December 29, 2009

Breaking News - New Plant Introductions From Terra Nova Nursery for Spring

Greetings everyone,

Well, Terra Nova Nurseries continues to surprize us with new spring plant offerings. Circle H Growers will be offering the following new varieties as they are released for spring and summer 2010:

Heuchera - Ginger Peach
Heucherella - Brass Lantern
Heucherella - Gunsmoke
Heucherella - Solar Power
Hosta - Aquamarine
Hosta - Purple Heart
Hosta - Raspberry Sundae

My favorites - Heuchera Ginger Peach, Heucherella Brass Lantern, Hosta Purple Heart and Hosta Raspberry Sundae.

These new items will be posted to the website shortly for early ordering. I'm certain collectors of these plants will want to add them to their gardens this season.

Catch you soon,
Ed


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December 26, 2009

Circle H Growers Ready for Spring Ordering

It's been awhile since I've done any posting. However, as 2009 is darned near in the history books, I was able to finally get down to business and get the website - Circle H Growers - updated with all the new perennial plant offerings for 2010. Several items have been dropped, but at the same time, several new ones have been added. Also, most items will now be in 3.5" pots. Although there are some in 4"x5" pots - some of the newer Echinacea varieties.

Items of note for 2010:
Echinacea Gumdrop
Darkest pink, double, feathery pom-poms decorate the center of each flower, surrounded by a broad brim of candy pink petals. A full-sized plant with strong stems for the middle of the border. Mix with pink coreopsis for a one-two punch! Use with pink Coreopsis and blue ornamental grasses. For more info or to order: Go Here





Echinacea Summer Sun
This brand new tall, golden orange Echinacea hybrid is perfectly sized for the middle to back of the border. It combines superbly with ornamental grasses, Helenium, and Hemerocallis.

The flowers open red-orange and then lighten to golden orange as they expand and age. Be sure to cut a few of the fragrant blooms for your fresh bouquets!

For more info or to order: Go Here






Gaillardia Fancy Wheeler
This compact yet large flowered Gaillardia is produced from tissue culture to ensure crop uniformity and performance. It has a dwarf, very compact habit, forming a rounded mound under one foot tall. From early summer to early fall, rich scarlet flowers rimmed in gold with a red center are produced.

These perennials require little care once established. They are heat tolerant and actually prefer to be grown in poorer soils. They get their name from the manner in which they used to blanket North American prairies with their blooms. They can still be found in fields and along roadsides in the prairie region and into the Rockies. To order or for more info: Go Here




Heuchera Midas Touch
Yummy, seer suckered, ruffled, and fluted foliage of peach and gold, 'Midas Touch' delivers a fashion statement on a heavily veiled, compact vigorous growing plant. Great throughout the year and a special "filler" for autumn-themed baskets.

To order or for more info: Go Here






Heucherella Golden Zebra
Striking bright yellow, feathery leaves are boldly marked with dark-red. Lush foliage and a tight crown make this plant unbeatable for a ground cover or under high branching shrubs. A standout in containers or front of the border.

For more info or to order: Go Here




The above are some of the new offerings for 2010. I'll attempt to post a few every week as I get some time.

In the meantime, I hope to catch you next year. And, should you get the chance, be sure to become a fan of Circle H Growers on Facebook for updates, garden news and garden industry trends and garden info you might find interesting.

Ed


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October 2, 2009

New Christmas Tree Toppers/Finials Arrive


A new shipment of European hand made Christmas tree toppers arrived Thursday. They can be viewed and ordered by Clicking Here.

Also of note, a new shipment of the G40 style lighting should be arriving around October 15th as well as other Christmas lights.

September 1, 2009

Fall is for Christmas

If you haven't noticed, the days are certainly getting shorter now that Fall is on its way. I enjoy the long daylight hours we get in spring and summer, but on the other hand, the long dark hours of approaching fall and winter are a drag. That doesn't mean you can't light up the longer hours of the night.

It's hard to believe that Christmas is now roughly 3 1/2 months away. And, I've already got a lot of plant material ordered for 2010 as well.

As usual this time of year also starts with Christmas lights and European made Christmas tree toppers - or finials - sales.

