Newsletter for September 2019

Our annual fruit tree sale has begun. We have many really handsome trees for planting. Our bareroot season does offer more choices, but these trees have the advantage of an entire years growth – and the price is right! Five gallon trees including apples, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums. and pomegranates are $22.95 (Regular price was $30.00). Figs and multi-budded trees are 20% off.

Fall bulbs begin their arrival with the “Bearded Iris” – blue, orange, red and pink. Most are advertised to re-bloom – but the proof is still out on this. Iris are not difficult plants to grow as they adapt to most soils and require minimal water. This is the time of year to divide your older iris, those three or four years old. The plants grow from rhizomes as opposed to bulbs. When you separate them, use a rhizome with healthy roots and a fan of leaves. Do not bury them more than 2″ deep. In the spring apply a fertilizer with more phosphorus than nitrogen such as 5-10-5.

Wanting to escape the heat? Step into our shade house. We have, among other shade loving plants, a good selection of Heucheras – the “Lime Marmalade” will surely cool you down. “Amber Lady” has interesting colors; plus we have 2 new 4″ varieties in amber shades. The new exotic Pelargonium (“Geranium”), “Caroline’s’ Citrine” will need to be protected from the frost – but it’s worth it!

Two hardy, late blooming perennials to add to your garden. Both prefer well draining soil, require little irrigation once established and should be deer resistant. The first is Agastache ‘Blue Haze’. The 12″ spires of smoky blue-violet bloom from July to frost. The plant will grow 2 to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Sphaeralcea ‘Newleaze Coral’ is an airy, evergreen small shrub growing 3 to 4 feet tall. This charming plant is covered in small cup shaped coral flowers. After two years, prune back 12 to 18″ in spring.

We are expecting the arrival of ‘Vera Jameson’ Sedum later this week. This low growing succulent (8 to 12″) is a lovely addition to the rock garden or perennial garden. It chooses to bloom at this time when many other plants are fading away. You can also grow it as a container plant. The blue-gray leaves are attractive all year long. Its cousin, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ performs on a much larger scale. We are currently almost out of this plant but will attempt to procure more – it’s a very reliable late bloomer as well.

We recently received some nice jumbo packs of strawberries. As soon as the weather cools down a bit we’ll be bringing in the cool weather vegetables including lettuce, broccoli, beets and lots more. We still have quite a few herbs – thyme, parsley, French tarragon, basil. If you’re in the pickling mood, our dill is in flower- time to harvest the seeds.

One of several handsome wall pots from Mexico.

A rare find in Manzanitas – ‘Ghostly’. This species has the grayest hues of any manzanita. We only have a few, so don’t hesitate! This striking plant grows 6 to 8 feet tall and shares the handsome red bark of its relatives. Another unusual native is the Ceanothus ‘Diamond Heights’. This is an attractive variegated Ceanothus which prefers a bit of shade.