Monday, July 23, 2018

DAYLILY SALE - Buy Three - fourth one FREE -

Daylilies are ON SALE - one free for every three that you buy at $7.99 each.  (Your choice, of course.)  A few are sold out for the season, but below are photographs of some of the many still in stock.  These are large field-dug plants in gallon pots.

Dublin Elaine 


Lilting Lavender

Buttered Popcorn

Golden Chimes

Holiday Song

Crimson Shadows


Siloam Betty Woods

Siloam David Kirchoff


We are closed Monday and open every other day - 9 am - 5 pm.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Perennial Sale

It has been a VERY busy season and my poor blog goes on the back shelf while I post occasionally on Facebook.  The daylilies are just starting to seriously do their thing.  I will have a sale in a week or  so, but at $7.99 for BIG plants in large pots, it's still a good deal.  This is 'Moses Fire' photographed last night.

Meanwhile, (see below) I am having a sale on perennials in 4.5 inch pots.  They are robust and ready for new homes... three for $10.

Above (back left and then  clockwise) - Jacob's Ladder, Coral Reef bee balm, rudbeckia goldsturm (black-eyed daisy) two Fire Witch dianthus and Rozanne geranium.

It's a mix and match sale - the cultivars include:

Campanula carpatica clips blue
Echinacea - Pow Wow Cherry
Bee Balm - 'Blue Stocking'
Heuchera - 'Palace Purple'
Sedum - John Creech
Hens and Chicks

Happy Summer to all.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

BLUE Blooms?

I have written about “blue” perennials and annuals before.  Typically, they are not blue - rather they are shades of purple or lavender.  

I am trying Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ again this year because I LOVE the flower and the annual scabiosas are long lasting in bouquets.  This cultivar is a perennial, but years ago when I grew the plant, it did not overwinter.  I am going to grow and sell it as a “hardy” annual this year, and perhaps with global warming, it will make it to 2019.

‘Butterfly Blue’ (above) won the Perennial Plant of the Year for 2000.  It does not like wet soils and needs full sun here in northern Vermont.

By the way, below is a photo of supposedly the same plant offered in a catalog, with a lot of help from photo shop.

A  plant with similar blooms that does overwinter, and one that I will offer, is Stokesia ‘Honeysong Purple’ (below).  This is a late bloomer and the flower is more aster-like.  

Campanula ‘Rapido’ Blue (below) is a new bellflower I will try this year.  It is similar to the ‘Clips’ series, but is supposed to bloom earlier and for a longer period.

I always grow ‘Blue Jay’ Pacific Giant delphinium (below) - love the color.

For annuals, the best blues can be found in lobelias, particularly ‘Cobalt blue,’ which is grown from seed or laguna sky blue, which is grown from cuttings.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Looking Ahead - 2018 Growing Season

The steady sleet this morning (March 2) has turned into snow.  I have a few things under the grow-lite and more growing elsewhere for me.  Typically I buy in tiny plugs of begonias, pansies and impatiens, because I have difficulty growing them from seed consistently.  (Begonia seeds are the size of dust!)

Two years ago in spring I had open heart surgery (get out your violin!) and last spring I had some kind of mini heart attack that landed me in the hospital for four days.  I wasn't sure if I would continue the business, but I have some determined helpers who really want to pitch in and keep the old gal going .... so here we go again.

My hesitancy is starting to change into excitement as I clean up the greenhouse and get ready to start the heat going.

Bacopa Gulliver Blue

I'm giving bacopa (spellcheck always turns that word into "bacon") "Gulliver Blue" a try this year.  I will probably use it mostly in combination plantings.

I really like the "Delta" series of pansies and this year they are offering "Wine and Cheese."

Delta Wine and Cheese Pansy

"Blueberry Thrill" will be another new pansy on the shelves.

Blueberry Thrill Pansy

Growers are coming up with all kinds of calibrachoas (million bells) and one of several I will be trialing this year is "Candy Bouquet."

