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.
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.
Mine are own root in 3-gallon containers, $20 each.
Today is Alachua County Farmers’ Market day till 1:00.
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.
I’m at the Union Street Farmers Market in downtown Gainesville tonight 4:00 7:00.
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.
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).
Alachua County Farmer’s Market today till 1:00. See you soon!
“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.
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.
Alachua County Farmers’ Market today till 1:00. See you soon!
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.
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.
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.
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).
I’m at Alachua County Farmers’ Market today till 1:00.
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).