FLOWER FARM & NURSERY NEWS
March 25, 2016

 

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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 – Do you like surprises??

  • What’s Blooming?

  • Plant of the Month

  • Timely Tip

  • Manager’s Weekly Specials

 
What’s up at the Farm?
We’re open daily! Our regular schedule has returned and we’re here daily 9am-4pm. Come visit any day!


 
Celebrate spring in Amador County!  Amador Flower Farm will hold its 19th annual Spring Flingon Saturday and Sunday April 2nd & 3rd, from 9am-4 pm.
 
The nursery will be filled with vegetable starter plants (including tomatoes for those of you in warmer locations), a large collection of succulents, and the specialty of the farm: over 1200 varieties of daylilies.
 
Our focus continues to be helping gardeners navigate water restrictions by re-landscaping with water-wise plants and learning to water efficiently.
 
There will be local artisans at the farm with their handmade garden art - from concrete animals to wind spinners, paintings, leathercraft, and embroidered totes and t-shirts.
 
Guests are invited to take a free tram ride tour of the farm, stroll through the 14 acres of grounds, enjoy a Bonsai demonstration, and have a picnic. There will be free popcorn, food available to purchase, and picnicking is encouraged. 
 
The Spring Fling has no admission fee and is open to the public.
 


Join the Easter Bunny at the flower farm for the Plymouth Rotary sponsored Easter egg huntthis Sunday, March 27th at 1:00pm SHARP. There is no charge for this event and children up to age 13 are welcome to join in the fun! Picnicking is encouraged. We’ll be here RAIN or SHINE. Bring an umbrella and your galoshes if it’s wet; we’ll have fun! Our event schedule is always HERE
 


Web Daylily Special
Do you like surprises?
 
Take a chance and get a deal! This month’s special is 10 daylilies for just $39.99 and shipping is FREE! The surprise? We’ll choose for you! All 1200+ of our daylilies are named varieties and you’ll get the names in your package; they won’t be mystery plants. This package is all dormant varieties so the foliage will die back for winter and re-emerge each spring. This makes a great package to give as a gift- it’s easy and cost-effective! Take a chance HERE!
 


What’s Blooming? 
HERE is where you can go to see our most recent updates of the blooms at the farm. Lots of color coming on- even the early daylilies! Visit several times a year to see all that we have for you in the gardens.
 


Plant of the Month
Bright and bold Gerbera Daisy plants are one of the most popular, frequently delivered, and self-grown flowers across the U.S.! 
 
Gerbera Daisy Plant:
These beautiful blooms are perfect for any occasion (or for no occasion!) and for any region (except Alaska)! Gerberas are easy to care for, whether in a vase/pot inside, or planted/potted outside.
 
Most who buy “Gerbs” in seed or bulb form are proficient gardeners/hobbyists, and they’re planting in their homes’ yards, gardens or pots. Bulbs or packs of seedlings are fairly easy to find: try a local Farmer’s Market, greenhouse, flower/plant shop, or nursery.
 
Planting and Caring for Gerbera Daisy Plants
Gerbera daisies add variety and pops of color to your home’s flower/vegetable garden outside and lovely floral accents inside. * Remember: plant Gerbera seeds in SPRING after any frost has passed (depending on your area).
 
  Areas with full to partial sun are best for growing and caring for these precious plants. They tolerate light frost, but where this occurs, they should be planted in shade. The best results for outdoor planting are areas where there ’s mild temperature and a minimum night temperature above 59 degrees F (6 degrees C). Gerberas aren’t affected by maximum temperatures so they endure harsh sunlight. The relative humidity where you plant should average 65% with exposure to full sun. During the cooler months – November through May – water the plants only when soil becomes fairly dry. Plants grow best in temperatures near 75 degrees F. Avoid planting in areas that reach below 45 degrees F.
 
Carefully choose (don’t “manhandle”) 4-6 seeds from the packet and a medium sized-pot. Use a spade to set them two-and-a-half inches deep and at least a foot apart under healthy enriched soil. Water immediately; thereafter, water seeds daily to keep soil moist around your delightful daisies – but don’t water so much that soil becomes muddy or pools water at the bottom of a pot, or at the bottom stem if in a garden!
 
Fertilize every two weeks with all-purpose water-soluble fertilizer. Water regularly to make sure the soil stays evenly moist while they bloom. After blooming for the season, allow them to dry out slightly. Remove dead blooms with garden shears to encourage the gerberas to keep blooming for as long as possible.
 
Thank you to the good folks at Gerbera.org for this information! Find them and more information HERE
 
 

Timely Tip
March/April Vegetable Planting Guide
 
Got the planting bug BAD but know your ground is still too cold for summer crops?
Try planting some springtime veggies!
 
Veggies to plant outside now from starter plants include:
 

  • Beets

  • Celery

  • Kale

  • Lettuce

  • Spinach

  • Chard

  • Onions

 
Veggies to plant outside now from seed include:

  • Beets

  • Carrots

  • Celery

  • Kale

  • Radish

  • Chard

  • Onion sets

  • Peas

  • Shallots

  • Spinach

 
The UC Master Gardeners website has a great collection of information and how-to’s. We specifically recommend this page HERE. It answers frequently asked questions about planning a garden, preparing to plant, and caring for your plants once you’ve gotten started. There are also links to specific vegetables.
 
We have the following starter plants available:

  • Onions

  • Romaine lettuce

  • Salad Mix

  • Kale

  • Cabbage, chard

  • Brussels sprouts  

  • Strawberries

  • Cilantro

  • Celery

  • Arugula

  • Spinach

  • Parsley


 
We also have many varieties of seeds and we’re always happy to answer your questions at the nursery! 
 
Happy Vegetable Gardening!


 
Manager’s Weekly Specials
You can see what this week’s “Manager’s Special” is at the nursery HERE. The specials begin Monday mornings and last through Sunday.


 

      

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