Sunday, May 10, 2009

Trillium On Mothers Day


Sunday, May 10, 2009
Mothers Day

A long but successful day at the nursery. The weather was cold and it rained off and on but a fairly steady flow of customers brought on plenty of conversation, some good laughs and some good sales. I was as pleased with the volume of visitors as I was with those who parted with some cash because it was so encouraging to see people find us and also comment on how much they liked the revised website.

I do wish I could get out and take some wildflower pictures. Time is short and when you miss a good display as I did with the bloodroot, it's gone until the following year. The trillium are looking great right now. The grandiflorum are so nice and fresh and they always bring on lots of comments.


Even the assasin bug enjoys them! People often want to purchase a pot or two but they aren't that keen on the price even if I tell them seven years from seed to flower is the norm. Die hards spring for the purchase and I know they'll do a good job of planting and will follow my directions for harvesting seed pods before insects do so as to encourage better production on into the future.


Trillium erectum are in good supply in our gardens as I have worked hard to propagate them too. I need to find someone with good experience with trillium as some of the hybrids are especially tall and strong and I'd like some feedback on these. Last year the deer ate all the seed pods the night before I intended to harvest them so my production cycle was interrupted.

Before I know it Memorial Day will be here and the very popular orchids will be blooming. In the meantime I'll keep plugging away at the nursery. Today it was phlox and tomorrow it will be astilbes. If you get a chance, stop by and say hello.

Writing from the mountain above Peacham Pond where supper is about ready and early sleep will be most welcomed.

George Africa
The Vermont Gardener
Vermont Gardens
Vermont Flower Farm A website that shares the plants we grow with those who cannot make the trip. Take a look!


8 comments:

keewee said...

I do not have any Trillium in my garden, but after looking at your lovely photos, I think I need to go and buy one or two.

David said...

Those are some seriously beautiful flowers. The grandiflora is just regal!
After growing only vegetables for a while, I am discovering flowers, as if for the first time.

Liisa said...

I just love trillium. Thank you for sharing the photos. I hope all is well at the nursery - you didn't get any of that tornado did you??!!
I am looking forward to visiting the nursery soon!

George Africa said...

Hello Keewee;

A few years back I spotted some native trilliums while walking in the forest on Bainbridge Island in your "new" state. (Washington for others) I can't remember the name of the nursery there but it's well known and it had some for sale. The seed-to-flower-in-7-years behavior keeps the price high but it's amazing how many you can raise in a short time.

Good gardening wishes!

George Africa
The Vermont Gardener

George Africa said...

Hi David!

If you get into more flowers, try peonies. There are some good growers out your way. There's a really nice one which is always quite popular named after your state, Kansas.

George Africa
The Vermont Gardener

George Africa said...

Hello Liisa;

I enjoyed your recent blog entries about your visit to the gardens of North Hill in southern Vermont. As for our trilliums up here, they are about gone by with the exception of some painted ones deep in the woods on the Peacham side of our property.

As for a visit to our nursery, everyone is always welcomed but some things look just terrible after consecutive Mondays of 26 and 25 degrees of great frostiness. Although the hostas will come back in a couple weeks,it's easy to pick out the stronger ones now. Even the trollius were drooping their heads this morning and the annual container plantings covered with sheets and blankets still got hit. On the way home from work today I noticed lots of gardens that need replanting.

George Africa
The Vermont Gardener
Vermont Flower Farm: Take a virtual tour if you cannot come for a real visit. http://vermontflowerfarm.com

Julie said...

Those are some seriously beautiful flowers.
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