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Tian Méditerranéen

CUISINE DU JARDIN with Chef Manu

Featured Recipe Exclusively for McDonald Garden Center

Tian Méditerranéen

A classic French Mediterranean vegetarian dish, this fresh side is perfect for your Saturday evening cookout. Fragrant, colorful and easy to make, Tian Méditerranéen brings the elegance of the French Riviera to your table.

Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes - (Better Boy and Early Girl are our recommendations)
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • That’s Italian Basil by Savor Edibles
  • BBQ Rosemary
  • Chef Jeff Cilantro
  • Chef Jeff Chives

Preheat oven to 350°

  1. Drizzle olive oil at the bottom a glass baking dish.
  2. Add a few shakes of salt and pepper.
  3. Thinly slice eggplant, tomato and zucchini.
  4. Organize vegetables in the baking dish in sequential order (eggplant, tomato, zucchini) repeating until full.
  5. Sprinkle in fresh herbs (rosemary, basil, cilantro and chives) with more salt and pepper.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.

Option: Add McDonald Garden Center tomato salsa for an extra kick.

Top with Parmesan cheese
Bake in the oven 400° for 10mn

Bon Appétit!

About the Chef: Manuel Molion was born and raised in Metz, France. He attended the Culinary School of Metz (Ecole hôtelière) from 1993-1995 and has served the French Navy (Marine Nationale) for over 20 years. He is currently the chef de cuisine for the French commander of NATO in Norfolk, VA. Chef Manu has cooked in famous kitchens all over the world and his guest list includes kings, dignitaries, and celebrities of all nations. Notable diners include French Presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicholas Sarkozy, the President of Singapore, King of Spain, King of Norway, Mrs. Condoleezza Rice, and Mrs. Hillary Clinton. Chef Manu is the exclusive chef for McDonald Garden Center.

“Bee” Kind to Your Garden - Attracting Pollinators May Save Our Planet

By now, you may have heard the buzz on the bee problem threatening the vitality of our fruits and vegetables. With bees and other pollinators being eradicated at an alarmingly fast rate, the need for action has reached its critical point. Luckily, McDonald Garden Center offers a number of ways to not only encourage pollinators in your garden, but beautify your space in the process.

Color Me Happy
Choosing plants and flowers by color is the first step on the way to a pollinator-friendly garden. Bees tend to gravitate towards blues and yellows like Russian Sage and Goldenrod. You may have noticed most hummingbird feeders are red and tubular shaped. Many flowers like Penstemon and Cardinal flower emulate these characteristics and effectively summon our fast-feathered friends. Butterflies love reds, purples, and pinks - think Phlox, Bee Balm, and Zinnia. When choosing any plant for your landscape, take your cues from nature, and you’ll be successful.

Sunny Days
Think about when and where you’ve seen butterflies and bees in the past. Pollinators love the sun and love plants and flowers that love the sun. Some great ones are Joe Pye, Sedum, and Tithonia.

Heroic Herbs
Perhaps one of the most successful methods of attracting our buzzing besties is planting an herb garden. Let it grow awhile before pinching the leaves for cooking, crafts, floral arrangements, etc. But later, allow the herbs to flower. This will boost your pollinator potency. One effective way of growing herbs in smaller spaces is by using an external container, like Mr. Stacky. McDonald Garden Center customers rave about their efficiency as well as their success rates. Some favorites are Basil, Parsley, Lavender, and Dill.

Summertime, and the Livin’s Easy
Know your area. If you’re going to maximize the potential for pollinators, research the region you’re in. McDonald Garden Center gardeners should focus on summer blooms, which are more helpful to bees in VA. You can’t go wrong with Beautyberry, Butterfly Bush, Coneflower, Milkweed, and Vitex.

Pass on the Pesticides
When possible, avoid pesticides. Take a minute to identify which bugs you are trying to eliminate. Are they seasonal? Are they destructive? Not all pests are created equal and doing a little research is worth it. It saves you some green, in more ways than one.

Not every solution will work for every garden but being aware of the problem and being educated on strategies is a step in the right direction. Future generations will thank you for it. So no more buzzin around - get out there and get planting!

Plant of the Week: Evening Star

Lets Its Petals Do the Talking

One of the newest ‘stars’ of the garden, Evening Star is covered with cool, lavender-blue flowers featuring a yellow star pattern and a deep purple throat. This long blooming Superbell flowers from early spring to late autumn and is both heat and drought tolerant and requires no deadheading. Its mounding and trailing habit makes it the perfect choice as a spiller in baskets and containers or planted in the landscape. Evening Star does best in part to full sun conditions and reaches a height of 6-12 inches with a spread from 12–24 inches. Be sure to check out this beautiful, new addition to the Proven Winners Superbells® Star collection.

Not Your Mother's Petunias

Most of us that had mothers or grandmothers who gardened probably remember old-fashioned petunias. Their fragrant, ruffled blooms in every imaginable color have long been a staple in flowerbeds. Now days, you can find petunias in just about any color or form you want, bi-colored, single flowered, double flowered, ruffled, mounding, spreading or spilling.

