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Dinner Plate Hibiscus

Is that pretty or what? It’s a hardy hibiscus aka dinner plate hibiscus, Hibiscus moscheutos. It’s called hardy hibiscus cause it’s a true perennial in this area, meaning it goes dormant in the winter and reliably comes back in the spring. The “dinner plate” name comes from the size of the blooms: this one’s almost 7″ wide, but they can get up to 12″. They grow 4-6′ tall and about 4′ wide. Sun to part sun is good for them. The blooms come in shades of white, pink, and red.

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I have two left. 1-gallon, both white, $5.99 each.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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New This Week At The Garden Boutique

Happy Friday!

New this week at the garden boutique: Mexican tarragon, dill, fennel, lemon grass, spicy globe basil, Italian plain parsley, Thai basil, cilantro, Siam queen basil, lemon basil, and Simpson’s Stopper.

Tonight is Farmer’s Market, 6:00 – 9:00, rain or shine. Yummy locally grown and organic veggies, breads, honey, and much more. Support your local farmer … it’s the right thing to do.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Custom Container Plantings

These are custom containers I made for a client. Container 1 has Euphorbia, bush daisy, and garlic chives. Container 2 has Gomphrena “Fireworks,” white Mexican Heather, and marjoram. The urn has white Salvia and red Baby Sunrose.

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So you might be thinking “hmm, why are there empty spaces in the containers? Shouldn’t they be chocked full of plants with no empty spaces?” The reason they aren’t chocked full is I use the same space design guideline when container planting as I do when designing garden beds: Design for the mature size of the plant.

The plants will grow quickly and all the empty spaces will be gone soon. But the container won’t be overloaded with plants that have to fight for nutrients and root space and water.

I’ll get my client to send me pics of the containers in a few weeks and I’ll post them so we can see how the plants are filling in.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Little House Of Horrors

Looky what we got in… Venus fly traps!

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I love, love, love carnivorous plants cause they are just too cool. No need to fertilize these babies, nope. They get all the nutrients they need from the bugs they eat.

These cute little guys are in 3-1/2″ containers and are $4.50 each.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Plant of the Week: Lespedeza

Actually we have two plants of the week this time: Lespedeza liukluensis “Little Volcano” and Lespedeza thunbergii “Spring Grove.” Both have the same mounding/arching growth habit, are semi-evergreen, hardy zones 6a – 9b, low maintenance, like sun to part sun, fast growing, drought tolerant once established, and bloom heavy in the Spring and Fall. The difference between the two is size. LV gets a good 8′ x 8′, while SG stays 5 – 6′ tall and wide.

The blooms are a very pretty lavender/purple color that look somewhat like sweet pea blooms. SG’s bloom panicles are 24″ long and LV’s are about 15″ long.

How stunning would these be either as an informal hedge (please do not shear these) or as a single awesome specimen plant in your garden!

We have them in 1-gallon containers $5.99 each.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Cool Stuff in Today…

Got more cool plants in today:

– “Miami Beauty” Anthirium, gorgeous very dark almost burgundy flowers

"Miami Beauty" Anthirium
“Miami Beauty” Anthirium
"Miami Beauty" Anthirium
“Miami Beauty” Anthirium

– “Black Mystic” Cryptanthus. Very cool black/grey/white patterened foliage.

"Black Mystic" Cryptanthus
“Black Mystic” Cryptanthus

– “Pink Starlight” Cryptanthus. How pretty is that foliage!

"Pink Starlight" Cryptanthus
“Pink Starlight” Cryptanthus

– “Fireball” Bromeliad. Dark pink/red and green on this foliage.

"Fireball" Bromeliad
“Fireball” Bromeliad

– ZZ Plant. Very cool, very old plant that’s great in the garden or as an inside plant.

ZZ Plants
ZZ Plants

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Finally…A Gorgeous Weekend!

Good morning!

What are you up to this beautiful weekend?  Don’t forget that the Mardi Gras Dog Parade is today (Saturday) in downtown DeLand and the Indie Market is tomorrow from 11:00 – 6:00 in Artisan Alley.

New plants and herbs came in yesterday:  dill, Apple Mint, Chocolate Mint, cilantro, fennel, lavender, Australian Tree Ferns, Diascia, Cracker Roses, Bush Daisies, Texas Sage, Strawflower, Tall Pentas, Red Shrimp Plant, Jade plants, Correopsis, Rabbit’s Foot Ferns, Angel Wing Begonias, Anthuriums, Geraniums, Supertunias, Blue Daze, and more. So come on over to check everything out!

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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This, That, and The Other

Hello there!  Is everyone as happy as I am that the sun’s been out for a couple of days and there’s actually been blue sky to look at??

I had the best time being the guest speaker at The Garden Club of DeLand’s Sparkleberry Circle meeting last night.  Many thank you’s to the ladies for inviting me.  I thoroughly enjoyed talking with all of you.

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, February 12, is the Wine, Women & Chocolate event in downtown DeLand.  I’m really excited that R&G is now a part of this event.  All ladies coming to the store between 5:30 and 7:30 get 10% off their purchases. It’s gonna be fun!

Have you been to the new shop yet?  It’s pretty cool, if I do say so myself.  lol  And…Gibb’s sitting area got set up, so tomorrow will be his first day back at work as the Garden Boutique mascot.  I’m sure he’d love for you to stop by to say hey.

Lots of nice plants are in stock:  cool season annuals, herbs, veggies, roses, perennials, shrubs, trees, etc.  And more plants get delivered every week.

Did you know that I buy all of my plants from suppliers located in Florida?  Yep, every time you buy a plant from R&G you’re not only helping to support your local Garden Boutique, but you’re also helping to support a local business in Ormond Beach, Apopka, Longwood, DeLand, Gainesville, Christmas, Groveland, Orlando, Eustis, Sorrento, and more.  How cool is that??

Enjoy the sunshine and happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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We’re Back!!

We are back in business! Our new location is 102 S. Artisan Alley in beautiful downtown DeLand. Phone number is the same: 386-310-9081. Hours are Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 9:00 – 6:00; Thursday 9:30 – 6:00; and Friday 9:00 – 9:00; closed Monday and Tuesday.

We have some beautiful cool season annuals in stock: Baby’s Breath, Calendula, Foxglove, Hollyhock, Fragrant Stock, Lupine, and the really cool “Crazy Daisy” Shasta Daisy.

Geraniums, Sunpatiens, Petunias, herbs, and veggies are being delivered Friday.

Along with the above, we have the usual assortment of annuals, perennials, shrubs, roses, trees, organic fertilizers, etc., in stock.

It’s going to take me a few days to get the inside Garden Shop arranged like I want it, so please excuse the mess. And Gibbs won’t be there until I get his sitting area set up…so don’t be disappointed if it’s just me when you pop in. lol I know how much y’all love Gibbs!

I’m very excited about being a part of downtown DeLand. Can’t wait to see all my usual customers and to make new customers. Come see us soon!

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs