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....
As this weekend comes to an end, so did the 2014 PA Herb and Garden Festival held at the York Fair Grounds. As always a great crowd of vendors made it an exciting show for sellers and buyers alike. There were many plant vendors selling the best of their crop including many hard-to-find plants. Non-plants vendors had items that would interest most gardeners, such as specialty cooking oils from Salce Imports , jewelry, and critter protection to name a few. Check out the PA Herb and Garden Festival website for a complete list of vendors and their contact information.
We had a great time chatting with all the JLNers that came out to visit, so thanks for stopping by! And our top sellers for this festivel were......drumroll please.......Lonicera Magnifica, Helenium Tiny Dancer, and Ascelpias Ice Ballet. I'm not surprised though. All the top sellers are native perennials, JLNers know how to pick 'em environmentally friendly.
Here are some pictures of our booth. Let us know what you think.
As we are all anticipating the spring that seems like it will never get here, let me assure you it will, I promise. Spring may not be here when we want it but it will find its way here eventually. In the meantime though, I hope everyone is enjoying this phase of gardening, the dream phase that is. I know dreaming about gardening is not as fun as the actual act but it’s the only thing we can do this time of year.
I’ve gotten many gardeners contacting me worried about their plants in this harsh winter and for the most part all your green babies will be fine. Snow is a great insulator to protect plants from the cold air and wind. If there hasn’t been snow cover to protect your plants you may have some issues with some sensitive plants in certain situations. One type of plant that could suffer would be any herbaceous perennials that stay green all year such as any Crytomium ferns, Japanese Holly Ferns. Mostly likely they will survive the harsh temperatures but the foliage could be damaged or even defoliated.
This winter may have also caught a few plants off guard that were pushing their hardiness zone limits. These past years we’ve been somewhat spoiled with our winters but this one will let us know which zone we are really in. Some gardeners are in zone 5 or 6 but plant for zone 7 because they haven’t had many hard winters. Those instances may experience some loss this year.
Either way you slice it, spring will be here soon. While we’ve been stewing over the snow J Lynn Nursery has been cooking up some new plants to grow this year and are very excited about them. Although we still love our hardy herbaceous perennials, we are adding specialty annuals, shrubs, and more edibles to our product line.
Our specialty annuals will be available for shipping starting April 14th. This timing will ensure they make it out of our Pennsylvania nursery safely without freezing but early enough so that we don’t deliver them too late for spring planting. As always if you want a specific ship date, drop us a note and we will be happy to accommodate. Keep checking the website, as we will be posting our specialty annual section soon. Expect to find some niche annual plants that you won’t find at your local garden centers.
We’ve added some of our favorite hydrangeas to our product line, including Hydrangea Annabelle and Hydrangea Unique. Both white hydrangeas that are fool proof to grow. Annabelle is your traditional tried and true hydrangea that gets polluted with blooms, some refer to Annabelle as your traditional snow ball bush. Although we do try to stay away from that common name because snow ball bush can really refer to so many different perennials. Hydrangea Unique is truly, well, unique and perhaps a personal favorite of mine. It forms conical white blooms that give your garden something really different to boost about. Both are great additions for any garden especially if you have a spot that just needs something different than your regular herbaceous perennial. Expect more hydrangea and shrub additions in the fall.
Lastly, we are oh so excited for some edible additions. We are looking forward to sending out our Passion Fruit Vines. Although they are not hardy, they make an excellent potted plant. Take it outside in the warmer months and then bring in the house or greenhouse in the winter. Our Black Mission Fig is another new edible you may want to pot up to move with the weather. It is hardy to zone 7 so for most of the country it should not be a problem. If your zone isn’t quite as warm you can pot it up or plant outside but plan for some major protection tactics come winter. Blackberry Natchez will surely tickle your senses too. I’m talking the sense of taste, touch, and sight. Natchez is a hardy blackberry that explodes with flavor when you taste it. It’s not painful to touch like most berries because it is thornless and the huge beautiful berries with delight your sense of sight.
With all these new plants for us we just can’t wait for spring! Keep checking the website as we are literally updating it daily. There are some great new herbaceous perennials added as well like Delosperma Firespinner, Chelone Hot Lips, Lysimachia clethroides, and Prunella Summer Daze, just to name a few. Until spring gets here, stay warm dreaming a little garden dream!
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