As the 2019 season gets underway, I will continue to provide information about the plants we offer via this website. And as an incentive for you familiarize yourself with our plants, by visiting the Shrubs and Perennials Availability Pages,I'll take 15% off the price of the plants that make it to your wish-list when you shop on Fabulous Fridays that start on March 29th when we are open for the season.
To make it easier for you to create your list, I'm initiating a star-rating system (3 stars indicate those that are ready and 4 stars are those looking exceptional) that will be updated Thursday mornings. Customers liked that we had grouped together perennials for full sun, part-shade, and full shade into combo-trays, so we will continue to offer those again this season to include a wider range of varieties and available for that wish-list.
Containerized shrubs that arrived the last week of August were transplanted from black plastic pots into larger sized pulp pots to winter over here and break dormancy according to our spring weather conditions. These biodegradable, pulp pots are large enough to fully surround the rootball, so the combination of pulp pots and amended mix will insulate the roots through winter and again in spring. Fully rooted by the end of March, they can be planted in or out of these pulp pots.
Additional bareroot shrubs, including roses, will arrive in mid-March and will also be potted into pulp pots.
Perennials for 2019 include "tried and true" varieties and new varieties; included in this slide show. Plants brought in as bareroot stock last November along with remaining perennials (leftovers) have been growing in the southern greenhouse at 40º nights/60º days. Additional bareroot stock and rooted cuttings (liners) will be brought in through February. Every season provides us with an opportunity to improve the growing environment and continue our commitment towards environmental sustainability. In November we installed rigid foam insulation along the north sidewall in the southern greenhouse, use fans to reduce condensation, and use minimal fertilizer applications eliminating the need for fungicides.
Annuals continue to be an important gardening feature as we spend the moderate days of spring, summer, and fall relaxing outdoors and sharing space with beautiful blooms that attract hummingbirds and beneficials.
Watching as they move from bloom to bloom at such proximity, is certainly better than anything on TV!
Every season provides us with an opportunity to grow new varieties, trial them, and determine if I will offer them again next season. We all have our favorites and I will continue to include as many as possible.
Taylor's Master Guide to Landscaping by Rita Buchanan. This is a great book. The pictures and text are so well done with practical advice on adding new gardens and hardscapes along with practical "makeovers" for problem solving.
Backyard Design, Making the Most of the Space Around Your House by Jean Spiro Breskend. I leave this book outside through the summer and look at it whenever I have a chance to sit and relax under the gazebo. The pictures give me ideas on how to balance time, energy, space, and design in my own backyard.
I also recommend: Waterwise Landscaping by Jim Knopf National Audibon Society Field Guide To Birds - Western Region The Undaunted Garden by Lauren Springer 40 Professional Designs For Do-It-Yourselfers, Beds and Borders by Ireland-Gannon Associates 40 Professional Designs For Do-It-Yourselfers, The Backyard Landscaper by Ireland-Gannon Associates The Well-Tended Perennial Garden by Tracy DiSabato-Aust Manual of Woody Landscape Plants by Michael A. Dirr
Our Long Term Goals:
• To educate customers so they can be successful, confident gardeners. • To provide healthy plants that are grown in and for this area.