FLOWER FARM & NURSERY NEWS
The latest from Amador Flower Farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley
In this issue:
What’s up at the Farm?
Web Daylily Special
Plant of the Month
Manager’s Weekly Special
What’s up at the Farm?
DAYLILIES! Every day more daylilies come into bloom as we approach the big bloom of the season. We’re all about DAYLILIES for the next few months. Everyone needs to see the farm in full glorious color- this is truly the time of the year we shine.
If you can only make one springtime visit to the farm, it’s time to plan that visit! We’re open for Memorial Day weekend and there are lots of daylilies starting already. We expect full bloom in the next few weeks! We’re open daily 9am-4pm.
We have over 1200 varieties of daylilies and between the growing grounds and demonstration gardens, we can conservatively estimate that we have over a million flowers in bloom in June! Red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, blends of colors, large, small, short, tall…you’ve got to see them in person. Grab the camera, pack a picnic and come enjoy bloom time with us!
Spring is a great time to buy daylilies in pots because most of them are in bloom, so it’s much easier to choose.
Our shaded picnic areas are calling out to you. Join us for the holiday weekend! Pack your own or stop in atProspect Cellars or Amador Vintage Market in Plymouth for some gourmet goodies and a bottle of wine and come on out.
*SAVE THE DATE*
Daylily Days June 13th – 14th, 9am-4pm
Our biggest event of the season is coming! Free seminars, free tram rides, gorgeous gardens, local artisans, tasty treats, daylilies in BLOOM!
Our event information is always HERE
Haven’t planted your tomatoes yet?
There’s PLENTY of time! We have lots of varieties in stock.
It’s time to plant melons and pumpkins from seed!
Vegetable seeds to plant (outside in the ground) in June are: beans, corn, cucumber, melons, pumpkins, soybeans, summer and winter squash. We have Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds available online HERE. They’re also available at our nursery where we have other brands as well.
Looking for something special? Call us (209)245-6660.
HERE is where you can go to see our most recent updates of the blooms at the farm. We have more daylilies blooming day by day - visit any time!
Start a Siloam Collection!
We’re honoring Pauline Henry this month with a Siloam Collection. Ms Henry hailed from Siloam Springs, Arkansas. When she passed in 2000 at 92 years old, she left a legacy of over 300 registered daylily varieties!
Her friend and fellow hybridizer, John Holland, said this about her, “To those who know daylilies, Pauline Henry was considered one of the most significant hybridizers in the history of her chosen flower. The word “icon” has been used rather loosely in many fields; however, Pauline fit the classical definition. Her pioneer work in small and eyed daylilies literally redefined the parameters of form, color and patterns available up to that time.”
Your Siloam collection comes with free shipping and will include 10 plants (20 fans)! See the details HERE.
NEW Item for Friends of the Farm!
Sip your coffee or tea from a mug that says to the world, “I’m a Friend of the Farm!” Our new mugs come in six different designs and we’re set up online to ship one or four, with shipping already included in the prices you see. Take a ganderHERE.
Our Favorite Plant this Month
The Hosta, also known as Plantain Lily…Drought Tolerant?
As the most popular perennial for the shade, Hostas offer an amazing palette of leaf colors, sizes, shapes, and textures. While they produce tubular flowers on thin spikes, the flowers take a back seat to the magnificent foliage that they exhibit. They are indispensable in the garden and also do great in large container plantings.
Hostas are generally a shade loving plant but in cool coastal climates they can take considerable sun exposure. A good rule of thumb is that varieties that have a lot of white or yellow in the leaves are least sun tolerant. All Hostas thrive in soil rich in organic matter and like even moisture. Once established they require less water and are classified as “reasonably drought tolerant”! They are also very cold hardy and can be planted in almost all climates (not recommended for hot, dry desert areas).
Hostas are relatively pest and disease resistant. However, failure to control snails and slugs can decimate your plantings. Regular control using baits (liquid or granular), copper barriers, or iron phosphate will keep them at bay.
Here at Amador Flower Farm & Nursery we have several varieties available in 1 gallon pots for $9.99 each.
If you develop a Hosta habit, there are literally hundreds of varieties to choose from. You can go to HERE to view them in all their glory.
Birdbaths and Mosquitoes
This is the time of year that we spend more and more time outdoors, and unfortunately, are potentially exposed to mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile Virus. At this time there are 10 counties in California with recorded incidences of WNV. You can check on your area HERE. Our county is clear thus far.
Having a birdbath in your yard doesn’t mean you need to worry about mosquitoes. If birds are actively bathing in your baths, just their bodies agitating the water are enough to stop mosquito larvae from developing.
For the best health of your birds, it’s good to keep birdbaths clean. Changing the water every couple days will do the trick. If algae develop in your birdbath, hitting it with your hose-end sprayer will knock it loose. Of course, there are commercial algaecides available. Just be sure to check that the product you select won’t harm wildlife and is safe for the environment. Never put chlorine bleach into your birdbath.
In our nursery we have “Mosquito Dunks” available. Their active ingredient is bacillus thuringiensis and they are birdbath-safe!
Birds cannot directly transmit the West Nile Virus to humans. What they are is a vector, or middleman, in the life cycle of the mosquito. Eliminating standing water sources of mosquito development is one of the best protections you can give your family. Keeping birdbaths clean and fresh and using regular precautions (like not being outside at dawn and dusk), and wearing insect repellent, is your best protection against virus-carrying mosquitoes.
So, enjoy watching the birds perform in birdbaths without worrying about mosquitoes. And when you’re visiting us here at Amador Flower Farm, bring along your binoculars. The local avian fare can be very entertaining while you’re picnicking under the heritage oaks.
Manager’s Weekly Special
you can see what this week’s “Manager’s Special” is HERE. The specials begin Thursday mornings and last through Sunday.
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