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Lady Banks Rose

Guess what’s gonna be blooming its little heart out in about two months? The Lady Banks Rose!

Rosa banksiae is a species rose that was discovered in the early 1800s. She’s a little different than most roses in that she’s evergreen and nearly thornless. She’s also a once-bloomer that puts on a heck of a show for about six weeks in late winter/early spring. R. banksiae ‘Lutea’ blooms clusters of yellow flowers and R. banksiae var. banksiae has white bloom clusters. The clusters may be small, but the sheer number of them makes up for that.

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She grows great in sun to part shade (yes, part shade), but give her plenty of room cause she can get to 20′. Her natural arching form is perfect for growing on a fence, arbor, pergola, etc.

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Mine are own root in 3-gallon containers, $20 each.

Today is Alachua County Farmers’ Market day till 1:00.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Dianthus ‘Telestar’ Mix

Dianthus is such a pretty little plant. It’s a great cool season annual for your sun/part sun garden. The are awesome in containers or in the ground. Just make sure they have good drainage.

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This is the Telestar mix that grows about 1′ tall and wide. To me they have a peppery fragrance. Keep them deadheaded and they’ll keep blooming till about June. $2/4″ container

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I’m at the Union Street Farmers Market in downtown Gainesville today 4:00 – 7:00.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera daisy! Love, love, love these little pretties. They’re perennials, grow about 2′ tall and wide, like part sun to part shade, do great in well drained soil in the garden or in containers. The flowers are also great cut flowers. $4 each.

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I’m at the Union Street Farmers Market in downtown Gainesville tonight 4:00 7:00.

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See you soon.

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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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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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

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Dancing Girl Ginger

Dancing Girl Ginger, Globba winitii. Low maintenance, very easy to grow perennial for your shade/part shade garden. Great in containers or in the ground. Grows about 2′ tall and wide. Is one of the last plants to break dormancy in the spring, so be patient. Zones 8 – 11. These beautiful flowers repeat bloom late spring until frost.

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I’m at the Alachua County farmers market till 1:00 today. It may be raining, but we’re under cover so you’ll stay nice and dry.

Don’t forget about my seminar at 10:00 on how to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs