9:30 a.m., May 19)
weekend signals the start of gardening season in Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
nurseries and garden centres were reporting brisk business
on Sunday, day two of what has become the unofficial start
of the local gardening season.
happy customer leaves J.A. Laporte Flowers
and Nursery with a cart load of plants on
Sunday. Local nurseries and garden centres
are reporting brisk business on the opening
weekend of gardening season. Fred Sherwin
for some people Mother's Day signals the start of the
growing season, most experienced gardens chose to wait
for the May long weekend when a late frost is less likely
year a perfect confluence of a long winter, beautiful
weather and the long weekend has lead to a shopping frenzy
at growing centres across the east end.
it's been crazy," said J.A. Laporte Flowers and Nursery
owner Estelle Laporte. "At one point this morning
the cars were lined up down the driveway waiting to get
a parking spot."
Old Montreal Road nursery has been around for over 50
years and has more then 13 greenhouses. Their stock is
plentiful and the product is grown on site.
seen a lot of new customers this morning. A lot,"
said Laporte. "And they're buying everything. You
name it; annuals, shrubs, fruit trees, hanging baskets,
tomato plants... it's been across the board."
selling plants and shrubs, Laporte also spent the day
explaining the impact the long winter and flash snow melt
has had on rose bushes and evergreens.
lot of people lost their rose bushes especially the tea
hybrids and the biggest culprit are those rose cones.
People use them and they forget to cut a couple of holes
in the bottom to allow for the air to circulate. If you
don't cut a couple of holes in the bottom, when the air
starts warming up, it gets too humid inside the cone and
the plants rot."
for the evergreens, the speed with which the snow melted
caused them to burn, especially near the centre of the
tree or the shrub.
gardeners can find hundreds of varieties of plants at
JA Laporte the one plant you won't find there are impatiens.
The popular bedding plant has been ravaged in recent years
by an airborne fungus called downy mildew.
garden centres still sell the popular plant, but they
usually don't last very long. Laporte stopped selling
impatiens last year.
really bad. I heard from some people whose plants were
dead in less than a month."
the most popular variety of the plant called Impatiens
walleriana is susceptible to the disease, New Guinea
Impatiens are not. Laporte still sells New Guinea Impatiens.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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