28 March 2014

Wildflower Identification sites

When plants emerge gardeners want to know what they are in order to decide to eradicate/remove or leave to grow, mature, flower and spread more.


Here are a few more helpful websites -


Wildflowers of the US
http://uswildflowers.com/


for all those milkweeds that are emerging right now - feed the Monarchs!
http://asclepias.homestead.com/


Cleverly, this wildflower identification website is organized by flower color
http://wildflowerinformation.org/ColorListing.asp


Oklahoma wildflowers blog hasn't been updated in years but the existing information works
http://oklahomawildflowers.blogspot.com/


Kansas wildflowers listed by color
http://www.kswildflower.org/


Texas wildflowers
http://texas.wildflowersightings.org/


Missouri wildflowers
http://www.missouriwildflowerguide.com/


Arkansas wildflowers
http://www.cwildflowers.com/Arkansas.htm


California
http://calflora.org/






If you know of more, let us all in on your tips and favorite identification sites!







27 March 2014

Daffodil Day Saturday March 29 2014 in Muskogee

Stop by and see us! Start at Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin, Muskogee. Tour the museum and take the trolley to the Thomas Foreman Historic Home -$10.

There is very limited parking at the T-F Home but you can also go directly there - 1419 West Okmulgee AV. Admission is $5 and includes a tour of the home, tea and plant sale sponsored by Muskogee Garden Club members.

The event is a membership drive for the Museums and the Garden Club.
Girl Scout Cookies for sale on Saturday!
                       

Daffodil Day Saturday Mar 29

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The daffodils are blooming for Daffodil Day at the Thomas-Foreman Historic Home! SATURDAY MARCH 29th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Muskogee Garden Club will be serving tea and cookies, selling all kinds of plants for YOUR garden, and Girl Scouts will have a 'drive up' cookie sale. Take a ride on the trolley from Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin and enjoy stories about the history of Muskogee on the way.
For more information see the Thomas-Foreman Home www.thomas-foremanhistorichome.com, call Three Rivers Museum at 918-686-6624. 

 $10 tickets include tours of both museums, guided historical trolley tour and admission to Daffodil Day at the home. Admission at the door $5.
 
                                                                                                    
Copyright © 2014 Three Rivers Museum of Muskogee, Oklahoma, All rights reserved.

Phlox paniculata is Summer Phlox or Garden Phlox

Cold-hardy, perennial, Garden or Summer Phlox plants are loaded with summertime flowers that feed butterflies and have sturdy stems that can be cut for arrangements.

The first discovery of Phlox was recorded in VA, 1678, by John Banister, an English missionary-naturalist who was studying the flora and fauna of the British Colonies. Then, in 1737, Linnaeus established the Phlox genus, naming them flowers the color of glowing flame.

Summer or Garden Phlox, Phlox paniculata, shows off its colors in the heat of summer with large heads of scented flowers covered with butterflies and skippers. The tallest varieties are native from the Appalachians to the Ozarks.

Summer Phlox is one of the most widely grown and bred perennials in the world. They are not particular about soil type but need a moist, well-drained place in the sun.

If they do not have adequate air circulation they are susceptible to powdery mildew. Three mildew-prevention tips: Snip out all but 4 - 6 stems in mature clumps, divide clumps every few years and avoid overhead watering.

Ten varieties will be available at Muskogee Garden Club plant sale this Saturday from 10 to 3 at the Thomas-Foreman Historic Home, 1419 West Okmulgee AV.
Phlox Blue Paradise

1.      - Blue Paradise is a Phlox introduction from Piet Oudolf. It is mildew resistant with white-eyed, deep blue flowers that become shades of purple during the heat of the day. In the evening they return to purple. Mature plants are 3.5 feet tall and 2-feet wide.
2.    -  Bright Eyes grows 2-feet tall and wide. Each flower on the large flower heads is light pink with a red-pink center or eye.
3.     -  David is famous for bright white flower heads in the heat of summer. Humidity and mildew resistant David won the Perennial Plant Association’s Plant of the Year in 2002 and has been wowing gardeners ever since. Grows 3-feet tall and 2-feet wide.
4.      - Fairest One is known to be highly resistant to powdery mildew. Shell pink flowers on 3-foot tall and 1-foot wide plants.
5.     -  Flame Pink is a dwarf variety that matures at 18-inches tall and 14-inches wide. Bright pink flowers.
6.      - Flame Purple is a dwarf selection that matures at 18-inches tall and 14-inches wide. Scented, fuchsia-pink-purple flowers.
7.     -  Franz Schubert has mauve-lilac-blue Hydrangea-like flowers with a darker eye.  Mature plant size is 3-feet tall and 2-feet wide.
8.     -  Nicky – Darkest purple Phlox flowers on disease resistant plants.  Mature plants are 2.5-feet tall and one-foot wide.
9.     -  Red Super flowers are deep, red-violet with white eyes and very light scent.  Plants grow 3.5 feet tall and 18-inches wide. Recent introduction to the garden world. 
Phlox Orange Perfection
10.  - Orange Perfection has salmon p ink-orange flowers with dark pink eyes. The plants grow 3-feet tall and 18-inches wide.



