Remember the nineties? It was so hot! I have not invoked the ‘Way-Back’ machine. What I refer to is the temperature. It is my belief, we can kiss the nineties goodbye for another year. It is right on schedule. The gradual slide away from summer is upon us. Cooler temperatures and gentle rainfall remove any denial we may have: Fall is on the way. I don’t know about you, but fall is my favorite…and it’s not just because I’m a huge fan of fleece vests and flannel shirts.
I say it every year; “Fall is for planting.” To be sure, it is not the only time to plant; it is for most things however, the best time. The advent of container grown plants has indeed expanded our ability to plant to essentially twelve months a year. In reality, most people plant in the spring and a few do in the fall. Based on what the weather gives us, it should be the other way around. We are creatures of habit.
My dad often described people as being like bears: when days get short and the weather cools we start thinking about hibernating. In spring, the bear in us all is ready to go forth and conquer. Horticulturally speaking, there is no time like the present. If you have plans to plant trees, shrubs, groundcovers, fall color, or to overseed your lawn, the time is now.
I know in many respects I am ‘preaching to the choir’ (does the choir really understand better or is it simply their proximity to the pulpit? I digress…) as an avid gardener, you are already well aware. What you need to know is we have been receiving shipments daily. We are stocked on everything you want for fall. We now have our full selection of…well, everything! Two special deals for you: PTT Turfgrass seed, regularly $120.99 is priced for BatesRewards members for $99.99! Double Pink Knockout Rose inventory reduction sale; regularly priced $27.99, now $9.99, while they last!
Fall is here,