It will soon be time for the earth to warm up, so we can
actually think about planting flowers and bulbs in the ground! Some of my
favorite summer bulbs are lilies, which bloom from early to late summer, depending
on which variety you plant. They will grow in full sun, part sun or even
dappled shade. Because they like good air circulation, it’s best to plant them
about a foot apart. They make great cut
flowers. They will multiply year after year, so at some point, you will want to
separate them at the end of the season. Plant them back right after you dig
them up; they needn’t be stored.
bloom first. They come in numerous colors: red, peach, white, pink. They grow 2
to 3 feet high. Each stem has six to eight blooms.
Trumpet lilies bloom
in mid-summer. They are large and quite fragrant. They grow three to six feet
tall. Colors include white, pink and yellow.
Oriental lilies are
the largest and most fragrant of all lilies. My next-door neighbors at my first
place in Canonsburg said that, because of the prevalent wind direction, they got advantage of most of the fragrance!
They are pink, red, and white, and blossoms can be 5 to 6 inches across. There
are even bicolor and double Orientals.
They grow 3 to 4 feet tall and bloom from mid to late summer.
Turban or Turk’s cap lilies
all have recurved , downward-facing petals (like a turban!). Many
have petals with black specks. They grow 2 to 3 feet high and bloom in mid
summer. Orange is the most widely seen color, but they do come in red and pink.
Barbara Wittman Alsip was born and raised in
San Antonio, Texas, of German, Austrian and Prussian grandparents. Her father
was a horticulturist, (Texas A&M, Class of 1919), and her mother was active
in garden clubs and flower growing. She has two grown sons and two grandsons.
She received her BA and MA in French and
Spanish from Texas Christian University and her PhD in French from Emory
University. She taught at the university level for a number of years.
At her first home in western Pennsylvania, she
had 165 trees, evergreens, flowering trees, perennials, herbs and annuals. She
is looking forward to landscaping, with Bedner’s direction and help, at her new
* Plan your summer vegetable and herb garden. We offer a wide selection of seeds that include all of your favorite annuals, perennials, vegetables and other novelties as well as many hard-to-find selections. Inventory your pots and flats and discard unusable ones. Make a list of the supplies you will need. Have your garden soil tested for nutrient content.
* Prune woody plants while dormant, including fruit trees, summer- and fall-blooming shrubs and vines. Limit pruning of spring-blooming trees and shrubs to the removal of sucker growth and rubbing or broken branches. Spray trees and shrubs with year-round horticultural oil to reduce insect population.
* Sharpen, clean and oil tools and lawn mowers. Begin heavy annual pruning of shrub roses as new leaves appear.
* Plant pansies, English daisies and primrose as soon as the earth is workable. Plant strawberry plants. Sow cool-season vegetables and herbs in the garden.
* Start spring cleanup and begin major lawn work. Remove debris, dethatch your lawn or aerate compacted areas to improve water penetration.
* Spray needles and limbs of Arborvitae, Cryptomeria, false cypress, fir, hemlock, Juniper, pine, yew and spruce (except blue spruce) for spider mites with year-round horticultural oil.
* Apply fertilizer to perennials and roses with. Feed berry bushes, grapevines, rhubarb and asparagus a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer before new growth begins. Fertilize trees and shrubs.
*Apply crabgrass preventer with fertilizer to feed the lawn and control crabgrass. Do not use on newly seeded lawns.
* Continue spring cleanup. Cultivate to remove winter weeds and debris from the planting beds.
* Reseed bare spots in established lawns. Keep the area moist until seedlings appear, then mow when the new grass is 3″ high.
* Prune forsythia and other spring-flowering trees & shrubs after the flowers fall.
* Dig and divide crowded early spring bulbs after they finish blooming. Enrich the soil with bone meal.
* Plant and transplant trees and shrubs, including roses, ground covers, and perennials.
* Transplant cool-season seedlings into the garden. When the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees, sow warm-season vegetable and herb seeds.
* Place gro-thru sets over peonies, grasses or any other perennials in need of support.
The following guest blog post is a story of kindness, care for our neighbors, and hope. Matt Mikesell, a long-time Bedner customer and friend, tells his story of a donated landscape project in our community last summer. Their hard work resulted in the joy and peace that a beautiful landscape can bring. It’s what we’re here for after all– to notice those in need around us and to step up and help. We’re thankful for people like Matt who do just that.
My son’s best friend was talking with me about his grandmother, who at the time, was battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was receiving radiation treatments. He was telling me she had eight pine trees in her front yard that she had a bid of $4,500 to get them cut down, which was a ridiculous bid. In any case, I said to him, “Why don’t we cut them down ourselves,” me, my son John and his friend Dill.” After all, the three of us have cut many trees down for other people.
At his request, we went over to his grandma’s house and looked at the job. Before Barbra came out, I spoke with Dill and John and suggested we do the job for free, but I wanted to hear what Barbra would say first. She introduced herself and proceeded to tell me how big of a deal it would be to have these trees taken down and also discussed the quote she was given. When she finished telling us all about her situation, I said to her, “The boys and I would like to do this job for you for free!” At first, I think she thought I was joking. Not only did I say we would cut all the trees down but would have everything cleaned up in a couple of days.
