No foolin, here it is April and yesterday we thought the weatherman was foolin’ us as we did manage to dodge a 25F° prediction, phew, it was only 30F°…however this morning, it was 24F° at 6am, and through Sunday the temps are supposed to remain below 30F°, so if you have starts or lush growth to protect, do so! (Psst – we have some nice medium weight row cover available in our store too.)
It may not feel terribly springlike outside temperature-wise, but Daphne ‘Eternal Fragrance’ surely can make your nose believe in spring – it’s fragrance has been described as ‘delicious’. We have one left in a 3 gallon pot, and more on order, coming in with our pink rock daphne. Here is the information page from the plant breeder: http://www.planthaven.com/dapheter.html
Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) is for for sale in gallons & 4″ pots. The seed was collected from plants happily growing in a garden on the NW side of Juniper Butte ad we propagated it. They are doing well outside here at the nursery. This is the food plant favored by the Monarch butterfly. There is quite a bit of confusion “out there” about the correct type of milkweed to use to ‘feed the Monarchs’. Just know this: make sure the type you are planting is zone hardy to our zone 5 and that will eliminate the ‘tropical’ varieties being sold. This will keep you out of trouble and more importantly help make the butterflies thrive!
Guess who arrived on our loading dock at 5:15pm yesterday? An ‘Angels Choir’ (well a full flat of them anyway!) These poppies (which will self sow a BIG bonus!) are described as “an award-winning combination of silken-petaled, double poppies featuring]shimmering watercolor shades including cream, apricot, peach, coral, lavender, pink and bicolors and picotees. It took breeders years of selection to develop these absolutely magical forms and lustrous soft colors”.
I say, hooray for the choir of spring! ‘Angel’s Choir’ Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) In 4-paks, $2.50 each.
Clematis alert! Our first bunch of clematis vines will arrive next Tuesday, and we are super excited to be working with a new grower with many outstanding new selections…if you have any special requests, please let us know before Monday as we will pull the order ourselves.