|Wishing all our
customers a happy new year......
Let gardening be your escape and joy
Remember ....Old Gardeners never die, they just
|All the Catalogues
for 2024 have been updated.
See the Catalogue for a list
of all (so far, may add more)
|As we finish
ordering for spring we will put up the new
For now here are next years Dahlias!
|Every fall make sure
to give extra water to your evergreens,
especially if recently planted, in a wind swept
location or if the fall has been dry (as this
year has). This can greatly help winter survival
and prevent browning.
HERE !!! As usual we have top
sized Amaryllis Bulbs along with
Paper-Whites for your Christmas or just winter
enjoyment. If you have pre-Ordered we have set
them aside for you and will get emails out to
you soon.....we continue to be open 6 days a
week from 10 am to 6 pm. Still plenty of fall
bulbs in stock to really create wow factor in
your early spring garden.
As the planting season winds down we are
preparing for winter and planning for spring.
New items will be added to our website by Mid
November. Availability will be left on the site
|The Last Wild Wednesday Sale has
Tulips planted later in October are less
likely to be disturbed by squirrels.
Scilla, Muscari, and Snowdrops (Galanthus)
are among the many small bulbs squirrels do
Now is a great time to plant your Daffodils
(again squirrel resistant).
|Wow what a Wednesday Sept 27th!
Thanks to all who came by to share a perfect
day....Next Wednesday Oct 4th will be our last
big sale day this year....
Sedum Autumn Joy look good for so long in your
gardens....a bee favourite.
|Another great Wild Wednesday
Watch this space Tuesday for next Wednesday's
Think about your bulbs! Selection is getting
lower as items sell out
our Bulb Catalogue here
Fall Crocus planted now will bloom in late
At right is Crocus zonatus
|Most of the Fall
Bulbs have arrived!!
More will be arriving in about 2 weeks or so...
We have some blend packages to make choosing
Fairy Garden Mix is shown at left and would be
ideal for forcing or in an early spring
The Amaryllis will come mid October.
|What a wet summer! This must be
what gardening in England is like!
We are getting ready for our Fall Bulb shipment.
Tentative date is Sept 1st or so....more likely
the week after Labour Day. See our Fall
Bulb catalogue for a sneak preview.
Tulip Artist shown at right
|Our Lotus has bloomed!!!
On July 19th it opened, and it is spectacular.
We will take tentative reservations for next
Lotus like warm not very deep water and at least
6 hours of sun to bloom.
Ours has a second flower stalk developing...
so maybe another in 2-3 weeks.
|First Day of Summer! Wow spring
goes fast around here, so busy.
Peony Do Tell
continue to be a big hit!
If you email us with amount and ideally who the
gift is for, we will email back an invoice. Once
that is paid (yes we love e transfer or use a
credit card over the phone) we will email a PDF
copy of the certificate.
|Certain items are
already getting ordered quickly.
We suggest you reserve early for Clematis, Roses
and fancy Peonies.
years catalogues are all posted.
Availability as a PDF is posted.
We are compiling a shrub and tree order for
spring, please email any requests.
There are many shrubs in Availability starting
the plants are put to bed for the winter, now it
is time for some Christmas pot
decorations.....start with a pot full of fairly
dry earth, add branches, pine boughs, Hydrangea
dry flowers or whatever you prefer. Water well
only once it is in place (easier to move dry).
Here Lynn and Amber put the finishing touches on
their pot...as we think about how to run a
workshop next year.
Plans are being made for workshops for 2023.
Some will be craft types, some demonstrations of
gardening techniques, discussion of plant
choices and so on.
of season bulb planting....come spring look for
some impressive bulb displays down the west side
of Greenhouse 1 and in the lower field in front
of the hedge. When we plant bulbs we plant lots!
Daffodils and Hyacinths with red Tulips by the
have finally arrived.....and they are selling
Better late than never, both Amaryllis and
Paper-Whites are finally here.
Both make wonderful additions to your Christmas
decor. Amaryllis also make great gifts.
|As you pull out
your Dahlias check out the Selections for
Spring Tubers and
lazy daisies of summer......lots of Daisies,
Echinacea (purple cone flower), Black-eyed
Susan's and more to have colour all summer long
in your sunny areas.
Daylilies are in full swing and the re-blooming
types are so nice.
Come for a visit even if it is just to get
at left is Hemerocallis Space Coast Better Late
|Pond plants have
arrived. Lots of Water Hyacinth, Water Lettuce,
Water Lilies, marginals and oxygenators for you
|Open for the season, ready or
Customers are now welcome to come and visit the
nursery and see the greenhouses as well as shop
for seeds and bulbs.
