Get Dirty at the Nursery: Plant your OWN Kitchen Herb Garden

We had a super fun evening gathering at the Nursery for our first “Get Dirty at the Nursery Workshop. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed being outside, getting our hands dirty, and most of all the company.

Family, nature, and CONNECTION are important to us, so workshops like these are right in line with what we value.

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These ladies left with 6 herbs to be used in their kitchen, a set of 3 pots that can be reused forever (I’m thinking succulents will look cute in these too!) and 6 EXCLUSIVE recipes (using the herbs) from Simply Nourished’s new cookbook being released this year!


They also got an impromptu tour of my yard and the nursery. I loved sharing what’s blooming and the history of this land we live on.


And of course we couldn’t plant herbs without sampling them!

I can’t wait for the next workshop… TUESDAY JUNE 18!

Spring Bloomers: LILACs


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Most of us can remember the wonderful fragrance of lilacs in the yard when growing up. Newer varieties have new colors, double blooms, and longer bloom times. 

Lilacs need full sun.

Some lilacs that we carry are:

French Lilacs:  Plants are a little smaller than old fashioned lilacs ranging 8-15’ tall.  These bloom in May, often have double blooms, and come in various colors.

·      Beauty of Moscow (double pale pink/white)

·      Chas Jolly (double magenta)

·      Monge ( single red/purple)

·       Pocahontas (single deep purple)

·       Sensation (single deep purple with white edge)

·        Yankee Doodle (Single deep purple)

Dwarf Lilacs : We carry two varieties of dwarf lilacs:

·      Bloomerang – This is a dwarf lilac ( 4-5’) that has small pale very fragrant lavender blooms in early June.  Blooms are similar to Dwarf Korean Lilac blooms. The main bloom time is early June but they will also set a smaller number of blooms later in the season. 

·       Dwarf Korean Lilacs- These also grow 4-5’ and bloom in early June with small lavender very fragrant blooms

Old Fashioned Lilacs:

·      Purple : grow 12-15’ or bigger with lavender blooms in May

·      White: grow 12-15’ or bigger with white blooms in May

Tree Lilacs:

·      Dwarf Korean Tree Lilacs: Basically a Dwarf Korean lilac bush on a stem. Grow 8-10’  with fragrant lavender blooms in June. Perfect if you need a tree for a small space.

·      Japanese Tree Lilacs: These are a dwarf tree, growing 30’ tall. They come in a single trunk or clump variety. Blooms are white and very fragrant. Bloom in June.

What's Blooming: 5/22/19


I know the weather hasn’t been feeling like spring, but the blooms at the nursery and around town are telling us otherwise!

Here’s a round up of some of the things that are blooming at the nursery, in my yard, and around town!

First up, creeping phlox. The top left picture was taken on Main Street in Clear Lake. They are putting on quite the show right now!

First up, creeping phlox. The top left picture was taken on Main Street in Clear Lake. They are putting on quite the show right now!

I’m sure we’ve all noticed the Crab trees around town in all their glory. I just wish they would last longer!

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Lilacs are blooming! And they smell so good! Want to add some fragrance to your landscape? Here’s an article to get you started  HERE

Lilacs are blooming! And they smell so good! Want to add some fragrance to your landscape? Here’s an article to get you started HERE

Daffodils and irises make a lovely combination.

Daffodils and irises make a lovely combination.

And an old classic, the bleeding heart, pic taken from my yard.

And an old classic, the bleeding heart, pic taken from my yard.

So many beautiful blooms right now and we are just getting started!

What’s blooming in your yard?

The Beauty of Spring: Flowering Crabs

The beauty of spring: Flowering Crabs

For many gardeners the first couple weeks of May are their favorite time of the year.  Tulips, daffodils, bluebells, rhododendrons, creeping phlox and other flowers are in full bloom. To top off the spring glory, flowering crabs and other spring blooming trees are in full array.

Flowering crabs are a great addition to any yard.  They are hardy and easy to grow. Blooms range in color from white to pink to reds and sizes vary from 8’ to 30’.

Now is a good time to purchase and plant a flowering crab as you will be able to see bloom colors at the nursery.