Spring is the best time to plant or divide existing plants. When dividing, dig the entire clump and cut it into pieces, then replant the pieces, two feet apart in prepared beds. Phlox clumps should be divided every 3-years. Even though Phlox require minimal care, a sunny planting spot with compost-enriched soil will make them bloom most.

A layer of mulch or compost on top of the planted area will help control weeds and keep the soil moist enough. If there is no rain, deep water the roots an inch a week. Garden Phlox will re-bloom if you remove the spent flower heads.

Prune them to the ground after the first hard frost in the fall to protect spring growth from plant diseases.


If you miss the plant sale on Sat., local nurseries and garden centers always have Garden Phlox varieties for your perennial border. Dayton Nursery (www.daytonnursery.com) has a large selection to check out before you shop locally.

25 March 2014

Spring in our zone 7 landscape

Early daffodils, late March
Spring is later this year and plants are beginning to wake up from the long winter we had.

But, the daffodils reliably reward us by multiplying. This year there was a late freeze so a few hundred of the earliest buds were frozen and didn't have the opportunity to open.

Every spring I'm surprised to see old friends returning. Between the colder than normal winter following 2 years of drought one never knows!

Arum spring emergence

Goji berries are getting going
For example, the arum that came back (photo left) in the shade garden, blows my mind each and every year when it pokes its strange, pointy head out of the ground. Its leaves and flower are equally dramatic.

Blackberries leafing out


Cherry tree spring growth






Forsythia  blooming on the back fence




The fruit trees, brambles and strawberries are greening up, too. Flowers are popping out, and the herbs are returning with the spring sun.


Creeping Thyme peeking out of leaf cover
Bridal Veil Spirea about to burst into flower
Daffodils with Hyacinth
















So far, it's promising!

At this time of year, every day surprises pull us outside to clean beds just to be out there and to see what else is waking up.

23 March 2014

Betony is Stachys officinalis

Betony is more than reliable in my garden - it generously reseeds itself to the point that I pull out half or three fourths of the tiny plants every spring during cleanup. By March, the tiny plants are just a few leaves hugging the ground and are easy to remove as I'm taking off the leaves and last year's perennial stems for spring.


Betony is easy to get along with - it has no special soil requirements and will thrive in sun or part-shade down to zone 4 cold winters.


The flower spikes are at the top, then to both sides of an interrupted spike. The one in these photos spent the winter in the garden shed and is happily blooming and making buds.


You can usually get unwanted plants from friends at this time of year. Most of my thinnings become compost. Established plants can be divided in the spring and they can be started from seeds.


Many people use the leaves or the entire plant in many tea infusions and as herbal medicine, especially for headaches. The leaves are dried out of light like most herbs. See Rosewood Herbals for more medicinal information.


Some consider Betony to have magical properties that protect against harm so it is worn in amulets.


Herbs 2000 goes further into Betony's background, "The herb known as the wood betony is commonly considered to be the most important among the Anglo-Saxon herbs. There are at least twenty nine uses of the wood betony in the treatment of physical diseases. At one time, the wood betony was probably also the most popular amulet herb - such amulets were used widely until the middle Ages as a charm to ward off so called evil or ill humors that supposedly brought disease to the human body. The many uses of the wood betony were written down by the medical herbalist Gerard in 1597, he gave a long list of herbal applications for this plant, adding that -"it maketh a man to pisse well"- an inference to the herb's effectiveness against urinary disorders. Most contemporary herbalist neglect the wood betony as a potential remedy, however, the beneficial properties of this herb are worth rediscovering and exploiting."


I just love seeing it scattered around the flower and herb beds, those gorgeous purple-blue tubular flowers decorating every bed and complementing every color combination.