Circle H Growers offers an excellent selection of Bubble Lights, Decorative Lights, G30 Lights, G40 Lights, LED Lights, Miniature Christmas Lights, Novelty Lights and Themed Lights. Most can be used 12 months out of the year.

To add a special touch to the top of the tree CHG offers a great selection of hand made European glass tree toppers.

For further information or to see what's available visit our Christmas website at ChristmasLightsMT.com

July 29, 2009

Ongoing and Upcoming

Hello folks,

Well...I figured it was about time to get something put on the blog again beings that I'm getting some time.

Orders: Still working on shipping orders. Slowly, but surely getting those caught up as best I can. Have been waiting on the newer heucheras, heucherellas and echinaceas to size up and get decent root growth before releasing them and sending them to new homes in a garden near you. I've had to ship some partial orders as I'm having an issue with some of the growth on a couple varieties, but such is how it goes. Not much I can do about that but give them time.

Current New Varieties: The new 2010 Heucheras varieties are looking good. Especially Electric Lime (view), Havana (view), Milan (view), Mysteria (view), Shanghai (view) and Sugar Plum (view).

Heucherella Golden Zebra (view) and Sweet Tea (view).

The new 2010 Echinaceas are looking great as well. Hot Lava (view), Flame Thrower (view) and Tomato Soup (view). Firebird (view) will be ready later in August.

What's new and upcoming for 2010: Well, plenty, that's for sure.

Delphinium Summer Cloud - Rounding out our collection of dwarf delphiniums comes this floriferous new bicolor blue and white selection from Benary. Like ‘Summer Nights’, the flowers are vibrant deep blue but have a bright white center. It is the first‐ever bicolor D. grandiflorum, a species that is more heat tolerant and has an earlier bloom time than other delphiniums. Unlike the tall, spiky varieties, this little beauty forms a compact mound of well‐branched foliage. ‘Summer Cloud’ is slightly more compact than others in the series. The bicolor blue and white flowers cover the lacy foliage from early through late summer. Use this plant for edging, in containers, or as a bedding plant.

Echinacea Gum Drop - Huge, dark pink, double, feathery pom-poms are held over broad pink petals on strong stems. A full-sized plant for the middle of the border.


Echinacea Maui Sunshine - Large bright yellow flowers, sweetly scented and floriferous. Mature flowers are a soft yellow. This vigorous plant is well-branched with strong, upright stems.

Echinacea Summer Sun - From hybridizer Kees van de Aardwegh comes this brand new tall, golden orange Echinacea hybrid. Sized for the middle to back of the border, ‘Summer Sun’ combines superbly with ornamental grasses, Helenium, and Hemerocallis. The flowers open red‐orange and then lighten to golden orange as they expand and age. Be sure to cut a few of the fragrant blooms
for your fresh bouquets!


Echinacea Lucky Star - This 2009 Jelitto Perennial Seeds introduction is a white
coneflower bred from the lines of the award winning ‘Rubinstern’. Bright white flowers with an orange-yellow cone and horizontally held petals are produced on upright stems from midsummer to early fall. This is a sturdy, long‐lived variety that is a vigorous grower in the landscape.


Heuchera Midas Touch - Yummy, seersuckered, ruffled and fluted foliage of peach and gold. It delivers a fashion statement on a heavily veiled, compact vigorous growing plant.


Heuchera Midnight Bayou - They wanted a purple large leaved Heuchera for the South. Maple-like leaves of purple with black veins provide an excellent foil for silver-leaved and light pink-flowered plants. Leaf color changes with the season from red purple to silvered purple.

Panicum Ruby Ribbons - Soft green foliage emerges in the spring on upright, clumping plants. The foliage takes on a wine red color in early summer, which intensifies as the season progresses. Flowers appear in late summer, followed by ornamental seed heads, which, if left uncut, provide long-lasting winter interest.

Pennisetum Fireworks - Rubrum with flair! The first variegated purple fountain grass. The foliage has midveins of burgundy with hot pink margins.

Pennisetum Caroline - A shorter version of Princess with brilliant purple foliage.

Pennisetum Princess Molly - The second generation of Prince with deep burgundy leaves. Much smaller that its parent making it an ideal plant for tight spaces in the landscape.

