10 November 2009

November Sales, Powerful Pumpkins, Late Fall Gardening

November has many beauties - pansies, mums, salvias, sedum, monk's hood, the last of the summer flowers like marigolds and zinnias. Add to that the fall colors, the holly berries, and the terrific weather. Such a wonderful season.

November is also loaded with sales by plant and bulb companies large and small. Here are a few that have arrived in my email inbox.

Sunshine Farm and Garden 4 goldenseal plants for $25 including shipping
Annie's Annuals - gift certificate sale - 15% off
White Flower Farm - 50 pastel tulips for $39
Brent and Becky's Bulbs - 25% off bulbs - Erythronium, Fritillaria, Gladiolus, Hermodactylus, Hyacinthoides, Hyacinthus, Ipheion, Dutch Iris
Blooming Bulb - 60% off fall planted bulbs
Holland Bulb Farm 50 to 75% off fall bulbs
Tulip World online sale of tulips
Old House Gardens has a few items on sale - only until Nov 12th though.

I checked a few other sites for sales - who are you ordering from right now while the sales are hot?



Powerful pumpkins! Science Daily describes the benefit of eating winter squash.
"Carotenoids, the family of yellow to red pigments responsible for the striking orange hues of pumpkins and the familiar red color of vine-ripe tomatoes, play an important role in human health by acting as sources of provitamin A or as protective antioxidants."

And, eat your dark green veggies, too.
"Vegetables in the cabbage family (such as kale, cauliflower, and broccoli) have long been known as especially good sources of dietary carotenoids. Recently, broccoli has emerged as the stand-out member of the species, providing more carotenoids to American consumers than any of its cabbage-family relatives."

We grow broccoli, winter squash, kale, Romaine, and other greens. As a result of the garden constantly popping with them, we eat more than we normally would. It's that waste not upbringing of poor kids.


The winter squash came out over the weekend and the garlic went in. The broccoli was harvested today, blanched, and popped into the freezer. Bags of green beans went in the freezer today, too.

There is actually one daffodil blooming today. Mostly though, each time I spy a cluster of daffodils popping up, I dig them, divide them and plant them all over the back yard at the base of the trees. It will give me something to look forward to when winter weather arrives.

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