Trowels at the ready!
CLASSIC PLANTASTIC! Plant Sale: June 13-14
Ladies and gentlemen, grab your trowels and get ready to plant. Please join Dan Robarts, Sharmon Provan, the dedicated cadre of Plant Sale volunteers and myself, Diane Walden, for a great plant weekend. We’ve assembled a diverse group of seeds, annuals, perennials, natives, and exotics sure to intrigue both plant geeks and avid beginners alike. We’ll answer as many questions as you can throw at us and will happily gallop about the gardens to show off its wonders and point out mature specimens of various plant sale offerings. Help us grow an even better garden for you and all CMBG visitors! Trowels at the ready!
After surviving the winter of 2015, doesn’t your garden deserve a Costa Rican Butterfly Vine?
Too Gaudy? Several types of Peonies will be on sale; Why not add this classic bloomer to your garden?
Not Gaudy enough? Remember the big weird spiky plants in the Lunaform containers in the Kitchen Garden in 2013? We’ve got them – Solanum quitoense, aka Naranjillo or Lulo Fruit. (Hannaford stocks the fruit!) There is also it’s kissing cousin – Solanum pyracanthum, ‘Porcupine Tomato’
Too mundane? Voilá! Argyreia nervosa – Wooly Morning Glory, aka Hawaiian Woodrose or Silver Elephant Creeper. Or opt for the drama of Breadseed Poppies – also easy to grow and they’ll happily reseed themselves.
Vegetable gardeners: We’ve got you covered both plantasically and classically.
You’ll also have a choice of several Tomatoes – Plant a few ‘Black Vernissage Tomatoes’ for your locavore table.
Floral arrangers take note: we’ll be offering great cut flower candidates. Try the annual Dianthus ‘Green Ball,’ pictured below.
A great perennial to grow for BIG spectacular cuts is Aralia racemosa – American Spikenard. It boasts tiny white flowers on large arching stems which then ripen to form purplish fruits with long vase life.
Don’t forget the butterflies. There will be several types of Milkweed on hand; this one also makes a great cut.
We’ll also be offering CMBG collected seed packets for the first time:
- CMBG Deepest Purple Morning Glory – Classic easy-to-grow, juicily-colored Morning Glory
- Breadseed Poppy
- Calendula Mix
- ‘Spitfire’ Nasturtium
- CMBG Culinary Mix – Dill with Red & Green Mustards
You get the picture! Now come on by and get the plants!
– Diane Walden, Staff Horticulturist