Petunias are a gardener’s dream, offering nonstop spring and summer blooms and are a perfect choice for just about any spot - full sun, bad soil, good soil, garden beds, slopes, window boxes, hanging baskets and containers. They are easy to grow and quickly overflow whatever space you give them. Every year there are more and more to pick from, making it even more difficult to choose. Here are a few of our favorites:

Picasso in Blue – covered in deep purple blooms edged with a chartreuse green border, this petunia is both heat and drought tolerant and requires no deadheading. Its mounding and trailing habit makes it the perfect choice for baskets, containers or in the landscape. Picasso in Blue does best in part to full sun conditions and reaches a height of 8-12 inches with a spread from 18-36 inches.

Honey – features a mélange of orange and yellow hues reminiscent of a sunset. This Supertunia is a vigorous grower with a slightly mounded habit that works perfectly as both a filler and spiller in containers or planted in mass in the landscape. This trailing variety is self-cleaning and does best in part to full sun. Honey reaches a height of 6-12 inches with a spread of 18-24 inches.

Latte – boast medium to large blooms in sliver-white with brown to purple veining. Like Picasso in Blue and Honey, this petunia is a robust grower with a mounded habit, ideal for containers or planted in the landscape. Latte requires no deadheading, is heat and drought tolerant and prefers part to full sun. This Supertunia reaches a height of 6-12 inches and a spread of 18-24 inches.

Be sure to celebrate spring with us at the annual, Petunia Party,
Friday – Sunday, April 15-17
, at all McDonald locations. These beckoning beauties are prime for pickin’ with oodles of choices, featuring old standbys as well as trending tints. Whether you’re thing is hanging baskets or combination planters (or both!) we have generous discounts on our already competitive pricing. Cue the glitter- the Petunia Party is here

Five Ways to Design with Roses

Ah, roses. From bud to bloom to falling petals, no garden, from cottage to contemporary, is really complete without at least a few of these dreamy flowering shrubs. Their wide variety of growth habits, sizes, colors, and textures can fill any niche in the home landscape, and as breeders have made improvements in disease resistance, they’re less work, too. As long as the site is right, there is no reason you can’t have roses in all parts of your garden. Here are five of our favorite ways to use them.

Create Structure
Sure you could plant an evergreen or conifer, but taller shrub roses (such as Cloud Ten™ Climbing Rosewhich can be a large shrub or climber) planted close together make a beautiful and effective hedge to create privacy or to define property lines; lower growers are spectacular when used to outline a path or dividing one part of the garden from another. The secret is achieving a dense hedge is to plant your bushes closely, not more than 18” apart. Here are three to try:

White Rugosa Rose - Intensely fragrant, single, snow-white blooms all summer. Large red-orange hips follow flowers in late summer. Stems are covered with prickers that deter unwelcome intruders. Tolerates exposure to coastal salt spray or paving de-icing materials.

Tahitian Treasure™ Rose - Unique, abundant deep salmon roses with a slight fragrance, contrast beautifully against the dark green, semi-glossy foliage. Upright, bushy habit. This continuous blooming rose has a strong color and is very disease resistant. A truly wonderful landscape rose, perfect for any sunny landscape.

Sunny Knock Out® Rose - Fragrant, bright yellow flowers mature to a cream color and are produced continuously and profusely. Extraordinary resistance to common rust, mildew and black spot foliage diseases. Makes a superb low hedge. Deciduous.

Vertical Impact
Climbers and ramblers such as Eden Climber® Rose are great choices to add interest to otherwise plain walls and fences and provide shady, flowery cover to arbors and pergolas. Use shorter varieties to cover pillars or tuteurs. We recommend these three with a caution: some get HUGE so choose accordingly and provide a sturdy structure.

Plump-Up a Mixed Border
Roses can play a supporting role, too. Look for taller varieties such as The Charlatan® Climbing Rose (which may be grown as a large shrub) to add height and scale to the back of a border and free-flowering, mid-sized shrubs to amp-up the summer show of foundation plantings comprised of mixed evergreens.

Romance a Container
Whether one eye-popping large shrub in a large container, or one of the new compact roses (such asSweet Spot™ Peach Rose) alone or snuggled up with a mix of perennials or annuals, potted- up provide solutions for places where it’s difficult to plant such as hardscaped areas or around swimming pools.

Dressed to Thrill
When used en masse, trained into an unconventional form such as standards or allowed to ramble as a groundcover (such as Apricot Drift® Groundcover Rose) these are showstoppers.

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Garden Classic

GARDEN GERANIUMS

Geraniums are a truly a garden classic. Did you know that two types of geraniums exist? Seed geraniums and zonal geraniums. Choosing the right type for the garden depends on several factors and there are reasons to grow both depending on personal preference and where you are going to be using them.

Garden geraniums are ideally suited for use in flower beds, where you may need many plants to fill the space. Zonal geraniums are most often used in pots and combination planters where you are looking for a “star” in the container. Here are the differences between the two:

Garden Geraniums

  • Grown from seed
  • Limited selection of colors including red, pink or white
  • Grown in a 4-inch square pot making 18 plants per tray

Zonal Geraniums

  • Grown from cuttings, allowing for consistency in the variety
  • Wide range of vibrant colors including dark red, hot pink, violet, white, tangerine and many more
  • Grown in a round pot, with 8 to 15 plants per tray
  • The name zonal comes from the dark eye zone in the leaf