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Clematis is a longtime gardener’s favorite. This versatile perennial vine can add beautiful color to your garden throughout the growing season. Clematis is available in many different flower types and colors. It can also be used in a variety of ways.
Many gardeners enjoy Clematis on trellises, fences, or posts. You can also use this vine as a ground cover, in pots, or cascading over a retaining wall! Plant two varieties together for an extended bloom time or use your clematis to climb among evergreen foundation shrubbery. The possibilities are endless!
Farrand Farms has a few special varieties that will even grow in partial shade. Silver Moon’s blooms are absolutely huge!
There are a few things you can do to properly care for your Clematis. We recommend you sprinkle a cup of pelletized lime around the base of your plant once a year. This adds calcium to the plant as you water throughout the season. We sell pelletized lime, by the cup, for just 50 cents a cup. Clematis generally like to be planted in a sunny location but they prefer to have their roots ‘shaded’. You can accomplish this by planting another perennial at the base of your vine. Try Lamb’s Ear or Salvia.
Clematis pruning is categorized in three types. You can find the pruning type located on the plant tag that came with your vine. There are also ways to determine your ‘Type’ if you don’t know the name of your variety.
- Pruning Type 1: Will bloom in early Spring. This type flowers on old wood (i.e last years growth). Type 1 should be pruned in late Spring after they bloom. Pruning should consist of moderate shaping and thinning of older vines. Leave Type 1 Clematis dormant and alone in the Fall and Early Spring.
- Pruning Type 2: Will bloom in later Spring. This is the most common pruning type for today’s popular hybrid varieties. Type 2 will bloom on old and new wood. The best time to prune this variety is in early Spring or late Winter. You can trim them back or just cut out stray, old vines.
- Pruning Type 3: Will bloom throughout the summer. This type only blooms on new wood. They can be pruned nearly to the ground in Early Spring.
Stop in soon to view our lovely selection of this versatile plant! We can’t wait to show you how many different ways these bloomers can be used in your garden.
The greenhouse is in full bloom!
Nothing beats these Hiemalis Begonia blooms!
Your favorite Red Robin and Yellow Canary tomato hanging baskets are setting their first round of blossoms. These beauties will be loaded with tasty goodness before you know it!
Our full selection of veggies is busy growing. Many are ready and available now.
A LOT of mud! So, what can you do now that our constant rain seems to be letting up?
First, you can assess your rose bushes. Many of them should be coming out of dormancy for the Spring. Trim back any dead canes and remove leaf debris from the base of your plant. If you determine you have a loss, come by and browse our beautiful selection of roses for 2017. They are looking great!
Next, determine if there are any perennials emerging that you would like to split. Now is a great time of year to do this task as the younger plants are easier to remove and replant. This is especially true of Hostas.
Also, don’t forget to amend your soil with a great product like Cotton Burr Compost. It adds some wonderful nutrients, lightens, and loosens your dirt. This product is perfect for flower beds and vegetable gardens.
Finally, refresh or replace your mulch. Mulch serves many purposes such as retainng the moisture in your garden beds, weed prevention, and looking great. We carry both Cedar and Cypress mulch. Besides smelling great, they don’t fade in color like a lower grade, dyed, mulch does.
See you soon! We can’t wait to share Spring with you!
We’ve been busy as bees getting your Spring ready this year! Speaking of bees stop in and receive a free packet of pollinator wildflowers, free with purchase!
Spring is finally here and many of you are ready to play in the dirt. We have many early Spring plants for you to get started with.
The cooler temps of this time of year should not dissuade you from having fun in the garden. Whether you want flowers or veggies there are options available for every gardener. Spring cole crops love the cooler temperatures and are a great way to start your veggie gardening for the year. Lettuce, cabbage, chard, and broccoli are just a few we have available in packs or flats. There are also many seeds you can direct sow as well. Radishes, carrots, and many others thrive this time of year.
It’s the perfect time to start your slicing onions (plants) and green onions (sets) as well as potatoes. We have all of your favorite varieties!
Early Spring is also ideal for starting a perennial strawberry bed or asparagus patch. We offer ever-bearing and June bearing berries, and green or purple asparagus. The strawberry root stock has been planted in packs or gallon pots to insure they are the healthiest they can be when they go into your ground. Strawberry plots produce yearly for up to seven years. Our asparagus is available as bare root stock and you can enjoy an established patch for years to come. Don’t forget to pick up an asparagus planting guide.
Pansies and violas are ready to brighten up your containers and beds! These boldly colored blooms are a great way to chase away the Winter blues!
We can’t wait to celebrate Spring with you!
We have been busy planting our Spring annuals and perennials here at the farm. A lot of people don’t realize we plant, and grow, 90% of our plants here. Maggie Farrand stepped up to plant some of the hundreds of perennials we grow! Pictured above is just one of our many production greenhouses located behind our retail house. Check back in a few weeks for just how quickly this house fills up!
Remember Cole crops, potatoes, pansies, onions, and garlic are all ready to go in the ground now!
This is a great time of year to begin thinking about yard care. This week we have a super discount on Hummert’s Crabgrass pre-emergent fertilizer. It is wonderful product for the yard, it disallows any type of seed from germinating keeping a multitude of weeds out of the lawn. It is particularly effective against Crabgrass due to the use of season-long Dimension.
If you are planning on using grass seed this Spring, a pre-emergent is NOT for you. There are several effective weed control products that you can use later in the month to control any weeds. Remember, we offer bulk grass seed from Hummert’s as well. So, whether you need a little, or a lot. Sun or shade, we have you covered!
Potatoes and onions, sets and plants, are also ready to go into the ground. Garlic is also now available for planting. These early Spring crops are wonderful for the cooler temperatures we have been having.
It’s time to get busy planting! We can’t wait to see you at the farm.
Eager to play in the dirt? We have a wonderful selection of seeds and seeding supplies that are easy to use and make a great Early Spring project.