Santa will be here one day only, Sunday, December 8th, from 11am-3pm.
Visit with Santa at the farm on Sunday, December 8th!
You and the kids (or grandkids) will enjoy a ride on the Candy Cane Tram, check out the local wildlife, sip hot cider and shop in the serenity of the foothills.
Grab a can of soup from the pantry for the kids to donate to our annual food drive for the Interfaith Food Bank. We’ll be collecting non-perishable food throughout the month.
Bring your camera. There is no charge for this event and the food donation is voluntary.
The Candy Cane Tram will be running on Sunday, Dec 8th ONLY (weather permitting).
Gourmet Food Gift Baskets
The good news? No additional fee for shipping or taxes! The prices you see are the prices you pay. Period. Follow the links to shop and learn more! HERE
Gourmet Food Gift Baskets
Let us create gourmet gift baskets for your co-workers, friends and family members near and far! Send them a memento from the flower farm.
We have a popular selection of gourmet jams, salsas, dressings, sauces and dips. You can choose a 3pk or 5pk at these great prices and you can specify which items or we’ll save you the hassle and do that for you!
"Sweet Tooth" 3 pack $21.99 or 5 pack $31.99
Gourmet Sauces 3 pack $24.99 or 5 pack $36.99
Gourmet Dressings 3 pack $24.99 or 5 pack $36.99
Salsa & Relish 3 pack $19.99 or 5 pack $26.99
Dips 2 pack $15.99
Preventing Cold Weather Damage in Your Garden
January is historically when some of the lowest temperatures are recorded during the entire year, but with the crazy weather we’ve had the last few years, we thought it would be a good idea to plan ahead! With that in mind there’s no better time to look at solutions to prevent costly freeze damage.
Let’s view the topic from a couple of perspectives:
First, choosing appropriate plant material for your specific climate, and its proper location in your garden.
Second, protecting at risk plants that you already have in your garden.
Are you in the zone?
When choosing cold hardy plants determine which climate zone you’re in. If you're a gardener in the western states, we consider the Sunset Western Garden zone rating to be the gold standard. Other locations in the nation can use the Sunset zones or the USDA rating system as a guide. The reason that the distinction is important is, for example, if you’re located in Sunset Zone 7 average minimum winter temperatures range between 25 to 30 degrees. The same Zone 7 in USDA ratings has average minimum temperature range of 0 to 10 degrees.
When trying to select appropriate plant material at the nursery, know that the plant growth information on the label refers to the USDA zones not Sunset. Okay now that you know which climate zone you’re located in, you can make correct plant selections for your garden.
It’s time for “The Freeze Patrol”
Now, what do you do if like most of us you’ve selected some plants that are marginal at best? They’re part of your landscape and you want them to survive the next freeze. There are a number of weapons in the “Patrol’s” arsenal to fight freezing temps- let’s look.
1. The most important rule is to make sure that all plants have adequate moisture in their root ball. Plant tissue is more vulnerable to damage when stressed due to dryness.
2. Can you move container plants under a covered porch or garage during a freeze event?
3. Physical protection using frost cloth, burlap, or even bed sheets can help raise the temperature by several degrees. A string of Christmas lights (incandescent) placed underneath the cover will add several more degrees. One word of caution is to avoid using plastic sheeting since the cold will go right through and damage foliage that it touches. Plastic must also be removed during the day to prevent a greenhouse effect that might cook the covered plants.
4. Chemical protection is also available. Anti-transpirant products such as Cloud Cover are also effective. It forms a thin “skin” on the foliage to seal in moisture and prevents desiccation.
5. Location can play a big role in your success level. For example, south-facing walls can help radiate heat back towards nearby plants. Also consider air drainage as an important factor. Cold air sinks so plants on a hill or grade will be less affected than those located at the bottom of a valley or swale where cold air becomes trapped. Locate the “Banana Belts” on your property and use them to your advantage.
Have questions? Give us a call at the nursery (209)245-6660 or come see us! Winter hours are Thu-Sun, 9am-4pm, December - February.
Our Favorite Plant of the Month
Indoor Plants! Some Do’s and Don’ts
Over watering is the number one cause of houseplant failure. Most plants like to be semi-moist but never soggy. When watering use tepid water, don’t use cold water right out of the tap. Don’t let your plants sit in a saucer with water as they will develop root rot.
Most plants thrive in bright indirect light but not hot direct sunlight thru a window (exceptions would be cactus and succulents). Few plants will tolerate dark locations. The best candidates for that exposure are Aspidistra, Aglaonema, Spathiphyllum, Ficus lyrata, and Sanseverias.
A large majority of houseplants are actually plants that originated in tropical regions and conditions. They thrive in a higher humidity atmosphere. Therefore don’t locate your plants near a heater/AC vent that pushes out lower humidity air. Plants grouped together set on a tray filled with gravel can help increase the relative humidity. Warm humid rooms such as bathrooms are ideal as well.
Do keep room temperatures in the range of 55-80 degrees. Temperatures lower than 55 degrees will actually stop the growing process.
As plants get root bound re-pot them using fresh commercial potting soil. The rule of thumb is increase the pot size by no more that 2 inches in diameter. Plants in a 6 inch pot should be re-potted in an 8 inch pot as an example.
Do keep dust from accumulating on the leaves. Give them a gentle shower using tepid water to rinse them off. You may also want to use specially formulated leaf shine products such as ‘Green-Glo’ that repel household dust. These products must only be used on glossy leafed plants.
Do fertilize indoors plants regularly. We have found that using a liquid house plant fertilizer such as Schultz or VF-11 following label directions is best. Don’t make the mistake of using fish emulsion as some brands are not fully deodorized.
Some of our favorite hanging plants are Grape Ivy, Hoya (wax plant), Philodendrons: Golden Pothos, Marble Queen, Brazil, Neon, Cordatum, Spider Plants, and Kangaroo Paw Fern.
Some of our favorite upright plants are Dracaenas, Spathiphyllum, Dieffenbachias, Anthuriums, Split Leaf Philodendron, and Aglaonema.
We have a nice selection of house plants all year- come take a look!
Bring the outdoors inside this winter with beautiful indoor plants.