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


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'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,

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.

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.