Sometimes you have to put on your big-girl boots and get the job done.....
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!
Heuchera Dale's Strain is a two in one shade loving perennial. Check out the summer foliage verses the vibrant orange shades foliage it shows in the winter. Get yours now click here.
The moment we saw Julia Roberts get into Richard Gere’s lotus, we all knew they would get together at the end of Pretty Woman. And every woman’s heart throbbed along with Jennifer Grey when her eyes lit up watching Patrick Swayze dance for the first time in Dirty Dancing. Even if you are not a fan of romantic comedies, picking out the meet-cute is exciting and sometimes a little too obvious. A meet-cute is the scene when two people that end up together in the end of the movie first meet at the beginning of the movie. Most of the time we know they will fall in love and live happily ever after even if the characters are unaware of it at the time.
So when was your gardening meet-cute? When was that first scene in your life that made you destined to end up falling in love with gardening? For some it was decades ago as a child and at that point they probably would have never guessed they would end up loving plants. Others might not have had a meet-cute until adulthood at which point you may have been wise enough to recognize that, yes this is the beginning of my gardening obsession. Some may read this and think that they’ve never had a gardening meet-cute, but I’m sure there was a moment in your life that you cannot even recognize as one.
For me, my gardening meet-cute was at a very young age, probably 2 or 3 years old. I would often go flower shopping with my mother and grandmother at the local garden center. They would go about their business picking out plants for their gardens and I would follow them around looking at all the beautiful flowers. However, I had a small obsession with making sure no flower was left behind. As we walked along I would pick up all the flowers that had fallen on the floor no matter how water soaked and trampled they were. It got to the point when we walked into the garden center the workers would hand me a brown paper bag to hold my fallen flower collection. Every once and a while I would come upon a flower that was still in good condition lying on the floor and got very excited, although I learned later in life that they were purposely put there by my mother and grandmother.
I am fairly certain this was my gardening meet-cute. When was yours?
Maybe it's the cold weather but I can't wait to see some cardinal flowers blooming along the pond with humming birds feeding off their nectar.
1. Cardinal Flower is native!
2. It's easy to grow
3. Hummingbirds can't resist its vibrant red flowers
4. Cold hardy to zone 3
5. It can tolerate those less than sunny trouble spots in the garden
This time of year can make every gardener yearn for some soil to get their hands dirty. There isn't really much that can be done outside though and for much of the area it is just a little too soon to start your annuals and vegetables indoors. But you can turn your attention to your houseplants. Of course continue to check for overall health as winter is definitely the time when mites and nutrient deficiencies/toxicities can set in.
You should also use this time to do any transplanting that needs done. Most houseplants or outdoor beauties being stored inside for the winter go into a slight dormancy. The decreased light, cooler temperatures, and humidity changes send a signal to your plant to just hang tight for a while and wait for better conditions to push new growth. This is a great time to transplant because you won't disrupt and roots, shoots, or flowers that are trying to grow. Also, it will give your plant the extra room it needs to grow when it does decide to push new growth again. If you wait and transplant too close to spring regrowth timing you may slow down the process.
Now there are some plants out there whose natural bloom cycle IS the winter indoor months. For those you want to wait a bit to make and transplanting decisions. For the majority of plants though, this is a great time to transplant. Here is just one of the transplantings we are doing this winter... our big boy Aloe.
No I'm not talking about those feisty redheads that we've all come to love or hate. I'm talking about that sassy root. This year was the first year we grew ginger and it was a success and incredibly easy!
Because ginger needs a long, hot growing season to fully develop, this is was you can consider "baby ginger". Harvested a little earlier than what you find in the store, because of our short growing season here in central PA, making it more tender. There will be more on how to grow this specialty crop to come. In the mean time though, chew on this.
" How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?"
-- Dr. Seuss
Is this thought going through anyone else's head? How is it already December and almost Christmas? Ahhhh, where has the time gone?
For me this weekend has kicked off the baking, the buying (thank you amazon.com), and the tree trimming. Typically I'll make many batches cookies and a bunch of different sweet breads to give out. All this baking makes me exceptionally grateful for the chicken's hard work because I go through a ton of eggs.
I'm sure most households use a ton of eggs this time of year. But don't throw those shells away, they are great for the garden! Any egg shell we use gets washed out, dried, and crushed to use later.
Egg shells give extra calcium your plants need grow strong, healthy, and disease free. Put a scoop in the planting holes especially for vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Calcium will help prevent blossom end rot which can be caused by a calcium deficiency.
They also deter those pesky slugs and snails. Sprinkle the crushed shells around the base of your plants. Slugs and snails have a soft body and really hate to slither across the rough shells.
If you have any crushed shells left after applying them to the garden, put a small dish of them by your bird feeders. Female birds need extra calcium during egg laying season. We all love watching the birds, so let's keep them healthy.
Bottom line..... S.Y.S.! Save Your Shells! They are useful.
This is what is going on in our garden right now. What's going on in yours?