Plants have an uncanny knack for survival, but if you want the ones in your landscape, garden or containers to really thrive, fertilizer is key. These photos, from Greenhouse Grower magazine, show the results of a fertilizer study conducted at Cornell University in 2014. They give a stark illustration of what happens when plants are fed and when they are not. Researchers trialed five different fertilizers with differing results, but the result of no fertilizer at all was consistent, as the plants in the upper left corner of each picture shows. No feed- no growth. Just like with people and pets, good nutrition for plants– consistently and in moderation– is a major key to health and performance–and your gardening and landscaping success.
Our power pole bed at the nursery is looking pretty good considering how recently it was planted- as in the last couple of weeks. When we wait that late we have to use whatever is leftover, and any “plan” is actually more of a crapshoot. An unexpected and pleasant surprise is how nicely Coleus Redhead goes with pink Carolyn Whorton caladiums. Who knew?
Had a busy day getting ready for tonight’s cold weather. Lots of racks of plants moved back inside, and frostcloth over most of what’s left outside. We have 2 fully- loaded trucks in the heated production building ready to roll out first thing. Bring it, James Spann.
Southern baby’s breath– Euphorbia Stardust Super Flash doing its thing.
April showers have arrived right on schedule. We are ready for spring!
The fragrance of this Alyssum Lavender Stream is amazing! The white alyssum behind the lavender is Silver Stream. Both varieties will be moved outside the greenhouse to toughen up in the next couple of days. Coming soon to a garden center near you!
Congratulations to these and all the amazing young folks who competed in the Alabama Farmers Federation Outstanding Young Farm Family contest today in Birmingham. It was an honor, a privilege and a pleasure to spend a little time with y’all and learn more about your operations. Thanks to all of you for your hard work and dedication. Good luck to the finalists in the next phase of the competition!
Pansies and violas are remarkably tough plants. Even after the harshly cold temps and heavy rains this winter, there are quite a few beds of these hardy flowers around town that are starting to show some color again and are going to put on a colorful show from now until late April or May.
Can you imagine sitting outside in that weather and then bouncing back to bloom for a couple of months? Amazing! But if yours have thrown in the…petal… and you need to freshen your container or beds up a bit, we have a really pretty crop ready for planting.
Several local Birmingham independent garden centers are stocking up, including Oak Street Garden Shop and Local Market, Collier’s Nursery, Andy’s Creekside Nursery, Leaf & Petal, Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery, Garden Shop of Homewood, Sweet Peas Garden Shop as well as Cedar Creek in Montevallo, so check them out if you want to add some cheer by your front door or mailbox or in your container out back. If you are a landscape contractor, give us a call!