Candy Bouquet Calibrachoa

During the winter months I sell vintage clothing and accessories on eBay and Etsy.  The greenhouse turns into my photography studio.  It's time to bring the clothes and jewelry back inside and get ready for another gardening season.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Freezing at Last

It has been three months since I last posted on this blog.  It's not that we haven't been busy, but most of what we do this time of year is consolidate, getting ready for next year.  And because of health issues I am never sure just what the future holds.

However ... I have been ordering seeds and rooted cuttings for next spring, so the beat goes on for now.  We had such a strange, hot fall, but finally, we have a bit of snow and this..

So everyone is busy covering pots we planted up in September and even in October ...

And hopefully all of the plants will be nice and healthy and large to offer to customers in the spring.  PLEASE let me know if there's anything special you want to see in the greenhouses.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Dig Your Own Daylilies

We are dug out.  In two days serious gardeners came by with their shovels, some with trucks to fill.  Some came back the second day.  I hope people call before they come the third day.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dig-Your-Own Vermont DAYLILY Sale

SOLD (DUG) OUT -two days later...  Field is closed.

We grow our own perennials to sell, digging and potting them in the fall and the spring.  To this end we have six large gardens.  And we can't maintain them all anymore, so from one of the gardens we are having a DAYLILY DIGATHON sale -  Fill a five gallon bucket for $4.00.

I picked blooms from that digging field on Monday and show them below.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Aug 2 - Aug. 5 ) from 9 am - 11:30 am come to Amanda's Greenhouse and we will supply you with a five gallon bucket. Please BRING YOUR OWN shovel. Fill the bucket with as many plants as you wish. We will transfer the plants into a plastic bag. $4 a heaping bucketful.

This will not be easy digging, so bring a good shovel and strong shoes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hardy Daylily Sale in Vermont

All daylilies (buy four or more) are now $6 each in gallon pots.  June had seven inches more rain than average and the daylilies loved it.  We have now had three hot, sunny days in a row and suddeny they are exploding into bloom in the gardens.  I have never seen so many buds.

I believe these are edible, but I am not THAT hungry (unless maybe they are identical to chocolate.)

RUBY SPIDER is huge this year, easily measuring nine inches across.

I can always count on MADE TO ORDER to produce tons of blooms.

MARKED BY LYDIA is an outstanding "spider" daylily.

"CHARLES JOHNSON" announces that summer has officially arrived.  At last.  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Vermont Daylilies - July at Amanda's Greenhouse

Daylilies have just started to open here and I have scheduled a sale ( buy 4 or more, $6 each) to begin July 13.  Not sure what came over me, as that is early for a sale like this.  

Meanwhile - here are a few that have opened in the growing gardens...

Joleyne Nicole

Midnight Masquerade

Pat Garrity

Wineberry Candy

Zona Rosa

This last one is supposed to be a double, so I will keep my eye on it.  Pretty, anyway.  The daylilies have loved all the rain.  We had seven inches more rain than the average rainfall for June.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June at Amanda's Greenhouse

The four greenhouses are emptying out and my goal is to get all remaining annuals into the one big greenhouse.  All pansies, violas, and wave petunias are on sale for $1.

The early spring perennials have finished their blooms and now it's time for the Siberian iris and peonies to put on their show.

The iris are lovely, but they go by way too quickly.  The foliage looks nice all season long, adding a good accent to the garden.  When it's time to divide Siberian iris the challenge is on.  The roots and rhizomes form a compact mass that feels like a block of cement.  I suggest a strong man (sorry sister feminists) and a sharpened straight shovel.  Or perhaps a strong edger would work?  

It feels as if we have had more rainy days than sunny days and the hostas in "Danny's garden" just love all the rain.

All foliage is healthy.

I thought it would be fun to fill a window box with primarily coleus, since I have lots left for sale!

I hope other Vermont gardeners have had better luck than I when it comes to planting.  It has been so wet, the soil is usually unsuitable to till.  My tomatoes are in at least, but here it is - summer solstice day (midsummer?) and I have not finished planting my vegetables.  Move away from the computer Amanda.