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Monday, April 2, 2012

Sounds of Spring

We had a great weekend at Gardenscape.  Visited with a lot of our market customers we hadn't seen since last fall and met a lot of new people.  There was always lots of discussion about the bat houses and how to get the bats to take up residence in a bat house.  We really did not come up with any solutions other than the location may be the most enticing factor for the bats to call it their new home.  Be sure to hang it 10-30' high, facing south, southeast or east.  Pat will be hanging our bat houses up this week so we will keep you informed if we have any  bats take up residence.  We have hung our mason bee houses though, and whenever we are out and about in the yard we are looking closely at any flying insect, as we really want to identify a mason bee.  At this time we have not made a certain identification, but we will keep you posted.

We have been enjoying the sounds of Spring though.  The Sandhill Cranes are back and we have been listening to the unmistakable call of a Killdeer. The Robins are all busy singing, trying to attract a mate and we have been seeing a lot ducks already.

The greenhouses have been opened early this year, and all the plants are enjoying the sun.  We are busy planting seeds and this week I am going to start transplanting the first pepper plants I seeded.  We have been busy harvesting pussy willow for Easter celebrations.  We will be at the Saskatoon Farmers Market Sat Apr 7th, with the pussy willow bundles.
Below are a couple of perennials that will be available to purchase at our booth at the Saskatoon Farmer's Market starting May 5th.

Pixie Twinkle

Pixie Twinkle is a dwarf Garden Phlox that is short and compact with good mildew resistance and exceptional long bloom time.  The flowers are fragrant, light pink with a darker eye.  They grow 14-16" tall and hardy to Zone 3.  Prefers full sun and is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

 paniculata Blue Paradise

Blue Paradise is a tall Garden Phlox with lavender-blue flowers with a reddish eye and very fragrant.  Attractive dark green foliage is remarkably mildew resistant.  It grows up to 40" tall and hardy to Zone 3.  Requires full sun and is a good cut flower.  Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to this plant.

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