|Many people are
inquiring about how we are managing and if we
We are going ahead with all of the usual
planting, in fact more than usual as we sold out
of so many varieties in 2019. Usually we would
hire on extra labour to help with planting and
spring clean-up but this year my daughter Lynn
and I are sloughing away at planting over 7,000
new plants. We are over half way done. We will
have about 4,000 older more mature perennials
that seem to have wintered very well. All of our
suppliers were in a hurry to get it all shipped
to us before things shut down. Warmer than usual
temperatures have been a help.
We are still planning to open April 20th as
usual. We will assess closer to the date how
possible that is. We will do as much sanitation
and wipe down as we can. We wear gloves almost
all the time to protect our skin and we suggest
you do as well. We will limit clients to 4 on
property (not counting those waiting in cars).
We will make exclusive appointments for any who
ask, and especially our senior customers.
We are not really equipped for on-line shopping
however on the catalogue
page you will find PDF copies of our
inventory and seed availability. We will do our
best to fill any emailed plant requests. Please
keep in mind that we may take some time to
The most helpful thing our loyal clients could
do would be to continue to shop with us. We have
set up a system for gift certificates that can
be emailed out and paid for by e-transfer or
credit card. It is not likely that we will
receive any kind of government aid due to our
small size and seasonal nature. Please sign up
for our email newsletter or visit our Facebook
page for updates. Laura Tattersall
owner Made in the Shade
2020...about half way through...
Note home made mask to keep dirt out of nose,
apron inside out to keep dirt from pocket, shade
up to keep potting person from getting rained on
in humid greenhouse, very long watering wand
allowing for less aisle space so we can fit more
plants in. In a month it will all be lush and
growing and beautiful.
|Many new catalogues
|Other new plants
include; 5 Echinacea, 5 Heuchera (and lots of
old favourites), 5 Itoh Peonies, 6 regular
Peonies, 5 Sedum, 7 Clematis and Martagon
|Working on on-line
listings for Hosta and many other plants. As a
sneak preview these are some new varieties of
Hosta we have ordered....Amazone, Coloured Hulk,
Diamond Tiara, Humpback Whale, Lady Guinevere,
Lakeside Banana Bay, Mighty Mouse, Nifty Fifty,
Sorbet and Wheee!
|Thanks to all our
customers for a great year. Looking forward to
2020 with increased tree sales, and as usual
lots of new varieties of perennials along with
|Top size Amaryllis
Bulbs produce 2-3 flower stalks the
To get flowers in following years, allow to rest
by drying out completely for at least 6 weeks
(we have done 2 years) then water regularly.
Fertilize after flower for best results, re-pot
every 2-3 years.
ideas.....We have Gift Certificates, Amaryllis
Bulbs and small live Christmas trees available.
We are often here, and can be reached by phone
613-382-8251 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org Hours are by
chance or appointment. Gift certificates can be
send by snail mail or email. Delivery possible
|Spring Bulbs are all here, lots
of choice this year including (but not limited
to) Fritallaria, Allium, Eranthis, Chionodoxa,
Camassia, Muscari, Snowdrops and of course
Tulips and Daffodils.
The first bees we see in spring are on the
Crocus and other early bulbs.....and they give
us lovely early colour before any other flowers
are ready to bloom.
has been updated to reflect sold out varieties.
|Lots going on here at MITS, so
we have not posted for a while. The cool wet
spring has been good to many of our plants, with
a few heat lovers still sulking. Fruit trees,
large Magnolias, Japanese Maples, Hydrangea
vines and flowering shrubs have been popular
items. In perennials the moss Phlox is always a
May favourite, and our Peonies are looking
strong and healthy. Lots of great varieties of
Hosta as usual. The photograph is a new to us
variety called Knautia Thunder and Lightning. A
heat lover for a sunny spot.
|We are prepping for
opening, potting the new stock, wetting our
plants. Opening day will be April 20th....the
Saturday of Easter weekend. Drop by and see all
the new baby plants.
Hosta Link...... pictures to follow soon.
|Pond plants have arrived....
Oxygenators, Water Hyacinth, Water Lettuce,
Hardy Water-Lilies and more.