Stipa gigantea - Giant Feather Grass - A fine textured grass with grey-green foliage, reaching up to 2 feet. Amazing golden spikelets appear early summer and shoot high above the foliage up to 8 feet!

And, there will be more to list, but this is just a teaser for all you plant fanatics out there.

June 6, 2009

June Snow

It's now June, and, of course, what's June without some snow? Here's a short video of some snow today.

May 20, 2009

New Coneflowers for 2010

As stated in last nights post I would release a couple of the new echinacea varieties for 2010. Here they are...

Echinacea 'Hot Lava' PPAF PVR
Wide petals of deep orange red tint to a deeper red at the orange cone. Extra petals give this plant a fuller look and the super-strong stems make it a natural for cut flowers.

Echinacea 'Maui Sunshine' PPAF PVR

Large bright yellow flowers, sweetly scented and floriferous. Mature flowers are a soft yellow. Vigorous, well-branched stems are featured on this upright plant. Showy orange cones with green backgrounds (great for cutting and drying).

May 19, 2009

New Heucheras For 2010

I recently received some exciting news regarding new Heuchera introductions available for spring 2010. I've listed the new items with their description below. They should be available at Circle H Growers next spring and will be posted to the website as I get further product information for early ordering.

NOTE: Will post info regarding new Echinacea varieties tomorrow.


Heuchera 'Autumn Leaves' PPAF PVR
Truly a four-seasons plant, ‘Autumn Leaves’ changes its personality as the days grow longer. Mid-sized leaves of red in the spring , taupe in summer, and ruby red in the fall, put on a show in any season. The H. villosa and H. americana parentage will help with heat and humidity tolerance. Try this plant in fall containers with mums and kale. Ed's note: Absolutely beautiful! A MUST have.

Heuchera 'Electric Lime' PPAF PVR
This is the big sister to ‘Electra’. Sporting red veins in cool temperature on huge leaves, the lime-tinted foliage forms a tight mound and has the bonus of attractive stems of densely packed, white flowers. The strong H. villosa and H. americana parentage will help with heat and humidity tolerance.

Heuchera 'Havana' PPAF PVR
Dense wands of cerise pink flowers glow, like the end of Fidel’s cigar. These dance to the Cuban beat over swirling yellow-lime leaves veiled in white. 'Havana’s compact habit and reblooming make it an excellent pot plant. Short flowering stems will fit most rack systems.

Heuchera 'Midas Touch' PPAF EU-derived variety
Yummy, seer suckered, ruffled, and fluted foliage of peach and gold, ‘Midas Touch’ delivers a fashion statement on a heavily veiled, compact vigorous growing plant. Great throughout the year and a special “filler” for autumn-themed baskets.

Heuchera 'Midnight Bayou' PPAF PVR
They wanted a purple large leaved Heuch for the South? They have it with H. ‘Midnight Bayou.’ Maple-like leaves of purple with black veins provide an excellent foil for silver-leaved or pink-flowered plants. Leaf color changes with the season from silvered purple to red purple. The H. villosa heritage adds to the appeal of this bayou-beauty. Ed's note: Gorgeous purple coloring. A MUST have for the heuchera collector and purple lover.

Heuchera 'Milan' PPAF PVR
Milan is all about fashion and so is this charmer with constant bloom of lovely warm pink flowers on short stems over tight mounds of small silver leaves (with a maroon blush when cool). Very flashy! A great show in the front of the border or in mass.

Heuchera 'Mint Julep' PPAF PVR
Short cones of clean-white flowers arise from delectable mint-green and silver leaves. These luscious clumps glow in the shady or dark areas of the garden. Dense habit and has that southern heritage, y’all. Ed's note: Beautiful crisp minty/silvery color.

Heuchera 'Mysteria' PPAF PVR
Lovely ruffled and silvered leaves set the stage for the free-flowering spikes of coral pink flowers. A heat tolerant plant that is no mystery to grow. Easy to grow if given good drainage. A reliable performer and in bloom all summer!

