Many people were sad that they missed flower day since I didn't get a chance to post about it, so I'm bringing many of the flowers back on Saturday. I do still have a few veggie plants that need good homes, so they will be coming along as well!
This past weekend, someone donated 10 rose of sharon plants to me. Since the varieties are unknown, I will have to wait until next year in order to see what I have so that I can share!
Sal, a seller that sells fruits and vegetables at the market, graciously donated over 100 pint containers to me so I could get started with selling the produce from my gardens. I was extremely grateful and I can't wait until my tomatoes and peppers are ripe so I can start selling produce. We won't have any produce this week, but I think it should be very soon! Tons of peppers and tomatoes have formed, but they just aren't ripe yet.
When we got home on Sunday, we opened up our local newspaper and were excited to see that we were in it! We looked pretty awesome that day, in our Pac-Man shirts, haha. Actually, Christian's photography teacher from college spotted us there, and he was also the head of photography for the paper, so we got lucky. Pictured on the bottom right is Sal, and on the bottom left is the head of the farmer's market. Two totally awesome dudes! You can click on the photo to view it larger if you'd like to read the story.
There is also another photo of our corn plants in the online version of the story, so we were pretty psyched about that.
Herb Day is scheduled for August 7th, and Succulent Day is scheduled for August 14th. As always, I'll post on Friday exactly what I'll be bringing. I have some really unique things, so I hope you can make it!
Anyways, here's what I'm bringing this week. If I have 6 or less, I'll let you know so you can come by early before they're gone.
Balloon Flower 'Double Blue': $3, Perennial Flower. Balloon-like buds swell and open in the garden to large fully double bell-shaped blue flowers with clearly defined darker veins, only 3 left!
Balloon Flower 'Sentimental Blue': $3, Perennial Flower. A dwarf version of balloon flowers. This heavy bloomer has very large blue flowers that begin in the shape of a balloon before opening, hence it's name. Forms a low, neat mound, only 4 left!
Bee Balm 'Fireball': $3, Perennial Herb. A compact form with fiery red flowers throughout the summer. Shows good resistance to powdery mildew.
Canna Lily ‘Indian Shot’: $1 for cannas potted (bulbs that are growing already), or U-Pick Cannas, where you pick out 10 canna bulbs for $5 that you plant yourself (they should pop up out of the ground in 1-2 weeks).
Daylily 'Stella de Oro': $4, forms a dense clump of grassy green foliage, w/ upright stems of fragrant, golden-yellow trumpet flowers. Early repeat bloomer w/ compact habit.
Forget-Me-Nots: $3, this biennial is great for borders. It blooms early and reseeds freely. Bears saucer-shaped, yellow-eyed blue flowers. Foliage this year, flowers next year from spring to early summer.
Globe Amaranth: $3, ‘Las Vegas Purple’ (only 5 left) and ‘Las Vegas White’, cheerful, 1” flowers bloom freely on sturdy plants. Versatility in the landscape or in containers makes these varieties a sure winner & it draws in plenty of hummingbirds & butterflies. Also excellent for cut flowers & drying!
Kangaroo Paw: $4, 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.
Ladybells: $4, Perennial flower. Excellent for borders or in open woodland. Hardy, strong stemmed, voluptuous producer of massed blue bells in summer. Foliage this year, flowers next year.
Marigolds ‘French Dwarf Double Mixed Colors’: $1 for a 4-pack, or $1 for a larger single plant that’s potted, excellent in veggie gardens as they repel bugs! Also beautiful for borders and edges in the garden.
Mexican Hats: $4, Perennial Flower. Resembles a Mexican sombrero. Brilliant red flowers outlined in fiery yellow. Lasts 10 days after being cut, so an excellent choice for indoor floral arrangements, only 1 left!
Million Bells - Hot Pink: $3, AKA Mini Petunias. Annual. Intense pink flowers, The plants are compact, low growers with fine foliage and 1 in, trumpet-shaped blooms that open nonstop until hard frost without need of deadheading.
Passion Flower: $4, Perennial Vine. Multi-colored blooms 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, only 5 left!
Rose Bush 'Bonica': $6, Perennial Shrub. Vigorous shrub rose of low, spreading habit, with dense, glossy, rich green foliage. Large sprays of cupped, fully double, rose-pink flowers are 3” across.
Rose of Sharon: $4, flowers are white with dark red centers
Spider Flowers: $3, ‘White Queen’ (only 5 left!) and Purple/White Mix (only 1 left!)