Two days later, we had eight; 60’ to 80’ pine trees, not only cut down, but also removed and the yard back in order, as if we were never there. As we finished up and walked around with Barbara, I could immediately see the joy in her eyes looking at this clean yard, as if saying, I have to do something with this space. She was so incredibly thankful to have the sun shining directly on her house again. Of course, Barbara would not allow us to do the job for free, so she and I agreed to only pay the boys. Those two sixteen-year-old boys were very excited and thankful to make some money!
A few weeks went by and I couldn’t stop thinking about Barbara and her situation, so I contacted my best friend Todd, who lives in York, Pa, and owns a landscape company there. I am a teacher full-time but in the summers, I have been doing landscape for the past 15 years. I explained to Todd my situation with Barbra’s yard and asked him if he would be interested in donating a job for a great cause. Without hesitation, Todd not only was excited about the opportunity, but drove four hours the following weekend to take measurements and pictures to draw up a plan for Barbra. No doubt, Barbara was taken aghast when we explained to her that we would like to donate a complete overhaul of her front yard.
Barbara was very appreciative of the offer Todd and I gave her but respectfully declined because she wouldn’t allow us to work for free. I learned that she is a person who appreciates an honest day’s work and an honest day’s pay. Todd and I negotiated with her and in the end, we all agreed that Barbra could pay for materials but the four of us would provide all labor at no cost.
As summer progressed, Todd and Barbara went back and forth with the plan and finally created what she envisioned for her front yard. We set a timeframe and due to schedules, decided it would be August after John, myself and Dill got back from our mission trip to Haiti.
As time got near, we started to make plans and gather materials that were necessary. To create the raised beds we needed 25 ton of topsoil. This would have made things very difficult, considering our budget. However, we wanted to do this job as Barbra envisioned it. Therefore, I reached out to a few local connections. Getting the topsoil donated would save our budget by $1,100. As the stars aligned, we found a donor for the 25 tons of topsoil and they delivered it as well. What a blessing.
Next, we were in need of plants, lots of them, and 15-20 yards of mulch to complete the work we set out to do. While I had no concerns of us getting the job done, we wanted to come under budget and bless Barbra with a front-yard makeover that she dreamt of. To be certain we got Barbara the best, I reached out to none other than Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse.
As a long-time customer and friend to Russ Bedner, I contacted him and explained the situation and the work we were doing. Immediately from the start, Russ was wanting to help in anyway he could. I shared Barbara’s situation with Russ and from there, the blessings flowed.
To Bedner’s, our local landscape partner, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how blessed we were with the donations you made to make Barbara’s landscape project a reality. Needless to say, Barbara was speechless when the job was completed. We could tell there was a sense of peace with the completion of this project for Barbara.
Russ, you and your employees are always a pleasure to work with. Your were especially helpful with your willingness to provide plants with a significant discount or at cost to you. Your surprise donation of the 15 yards of mulch to complete the projects was an absolute blessing as well. Of course, at no cost to us, you graciously donated the use of one of your landscape dump trucks for us to haul all materials to the job site.
To Bedner’s, thank you for rallying around us to help a community member in need and bless her with a front-yard makeover. Your kindness and generosity doesn’t go unnoticed.
Philippians 4:19 states – And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. No doubt, every need was met through the generosity of JM, Russ, Todd, Smokey and Dill, thank you for your time, talents and generous hearts to get the job done.
I have been a loyal customer at Bedner’s for the past 10 years. There is no doubt, they are the best in the business. For any of your landscape needs, I wouldn’t hesitate in saying, go and see the team at Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse. Their team of experts will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding plants, gardens, water features or hardscaping.
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Must add how pleased we were with Scott and his crew. Scott was very professional and took time to answer all my questions. He was excellent in delegating to each crew member on what to do.
- Maureen D. |
I loved the crew you sent. The crew was great and I enjoyed working with him. This was a very positive experience.
- Jeff W. |
Russ and his crew always provide the best service in the industry. If you you shop anywhere other than Bedner’s your are wasting your time!!!
- Chris D. |
Great workmanship. Professional, knowledgeable. Scott did a tremendous job on the install.
Mr. and Mrs. Snodgrass
Reliable workers, beautiful design, very hard work!
- Mrs. Reyes
We would like to thank Russ, Scott, Joan and Jontel for the wonderful job that all of you did in pruning our trees and mulching the front yard last week. The quality of the work exceeded our expectations.
We are so pleased with our outdoor space and have driven up and down past our home on several occasions to admire your work! Thank you again!
- Joan Sweda and Margaret Sweda
I have recommended Bedner’s multiple times, and have said that the work is spot on, the pricing is fair, and I loved that I could feel comfortable to make changes or ask questions without being treated like a burden. We will continue to come back for our outdoor needs!
- Kelly G. |
Russ and his crew did outstanding, detail oriented work. From the planning stages where plants and trees were chosen and located to the hard working crew installing everything, the level of detail and care were always evident. I would highly recommend Bedner's for any homeowner looking to maximize the beauty of their yard as well as increase the value of their property. First class team from top to bottom.