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.