Sundrops: $3, Perennial Flower. Michigan Native. Fragrant yellow blossoms flower throughout the summer. Drought tolerant. Excellent for hillsides, ground cover, prairies. Prefers dry conditions, only 3 left!
Tobacco 'Scherazi': $3, Regal plants adorned with sprays of captivating, pink, trumpet-shaped flowers. The leaves make a strong-flavored, premium quality smoking tobacco from Iran, only 6 left!
‘Aci Sivri’: $3 ENDANGERED Turkish Heirloom Hot Chile Pepper. Great for salsa, salads, drying & pickling. Ripens from green to red. Produces well under cool conditions, so excellent for northern gardeners, only 6 left!
‘Cayenne’: $3, Hot Chile Pepper. High-yielding, super hot pepper with a multitude of uses. Great for salsa, salads, drying & pickling. Slightly hotter than Jalapeños. Ripens from green to red, only 1 left!
‘Long Red Cayenne’: $3, Heirloom Hot Pepper. Great for salsa, salads, drying & pickling. Long fruits are fiery hot, often curled and twisted. Great for drying, processing, or sauces, only 3 left!
‘Japones’: $3, Japanese Hybrid Hot Chile Pepper. Great for salsa, salads, drying & pickling. Long, narrow fruits that mature from green to dark red. Provides spicy heat to sauces, marinades, stews, casseroles & meat dishes, only 1 left!
‘Big Max’: $4, huge pumpkins, up to 70” around, often weigh 100 lbs. or more. Pinkish-orange skin covers 3-4” thick bright yellowish-orange flesh. Excellent for contests. These pumpkins are popular for huge jack-o-lanterns and are delicious for pies, only 4 left!
'Connecticut Field': $4, Considered to be the original Halloween pumpkin, this heirloom variety produces large, bright-orange, slightly ribbed fruits that range from 15-30 lbs. & above. The sweet, orange-yellow flesh is also used to make great pies, only 2 left!
‘Jack-o-Lantern’: $4, Home garden standard because of it’s medium size. Great for Halloween carving as well as cooking, only 5 left!
‘Small Sugar’: $4, Heirloom baking pumpkin. Produces good yields of bright orange-yellow pumpkins with meaty, sweet, fine-grained flesh.
‘Better Boy’: $3, Hybrid Tomato. Plan on growing plenty of bright red, 16-oz. fruits perfect for slicing, canning & making into sauces, only 6 left!
‘Black Krim’: $3, ENDANGERED Heirloom Tomato. Large brownish-red fruit. Juicy, seedy and tasty. Potato leaf. Delicate skin, green shoulders. Originated in Krymsk on the Black Sea, in Russia, only 3 left!
‘Costoluto Genovese’: $3, Italian Heirloom Tomato. Produces good yields of large red tomatoes. Outstanding flavor, the best for making homemade tomato juice, slicing & canning, only 5 left!
‘Early Girl’: $3, Hybrid Tomato. Meaty, medium-sized fruits. Good flavor. Produces continually in season. Great for slicing, only 3 left!
‘Isis Candy’: $3, RARE German heirloom cherry tomato, only 5 left!
‘Snow White’: $3, ENDANGERED Heirloom Tomato. Spreading plants with large number of fruit. Medium-size cherry; white to yellowish-colored skin. Very flavorful, only 6 left!
‘Sweet n’ Bright’: $3, ENDANGERED Heirloom Tomato. A small salad tomato, slightly larger than a cherry, w/ great disease resistance for early & mid-season harvest w/ cascades of bright red glossy 2-3 oz. round fruit. Heavy producer, only 3 left!
Other Fruits and Vegetables:
Eggplant ‘Long Purple’: $1, heirloom, oriental type with gorgeous dark purple coloring. Plant produces good yields of tasty 12″ long by 2 ½” wide eggplants. Very flavorful and tender. Plant produces 8 or more eggplants.
Escarole ‘Florida Deep Hearted’: $1, broad leaves with a large, deep heart. Bitter lettuce taste. Vigorous plant. Slow bolting. Great for greens or salad. Best success is by picking outer leaves frequently for use or for freezing.
Raspberry 'Boyne': $6, Consistently produces deep-red, medium-sized berries that are easy to pick. The medium sweet, aromatic flavor makes them great for freezing and jam or eating fresh, only 2 left!
Be sure to check my blog every Friday night to see what I’ll be bringing on Saturday.
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