Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Native Plants for Native Bees (Pollinators)

The best thing you can do for Bees and pollinators is not use any systemic pesticides or fungicides.

Any item sold to last all season, weed n feed, rose fungicides, any long term protectant is going to effect your bees!!

Don't buy any plants that are raised with them.
 A bit harder because nurseries are rarely organic. 
If it looks perfect it has pesticides on it.
Buy Local. Ask questions.

Native plants should be your first choice to help our native bees. Listed below are some plants that are good sources of nectar or pollen for bees. This list is not exhaustive; there are many other plants good for bees. Individual species have not been included. They do represent plants that will grow in a variety of environments. Call us for individual variety suggestions and availability

Agastache -Anise Hyssop
Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia
Clethra- Summer Sweet
Currant - Ribes
Elderberry- Sambucus sp.
Goldenrod- Solidago
Helianthus sp.
Huckleberry- Vaccinium
Hypericum sp.
Joe-pye weed - Eupatorium
Phlox paniculata- garden phlox
Penstemon - Penstemon
Purple coneflower - Echinacea
Rhododendron -Rhododendron
Sage - Salvia
Sedum sp.
Scorpion-weed- Phacelia
Snowberry - Symphoricarpos
Stonecrop - Sedum
Sunflower - Helianthus
Wild buckwheat - Erigonum
Wild-lilac - Ceanothus
Willow- Salix

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fall Peony Planting--Bartzella Itoh Peony and Herbaceous Peonies

Bartzella Itoh Peony

We will have roots for Bartzella @ $38. They will be available early October through the 20th. It is an excellent time to get them established & in the ground for a Spring show. These extra large roots bloom for us the 1st spring, with many more the 2nd season.

 Paeonia 'Bartzella'

Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Common Name: Peony-Intersectional

Considered by many to be Roger Anderson’s best Intersectional Peony introduction. We have to agree, this plant gets a gold star in our book!
A mature plant of ‘Bartzella’ is incredibly elegant looking, with flowers neatly spaced on the top and sides of the clump. Established clumps can produce 80 or more flowers apiece! The semi-double to double, pastel yellow flowers have a small rose purple flare in the center and a pronounced sweet fragrance. They measure 6-8 inches across on average.
Healthy green foliage similar to that of a tree peony forms an impressively sturdy clump to 3ft tall and wide. Unlike some garden peonies, the foliage of this plant looks great from spring through fall and is substantial enough to be grown in place of a small shrub in the landscape.
Intersectional peonies are a relatively new class of Paeonia created by crossing herbaceous garden types with woody tree types. They are often called “Itoh Peonies” because the original cross was first made successfully by Japanese nurseryman Mr. Toichi Itoh in 1948. Sadly, he passed away before ever seeing one of his crosses bloom. Since that time, other hybridizers have continued his work including American breeder Roger Anderson.
Intersectional Peonies offer the best qualities of both garden and tree peonies combined including:
  • Very large, tree peony-like flowers in colors not previously seen in herbaceous types
  • Healthy, herbaceous foliage similar to tree peonies but with a robust, bushy habit that does not require staking
  • Strong, herbaceous stems that hold the flowers upright even after a heavy rain; makes a better landscape plant than older herbaceous peonies
  • A longer bloom time due to additional flowers being produced on side shoots
  • Extreme winter hardiness like herbaceous types but with increased vigor
  • Price is $38 each these large unique roots- spring potted price $50
 That is the best time to plant them in the Fall. These large woody tuber should go right into the ground with the buds no more than 2 " deep. Plant in plenty of rich soil and compost.
Itoh Peony Bartzella (Yellow) $38 - potted for spring sales $50
(these non grafted crosses with tree peonies, very impressive)

White Maxima Festiva and 'Coral Charm' Peony roots @$15