Waterlilies can be grown in any container that
is at least 15" deep and make a real showstopper
on your patio. As a bonus....they don't need to
be watered all the time.
|Plants are coming
out of the greenhouses ready for planting. We
also have a large quantity of overwintered well
rooted perennials. These are prime stock and
much sought after by knowledgeable landscape
|Many Catalogue items have
been updated...Greenhouses are filling up
and now we are waiting for some warmer temps!!
Opening April 20th.
due to the warm weather combined with the late
arrival of the bulbs we will be open until the
end of October Mon-Sat 9:30 to 4:30
give these wonderful blue spiked flowers in Late
May / Early June. They are about 60 cm (2 feet)
tall and our patches last for about 3 weeks.
These bulbs are very long lived with patches
planted 20 years ago still flowering well every
The foliage can easily be hidden by planting
with a late flowering perennial such as
Black-Eyed Susan or Asters.
Bulbs available now, or in pots come spring.
|New Article about Garden
as well as re-formatting some articles that were
|What great weather
Cool nights, plenty of rain and plants on sale!
Rose floribunda Intrigue, Baptisia
|Still lots of
wonderful plants. We have added some trees at
the request of many clients....as well as a good
selection of shrubs.
|Plants are coming
out of the greenhouses, everything is ready to
go.....Miniature Hosta looking wonderful, and
the cool weather has kept the bulbs in our
gardens fresh and long lasting......
doubles great for that marshy damp location
| And 5 days later......
|June 27, 2016
finishing our yearly inventory count. 1400 Hosta
in 118 varieties. Over 500 Varieties of other
perennials and shrubs in stock.....for roughly
10,000 plants (we keep making more so it is hard
to keep track!).
|May 3, 2016
|Spring is here!! After a slow
start it seems spring might finally be here!!
Plants are coming out of the greenhouses.
|Nov 6, 2014
|After our best year ever, with
great sales growth we are ready for whatever
winter brings us....All plants protected for
winter, orders placed for spring.....Time to
start planning for another great season. Thanks
to all our wonderful customers!!
|Aug 1, 2014
you thought Hemerocallis (Daylilies) only came
in ditch orange, think again. Daylilies come in
stunning colours, and flower for most of the
summer....still lots in stock.
|July 31, 2014
|The Alpine Scree
Garden we started last fall, is really rewarding
us with some terrific displays.
These 3 types of thread leaf Coreopsis
have been blooming for all of July and just don't
seem to be stopping. All 3 varieties wintered well
after being planted in late fall. The new hybrid
Coreopsis do not produce seeds the way the old
varieties did, and so they are welcome additions
Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising' (Red)
Coreopsis 'Sienna Sunset' (Burnt Orange)
Coreopsis 'Zagreb' (Yellow)
|June 24, 2014
|How to plant a
Yucca......use cable ties or
string to collect up the leaves. This prevents
damage to the Yucca flower from handling (and
protects the planter from sharp leaf tips).
|June 24, 2014
|Orchids at Purdon Conservation Area.
Last week we made a pilgrimage to see the
Well worth a visit every couple of years. To get
there travel to Perth then turn north off Hwy 7
onto Hwy #511; follow it through Lanark village.
Travel about 5 km north, turn left onto Watson's
Corners Rd.; follow it for 12 km watch for
signs. Turn right onto concession Rd 8 and
travel 3 km. There is a good boardwalk which
allows you to walk right into the wetlands to
see the 1,000's of Cypripedium regina (Showy
Orchids) along with other orchids, pitcher
plants and much more. Mosquito repellant might
be needed, although the breeze kept them off the
day we were there.
We will be bringing in a very limited number of
Showy Orchids in the fall. Please contact us if
you are interested in reserving one.
We also do windows!! Thanks to Lynn and
Tia who each produced works of art for our
|Lots of wonderful
plants still available. Some of the plants just
coming in to bloom now include; Prunella,
Salvia, Iris, Hemerocallis (Daylilies), Astilbe,
Tradescantia, Astrantia, Clematis, Van-Houtti
Spireas, all of the Roses including Climbing,
Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Explorers.
Tree Peony 'Shima Nishiki' in bloom.
greenhouses are full of plants now, the bad
weather caused a delay to the start of our
potting season, but everything is quickly
catching up, to be ready for the spring planting
Look for updates to the catalogue page in the next
Opening day is April 20th!!
|We are very
excited about the new pond at the back of the
property. It will be used for trials of pond
plants, over-wintering waterlilies, and also
just for the pure fun of having a pond! Lots of
wildlife have already been attracted, including
a visit from a local Heron and a large
population of frogs. (Less after the Heron
|Aug 1, 2013
|Did you know we sell Ornamental
grasses? We have
large quantities of high quality ornamental
|March 20, 2013
The first round of planting was just finished
when we got yet more snow...Conditions were
perfect so we made a snow-lady, complete with
Made in the Shade pink dress.
