Boy it's been a long winter! I think this thought has been on all of our minds lately. I think though, spring is finally here! Unfortunately our perennials are a little behind schedule in breaking dormancy. The extra cold we've been having has kept them in slumber a little longer than usual.
Some plants are popping up nicely, but others are still coming around. We aren't worried though, we know they are alive and will be delightful once they do appear.
Next week starts our spring shipping. Some plants will come to you dormant or just breaking dormancy. We will let you know by noting this on your packing slip. When your plants arrive give them some time to break dormancy.
So this past weekend we hopped the train to Philadelphia for the famous (at least to us Pennsylvanians) Philadelphia Flower Show. Every year they theme the show and this years theme was movies, highlighting Disney movies. So all of the landscaped displays were pertaining to a Disney movies which made it really fun because we had the chance to guess what the movie was. Here are some photos from the event.
We are so excited for our 2015 events. This year we will again be selling at garden and herb festivals in Pennsylvania and Virginia. We aren't intentionally leaving out Maryland and New Jersey and our other surrounding states, we just know of any festivals in other areas that we are available for. If you know of any local garden festivals in your area, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, we would love to visit.
Here are our 2015 events:
April 10 & 11 : PA Garden and Herb Show - York, PA
April 18 & 19 : Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival - Leesburg, VA
April 25 : Herbs Galore and More - Richmond, VA
May 8 & 9 : Landis Valley Herb and Garden Faire - Lancaster, PA
May 16 : FROGS Spring Garden Day - Alexandria, VA
November 24th will be the last shipping day in 2014. Any orders placed after November 24th, 2014 will be shipped in Spring 2015. Our plan is to begin regular shipping on April 13th, 2015, but will honor any requested ship date of March 15th, 2015 or later. If you choose to request an early ship date, please be aware your plant will most likely be shipped dormant. These dates are subject to change due to extreme weather conditions such as a polar vortex (a term that I don’t think I ever planned to use until this past winter clobbered us with cold). If there would be a delay in shipping date you will be notified by email. Check back to the website for more shipping updates.
Fall weather has graced the nursery with its presence. Temperatures are cooler, the days are shorter, and the leaves are falling from the trees. Temperatures are consistently at 50-60 degrees during the day and in the 40s at night. We’ve even had some nights in the 30s.
So what does that mean for our plants and ultimately your order? Well most perennials are going into dormancy. Foliage is yellowing and dropping leaves. As this change happens, we are clipping back and cleaning up the dying debris to keep things tidy and prevent the onset of disease.
Does this mean you cannot order from us? Of course not! We will be shipping up until Thanksgiving. Orders after that will not be shipped until Spring 2015. But this does mean you should expect a plant that looks much different than an actively growing spring perennial. When your plants arrive, plant them as you usually would for an actively growing plant.
If you would like to know the current status of a plant you would like to order, such as actively growing, dormant, or going dormant, send us an email at email@example.com and we will check it out for you. And if you just don’t like the idea of receiving a dormant plant and would rather wait till spring to order your live plants, then check out our bulb section.
Check out this visual guide of fall chores. Better get moving on these winter is right around the corner.
Fall is indeed the best time for planting perennials. Ultimately fall offers less stress on the perennial than the other seasons. Summer (July-August) is often the worst time to acclimate a plant and get it established. Spring is an okay time of the year for perennial establishment but in most cases that plant never looks awesome until the following year. So let us break it down for you….
1. Cooler temperatures = less stress on the freshly planted perennial. They won’t be transpiring as much, just as us humans do not sweat as much in the cooler weather. Less transpiration will result in the plant having to do less work, thus having more energy to putting down establishment roots.
2. Typically fall offers more water availability to the plants. This will help with root development. If by chance your fall isn’t moist, no worries, #1 helps the plant use less water.
3. Shorter days, coupled with the cooler temperatures, naturally tells a perennial winter is right around the corner and it should start putting carbohydrate storage to the roots. This automatic action of putting energy to the roots will help your perennial get established quicker.
4. Some perennials need a cold treatment to flower. Planting in the fall ensures your plant gets the temperatures it needs to put on a big bloom display next year.
5. Although the air is cooling, the soil stays warmer long after fall sets in.
6. And ultimately it lessens the work load for gardeners. Why should spring be so hectic with planting? Spread out the digging.
If you don’t believe me, grab your trowel and get some perennials in the ground. You won’t be disappointed!
Now we finally have some Buddleia back up for sale. Right now Buddleia davidii ‘Royal Red’ is on the website but expect more to come. Buddleia ‘Royal Red’ is a quick growing shrub that vigorously produces long magenta-red flowers. The flowers are long lasting and quite fragrant. Butterflies and other pollinators will quickly be attracted to the flowers and will continue to be back since they love butterfly bushes. Order some today to start attracting pollinators to your backyard.
Check it out, Penn State likes Hydrangea Annabelle too! It's one of my personal favorites and it looks like on of your favorites too as it is one of our top sellers. Get some great growing tips from this article below.
Annabelle - A Favorite in the Landscape
Posted: July 15, 2014
American consumers love to buy the latest and greatest; whether it’s electronic gadgets, new cars, or the latest fashions. I suspect many gardeners are the same way, looking for the latest in new perennials, hanging basket designs, or tomato cultivars. At times though, it is worth looking at the tried and true. In full, spectacular bloom at this time in Pennsylvania is Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’. The straight species is native to the eastern part of the US and ‘Annabelle’ was discovered in the nearby town of Anna, Illinois (supposedly named after the women or ‘belle’ of the town, hence the name ‘Annabelle’). The flowers can grow up to 8-12 inches across and can remain showy for several weeks. Some gardeners let the flower heads remain on the plant to add some winter interest.
The plant will grow in a mounding form to about 5 in height and spread. For those that are not interested in the dried flower heads for winter interest, H. arborescens ‘Annabelle’ can be pruned to the ground after dormancy sets in (or done in late winter after the dried flowers no longer have an aesthetic appeal) as the flowers only grow on new wood. It will grow in a wide range of light conditions but tends to wilt down when soil conditions turn dry (a good mulching should prevent this in most soils). There is no fall color or fruit of ornamental value. H. arborescens ‘Annabelle’ is not suited as a accent shrub but better suited to be blended into a bed with other plants.
Contact the author Tom Butzler
You learn something new every day they say. Sometimes life's lessons come from the oddest places. This is what my niece taught me today.
Sometimes you have to put on your big-girl boots and get the job done.....
Plants are so much fun to be around....
Sometimes you just need a little break to play in the sandbox....
And when the day is done, rest it out....