Ipomea – Sweet Potato Vine – Propagation

 

Ipomea – Sweet Potato Vine

 

Today we are going to learn about the Art of Propagation!

When we propagate Ipomea,we take cuttings and quickly plant them into a tray with tiny cells of soil. From there the trays go onto the propagation bench, which keeps the trays warm from below as well as above. this promotes good root formation. The propagated trays stay on the warm bench for about three weeks. they will then be transplanted in to 4″ pots and be ready for sale around Mothers Day.

We begin with a tray of plants and take small cuttings.

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We start with a tray of plants

The cuttings are the growing tip of the plant. IMG_0504

Each one has a couple breaks and some new growth.

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Then we poke a hole in each cell so that the cutting has a little breathing room and space for a root to develop.

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Then we stick the cut end of the cutting into the growing media.

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Each tray has 105 cells, so we can expect at least 100 plants from a tray. A few may die, but only a few.  in a month or so, we’ll transplant each little cell into a 4″ pot to finish them. These Ipomea or Sweet Potao Vine will be ready around Mothers Day.

Opening Day – Spring 2016!

Plant your most beautiful Spring ever!

 Beauty Starts Here!

We love to start with a bang and we’ve got some great things in store for 2016!

The Plymouth and Carver stores are open from 9-5 every day.  We’ll start things off with color, color, color! Pansies, Cool Baskets, Violas and Ranunculus sure pack a punch when it comes to brightening up your winter weary garden. Stop in and check out our Venidium, Osteospermum and Nemesia.  They rock out in the cooler temperatures. And while they have funny names, they don’t mess around when it comes to making your spring garden a winner .

Spring Color!
Stunning Spring Color!

Our cool crops are not only vibrant and cheery, but they’ll take the cool weather of our New England spring and love every minute of it. These super pretty plants grew up right here in our greenhouses in Carver and now they’re ready to flourish in your garden. We also have early vegetables: broccoli, califlower, brussel sprouts and assorted lettuces, just to name a few.

Spring Flowers
Cool plants for cool weather…

We offer a fabulous selection of fine trees and nice shrubberies.  If a perennial is what you’re after, we have those too. We’re kickin’ it old school with a few bulbs as well. Just now, we have Daffodils and Grape Hyacinth in flower, ready to cheer and delight you.

Geraniums
Gorgeous Geraniums

On the horizon, the sea of geraniums is shaping up nicely.  The greenhouses are chock full of plants just waiting for the warm weather.  As I walked through today, I found myself making note of so many things I want to plant, I’m not sure I’ll have room for all of them. I’ll just have to make more gardens! And in the meantime, the cool weather plants are here to cheer!

Spring 2016! It’s very nearly here…

Spring 2016! It’s very nearly here!

Just now my yard is so drab and colorless. But I’ve been out today with a rake and found all sorts of things just starting to come up. With my gardens just starting to wake up, I’m getting excited about everything I want to plant. Spring 2016! is most definitely on the way.

Can't wait for spring!

I just can’t wait for spring!

I’m thinking about color schemes an new gardens I want to make. I have a good amount of shade in the yard and I want to fill it with  plants that add height and texture.

Beautiful.
Beautiful.

Attracting birds and Butterflies is also a consideration. I’d like to add fragrant blooms and new shrubberies too.

Love this color.
Love this color.

Mostly, I just want to get outside and feel the warmth of the sun and clear away the traces of winter.

Orange, yellow and purple. Quite nice together.
Orange, yellow and purple. Quite nice together.

I can’t wait to get out and get my hands dirty and create my summer space!

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Another view.
Another view.

Winter Hours – Christmas Trees!

 Winter Hours 10-6 Daily! Christmas trees are here!

Balsams and Fraser Firs!
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Balsam Fir
Stop in and check out our Christmas Trees! We are happy to announce the Winter Hours for the Plymouth Store!
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Delightful!

With an array of Winter greenery to delight the senses, we welcome you to come in and browse while you experience the sights and scents of the season. Mike has fired up the  wood stove, Margaret and Gretchen have made the shop cozy and comfortable. Sample a cookie or a cocoa  as you  wander the shop…

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Beautifully decorated tree…

Fantastic Fraser Firs and Beautiful Balsams decorate the lot,  all kinds of wreaths and evergreen finery abound! We’ve got boxwood, magnolia and winter berry to adorn your spaces. In the shop you’ll find gobs of gifts and shiny ornaments to delight the kid in all of us.

Polar Bear christmas tree winter hours
Polar Bear

Stop by, have a chat and a treat and celebrate the season with us!

 

 

Goo-Goo for Gaura! SuperSecretSale!

 

Goo-Goo for Gaura! SuperSecretSale!