Heuchera 'Shanghai' PPAF PVR
As Shanghai is a beacon to China, so Heuchera ‘Shanghai’ can be an inviting beacon of metallic silver to your garden. Tight mounds of silvery-purple leaves set forth white flowers on dark stems. A lovely presentation for the border. Ed's note: Something like Plum Royale, but different.

Heuchera 'Sugar Plum' PPAF PVR
“Plum delicious” is what I say! Frosty plum-purple leaves make a tight mound of evergreen (Zn. 6 and above) foliage. Silvery pink flowers rise 26 inches above the soil and frequently rebloom. A refreshing sight in summer! Ed's note: A standout for the collector!

And, a new Heucherella as well -
Heucherella 'Golden Zebra' PPAF PVR

Striking bright yellow, feathery leaves are boldly marked with dark-red. Lush foliage and a tight crown make this plant unbeatable for a ground cover or under high branching shrubs. A standout in containers or front of the border. Ed's note: Somewhat like Heuchera Electra - but with larger redish-purple inside margins with the roughly cut shape of the Heucherella leaves. If you like Heucherellas, you'll certainly like this one!

May 17, 2009

Echinacea Flame Thrower Available For Summer Shipping

Received word today that I'll have Echinacea Flame Thrower the first week of June. Which means it should be available for shipping sometime in July. For more information or to order click here.


May 12, 2009

Garden News Videos

Greetings folks! Just thought I'd share these couple of videos from the local news station about gardening in Montana. Both business' are members of the Montana Nursery and Landscape Association as is Circle H Growers.

Visted Cashman's several years ago during the MNLA Fall Tour.
Video #1: Cashman's Nursery in Bozeman

I visited Visser's back in March and what you see in the video is only a small portion of the whole. A pretty impressive operation with approximately 35 greenhouses.
Video #2: Visser's Greenhouse in Manhattan

May 10, 2009

Ramblings

Yesterday the weather ended up pretty nice. The first time in several years for a Mother's Day weekend. Today appears it'll be the same. We started out Saturday morning with a 22°F temp. Colder than it was supposed to be. A few plants got 'fried'. But, I suppose there isn't much a person can necessarily do about that at times. At least I got up about midnight and rolled the racks and carts inside the greenhouse before it got below freezing.

Ended up having some brisk sales yesterday. Much better than expected considering the cool temps. Which is the main reason folks aren't getting too excited to get outside and get going. The weather needs to cooperate much more than it has been. Feels like April weather in May. I suppose when summer hits in June...it'll turn summer immediately and get hot.

Hopefully I'll have the May issue of the 'Gardener's Circle' newsletter done and ready to roll out on Monday morning. I have most of it done, but need to do a few touch ups and additions. I've had a tough time getting it completed and out to folks for various reasons.

I've been getting some interesting calls from customers around the country ordering perennial plants. Dorothy from Pennsylvania called Friday evening and we spent about 45 minutes talking all sorts of gardening. Specifically plants and such. I enjoy getting those type of calls especially if I have the time.

Also received a call from Pat in South Carolina looking for several of the newer coneflowers. She'd been looking all over her neck of the woods, but to no avail. So she ended up calling Terra Nova Nurseries and one of the ladies there gave her a few contacts. She ended up calling me and we talked and discussed coneflowers for about 20 minutes or so. I'm glad I have what she's looking for. And, as soon as the coneflowers are ready, they'll be heading down the road.

Guess I best get going. Need to open shop for those Mother's Day gardeners. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather in the great state of Montana warms up and actually becomes what should be May.

Take care,
Ed

May 5, 2009

Online Perennial Orders Start Shipping

Today I was able to get some of the perennial orders that are ready to roll down the road packed and out. Another shipment is ready to roll out on Wednesday.

I will slowly but surely get through all standing orders and get them on their way as perennials are ready to ship. Currently there are some varieties that need extra growing time to produce a larger plant and root system. When I deem they're ready to go I'll get them packed and on their way.

In any case, most perennials will be shipping this month. Please pay close attention to the 'SHIPS' notation on each perennial variety for any specific shipment timeframe. Items that are currently ready to ship will be notated as NOW.

