Wilson Barn Farmers Market Theme in Livonia, MI for September 24, 2011
Fall is a GREAT time for planting! Perennial plants adjust much better in the cooler weather, and it's less stress on you too! You'll have bigger and healthier plants next year if you plant in the fall.
I know that this weekend's theme isn't really a theme, but I'm having a HUGE sale on my perennial plants! The season is nearing the end for Garden Hoard, and we'll only be selling plants and seeds for 3 more weekends, with our last day being on October 8th. So, all of the perennial plants that I have left are $1! Yep, you read right. I'd rather sell them all for $1 than having to squeeze them all into my garden. It's packed with too many plants as it is!
I've been ridiculously busy with my gardens and plants, which is why I haven't been posting as frequently as I should be. This winter, get ready for TONS of new blog posts filled with tons of tips and ideas!
We'll then be at the barn for Pumpkin Fest, which starts October 1st, on Saturdays and Sundays through October 30th. They have tons of activities planned, so check them out, and check us out! I'm making all kinds of creepy wreaths, scary signs, spooky bird cages, pin back buttons, potion bottles, gift tags, and a ridiculous amount more for the Halloween season starting October 1st. Hooray!
We are no longer at the Redford market on Sundays, as I don't have enough plants to sell this close to the end of the season. My email is available on my Garden Hoard Facebook page in the info tab if you need to contact me about absolutely anything! Or, just come see me at Wilson Barn. :)
So, what are the plants that I'm bringing that you can get for a buck? Here's your list of what I have left!
Perennials ($1 each):
Bee Balm 'Dark Ponticum': These are cuttings started over 30 days ago. Notably dark green leaves and stems with a minty-orange scent contrasted by pure violet purple flowers. Plants are compact, upright and sturdy. Makes a dramatic show for butterflies and hummingbirds. When crushed, the foliage will release a spicy fragrance and the leaves can be used to make a delightful herbal tea. (Only 4 left!)
Blanket Flower 'Arizona Sun': A Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner with large fiery orange red blossoms tipped by a ring of rich flame yellow. The flowers are large, many-petaled, and lovely. Expect them to reach 4 inches wide and to crowd one another for space on compact plants 12 inches high and 10 to 14 inches wide. They begin blooming in late spring and won't quit until nipped by fall frost! (Only 2 left!)
Bleeding Heart: The common name of this plant, bleeding heart, comes from the heart-shaped flowers which have a longer inner petal that extends below the 'heart'. Pendulous flowers on slender stems grow from clumps of fernlike foliage in the spring. The flowering season is from early spring to mid summer. (Only 2 left!)
Confederate Violet: NOT THE WEED! The common name of this violet refers to the resemblance of the color of its flowers to the color of Confederate uniforms during the Civil War (pale greyish blue). Good groundcover for under trees or in other shaded areas. The blooms are edible and rich in vitamin C. The flowers are dipped in egg whites and covered in sugar to make 'candied violets' used to decorate pastries. The leaves can be boiled and eaten as 'spring greens.'
Daylily 'Stella de Oro': By far the most popular Daylily selection of all time, because it flowers for months on end. Excellent for massing, edging, borders or in mixed containers and tubs. Forms a dense clump of grassy green foliage, w/ upright stems of fragrant, golden-yellow trumpet flowers. Early repeat bloomer w/ compact habit.
Feverfew: Perennial Medicinal Herb. Feverfew is a little known plant with small daisy-like flowers. It has been used for generations in herbal medicines very effectively. It’s not only attractive in the garden, but is a very potent medicine. It’s a great remedy for headaches and migraines, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. It lowers blood pressure, aids the digestive system and much more! This herb, unfortunately, doesn't seem to be of any help once a migraine has manifested. Its greatest benefit is through regular, preventative use. (Only 2 left!)
Field Mint: Like the cultivated mints, Field Mint can be used to make a pleasant herbal tea using the fresh or dried leaves. An essential oil from the plant is used as a flavoring in sweets and beverages. The leaves of this plant may be eaten raw or cooked. The leaves are also often used as a domestic herbal remedy, being valued especially for its antiseptic properties and its beneficial effect on the digestion.
Hostas - Various Varieties: Perennial. Great as an accent plant or as a groundcover under deep-rooted, deciduous trees, in a mixed or herbaceous border, or near water. Grown for foliage.
Hyssop 'Liquorice Blue': ‘Liquorice Blue’ produces blue flowers and strong anise-scented foliage that attracts bees and butterflies. Great for cut flowers and in potpourri. The leaves or flowers are edible and can be used to sweeten tea or flavor sugar or muffins. (Only 1 left!)
Iris 'Monsignor': Forms an elegant clump of tall, deep green sword-like leaves, with flowers on long stems that open above the foliage. Very hardy! Be sure to plant your bulbs in the ground before winter hits, with the top part of the bulb showing above the soil. (Only 2 left!)
Ladybells: Perennial flower. Excellent for borders or in open woodland. Hardy, strong stemmed, voluptuous producer of massed purple bells in summer. Foliage this year, flowers next year.
Marjoram: Perennial Herb. Use fresh or dried leaves in salads, dressings, meat, sausage, lamb dishes, beans & soups. The warm, sweet flavor of marjoram makes it one of the best culinary herbs. Perfect for edging or in rock gardens.
