Friday, July 25, 2014

Vermont Daylily Sale - $6.50 each

The annual daylily sale has started.  Buy five or more and they are $6.50 each.  Individually they are the regular "low price" - $7.99 each.

There are all shapes and colors to choose from.  Our plants are field dug and grown in gallon pots.

Above photo from a small display by the greenhouse.

Barbara Mitchell is a favorite pink.

I'm not normally big on orange daylilies, but Tuscawilla Tigress is a standout.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Vermont Perennial SALE - $2.50 each

How is it possible that I have gone since March without posting anything?  I see other growers writing just about every day.  I'm simply too busy.  It has slowed down now and I find myself with a surplus of perennials in quart pots.  They have all been overwintered and will bloom this year, but it is next year that they will really show their stuff.

You know the saying about perennials?  "First year they sleep, second year they creep, third year they leap."  They are creeping now, getting ready to leap.   And they are all on sale for $2.50 each!

I have plenty of one of my favorites - sidalcea.  This is often called a miniature hollyhock.  I started them from seed last year and here's a photo from the seed company.

I use them a lot in bouquets.  We also have echinacea 'magnus' (coneflower), delphiniums, perennial sweet peas, Nora Barlow aquilegia (columbine) and loads more.  Here's a photo of our creeping phlox for sale.

And the Jacob's Ladder on sale is particularly robust.  The pretty foliage is some of the first you see in the spring. 

We are open every day EXCEPT for Monday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Geraniums - New Varieties - Seed and Zonal

Essentially there are two kinds of geraniums:  Those grown from seeds and those grown from cuttings (usually called "zonal" geraniums.)  The seed geraniums are less vigorous and more compact than the zonals, and they tend to have smaller blooms, but more of them.

I like to offer both kinds because the seed geranium is at least $1 less than the zonal geranium.  It grows well in a 4" pot, while we use larger deeper 4 1/2" pots for the zonals.  The blooms on seed geraniums shatter easily with time, which can be a good thing.  Deadheading is not needed as much as it is with zonal geraniums.
This year I will also offer 'Pinto Premium White to Rose' which is an AAS (All American Selection) bedding plant winner for 2013.  Petals start out white and then darken to rose pink.  I am hoping the bi-color effect is as pretty as the photos indicate.  Blooms are 5" across and the foliage is deep green with darker zones.

(Photo from AAS Selections Web Site)

Besides the ever-popular red and dark red zonal geranium,  I like to offer quite a few other colors.   'Classic Mosaic Purple' is relatively new and my customers really like it.

(Photo from Syngenta)

Two new varieties for me this year will be 
'Americana Rose Mega Splash'  and 'Fireworks Red-white'.


                                  (Photo from Syngenta)


More NEW geraniums in a future post.

Monday, March 10, 2014

New Annuals for 2014

I trepidatiously approach this year's growing season.  Some of you know I "lost" my partner, who was also my electrician/mechanic/plumber, to lung cancer June 11 last year.  Every thing I do now pushes the "memory buttons."   In the middle of this endless winter someone crashed into my business sign, so it is also gone.  I imagine local folks who see no greenhouse sign think I am finished as well.

Not so, I hope ... and here are a few of the fun new petunias I am looking forward to trying out this year.  They are all started from cuttings and are not available as seeds.

'Cascadias Indian Summer' is a new variety from Danziger.  The blooms start as yellow and then change to different shades of orange and terracotta. All reports on this new petunia are full of superlatives, particularly regarding its growing habit.

Photo from Greenhouse Product News

I've tried vaious picottee and striped petunias and they are often not consistent.  I am told that this  'Crazy Cherry Cheesecake' from German breeder Westhoff is "perfect."  Here in Vermont we are so starved for summer that bright colors are always appreciated.

Photos from Van Meuwen Gardens

A few years ago different companies started introducing black petunias with yellow highlights.  I decided to give another highly recommended petunia in the 'Crazy' series, 'Crazytunia Star Jubilee' a try this year.

Photo from Spring Trials

Black petunias are not my cup of tea.  However, my customers like them and I am growing 'Sweetunia Black Satin' because it is touted as the best black petunia on the market with the color staying true and not as leggy as the competition.

Photo from Greenhouse Management Magazine