While supply chains are certainly strained we
have a great selection of plants we are growing
for the 2022 planting season. See the Catalogue
page for more info
|This Mambo Amaryllis photo came
to us from someone who received the bulb as a
It has 10 blooms.
In fall we get some of the biggest Amaryllis
bulbs you have ever seen.
Once flowers are finished, cut of flower stocks
and fertilize. By summer let plant completely
dry out. We pull out of the pots and re-pot in
fall. Or simply start again with new bulbs.
|A busy time on the
web site......new pages for;
Corms and Tubers
including Begonias, Dahlias, Glads, Lilies and
varieties we hope to get
Hosta in all
sorts of sorts from alphabetical to size
more to come keep checking for updates
continue to work on the web site and all the
photo catalogues....staying warm as best we can.
The greenhouses are empty and we will start
planting in late February.
Tree peony Kamata-nishiki
|The Amaryllis have
Amaryllis make great gifts.
That means all the bulbs have arrived.
There is still a great selection of Daffodils,
Hyacinth and small lawn bulbs. Tulips are almost
all sold, but still a few varieties remain.
Bulbs can be planted as long as the ground is
not frozen, however they will grow better if
planted by the end of October.
|Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs!!!! Over 15,000
bulbs are here in the store....Fancy
Daffodils, crates of Daffodils, Hyacinths,
Tulips, Allium, Crocus....almost everything
At Right are the crated
Daffodils Tulips and Hyacinths.
Some are still available, most were
pre-ordered in the spring for large
blooming Crocus have arrived......
These bulbs will most likely bloom this year
if planted by the end of September
The Crocus Sativus are saffron crocus.....
A little goes a long way!!!
The stamens are plucked and dried and are used
in many dishes.
There will be more bulbs such as Tulips and
Daffodils along with many other odd ball types
|Gentians on the left and
Leucanthemum / Daisy
Real Dream on the right.....great flowers to
brighten up the late summer garden.......
|What a difference
18 days make!!!
Pond plants have arrived. We carry a limited
selection of Water Lilies, Papyrus, Water
Hyacinth, Water Lettuce and a few more items.
this is why we caution people about early
planting. Many plants are just fine when late
snow arrives. Some plants fresh out of the
greenhouse can suffer, although perennials will
almost always survive.
Clematis, Astilbe, Echinacea, Ferns, Hosta,
Kirengeshoma and Rodgersia are perennials for
which we are very cautious about spring frosts.
|Getting ready for
opening day next Tuesday April 20th.....this
warm weather has made everyone ready to buy,
however when planning back in September we
planned for the usual timing for our perennials.
This means our young plants still need TLC until
well into May.
Everything is growing fast and looks great. We
are reserving paid for plants via email
and will have extensive curbside business
as well as limited browsing as we did last year
(10 to 4 Tuesday to Saturday).
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availability and seasonal sales. We are not one
of those weekly types but send maybe 8-10 per
FALL We are closed for the winter. We will sell
some seeds and potting soil starting in late
February. We will open for the season April 20th
This is a photo of some fall crocus we planted
Oct 1st this year. They have been blooming for 2
weeks so far. We will again sell the bulbs in
late summer next year....
|Sedum are a mainstay of the fall
garden....the image is of an older Sedum Autumn
Joy. Planted about 8 years ago. Sedum can get
floppy if they are in too much shade or
sometimes when they get old. Very drought
tolerant the foliage sometimes turns yellow if
too much water has been given. It is a good
plant to split every 5-9 years or so, but wait
till spring. We have a large selection of Sedum
still available....see our Sedum Catalogue
tiny frog can rest easily on the Water Hyacinths
in one of our small ponds. Bees also sometimes
use water plants to rest on.
This pond is over 24 years old and still looking
great. One liner replacement and we have
replaced the top boards once.
watering regularly. For best results water
thoroughly in the early morning. Deep watering
less often will encourage roots to go deeper and
plants to establish better. Monarda and Summer
Phlox often get powdery mildew, and evening
watering leaving the foliage moist overnight is
a major cause. The best Monarda I have ever
grown was around a leak in the sprinkler system.
Soaker-hoses also suit Monarda and tall Phlox.
|We are continuing with allowing
customers to browse and also curbside pickup.
All the perennials look great.
With the current Covid situation we have made
the difficult decision not to bring any
additional Trees, Fruit Trees or Shrubs in this
This will allow us to concentrate on our core
business of selling perennials.
We will continue to operate with only family
members for all of 2020.
|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
|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.
|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.
|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
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
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
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!).
|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.