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Sweet Alyssum

Pretty little basket of honey-smelling Sweet Alyssum blooming happily all through our cold snaps. No covering needed for this cool season annual! Did you know that Sweet Alyssum, aka Lobularia maritima, is also an excellent nectar plant? Yep, it is. All kinds of beneficial bugs luv visiting this plant: bees, butterflies, wasps, etc. All of that means it’s the perfect little plant for your cool season garden.

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I’ll be making more container gardens and hanging baskets soon. Look for them in R&G’s Neighbourhood Garden Boutique!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

R&G … Your Online Neighborhood Garden Boutique

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Winter butterflies

This is the type of news article I like to see … positive and helpful to our world: Michigan park plants 400k milkweed seeds to help Monarchs

When planting a butterfly garden it’s important to have both host and nectar plants. A “host” is the plant caterpillars eat, and “nectar” is the plant butterflies get nectar from. Milkweed is one of the few plants that is both a host and nectar plant.

In the New Orleans area we have some butterflies who don’t migrate during the winter. That’s why we should plan our butterfly garden to have nectar plants growing and blooming year round. On my little balcony I have Sweet Almond Bush, Aloysia virgata,

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Gulf fritillary on sweet almond bush

and Sweet Alyssum, Lobularia maritima,

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Foxglove and Sweet Alyssum

both of which bloom through the winter and provide nectar for butterflies and other beneficial insects. Plus their blooms are very fragrant, and that makes me very happy.

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