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Some Like it Cool - Part 2 (Aquilegia)

Some Like it Cool - Part 2 (Aquilegia)

Posted by John Friel on Nov 17th 2022

Energy Efficient Early Perennials – Columbine “And the eagle flies with the dove.” – Stephen StillsYou know “cool crops” as a description of certain annuals that don’t need (or like) lots of heat to finish for spring sales. Well, it’s not just for annuals anymore. Pick the right early flowering perennials, and you can realize significant energy savings. If you like your benches full and your heating bills low, we’ve got the perfect perennials for you. Aquilegia is a prime early bloomer, a t
“And the Eagle Flies with the Dove…” Steven Stills, Love The One You’re With

“And the Eagle Flies with the Dove…” Steven Stills, Love The One You’re With

Posted by John Friel on Jul 27th 2022

Flights of Fancy in the Backyard Zoo!Don’t look now, but critters have taken root in your garden. Relax, they’re friendly – and they’re animals in name only. Let’s meet one... heck, make it two – in one plant! Aquilegia: Bird of prey, or bird of peace? The genus name comes from the Latin for eagle (aquila), because the long petal spurs reminded Linnaeus of an eagle’s talons. But the common name, columbine, is from the Latin for dove (columba), because someone else thought the flower resembled d
Some Like it Cool (Aquilegia)

Some Like it Cool (Aquilegia)

Posted by John Friel on Jan 14th 2022

“And the eagle flies with the dove.” – Stephen StillsYou know “cool crops” as a description of certain annuals that don’t need (or like) lots of heat to finish for spring sales. Well, it’s not just for annuals anymore. Pick the right early-flowering perennials, and you can realize significant energy savings.If you like your benches full and your heating bills low, we’ve got the perfect perennials for you. And if you like your symbols scrambled, we’ve got you covered there, too. Aquilegia is
There IS a Cure For The Summertime Blues! 2  (Perennials)

There IS a Cure For The Summertime Blues! 2 (Perennials)

Posted by John Friel on Sep 7th 2021

What gives a grower the blues? Small plants and disappointed customers.Forget what the song says. There IS a cure: Plant this fall instead of waiting until spring. It’s not just for trees!It’s a simple equation: Build a firm foundation under that crown. When your plants go into winter with a bulked-up root mass, they’ll do three things quicker in spring: Fill out, look gorgeous – and sell.The principle applies to many genera, but we particularly recommend it for these three:AquilegiaThis early r
Winter’s Almost Here. Time to Think Spring!

Winter’s Almost Here. Time to Think Spring!

Posted by John Friel on Dec 3rd 2020

We know. It’s hard to conjure April showers and May flowers while December frost and January sleet lurk just below the nearer horizon. But dates on the calendar are like objects in the side-view mirror: Closer than they look. Spring sales are really not so far away. Now’s the time to do the kitchen prep for two early risers that will be key ingredients in your future inventory. Phlox subulata “Moss phlox” One of spring’s earliest harbingers, tough, colorful and cheerful. If it wer

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