Newsletter for May 2019

Your mother’s old petunias have definitely been upgraded! Here are two of the new flashy ones – Caramel and Night Sky. We also have many other varieties in 6 packs.

This month is just bursting with color; the dependable perennials are on the top of most peoples’ list To name a few: Gaura, Yarrow, Salvia, Lavender and Day Lily. A lesser known plant is Phlomis – commonly called Jerusalem sage, although like Perovskia, called Russian sage, neither are actually in the Salvia genus. There are several varieties of Phlomis, all having furry leaves and requiring minimal water.

Here’s a new product we’ve just started carrying – “Smart Pots”. These containers are made of a soft fabric and come in many sizes. The cost for large sizes is very reasonable. You can see one of the “raised bed” containers planted at the nursery. The roots are supposed to absorb moisture and nutrients more efficiently due to the fabric, a process called “air pruning”. The pots should last for many years.

May 12th is Mother’s Day. We can definitely help you out for that special occasion.

Our newest potting soil. This product is considered top of the line and it’s not inexpensive. Use it where productivity really counts. Ingredients include fir bark, coir, peat, pumice, earthworm castings, humic acid and more. Also included are mycorrhizial fungi and bacteria. We continue to sell the local Black Diamond worm compost as well as many other soils and amendments.

Anthuriums are one of the few blooming plants that do well indoors. The blooms last for many weeks and after their demise you have a plant with attractive, shiny green leaves. Flower colors vary from white to pink, orange and purple.

We’re impressed with all the dedicated vegetable gardeners who visit our premises. One of the challenges facing many of you are the small seedlings that get so mercilessly chewed to oblivion by earwigs! “Sluggo Plus” will hopefully come to the rescue. This product is recommended for organic gardeners; a precaution though; it is not safe for pets to imbibe. Therefore, if you are concerned, be sure to keep the granules protected.

Apple blossom time! And the coddling moths are ready to invade. They lay their eggs in the blossoms and their offspring eat their way out! You can set traps out in the trees to monitor their arrival. After the petals drop, spray with either spinosad or horticultural oil.

“Desperado” returns! This rather rare native is a cross between two extremely drought tolerant Salvias – leucophylla and apiana. It shares the same silvery leaves as both but displays light lavender blue flowers. “Desperado” has quite a spread so be sure to give it some room. Another hard to find native is the succulent Dudleya pulverulenta. Supplies are limited so don’t hesitate!