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Summer's Flowering Vine


A star in the summer garden, Mandevilla loves it hot and sunny. This flowering vine, boosts beautiful flowers and dark green foliage. The hotter it is, the more this plant thrives. Once planted in full sun, Mandevilla is easy to grow and needs little more than training to grow on any type of support you choose. Whether you want to grow it up a trellis, porch post or even a mailbox this easy to care for plant adds tropical summer color wherever it is placed. We love Alice Dupont, with its trumpet-like flowers in ice pink. Each flower lasts for several days. And, looks great on an arbor, trellis or fence. Follow a regular watering schedule and feed with a general purpose fertilizer like McDonald Greenleaf.

TIP: Try this EASY trick to train the plant upward to add pizzazz to your deck or patio.

  1. Choose a sunny spot on your deck or patio that needs visual enhancement.
  2. Gather twine, cup hooks and a Mandevilla plant.
    (The above photo features the Alice Dupont variety)
  3. Use one cup hook at the base of the plant to anchor the twine. Use 3-4 pieces of twine arching out in a fan pattern and using a cup hook to secure at the top.
  4. Dig a hole deep enough to accommodate the size of your Mandevilla, so that its main stem sits slightly above the soil line. This holds true whether you're planting in a container, hanging basket or in the ground.
  5. Train your Mandevilla to climb the supporting structure. Tie stems initially with plant ties and let it twine naturally from there.

CUISINE DU JARDIN with Chef Manu- Salmon en Papillote (in paper) with Dill & Thyme

Featured Recipe Exclusively for McDonald Garden Center

Salmon en Papillote with Dill and Thyme

This simple and classic French fish dish is traditionally steamed in the oven using parchment paper (hence the name), but you may also use aluminum foil (pictured) if you want to add additional oils and/or wine, as this recipe calls for. Typically served in paper or foil after cooking, salmon en papillote ‘s fragrant and beautiful presentation always makes it an esteemed, polished, and sought-after choice for dinner parties.

• 4 (5oz) portions of wild salmon
• 3 beefsteak tomatoes (thinly sliced)
• 4 carrots (shredded)
• 2 tablespoons snipped Savor Edibles PICKLE ME™ Dill
• 2 tablespoons snipped Savor Edibles THYME FOR EVERYTHING™ Thyme
• salt
• freshly-ground black pepper
• olive oil
• white wine

1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. Place shredded carrots and tomatoes on 4 individually cut, generously-sized, aluminum foil squares and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. Place salmon on top and season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a teaspoon of white wine per serving.
4. Add dill and thyme,
5. Close aluminum foil, making sure there are no open spaces for liquid to escape.
6. Cook in the oven for 40 minutes.
7. Serve in foil or garnished on plate (as pictured)

mushrooms (raw)
McDonald Garden Center tomato salsa
green onions
Savor Edibles PICKLE ME™ Dill
olive oil

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.

Gifts Mom is Sure to Dig!

Remember when macaroni art and burnt toast was enough? Well, as you’ve aged, so has mom’s need for a more sophisticated, practical Mother’s Day gift. Lucky for you, we’ve taken the guesswork out and offered up our proven picks to make Mom the superstar this Sunday.

…this may even get you a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Peonies - Enhance the beauty and structure of the garden with peonies. These woody perennial plants are low-maintenance with beauty to boot. Have a sibling? Picking peonies ensure you’re Mom’s favorite. A sweet sentiment she will enjoy year after year displayed proudly on her porch or cut for an indoor bouquet.

Knockout Roses – These beauties are a knockout. With single and double pink blooms in either magenta or bubblegum, these low-maintenance shrubs find a perfect home in the garden. They are easy to grow and do not require special care or dead-heading. Flowering repeatedly until the first hard frost, these blooms exude elegance.
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Statuary – Your love for Mom, immortalized. Choose from a variety of shapes and sizes to give mom a long-lasting token of your appreciation. From classic to the modern there’s a style perfect for mom.

Pottery – Adorn her patio or porch with charming pottery pieces in a variety of colors. Specialize her style with colorful glazed, simple terracotta or even elegant stone. These artisan pieces are an easy way to accentuate the garden and punctuate your love for her.

Container Plantings – A lovely plant combination is the perfect way to say thank you for all moms do. From a simple orchid, to blooming hanging baskets or custom container plantings, cultivate your gratitude for mom.

Plant of the Week: Peonies

These outrageously beautiful blooms are popping open all over Hampton Roads right now. A garden favorite, who doesn’t love the low maintenance, ruffly big flowers of a peony? These blooms are the quintessential cut flower, so remember to cut the blooms and bring them inside for colorful indoor vases. Peonies come in several varieties: Tree peonies, Herbaceous peonies and a cross of the two -- Itoh peonies.

Herbaceous peonies are the most well known type of peony and produce beautiful cut flowers. These deciduous perennial peonies die back to the ground every winter and re-emerge each spring. They grow in part sun but benefit from some afternoon shade here in Hampton Roads. Most prefer neutral to slightly alkaline soil and good drainage is essential. The flower stems may not be strong enough to keep the often heavy, flamboyant flowers upright so we recommend staking these peonies. These low maintenance shrubs are deer proof.

Tree peonies are not exactly trees, in fact they are long-lived, hardy deciduous shrubs. We recommend planting them in full sun to part shade. They can tolerate some light shade but the plants may begin to grow towards the light. Their woody structure allows them to support beautiful dinner sized plate blooms. After blooming, they provide structure in the garden with deep green leaves in summer and bronze-purple foliage in fall. These peonies grow between 3-7 feet tall. Choose from orange, red and yellow varieties.

Itoh peonies are a cross of the green foliage and exotic blooms of the tree peony and the seasonal growing habit of herbaceous peonies. Itoh peonies are grown for their huge, beautiful blooms and lush green foliage. Historically, Itohs were challenging to grow and thus hard to find and rather expensive. But that’s all changed. A mature plant may produce 50 or more dinner plate size flowers on strong, short stems that do not requiring staking. These peonies are more compact in size and grow 2.5 feet tall - 3 feet wide. With dinner-plate sized flowers, a compact shape, deer resistance and low maintenance, what’s not to love about these beauties?