Before you sell your coat to buy plants as the Spanish proverb recommends, check your favorite native plant seed seller - a pack of seeds is only $1.75 at Cheryl Seed.







20 March 2014

Daffodils, Narcissus and Jonquils

Daffodil Day, March, 29 10 to 3
Thomas Foreman Historic Home 1419  W Okmulgee
Sponsored by Muskogee Garden Club and Three Rivers Museum 
Sue Tolbert 918-686-6624

3riversmuseum@sbcglobal.net
Muskogee Garden Club Oyana Wilson 918-683-5380 email oyanaw@gmail.com

There are 27,000 unique daffodil cultivars with flower colors from white to yellow and orange. Daffodils can be cultivated and cross-bred hundreds of ways to form delicate hybrids. Also, they can live on abandoned homesteads for a hundred years without any human intervention. 


The names Jonquil, Narcissus and Daffodil are used for all the flowers in the Narcissus family since Narcissus is the name of the plant genus of which they are all members. Daffodil is used as a common name for all of them.

The exception is Narcissus jonquilla, what we call Jonquils, are unique from the others because they have narrow leaves, and each stem has 3 fragrant flowers with flat petals.

Since early history daffodils have been celebrated in song, poetry, literature and art.

 In China paperwhite daffodils, the Tazettas, are grown in pebbles in shallow plates so they are in bloom for the New Year where they symbolize rebirth. The earliest time Tazettas were used symbolically was in the tomb of Ramses II who was buried with daffodil bulbs on his eyes.

In the Muslim Middle East they are planted on graves where they bloom, reminding mourners of the new life to come.

In Christian Europe they symbolize the resurrection and churches are filled with bouquets during Lent and Easter.  The Austrian Narzissenfest is the largest floral festival in that country with a daffodil queen, parade, floats and daffodil-adorned boats on local lakes.

In Medieval Christian art, the flower is used as the symbol of paradise, the triumph over physical death. Since 1990 daffodils were used as a symbol of hope for cancer patients. Begun by the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity, the daffodils for hope campaign has been adopted by the American Cancer Society.

The Daffodils’ romantic importance was firmly etched in most of our minds in school by Wordsworth’s 1802 poem which opens with the first stanza:  “I wandered lonely as a Cloud, That floats on high o’er Vales and Hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of dancing Daffodils; Along the Lake, beneath the trees, Ten thousand dancing in the breeze” etc.

When a single daffodil planted by itself becomes a clump, the additional bulbs are called daughters or clones since they will be identical to the parent bulb and flower.

When bees visit one type of daffodil flower and take that pollen to another variety of daffodil, the seeds that result from the cross-pollination will produce a completely new variation of the parents’ genes. Almost all the daffodils grown in gardens today are hybrids either of human or insect breeding through cross-pollination.

Daffodils are close relatives of amaryllis, snowdrops and clivia. What makes them different from all their relatives is their cup, designed by nature to protect their pollen from spring rain.

The mountains of Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Algeria have the most diverse collection of native species where the winters are long, cool, and moist.

In the US there are daffodil festivals from OR to FL and most states in between. A website called Daffodil Festivals and Fields has been set up to list them all at http://daffodilfestivals.com so you can plan spring trips to AR, ME, TX or VA, visiting daffodil events.

In OK there is one daffodil event so far: Daffodil Day at the Thomas Foreman Historic Home in Muskogee. A Daffodil Lawn is being planned for the OK Botanic Garden north of Tulsa.

Since Muskogee Garden Club began planting daffodils for Daffodil Day three years ago, club members planted them at their homes and Master Gardeners planted 100 at the gate to the new Chandler RD. community garden.

Other groups have expressed interest in becoming part of Daffodil Day next year.

18 March 2014

free talks - Tulsa and Stillwater

In Tulsa, Tues, March 25 at 7 pm 
Tulsa Garden Center
Dr. Raymond Cloyd
"Organic Pesticides"
free and open to the public




In Stillwater, Friday, March 28 at 3 pm
OSU Campus, Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library
Joseph Tychonievich
"Plants, People and Beyond"
free and open to the public

15 March 2014

Growing Beets from Seed - direct sow or grow in flats

Sowing, thinning and growing beets can be challenging to grow in our area. Now that it's time to get those seeds into the ground - here are some success tips. The thinnings will give you great salad and sandwich greens, then the beets themselves are delicious raw in grated beet salad and cooked with butter and vinegar toppings.


