wonderful evening of live music, drinks, and 20% off your total purchase! We will have poinsettias, wreaths, greens and more available to help you get your holiday shopping done early! RSVP for your chance to win a $100 gift card RSVP here!
If you want to make sure you get exactly the fruit trees you want for 2017 make sure and order from our Fruit Tree Pre-Order Form: 2017 FRUIT PREORDER
It’s hot pepper time, and we are bringing the heat his year! Come to Johnson Brothers greenhouses September 17th at 11:00 am to see if you have the tolerance for the worlds hottest peppers! We only have 10 spots available so if you think you have what it takes then sign up now!
Here are some pictures from last years contest
*We still have spots in Thursday’s Cart Run (Thursday, August 18th 6-7pm) Sign up here
For those of you who haven’t participated in one of our Cart Runs, here is a little information. It is similar to Super Market Sweep, but instead of at grocery store, it’s at Johnson Brothers! Check-in starts at 5:45 and the doors open for shopping promptly at 6:00 pm. You have one hour to load your cart with as many plant items as you can. You must be in line for checkout no later than 7:00 sharp. These best part is that you then receive 50% off all of the plants on your cart!
The event is FREE, but you must give a $5 deposit to hold your spot. The $5 will then be deducted from your total when you checkout at the event. Here are a few tips for success:
If you are looking for a tropical looking vine with beautiful colored blooms then a Clematis may be just what you are looking for! Clematis roots are long and deep as they prefer cool and moist conditions, but not soggy or waterlogged. Now is a perfect time to plant as the soil in the Willamette Valley is moist and cool in the beginning of spring. when planting, we recommend a fertilizer called ” Bud & Bloom” from G&B Organics which contains Soil microbes and Mycorrhizae that will help with the perfect blooms of your Clematis! Depending on variety, Clematis can grow in any light condition, but like to have their roots cool so make sure to have to have ground cover or low-growing shrubs around the base of the Clematis. Your Clematis should be well watered and not dried out as they like moist soil for their roots, and as the plant matures you should soak it in water once a week during dry weather. As always we recommend our Johnson’s Max fertilizer which is a slow release granular that helps for full growth and beautiful blooms in which you can put around the soil of your plant 3 times a year.
Strawberries are quite easy to grow. They are perennial, winter hardy, and will thrive in full sunshine & fertile, well-drained soil. Healthy plants will produce an abundance of berries for three to four years, after which they should be replaced.
There are two basic categories of strawberries, June-bearing & Everbearing. June-bearing produce one large crop from early June into July. This type of berry is used for jams or freezing, and tend to be the better quality berries. Everbearing produce in June and in late summer. These types are suited to jams, freezing or fresh eating. Growing different varieties of strawberries will enable you to have fruit throughout the growing season. When the patch needs redoing, in about three years, try some others.
Planting: Plant strawberries in early spring, as soon as you can prepare the soil. Dig a hole for each plant large enough to place the roots straight downward but somewhat spread. The midpoint of the crown should be level or slightly above the soil surface; the topmost root should be just below the soil surface. Fertilizing should wait for growth to start so the roots won’t burn. Without a soil test, we recommend a good balanced blend of nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur, such as 10-10-10 or 14-14-14. The same fertilizer that works well in your vegetable garden will give excellent results on strawberries. Water the fertilizer in well. Do not over-fertilize or you will mainly get leaves and few fruit. The plants should be fed again at mid-season. Mulch well to prevent weeds and to conserve moisture. Strawberries require regular water for the best flavor and fruit production. All strawberries need good drainage.
Spring Crop (June-bearing) Strawberries are usually grown in a raised row. Rows should be set 3-4’ apart. Set the plants 18” to 24” apart within the row. When the first runners are produced they should be about 6 inches away form the original plant. Allow the runners that are produced from the ‘mother’ plants to develop and root. Only allow a few runners per plant (5), after which additional starts need to be cut off. Keep the remaining 18” to 30” between rows clear by making sure the runners being formed are growing in the row. Any runners produced late in the year or grow where not desired should be removed. The first year you plant, remove all flower clusters on the June bearers before fruit is formed. If you try to produce strawberries the first year, you’ll stress the young plant. This limits crown and leaf growth, which decreases the following seasons’ yield.
Ever-bearing Strawberries do not produce as many runners as Spring Crop (June-bearers), so using a hill system for planting is preferred. Make the hills about 15” high. Remove all runners that develop throughout the growing season before they root. Ever-bearers should not be allowed to produce runners until the mother plant is depleted and you wish to create plants for future use. Remove only the first flowers, allowing flowers developed after July l to fruit. This allows plants to get well established before fruiting. Plants will flower and fruit the rest of the summer and fall until frost. The original mother plants should be dug out after the second or third year.
Disease Control: Plants purchased at a reputable nursery are virus free. Aphids, though, do spread viruses among strawberries. Rigid insect control is necessary to avoid this problem. Control aphids with chemical or manual methods.