Sunday, March 29, 2009

Late March perennial buys

I picked up a few new plants for myself at the Mustard Seed Farm. Click here for her website: It is on Three Chopt Road in Hadensville, Goochland, Louisa. The Phlox divaricata looks so delicate and has a sweet fragrance that sold me on it. I was told it should spread which for me is always a good thing (until it does like creeping jenny but that's another rant!).

I saw a Zebra plant that I couldn't resist. I quickly potted it up into one of the tall hypertufa pots Bill made for me last year. Not sure it will stay there but for now it is happy. I also picked up another bitterroot and put it into an empty planter I had.
I first saw a bitter root at Tuckahoe Plantation garden tour a few years back and planted one. I think it is in the wrong spot. It's not thriving as you can see despite the Grow dam it rock next to it.
I also picked up a small pack of coral, red and white impatiens to be ready to start in my deck baskets once the threat of frost is over.

I also couldn't resist adding another columbine - aquilegia swan pink & yellow. I need more shade!!
That's it for now. The garden cleanup is calling so I can get some of these new and newly divided plants, like the yucca, in the ground! It's supposed to be over 70 today.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Shade plants for a friend

I picked up 3 plants for a friend. If her house sells, I will gladly come dig them up to transplant at her new home or mine if she is no longer my friend ;-) . Please consider looking at her home if you're in the market for a Central Virginia property. Click HERE to see. Her property is SO AWESOME for the Richmond or Charlottesville area gardener and it is 12 1/3 acres! I'm still considering offering her a trade of my house for hers ;-)

These are photos she shot with her camera phone this morning:

Hellebores "Pine Knot Select"
Lenten Rose

Jacob's Ladder "Touch of Class"

Columbine /Aquilegia
She’ll need to remind me of the species by reading the tag. Possibly vulgaris "black barlow"? It's a very dark purple, almost black.

I was in the Gum Spring area for the Oakland Baptist Children's consignment sale, where I got some GR8 bargains, and Hadensville, where 2 of my local favorite garden centers are, is not too much further, so I HAD to drive out. They are Herb Garden and Mustard Seed Farm. Herb Garden was not open so I headed over to Mustard Seed Farm. I found out later they only plan to be open on weekends this season. The owner of Mustard Seed Farm, Jennifer Mazza, is truly one of the nicest ladies you could meet, her greenhouses are fun, and she is very knowledgeable. Denise at Herb Garden is very nice as well.

I picked up a few plants for myself and knew my friend with WAY more shade than I, needed to start with some excellent shade, woodland plants. You always want what you don't have and I don't have shade. The few spots I can consider shade are so filled, I need to thin them and hope the transplants will do okay in a sunnier spot. Right...

So friend, if you need help digging holes and putting the plants, we can work a deal. But please, don't be afraid! Just dig a hole a little bigger than the circumference of the pot, push the plant out of its pot, rip the root bottom a little and put it in the hole. It's not difficult. Then, if they thrive, GR8, if they are weak, move them, if they die, oh well. The stores have more! There's certainly more you could probably do to make them thrive BUT, don't bother until the day comes when you become passionate about gardening. Just throw those suckers in a hole and enjoy them!

Thanks for sending the photos to post with this. I forgot to take some myself.

I'll need to do a separate post on the couple of plants I picked up for myself.

My personal nursery / garden center circuit!

Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart are always a decent source for common low priced plants, particularly annuals. We did buy a number of trees from Lowes and they all have been very successful. However, I cannot resist visiting each one of these other local garden centers and nurseries to see what kids of extra special plants they have in stock. It's my Spring circuit!

In no particular order:

Little Five Azalea Farm: 10180 Brook Road. Glen Allen. VA. 23060. 804-262-4943

Great Big Greenhouse:
Store Hours: Mon - Sat: 9:00am to 7:00pm Sunday:10:00am to 6:00pm

Mustard Seed Farm at 4791 Three Chopt Rd Louisa, VA 23093-2149 or Hadensville Goochland County - Jennifer Mazza, owner. She will be at both the Charlottesville and Goochland Famer's Market this year. I'll post her hours once I find out.

Herb Garden formerly Herb Barn at 4871 Three Chopt Rd Louisa, VA 23093-2151 or Hadensville Goochland County - Denise, owner. She will be at the Goochland Famer's Market this year. Currently only plans to be open Saturdays 9-5 and Sundays 12-5.

Stranges Garden Center:

Dirty Hands Garden Center in Powhatan:

The Growing Spot at Plun Tree Corner on 250/Broad in Manakin-Sabot Goochland County

The following I've not gotten to yet, but certainly will when I can!

Roots and Blooms: Powhatan

Ashland Berry Farm:

Colesville Nursery in Ashland.

Sandy's Plants:

Swift Creek Berry Farm & Greenhouse:

Monday, March 23, 2009

Phalaenopsis Re-Bloometh

The phalaenopsis orchid that Heather G brought me for my big four oh birthday in October is blooming again. This is the first orchid I've ever owned that rebloomed. WOW! Thanks! I need to find the tag to post its proper species name.

Not sure if I did anything special. I did leave the stem in place after the flowers fell as you see it is still there. I also left the piece of grass that self seeded from somewhere (?). It first lived in the Northside kitchen window. Then in the foyer, then in a southern facing window when the first blooms were gone. I did try to water it daily and it did take a lot of water.

It is pretty with its white pink purple coloring. Right now, there are 2 new blooms open and 4 more ready to go.

It reminds me of the delicate looking handmade clay flowers I enjoyed at the Home and Garden Show like Nana's Clay Flowers or others I've seen like CC Whisper. I was ready to buy a clay orchid and forget about ever having real ones again.

