Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Today's plant profile is the Perennial Plant of the Year for 2010, Baptista australis - Blue False Indigo or Blue Wild Indigo. It is a member of the pea family, requiring very little care and very hardy. It generally reaches a height of 3.5' with a 2' spread, but can attain a height of 5 ' with a width of 3.2 '. It develops a tap root, thus being drought tolerant, but then becomes difficult to move due to the tap root. This is one of those perennials that will not transplant well once established. It produces spikes of deep blue flowers in late Spring and early Summer which turn into black seed pods, very popular for flower arrangements.
This perennial will be available at our booth at the Saskatoon Farmer's Market in May.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The first one is the Bell's of Ireland or Molucella Laevis.
These are interesting plants with spikes of green bell shaped bracts, which produce a small white flower in each bract. The bract is the focal point in this plant, the flower is very inconspicuous.
It can be started from seed in the greenhouse as a bedding plant or seeded directly into the soil. Plant in full sun for best results. I have had very good luck with seeding it in the fall. Once planted allow it to self seed and you will not have to plant it again. You can move the seedlings around as long as you dig up the seedling with lots of soil around it's roots. It grows to about 2' tall and a spread of about 2' as well. The cut flowers will last about 2 weeks and will continue growing after cutting. The plant can also be dried for fall arrangements.
Buplerum or B. rotundifolium
Trendy lime-green leaves with contrasting yellow flower bracts. Plant seeds directly in fall or early Spring. Will self seed itself once established. Can grow to about 2.5', and does best in full sun. Add extra nitrogen to increase height. Flowers will last for about 1-2 weeks after being cut.
Frosted Explosion, Panuicum or P. elegans Panic Grass
Green seed heads open all around to form an airy inverted cone with red tips, like fireworks. They later mature to bronze-red. Seeds must be started in February or March and planted out in Spring once the chance of frost is over. They reach heights of 24-28" with a spread of 18". The require full sun and perform better if cut on a regular basis. Once cut they last about 1 week and add a nice touch to flower arrangements. This plant was very popular at the fresh flower sales at the Farmer's Market. We will have bedding plants available in May at the Saskatoon Farmers Market.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
We will have the varieties below available early Spring at the Saskatoon Farmer's Market.
Chrysanthemum 'Morden Delight' - deep bronzy orange red colour, fully double, about 20" tall
Chrysanthemum 'Morden Fiesta' - bright purple, fully double, compact, about 16" tall
Chrysanthemum 'Morden Gaiety' - bright orange, double blossoms, compact, about 16" tall
Chrysanthemum 'Morden Garnet' - deep red double blossom, compact, about 16" tall
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The leek is really a large, upright, non-bulbing type of onion., which is milder, hardier and easier to grow. It withstands cold temperatures, and is generally untroubled by pests.