Thanks much and happy gardening.
Ed

May 3, 2009

Perennial Orders Start Shipping This Week

It appears weather conditions have begun to level off allowing me the chance to actually get perennials moved and located outside. Most have come along quite nicely, while others are a bit further behind than I'd like.

In any case, I've started gathering up orders and items that can ship and will be putting them together, packing them and shipping this week. Some items are doing okay and will be fine once customers receive them and get them planted, but are a bit smaller than I'd like. So I provided a discount on them and those will be noted on the enclosed invoice form. Others may be shorted a few perennials, but those are due to the fact that they're not quite ready. Most notably the coneflower (Echinacea) varieties.

If customers are in doubt as to what perennial items will be available for shipping and when, please view the SHIPS area of each specific item for updates as they will be changing frequently during this time of year.

April 27, 2009

Raspberries, Blueberries & Blackberries

Today I received my order of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries from Nourse Farms. This is the first time I've ordered from this company and I have to say I'm completely sold! What I received is the best I've ever received. The raspberries were fantastic. Beautiful, large, heavily rooted stock. There was one that had a cane that seemed about the size of my thumb. It was huge.

This was the first time I've ordered blueberries as well. I wasn't expecting what I received. Large, heavily rooted stock. They were anywhere from about 18" to 30" tall. All I can say is SUPER!

Also ordered in some blackberries that are rated for a zone 4 growing area. So, I'm going to give them a try and see what happens. Would be great if this variety actually works for us here in the rocky mountain west. One never knows, so you have to give things a shot once in awhile.

I've ordered in several batches of raspberries from several companies. I have to say, Nourse puts them all to shame. I will certainly be ordering again. I would encourage others to do the same.

April 23, 2009

Two New Heucheras Coming Soon

Also new for 2009 are Heucheras Berry Smoothie and Fire Chief.

Berry Smoothie will be arriving the first part of May and will be ready for sale around the first week of June. To learn more or order click here.




Fire Chief will be arriving around mid-June and will be available for sale around mid-July. To learn more or order click here.


Coral Reef Coneflowers Arrive

I have great news for the coneflower lovers out there. Especially when it comes to the newest coneflowers that are hitting the market this season. Echinacea Coral Reef arrived today! These will be available for sale somewhere around the June timeframe. To learn more or to order click here.

From Summer To Winter In A Day

Last weekend in Colorado they ended up with 3-feet of spring. Well, here we are on Thursday. The day started out fairly nice and got up to around 50°F earlier in the day. However, it didn't take long and by noon we had snow flying and the temperatures dropped to around 32°F. Don't know of too many other places in the U.S. that we can go from Summer most of the week to Winter in under a days time. I figure we ended up with approximately 1" of snow altogether. Tough to fully know for sure other than with the measured moisture content, due to melting. But I did snap a couple of pics to show we did get some snow this afternoon.

The pansies with a blanket of snow


Trees and shrubs showing their snow

Tuesday, Trees & Shrubs Arrive

This Tuesday the first load of trees and shrubs for the 2009 season arrived at sunrise. Actually, I was just finishing up brushing my teeth a little after 6a, when the phone rang and I knew it was the truck driver. He got himself a bit lost due to one of those wonderful electronic direction finders. He later told me that he ends up getting lost more often than not because of it and he should just throw it out.



In any case, at around 7:30a, my help showed up to unload nearly 300 trees and shrubs - including my retired neighbor Steve. Which is always nice.



Tuesday's weather was sunny and warm - we hit 77°F for the high - which was great, as folks were out and about and picking some things up already. Though our spring selling season doesn't hit until around Mother's Day to Memorial Day. Folks are getting antsy and ready to get out and get yards and gardens cleaned and planted, but they must be careful. This is Montana and we can see snow at any time of the year, as well as frost.

April 5, 2009

Coral Reef Coneflower

Great news for the coneflower lovers out there. I'll be one of the first retail growers for 2009 to be able to offer the NEW Echinacea Coral Reef for sale to home gardeners this year. I'll be receiving them the week of April 20th from the breeder and they should be ready to roll to a garden near you towards the end of May to the first part of June. If you'd like to pick up this HOT coneflower for your garden, or to learn more, you can do so by Clicking here.