New varieties of crabs have been chosen so that they have no berries or very small berries. In addition, they are resistant to a fungus (cedar apple rust) that would cause older varieties to lose their leaves by July.  New varieties also come in dwarf sizes for the homeowner with limited space.

Here are some of our favorite varieties of flowering crabs:

Prairie Fire: (probably our best seller) – blooms are deep pink/red, grow 15-20’, small berries birds will mostly clean

Spring Snow: White blooms, no berries, grow 25-30’

Rejoice: Semi double rose pink blooms, grow upright 15-20’, small berries birds will mostly clean

Royal Raindrops: Leaves are burgundy, flowers deep pink, grow to 20’, small berries birds will mostly clean

Camelot:  Dwarf, grow 10’, Buds red changing to pink and then fade to white, blooms follow entire length of branches, small berries birds will mostly clean

Golden Raindrops: White blooms, tiny golden yellow fruit (1/4”), grows upright (20’), vase shaped

Showtime: Large bright fuschia pink showy flowers in the spring, dark green foliage with a red overlay, grows 15-20’

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What's New for Perennials

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The number of new varieties of perennials coming on the market is staggering! We carry about 200 varieties of different perennials in stock (and this is just a fraction of what is available!)  

We thought you might enjoy hearing a little bit about where we buy our perennials. We have 3 suppliers of perennials, but our main one, and one of the most outstanding, is Walter’s Gardens of Michigan. They are a family owned business of 70 years and grow thousands of perennials. They offer some of the highest quality perennials grown anywhere. Their staff has hybridized and grown hundreds of award winning perennials, and they have hundreds of new introductions.  Every year they offer more new introductions. So we have access to the “latest and best” in perennials!  The main problem we have is that there are too many to choose from, so many we would like to carry!


Here are some of the newer varieties of perennials we are carrying this year:

Bee Balm (Monarda): Pardon My Cerise – A butterfly favorite, dwarf  variety (14”) with red blooms

Black Eyed Susan : Little Goldstar – A dwarf version of the old favorite Black Eyed Susan, grows 14” 

Butterfly Weed: All butterfly favorites.

  • Cinderella (pink)

  • Hello Yello (yellow)

  • the old fashioned Tuberosa (orange).

Clematis: In addition to the old favorite Jackmanni, we carry other colors including (but not limited to):

  • Julka ( burgundy red)

  • Sapphire Indigo (sapphire blue)

  • Sweet Autumn (a white fall favorite)

Coral Bells:  The number of new varieties is huge. This year look for a few of our new ones:

  • Electric Plum (bright purple with black veins)

  • Midnight Rose (Purple/black with pink accents)

  • Peach Parfait (Ruffled peach/orange)

  • Plum Pudding (plum purple with pewter)

Day lilies: So many to choose from including:

  • Big Time Happy (Ruffled, rebloomer, yellow)

  • Chicago Apache (Ruffled scarlet red)

  • Passionate Returns (Ruffled rosy red, rebloomer)

  • Rainbow Primal Scream (orange).

Hibiscus: These varieties are very north hardy, easy to grow, and have blooms the size of a dinner plate! :

  • Dave Fleming (Red foliage, pink variegated flowers)

  • Starry Night (Burgundy leaves, pink/white flowers)

  • Vintage Wine (Green leaves, scarlet red flowers)

Hostas – We carry about 20 varieties and get new varieties each year along with a few of the old favorites. They vary in size from Sun Mouse (6” with yellow leaves with green edge) to Empress Wu (thick green leaves growing 4’ tall and wide) and every size in between.  Colors vary from blues to whites to greens to yellows.

Lavender – Finally !!! A north hardy lavender Phenomenal – Zone 4.

Peonies- Always a favorite – Now in yellow! Sunshine – it is expensive but worth it!  This year we also have the very hard to get Fern Leaf Peony

Turtlehead- A shade tolerant perennial with the cutest pink “turtle heads” popping out of bright green foliage.

Sedums – A must have for fall gardens. They attract butterflies like magnets. We carry several varieties in both groundcovers and upright varieties. A favorite is Mr. Goodbud– Compact, upright, vibrant purple/red flowers in fall.