Mountain Bluet 'Amethyst in Snow': AKA Perennial Cornflower. Rhizomatous, mat forming perennial with densely wooly stems. White flowers have a purple center, are 2” across and open from late spring to midsummer.
Obedient Plant: The Obedient Plant got its common name because you can bend the individual flowers in any direction you like - a nice feature for floral displays. The flowers form along spikes, in four neat vertical rows, and begin opening from the bottom up. Once in the ground, they tend to form a clump and will grow more leaves up their stalks. (Only 2 left!)
Oregano: Oregano's power to heal and preserve was well known in the ancient world. Today's use is to spice up various Italian dishes, tomato sauce, pizza, fish, salad dressing and meats.
Passion Flower Vine: The passion flower is native to southern Brazil and Argentina. The plant is a twining vine that can grow to 40 feet. The blooms of passion flower are multi-colored, with a mint scent much like the fruit of the pineapple guava. The white and purple-blue flowers which appear in summer may be as large as 4 inches across.
Sage 'Broadleaf': Broadleaf Sage is a shrubby perennial with broad, dusty green leaves which have a savory flavor and tempting aroma. Traditionally used as a poultry stuffing and to season meat. Beautiful silvery foliage and an early summer blanket of tiny lavender flowers make a showy addition to any herb garden! Used as a digestive and nerve tonic.
Sedum 'Golden Carpet': Brilliant flowers complement neat, attractive foliage. Wonderful as ground cover, in the rock garden, along walkways or cascading over stone walls. Easy to maintain. Thrives in hot, dry locations. Also called golden carpet or gold moss stonecrop.
Stonecrop (Pink Sedum): Pink Sedum has clusters of tiny pink blooms. Folklore states that the essence of the sedum flower is a cure for broken and wounded hearts. It’s a popular backdrop for featured flowers in any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement. Once in the ground, the plant tends to form a clump and will grow more leaves up their stalks.
Thyme 'German Winter': Thyme is essential for a cook's garden. Don't let the tiny leaves of German thyme fool you - they're packed with more aromatic oils than many larger-leaved varieties. Also called winter thyme because it is one of the most cold hardy thymes. A small, upright plant, it is great for containers.
Zebra Grass: This grass displays green and yellow banding on the foliage which is held all season. This ornamental grass can be use as an accent, specimen, or mass plantings. (Only 2 left!)
Basil Herb Plants for Indoor Fall & Winter Windowsills ($2 each):
Dark Opal Basil
Thai Siam Queen Basil
Aloe Vera: the aloe plant is one of the easiest houseplants to care for. The Aloe Vera is a great plant to have around. When the leaves are broken open a gel is released that works wonders on sunburns, cuts and even bug bites.
Haworthia (Zebra Succulent): MY FAVORITE! Unique clump-forming succulent from South Africa. These plants don’t require much—just water once every 2 weeks and keep it in a room with bright light (NOT direct sun). It can also be outside in the summer in the shade. As the plant matures, offshoots will appear around the base of the plant.
Jade Plant: This plant is also commonly known as the friendship tree, lucky plant, or money plant. It is native to South Africa and is very easy to care for! This plant can be used for bonsai and is popular as an indoor bonsai. Water these plants every 10-20 days during the summer, and once a month in the winter. Letting the soil dry between waterings is essential for a healthy jade. (Only 3 left!)
Kalanchoe - Yellow: This native of Madagascar was introduced by Robert Blossfeld in 1932. It produces clusters of small flowers above green, waxy leaves. Kalanchoes are pretty low-maintenance plants, thriving in the low humidity of winter households. This is an indoor houseplant that needs a window seat as it requires bright light to do well. It can even tolerate direct sun. (Only 2 left!)
Kangaroo Paw: Evergreen, clump-forming tender perennial. Stems bear unusual, 2-lipped, yellow tubular flowers, thought to resemble kangaroo paws. Will die in temperatures below 40°F, so keep in a pot to bring indoors for winter.
Spider Plant 'Variegatum' and Spider Plant (solid green): AKA Airplane Plant. Clump-forming tender perennial that bears 6-petaled flowers in early summer. Will die in temperatures under 40°F, so be sure to keep it in a container or a hanging basket during the summer to bring back inside for the winter. Very popular as houseplants year-round.
Seed Packets ($1): I am also trying to get tons of seed packets ready for tomorrow. I will separate the packets by spring planting and fall planting so it's easier for you to find what you're looking for!
Dehydrated Bhut Jolokia Peppers ($4 each): One of the hottest chili peppers on EARTH! Dare to experience its smoky, searing heat! 5 times hotter than the Habanero. We strongly suggest that you proceed with caution when consuming and handling this pepper.
Halloween Pin Back Buttons ($1.50 each or 4 for $5): Inspired by vintage Halloween cards and vintage books
Halloween Hair Clips ($3 each or 2 for $5): Flowers with various spooks in the middle!
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Gift Tags (5 for $1): Embellished and stamped hand-punched gift tags for all seasons!
As always, I am very excited to see everyone at the market each weekend. See you tomorrow!
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