Each seed that comes out of the envelope is actually a capsule of seeds. Watch this helpful Burpee video on how to pre-soak, plant, thin, space, and harvest your crop.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQXsssaYoV4


If you prefer to start your beet seeds in flats, here's a helpful how-to video from Gary Pilarchik
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dU-NZ3ZyDs


Most people suggest soaking the seeds overnight to get them to germinate faster. They are planted .5 inch deep and 4 to 6 inches apart, depending on whether you want to grow plenty of tops for salad.


The planting row has to be kept moist, so top it with burlap, compost or another moisture retention material and expect to water daily until you see them coming up 5 to 10 days after seeding. Their germination temperature is pretty broad - 55 to 75.


Beets need full sun and like all root crops and bulb-forming plants they need potassium (the middle number on the fertilizer container).


One source for beet varieties is David's Garden Seeds at http://www.davids-garden-seeds-and-products.com though I usually just buy them at the local garden center.


Our in-ground beet row was planted yesterday - about 6-feet long. Today the flat will get planted!



13 March 2014

Oxallis is Sorrel, Tripholium is Clover, Shamrocks are both


Most of the clover in nature is 3-leaf Tripholium, so plants with 4-leaves were thought to bring good luck to anyone who found them. Some gardeners plant Tripholium (white, yellow and red clover), to feed bees, butterflies and aphid-eating wasps. Landscapers and home-owners who prize perfect lawns spray herbicides to kill any clover that appears.

The three-leafed Shamrock worn on hats for St. Patrick’s Day is considered to represent the Holy Trinity. The name Oxalis came from the Greek oxys or sharp, referring to the plants’ acidic taste. In the 1600s people living off the land ate the protein and nutrient rich leaves and flowers of clover to improve their diets when greens were in short supply. Second only to potatoes in popularity, Oxalis tuberosa produces a widely-cultivated, edible, tuber. Source: http://www.cipotato.org.

The plants sold as shamrocks around St. Patrick’s Day are often Oxalis which has clover shaped leaves in green, red, burgundy, purple and a variety of color combinations. Oxalis flowers can be white, yellow, pink and red. They were genetically developed at the University of Florida.

The Good Luck Shamrock, Oxalis Deppei, has green leaves and pink flowers.

There are 500 Oxalis varieties that grow in lawns, fields, woodland gardens and windowsills so when ordering from catalogs for your shade garden, look for the ones that suit your needs. When the bulbs arrive, refrigerate them until you have time to put them into pots or into the ground

Oxalis acetosella, Wood Sorrel, has green leaves and pink flowers that float on top of 5-inch high clumps of leaves. Gardeners who plant it sometimes complain that it replants itself around the garden.

Oxalis tetraphylla deppei or Iron Cross is also called the Good Luck Shamrock. It is cold hardy in zones 8 to 10 so has to be brought in for the winter in colder zones. Their four leaves have burgundy centers that resemble a cross and the flowers are dark pink.

Oxalis oregano, Redwood Sorrel, hardy in zones 4 to 9, is native to the Americas. The plants spread by underground rhizomes, putting up green leaves and white or pink flowers. This variety is used as a groundcover for part-shade on the west coast.

Oxalis regnellii triangularis, Purple Shamrock, is hardy in zones 7 to 9. Its triangular-shaped leaves are deep burgundy and the flowers are pink. This variety is also sold as a bulb and is not invasive.

Oxalis versicolor, Candy Cane Sorrel, is native to South Africa and is cold hardy in zones 6 to 9. The notched leaves are green and the flowers are funnel-shaped white with a red rim.

Oxalis likes filtered or part-sun or bright indoor lighting but flowers best with some sun. Some varieties such as Wood Sorrel will pop up in the garden in the spring, bloom and then die back, or go dormant, when summer temperatures heat up. Then they return slightly smaller in the fall.

The leaves begin to yellow as the plants prepare for dormancy. Stop watering and do not fertilize. Just remove the dry leaves to keep the area free of insects.

When the plants are dormant, they can be dug and divided. Dig the entire clump and move it to a cool, dark place for a month or more and allow the bulbs to have their dormant period. The bulbs will begin to put out new leaves when they are rested. Then, move them to sunny spot, water and fertilize them for their next growing season.

Water Oxalis only when the surface of the soil feels dry but do not allow the bulbs to sit in wet soil or a saucer of water.

Bulb source: Brent and Becky’s Bulbs www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com, and (877) 661-2852.