The greenhouses are
full, with lots of new items, including a good
selection of Itoh Peonies, Tree Peonies, lots of
Hosta, Daylilies and so much more.
Opening day is
April 20th but visitors are welcome Mon to Fri
9-5 if you just need a dose of growing things.
Weekend visits should be arranged by email.
|What's in Bloom;
In the Shade....Actea
Chelone (Turtlehead), Ligularia, Plumbago,
In the Part
Shade ... Japanese Anemone,
Summer Phlox, Black-Eyed-Susan
Sun.... Russian Sage, Sedum,
Joe-Pye Weed, Helenium, Heliopsis,
Buddleia, Roses, Chrysanthemums,
|May 28, 2011
new pond at the front is working very
well and is now stocked with Water-Lilies,
Pickerel Lilies, Miniature Bullrushes, Marsh
Marigolds, Water Hyacinths and Water-Lettuce.
|May 28, 2011
Rain Rain.....and a visitor to the nursery. This
painted turtle came through right beside the
patio behind the house. Perhaps it was trying to
get to drier land? Certainly it was at least 500
ft from anything remotely resembling a pond.
All the rain we
have had this spring has made for lots of lush
growth on our plants...and very little watering
|May 19, 2011
in Bloom. Brunnera are still going
strong, as are the primula's. The Aubrieta's and
Arabis (Rockcress) are pretty and the Moss Phlox
is starting. The Anemone blanda we potted up has
been blooming for over a month now, and the
Cammasia are about to bloom. The late tulips we
planted in the front garden are spectacular and
loving the cool weather. There are lots more
varieties in bloom to see when you visit.
|April 29, 2011
the season. Greenhouses are
stuffed, with lots of new varieties to choose from
as well as old favorites. In blom now are
Hepaticas, Brunnera, English Bluebells and
Trilliums as well as many more just about ready to
In the gardens the daffodils are just starting
their display, and the scilla, chinodoxa crocus
and other small lawn bulbs are putting on a
The four year old in the picture was enjoying
herslf in a sea of Scilla in her backyard this
|May 26, 2010
Tree Peony in bloom in the garden.
This is a Paeonia suffruticosa 'Shimadaijin'
(Island Minister) blooming in my garden today. It
was planted two years ago. The flower is about the
size of a cereal bowl. The tree peonies prefer a
location with good light but some protection from
the hot mid day sun. They will slowly grow to
waist high. A beautiful specimen for your
partially shaded border.
There are still 4 left for sale, hurry though,
they won't last long!
|May 22, 2010
traditionally the weekend your frost worries are
over and a great time to get out in the garden.
Most of our new stock is out of the greenhouses
and ready to plant. The irises are blooming like
mad, and it's all much more stunning in person.
We're open 10 to 6 all weekend.
|April 20, 2010
2 is full of plants for the sun, as well as some
spillover shade loving plants. Hosta First Frost
on the right is this years Hosta of the Year, and
this photo taken on the 18th shows how big and
full the plants are already.
|January 24, 2010
|Getting Ready for Planting.
During the winter we prepare for spring planting.
On of the chores is getting pro-mix down into
greenhouse #3. As you can see, we like to combine
work with play, using our wheel-barrow sled. This
is also the time of year we make the new catalogue
and do our planning for the coming season. Plans
are in the works for a booth at the up-coming
Garden Show in Kingston, March 5-7.
|October 3, 2009
|October is great
month for Ornamental Grasses. They
provide interest through the fall and all winter
long with their tall stalks and plumes.
Many perennials are still going strong in October
with vibrant blooms to brighten your garden. Come
in and see the display stock blooming now -- we're
open 6 days a week until the end of the month
(except Thanksgiving Weekend).
The foliage on many plants like this Brunnera
lasts well into the fall with sharper contrasts
under the greyer fall skies.
|May 17, 2009
|The new Made in the
Shade Perennials Inc. web site went on-line today,
so watch this space for news about what's
happening at the nursery, which plants are
blooming this week, and what's on special.