Saturday June 13 – Thursday June 18, 2015
Gaura aka Whirling Butterflies is a wonderous plant that looks like hundreds of little butterflies in the breeze! As a butterfly, bee and bird attractor, Gaura really shines. Gaura is a moderate perennial. In the right conditions it may come back the next year, we’ve been know to get a couple years from them!

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Gaura will bloom all season, add height and texture to a rock garden, mixed border or container. Gaura will also provide free flowing whimsy and a fluttery, flowery, fluffy effect to your space!
Gaura will grow 2-3 ft high AND wide. It loves the sun, is heat and drought tolerant and would love to live in your yard…

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Gaura, 6″ pots, $6.99 each on sale at all three locations in Plymouth, Carver and Pembroke, from Saturday June 13 – Thursday June 18, 2015. Stop in and check ’em out!

Calibrachoa – BOGO!

Calibrachoa Crazy! Buy One get One Free 5″ containers!
Friday June 5 – Thursday June 11, 2015
Lovely double petunia like flowers put on a fabulous show! This plant offers a trailing, cascading habit that can trail for nearly two feet. Calibrachoa is a fabulous choice for hanging baskets and containers. It is very low maintanence with little deadheading required. Cali’s come in a bunch o’ colors and we have ’em on sale this week! Buy One get One Free 5″ containers.
Sale runs from Friday June 5 – Thursday June 11, 2015!
Here’s Mike to tell you more about crazy Cali’s!
Stop in and check ’em out!

Plant Something Massachusetts! BOGO SALE!

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Plant Something!

Today is Plant Something Day here in Massachusetts! And a sweet BOGO Sale at Crystal Lake

It’s Plant Something Day and I’m taking  Mike’s advice and putting in a few Osteospernums in my front gardens.  He’s offered us a great sale, Buy ONE, Get ONE Free. The sale runs from today, Friday May 15 through Friday May 22, 2015.  I’ve chosen a couple dark purples and the Voltage yellow to compliment the perennials already in my gardens.  Annuals add nice color to perennial gardens , but the Osteospernum adds a definitive WOW factor! Vivid colors, splendid textures and prolific flowers make the Osteo a fine addition to any landscape.

Echinacea
Echinacea – Coneflower

Next week, while I’m on vacation, I’m going to add to all my gardens. I want to add plants that attract butterflies. It delights me to see the fluttering of delicate wings descend on my yard. I’m considering asters, black-eyed Susan, Liatris (gayfeather), Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed), Coreopsis (tickseed), and Echinacea (purple coneflower) to attract the butterflies to the garden. Butterflies especially like these plants because they find it easy to extract their sweet nectar. Yeah, butterflies today don’t like to work as hard as their ancestors did.

Plant Something Massachusetts is a joint program of the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association (MFGA) and the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA). Plant Something MA seeks to get more people to enjoy gardening and support their local, independent nurseries, garden centers, landscapers and growers.
 Nancy lives in Carver and works with  Mike and Margaret in the shops and greenhouses. She looks after the webpage and social media and does a bit of photography.Nancy&Chuck

APP ONLY SALE! Regal Geranium

App only sale! Buy One get One Free!

Pelargonium  Regal Geraniums

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Grandma’s favorite, what’s old is new!

Pelargonium – Regal Geranium

Pelargaonium, more commonly known as the Regal Geranium, is making  a comeback! What was once considered an old lady plant has turned a new leaf. New hybrid varieties are available and the Regal Geranium has a huge WOW factor. This stunning spring flowering plant  loves the sun and our cool spring temperatures. We offer them in assorted colors, with scented foliage!

Plant Habit : Mounded
Spacing : 12 – 18″ (30 – 46cm)
Height : 10 – 20″ (25 – 51cm)
Width : 12 – 20″ (30 – 51cm)
Exposure : Sun
Plant in well-drained soil and feed regularly with any all purpose fertilizer such as Garden Tone or Plant Tone.

 

The Regal Geranium is very easy to grow and would make a vivid addition to your container or landscape.

This sale runs through May 10, 2015!

Nancy lives in Carver and works with  Mike and Margaret in the shops and greenhouses. She looks after the webpage and social media and does a bit of photography. 
Nancy&Chuck

Let’s Plant Perennials!

It’s nice out today. It looks like it could be nice all week. This means perennial planting time! The cool temperatures give perennials a chance to get established before the hot, hot, hot arrives.  Pick the proper spot for the plant, shade plants in shade, sun lovers in sun and make sure the site will drain well. Plants don’t like wet feet, so we need to give them the right place for their needs. Let plants get established for 3-4 weeks and then feed them.  Any all purpose fertilizer will do. I like Plant Tone and Garden Tone from Espoma. The Espoma brand is organic and all my plants do well with either Plant Tone or Garden Tone.

 Nancy lives in Carver and works with  Mike and Margaret in the shops and greenhouses. She looks after the webpage and social media and does a bit of photography. 
Nancy&Chuck