12 March 2014

Downy Arrowwood Viburnum is Viburnum rafinesquianum - Pollinators

Shrubs feed pollinators, too!

Downy Arrowwood Viburnum or Viburnum rafinesquianum is a native shrub with pollen-loaded flowers in May - June. Not great to plant near the font or back door since the flowers bring bees, long-horned beetles, flies,  mining bees and other bugs.

In the fall the leaves are red-wine and the berries are blue.
 
Downy arrowwood likes a bit of shade and the edge of woodlands where the soil remains well-drained.

If it is happy, it will sucker and give you a thicket of loose branches. Good for stabilizing hills.

11 March 2014

Aerial pruning from a helicopter

Highway right-of-way trimming from the air. This video was taken in VA near Luray. The area is home to a U.S. Forest Service air tanker base.

It took my breath away and convinced me to never apply for the job.

The 5-minute video is at https://www.youtube.com/embed/HE0HEtHFemQ

Crazy!

09 March 2014

The Plant Lovers Guide to Sedums - new book by Brent Hovarth

Brent Hovarth, plant breeder extraordinaire has a new book coming out next month on one of my favorite garden staples, Sedums.

I love sedums and while I have books about cacti and succulents, a book devoted to sedum will be a wonderful addition to garden libraries everywhere.

Brent Hovarth
His publisher, Timber Press says about him, "Brent Horvath is a second-generation nurseryman and owner of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, a wholesale nursery in Hebron, Illinois. He is a major supplier of sedums and green-roof plants in the Midwestern United States. He also actively breeds and introduces new sedums into the trade and currently has twelve plant patents including four sedums with two more sedum patents pending." 

Who knew?

Timber Press will release the book in a few weeks so I haven't seen it yet. Here's their publicity blurb though - The Plant Lover's Guide to Sedums includes everything you need to know about these beautiful gems. Plant profiles highlight 150 of the best varieties to grow, with information on zones, plant size, soil and light needs, origin, and how they are used in the landscape. Additional information includes designing with sedums, growing and propagating them, where to buy them, and where to see them in public gardens.

Book cover "Sedums"

Hovarth's company,  Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc. IL was started by his dad who came to the US in 1959 - he was originally from Hungary (my kind of people for sure) and went into the plant business after learning many other professions. Click over to their website to read his all-American story.

Their plant introductions are what we need in our weather: Plants that can take cold winters and hot, humid, summers.   The site has a list of dozens of their introductions. 

The book can be pre-ordered at Timber Press and at booksellers.


06 March 2014

Penstemon varieties for every garden

Beard tongue is the common name for husker red penstemon, or penstemon digitalis husker red. Admittedly, some gardeners consider it a thug due to its eagerness to reproduce, but penstemon has its place in the cottage and butterfly garden.

The leaf color is a gorgeous green and purple-maroon. The late-May flowers are white, with a soft lavender-pink color at the bud-base. Hummingbirds and tiny pollinators visit the flowers. Plus, the plants are durable enough to be successful in your most challenging dry soil in part-sun, at the base of shrubs, or along the sidewalk. However, with too much shade and they can become weak and fall over. 


Like many penstemons, they are cold hardy in zones 3 to 8, making them shrug off our ice and snow. Plus, husker red is one of the few penstemons that can thrive despite a wet winter, or drought, humidity and heat. Penstemons are mostly native to dry climates so the one condition that they cannot tolerate is wet clay or locations where the planting area stays wet. If they are too wet, they will get root rot. Some gardeners have reported leaf spot.

Early in the spring, the leaves emerge from the ground in ruby colors. Then the stems and leaves shoot up to 2 or 3 feet tall and panicles of flowers follow.

The word penstemon means five stamens and each flower has four fertile and one sterile stamen with hair. The beard tongue common name comes from the hair on that sterile stamen.

Penstemons are deer and rabbit resistant which is important for those of us who generally tolerate wildlife in our yards.

Divide the clumps every year in the spring or take cuttings in the summer to increase plantings or to share them with other gardeners. The seeds are started by planting now and keeping cold outside for 4-weeks. Then, they can be brought inside or left outside where they will germinate at 55-65 degrees. Seed source: www.dianeseeds.com.

If you want to purchase potted husker red penstemon, be sure to look for the dark red leaves or you might be getting smooth penstemon which has green stems and leaves.

A shorter, but no less attractive penstemon variety, margarita BOP penstemon, Penstemon x heterophyllus margarita, was named for being found at the Bottom Of the Porch at Las Pilitas Nursery (www.laspilitas.com).

