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Container Gardens

Good Saturday morning!

Looking for something to brighten up your porch or balcony? These pretty container gardens chock full of cool season annuals are prefect for that.

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Give them sun/part sun and they’ll give you tons of blooms and fragrance till May or June. The containers are reusable, so I can repot them for you with warm season annuals when these quit blooming.  $15 each.

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I’m at Alachua County Farmers’ Market till 1:00 today.

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If you’re interested in the containers but can’t make it to the market, keep in mind that I deliver in the Jacksonville to Gainesville area. I’ll also create custom containers for you using either your existing containers or containers I supply.

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Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Ladybugs

Let me introduce to you one of the good guys of the garden: the awesome ladybug. Got aphids or scale or mealybugs on your plants? Instead of using chemicals to kill them, let nature take its course and the ladybugs will come in and eat up all those bad bugs. Yep, nature is awesome.

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Alachua County Farmers market today till 1:00.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Petunias

Petunias. Another nice cool season annual that comes in so many beautiful colors. Give them sun to part sun, deadhead the faded blooms, protect from hard freezes, and they’ll give you wave after wave of gorgeous trumpet shaped blooms till it gets too hot in early summer. Great in containers, hanging baskets, or garden beds.

$2/4″ container. $15/12″ container garden (petunia, violas, and snapdragon).

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Alachua County Farmer’s Market today till 1:00. See you soon!

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Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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‘Diamond Frost’ Euphorbia

“Diamond Frost” Euphorbia is so very pretty. It’s a very long blooming plant that doesn’t mind our heat and can take quite a bit of cool weather. Technically it’s a perennial, but I have customers who say it’s bloomed year round during warm winters.

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Sun to part sun. Beautiful mounding/trailing habit makes it great in raised beds, hanging baskets, or containers. Also does just fine and dandy in your garden beds. Grows 1 – 2′ tall and wide. No need to deadhead … just give it a haircut if it gets too leggy.  $5.00/1-gallon.

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Alachua County Farmers’ Market today till 1:00. See you soon!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Pansies

One of the plants that most signifies cooler weather is the pansy. Who can resist that cute little face looking back at you? Not only are they cute, they’re tough too. I’ve had them survive temps in the low 20s, covered with ice, only to bounce back once it warms up a bit.

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Give them sun to part sun, deadhead spent flowers, a haircut if they get too leggy, and they’ll be perfectly happy in your garden beds or containers. They bloom their little heads off till about May or June.

3″ containers are $1.00 each.

Alachua County Farmers’ Market today till 1:00.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Sweet Alyssum

I love, love, love sweet alyssum, Lobularia maritima. It’s a beautiful little cool season annual that doesn’t stop blooming till it gets hot again. Great as a border plant in your garden beds, container plantings, and hanging baskets. It gets about 10″ tall with a trailing habit of about 1′. And, to make it an even cooler plant … it has a very sweet honey fragrance! What more could you want! I have them in 3″ containers for $1/each.

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Sweet alyssum and petunias
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Sweet alyssum

The pics show some ideas on how to use sweet alyssum. I especially love using sweet alyssum mixed with Swiss chard (I have that in stock also).

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Sweet alyssum and Swiss chard
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Sweet alyssum

I’m at Alachua County Farmers’ Market today till 1:00.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Swiss Chard “Bright Lights”

Good chilly morning. It’s a cold start to the Alachua County Farmers’ Market, but at least the sun’s shining.

More cool season plants for you today: Swiss chard “Bright Lights” is edible, but I love to use it as an ornamental because of its beautiful colored stems and veins. Snapdragons, violas, delphinium, sweet alyssum, pansies, and mints (spearmint, peppermint, apple mint, pineapple mint, mojito mint).

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Mints
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Swiss chard "Bright Lights"
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Violas
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Pansies, sweet alyssum, snapdragons
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Delphinium

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Cool Season Annuals

Good morning! Guess what … it’s cool season annual time already. I have snapdragons, sweet alyssum, pansies, delphinium, and violas ready to go home with you.

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"Blue Butterfly" Delphinium

Isn’t the delphinium above beautiful! It’s “Blue Butterfly”, a smaller growing delph to about 2′. Likes sun/part sun. Deadhead for continued blooms. The color is gorgeous: purple/blue with pinky splotches on the tips of the blooms.

3″ containers are $1.00 each and 4″ containers are $2.00 each.

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Pansies, violas, snaps, sweet alyssum, delphinium

I’m at Alachua County Farmers’ Market today till 1:00.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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“Old Blush” Rose

“Old Blush” rose. Isn’t that pretty! China/Bengale rose bred before 1793. Pink/dark pink, semi-double to double blooms. Moderate fragrance. Blooms in flushes throughout the year. 4-7′ tall and wide. Sun/part sun. Zones 6a – 10b. Low maintenance rose that rarely needs spraying. Own root. $20.00/3-gallon.

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Alachua County Farmers’ Market today till 1:00. See you soon.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Firespike

Good Saturday morning. I’m at Alachua County Farmers Market till 1:00 today. It’s a beautiful morning for the market!

Featured plant today is “Firespike,” Odontonemia cuspidatum. How cool are those flowers. This is a tropical looking shrub that also attracts hummers and butterflies. What’s really cool is it blooms fall and winter when not many other nectar plants are blooming.

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It grows about 8′ tall x 4′ wide. Perfect for your part sun/part shade garden. Semi-evergreen perennial in zones 8 – 11. It’ll die back to the ground in a hard freeze but reliably comes back from its roots in spring. Can be pruned in mid-February to control the size.

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Florida friendly plant. $5.00/1-gallon

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Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs