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Dear Gardening Friend,

I hope all is well with you, and you have thawed out, and dried off from our unpredictable Chicago area Spring weather. Warm one day -rain, snow, or hail the next. It's always a surprise.

Speaking of surprises, Mother's Day is May 11, 2008 (this Sunday), and we at Clover's have been gathering up some amazing pre-planted pots, gorgeous gift plants, an abundance of hanging baskets, and of course a wide selection of annual flowers, vegetables, and herbs, too! All would make excellent choices for Mom.

Although, if you can't decide what Mom would like best, we always have gift certificates available for purchase as well. Personally, I would love an "Endless Summer" hydrangea from Monrovia - flowers for Mom (me) all summer. Not to mention, that an endless summer would be quite the "happy thought" for me after our long winter this year.

Pansies are cheerful spring flowers.Gardener in May::

Early spring flowering deciduous shrubs such as Forsythias, Spiraea, and Weigela, should be pruned when they have just finished blooming, as they set their buds for next Spring in late summer and fall

Plant your summer flowering bulbs - dahlias, cannas, gladiolas, tuberous begonias, and lilies

Set stakes next to your tall flowering plants in preparation for supporting them as they grow

Get all your cold hardy annuals, vegetables, herbs, and perennials planted

Wait until mid-May or late-May to plant cold sensitive plants like sweet potato vine, zinnias, ageratum, impatiens, and marigolds. If you are not sure if a plant is cold sensitive, ask your friendly Clover's Garden Center staff for advice. We are always ready to help you.

Pansies sing spring.We Are Open::

Yes, we are now in full swing for your gardening needs - all of our 19 locations are up and running. To see a list of our store locations, and find the ones nearest you, please visit our website at -

pink or blue hydrangeasPink or Blue::

Soon-to-be moms (and dads) ponder this question, and so do gardeners.

This is always the question, when discussing hydrangea macrophylla. Here is the answer-

work lime into the soil around your plant for pink blooms

work aluminum sulphate around your plant for blue

n.b. This hydrangea is only hardy to zone 8, and we in Chicagoland are zone 5.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Clover's Garden Girl
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