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