This variety is known for being long-lived and has unusual purple-pink and blue flowers. This is another choice for wildlife enthusiasts since the nectar feeds butterflies and hummingbirds and the seeds are eaten by songbirds. They thrive in zones 6 to 9 and grow 18 inches tall and wide. Seeds: Audubon Workshop, www.audubonworkshop.com.

Large beardtongue, Penstemon grandiflorus, is native from North Dakota to Texas and is known for its generous display of flowers. Large beardtongue is a prairie plant that is a carefree garden choice for part-sun. It matures at 4 feet tall and has 2-inch-long lavender-blue flowers. It is recommended that these be planted in large clumps for best pollinator success. Seed source: Everwilde Farms, www.everwilde.com.

Pagoda penstemon or broadleaf beardtongue, Penstemon angustifolius Nutt. ex pursh, is native from Oklahoma to Utah. It also has blue flowers but grows to a maximum height of 12 inches in zones 4 to 10. Pagoda likes sandy soil or rock gardens, meaning it needs to be planted where the soil is on the dry side at all times.

There is also a pure white flowering penstemon native to Oklahoma called Penstemon oklahomensis pennell oklahoma beardtongue. Oklahoma penstemon is native exclusively to Oklahoma and it is highly valued by native bees.

The website for the American Penstemon Society is a source of information about hundreds of Penstemons at http://apsdev.org.


03 March 2014

Snow in March!

200 heads of garlic under snow
Crazy weather ... normally the snow peas would be a foot tall by March 3rd but this year only the snow is that deep along streets where the snow plows have piled up the white stuff.  Here's our garden today - 
Winter sown seeds in seed trays
It won't hurt the garlic to be under snow, it's just so unusual. The next photo is my trays of winter sown seeds. Both the Calendula and the White Russian Kale seeds had emerged before the cold and snow hit us, but were clinging to the soil surface. Hopefully they are short enough to survive.



The earliest daffodils began blooming during the recent warm spell, about 3 weeks ago. Their little heads are now dunked into snow.

Hundreds more flower buds are out there standing tall, awaiting Wednesday's warm up when the nights will continue to freeze but the daytime temperatures will keep things moving along toward spring.

I'm grieving a bit about not being able to get the spring vegetable garden seeds and plant starts into the ground, but have found plenty to keep me occupied while waiting my chance.

02 March 2014

Plants for a Cause

Heavenly Bamboo
We are growing over 200 plants to sell at a March 29th plant sale during Muskogee's Daffodil Day. The event is a joint project of Muskogee Garden Club and Three Rivers Museum/Thomas Foreman Historic Home and it will run from 10 to 3 that Saturday.



Castor Bean
The Muskogee Garden Club's net proceeds from the plant sale and tea will help fund the horticulture scholarships the club offers to students who want to work in the field.

For the modest price of  $10, the tour begins at Three Rivers Museum, includes a tour there and a trolley ride to the
 Thomas-Foreman Historic Home for all the festivities.

For $5 attendees can go straight to the Thomas-Foreman Home. They will get a home tour, enjoy the 1500 daffodils we planted, snack on home made goodies and shop the plant sale.


Flapjacks
Most of the plants we are offering are from our garden - either divisions or re-potted volunteer plants.

We are also sharing our seeds, most of which were harvested from our garden last summer and fall. Our Castor Beans, Mexican Hat, Poppies, and a few others are in that category. In addition, we purchased some seeds that arrived in quantities too large for our use. Packs of seed will sell for $1 each.

The one selection we purchased is 100 perennial phlox roots which are in pots, under lights, in our garden shed. They started to sprout the day after they hit the potting soil and some already have roots emerging from the bottom drainage holes! Talk about healthy.

There are 10 perennial Phlox varieties - the selection includes some that are shorter/taller/pink/red/white.

We divided a few varieties of our favorite succulents, including flapjacks.

Oxallis Iron Cross
Also we divided our Oxallis and there will be 2 types at the sale.
Rosemary

Rosemary cuttings from our plant in the herb garden were rooted and planted and are looking healthy after several months in a heated, lighted building.

A friend shared his Hollyhock Double Pink seeds from his AZ garden and they germinated like crazy. So, the Hollyhock plants available at the sale should bloom this summer.

We are hoping for a big turnout of garden, history and tea lovers. If the weather is pleasant there will be outdoor seating where you can enjoy viewing the daffodils.

Hollyhock Double Pink