April 2, 2009

Perennials Arriving

Several varieties of Sedum plugsThe first major batch of perennials plugs arrived today. Received over 1,200 this afternoon. Anywhere from the ajugas to violas. And, more are yet to come.

Tomorrow that means we'll continue to pot them up for growing on Ajugas, Columbines and moreand cranking up the second greenhouse until the weather starts cooperating a bit more so they can then be moved outside. From looking at the forecast, looks like we'll be hitting the 50's. But, of course, with the added benefit of some snow showers inbetween. Well, what do you expect for springtime in the rockies?

I'm really hoping this weather, 'er global warming, actually Creeping phlox, rudbeckia, Irish moss, salviawarms up. I need to get the trees, shrubs and perennials that have been wintered over from 2008 uncovered and straightened out before this seasons trees and shrubs arrives. That's like in a couple short weeks. And, that'll be here before I know it.
Ligularia Little Rocket
Ed

March 29, 2009

10-Inches of Spring

Like the title says, "10 inches of spring." Woke up this morning to discover we had approximately 1.5" of the white winter-time slick maker coming down from the heavens above. It snowed all day and we ended up with roughly 10 inches altogether. Quite a lot for this time of year.

Normally this is the time of year where we get the vast majority of snow pack in the mountains, but not usually this much in the valleys. Today was a different story.

I went out to the greenhouse and got caught up on my seed starting. More tomatoes and some flowers such as aster and thunergia. Also have most of the pepper varieties transplanted for growing on.

Overall an interesting 'spring' day.

Catch you soon,
Ed

March 24, 2009

Geraniums Arrive & New Coneflower Updates

The rooted geranium cuttings arrived today to get potted up in 4.5", 6" and 10" containers. Didn't expect them until tomorrow, but I at least got the 6" and 10" containers potted up and out of the way. Wednesday, Sandy and I will get started on getting all the 4.5" ones potted up and done.

In any case, received 1,044 rooted cuttings today. A far cry from the 40,000 Visser Greenhouses does. But it's more than enough to keep me busy and fill up the greenhouse floor.

Also received confirmation from Terra Nova Nurseries today on the perennials I'll Tiki Torch Coneflowersbe receiving the week of April 6. I'll be getting in the new echinaceas from them. Mac 'n' Cheese, Pink Poodle and Tomato Soup. As well as the extremely hot Tiki Torch. Make sure you check them out. They'll be hot commodities and in short supply. If you can find them. I'll be growing them in larger pots so the perennial and coneflower lovers can get a larger plant. And, I may even grow some in the smaller 3.5" pots as well.

Also coming will be new Heucheras - Electra, Lime Marmalade, and Plum Royale.
Heucherella Sweet Tea, Ligularia Dragon's Breath and Tiarella Mystic Mist.

I've also received hopeful information that the newest echinaceas Coral Reef, Firebird, Flame Thrower and Tangerine Dream should be arriving in the May to June time frame. So if all goes well, those will be ready for shipping by this coming summer.

Take 'er easy,
Ed

2009 Growing Season Begins

The growing season for spring 2009 officially began on March 3rd. I got spikes Pepper seedlings ready for transplantingand vinca vine in that day from High Country Growers in Helena.

By March 7, I started some seeding. First batch of tomatoes, lupine, celery, peppers and onions.

The week of March 9, we ended up having some pretty cold weather roll down from Canada. Although it's not completely unheard of for that to happen this time of year, it wasn't welcome either. I ended up having to call a couple of the plant suppliers and have them hold that weeks shipment until the following week as I didn't want to receive frozen plants that couldn't be salvaged. We ended up having single digit to -1°F temperatures. It was chilly, but the wood stove in the house makes up for it.

Weather conditions leveled out the week of March 16, and on the 18th I received the tuberous begonia and fuchsia starts. Those are now all potted up for growing on.

Yesterday, Sandy and I went over to Manhattan to visit Jay Visser at Visser Greenhouses and check out his operation. My retail nursery is small compared to that one. It has nearly 35 greenhouses - most roughly 200 feet long by about 40 feet wide - and they're going full steam ahead. They have lots to do and plenty to fill. I'll post some pics as soon as I get them uploaded from the camera.