Happy smiling palms up buddha sits with the signs:

"We do not remember days; We remember moments."
- Cesare Pavese

"Nature colors our days with every shade of beauty."
- Marjolein Bastin

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Anne Taintor and Mary Phillips
Anne Taintor Designs are fun. "Making smart people smile since 1985"
As are Mary Phillips Designs. "The perfect gift. The right dose of attitude."

Stop me before I volunteer again products above.

Old enough to know better... too young to give a rat's ass.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Kindergarten registration April 16 from 11-7

Hey all my friends of preschool aged children in Goochland County.

Kindergarten Registration is coming up.

Your babies are growing up.

Here is the information:

It reads:
This school year, Kindergarten registration will be held at each of our three elementary schools on April 16 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. According to Virginia law, a child must be five years old on or before September 30 of the upcoming school year to enroll in Kindergarten. You will need the following to enroll your child in Kindergarten:
* A certified birth certificate for the child,
* A completed School Entrance Health Form (obtain a form at your school or
obtain the form online), and
* Proof of residency (driver’s license, electric bill, phone bill, etc.)

For information on immunization requirements, visit the
Virginia Department of Health website.

So anyone who lives in Randolph, Goochland Elementary or Byrd district, and plans to go to school for 2009 / 2010, this means you!

Get on Your Boots - Psycho ...

A friend of mine just put a post on her blog asking for some suggestions of more recent music within the last 5 years that she could check out and possibly save for her kids so they know what's being played right now.

These are probably not her style, or yours, but as long as I was posting my comment on her blog, I thought I'd save them for myself! I like them!

Here goes in no particular order...

Puddle of Mudd - Psycho:
Foo Fighters - Pretender:

U2 - Get on Your Boots:
U2 - Elevation:

Coldplay - Viva La Vida:
Madonna & Justin - 4 minutes:
Pink - So What:
DMB - Crash Into Me:
Amy Winehouse - Rehab:
Britney Spears - Piece of Me:
Christina Aguilera - Keeps Gettin' Better:
Finger Eleven - Paralyzer:
Maroon 5 - She will be loved:
Kanye West & Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger:
50 cent - Candy Shop:
I've wasted enough time on this Interweb thingamajig ;-) . I'd better get something real done. Tick Tock Tick Tock
I admit that most of the playlists I've posted have music much older than 5 years old too.

Have fun!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Gardener's Bliss

Although a gardener's bliss may look like an absolute mess or a real chore to some, this is an exciting day for me. The day I get to fill my porch baskets. It's 84 right now here even though school was closed M-Thursday due to 8+" of snow and ice. Good-bye Winter, Welcome Spring!
I picked up a few plants yesterday at Lowes and Stranges Garden Center. My next garden center trip will have to be Great Big Greenhouse.

I then divided some of the asparagus ferns I picked up at an end of season sale at the Pottery in Williamsburg late Summer last year.

I've been overwintering them in the garage and they did okay!

I love peach coral geranium. I also picked up a new plant for me, a star jasmine. Ooh it smells wonderful. I need to research its eventual size first and decide if I will pot it or plant it but I believe I may use one of my new garden obelisks to support it.

This is one of the three hanging baskets I created for the front porch so far.
I know that I need to keep an eye on the overnight temperatures and bring the inside when they will dip too low. But that's part of my early March fun!

Once it does warm up, these ferns will need to be replaced with my standard calibrachoa / million bells because they excel in the intense sun and heat all summer. I would have bought them but they are not available yet in a size that would do the baskets justice. A few more weeks yet.
The ferns would be scorched and dead in no time if I left them up all summer. I'll move them to the back of the house. For now though, they look great!

Gotta go, more gardening to do!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Maymont Flower & Garden Show

My daughter and I attended the Maymont Flower and Garden Show Sunday, February 22 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The rest of the family was home recuperating from a nasty bug.

I think she loved the crayons the best.

There were many fountains and water features.

The copper girl with the umbrella fountain was striking.
Many hidden animals.
Animals and water features = FISH!

Fairies and butterflies.
New Hypertufa alpine garden design ideas for us to replicate.
Pretty colors and ideas.

Lavender Iris

Until I find out what this tropical beauty is called, I will call it my Orange Agapanthus - Lily of the Nile. Update--> I just saw this same plant at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and it is a...
Flame Lily - Clivia miniata - South Africa - Amaryllidaceae My post about the trip has an even better photo of the flower.  HERE.Spiraea prunifolia or Bridal Wreath

Overflowing Impatiens Flowering ornamental fruit tress: apple, pear, plum, peach.
The marker reads photina. I don't know. I know a photinia to be a shrub or tree, not this. Anyone know?
We stayed until the end when they tear down the displays and sell every plant on them and picked up a few cute things.
I picked up a pot of the paperwhite narcissus white daffodil with orange centers.I picked up a pot of the red orange tulips. they seem similar to the double peony tulip but not exactly.

I was on the lookout to pick up some primulas and there they were!
They also had a Treasures of King Tut - an Eqyptian Replica Traveling Exhibit. Garden Art?

The boy king's golden throne.King Tut's coffin or sarcophagus
The gold death mask of Tutankhamun

Next year, I may try and plan a trip up to the Philadelphia Flower Show . After attending that year's ago, these garden shows are truly disappointing. A whole different thing. It is going on now, March 1-8. Hmmmm, maybe I could hop on Amtrak this weekend...

I did enter a contest at the show to win a trip to attend the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show in London. Maybe I'll win! That is May 19-23

I also made time to stop in at Richbrau in Shockoe Slip to get a growler of Big Nasty Porter to bring home. Great for the common cold.