FLOWER FARM & NURSERY NEWS
The latest from Amador Flower Farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley
In this issue:
What’s up at the Farm?
It bears repeating that our focus for this year, as responsible nursery folks, is to help our local friends navigate water challenges by re-landscaping with water-wise plants and learning how to water in the most efficient way possible. Our Spring Fling demonstrations (this weekend!) will include succulent gardening, tomato & vegetable tips, how to create an herb garden (generally quite drought tolerant) and all about DAYLILIES!
Demonstration schedule HERE.
This weekend is Spring Fling! Join us April 11th and 12th, 9am-4pm.
We have all the vegetable starter plants you need on hand for this weekend! We have 50 varieties of tomatoes and dozens of other veggie starter plants. We’re also focusing on water-wise and succulents this season, with approximately 4 dozen succulent varieties and hundreds of plants on hand!
We’ll have demonstrations and garden decor artisans here, lunch available for purchase at just $4 (chili dog, chips and water or soda) or you can pack a picnic. There will be free tram rides and we welcome you to walk the gardens with your camera, take photos and be inspired to make changes in your home garden! 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun. No pets please.
Vote for Amador Flower Farm on KCRA’s “A-List”
We’re competing for Best Garden Center! We are daylilies, water-wise and succulent plants, and veggie central here in the foothills and we’d love your support! Vote HERE
Mother’s Day Picnic at the Farm- it’s a tradition!
Mother’s Day is May 10th this year so pull out the paper calendar or that smart phone calendar app and put “Picnic at the flower farm with Mom” on that date!
HERE is where you can go to see our most recent updates of the blooms at the farm. This is a gorgeous time of year in the gardens. Visit several times a year to see all that we have for you!
Web Only Special
BIG BOLD BLOOMS Daylily Collection
Free shipping and 10% off saves you $22.00 on this collection of BIG beautiful daylilies! We'll send 2 of each of these 5 varieties: Lurch, Christmas Tidings, Fly Catcher, Jolly Red Giant, and Darrell. For each you receive 2 fans for a total of 20 fans in this package!
Four of the five are rebloomers and the fifth blooms mid AND late season! Quantities are limited. Free shipping applies to the contiguous US only. Order HERE
Plant of the Month
Amador Flower Farm specializes in Daylilies. We started with about 600 varieties and now have over 1200. When our grounds are in bloom we have over a million flowers blooming!
Daylilies are tuberous fleshy-rooted perennial plants that produce clumps of sword shaped leaves and clusters of flowers on stems (scapes) above the foliage They come in almost all colors, can be 10” tall or up to 5’ or more, can have flowers that are 1.5” up to 10” or more and all can be grouped into three categories:
These varieties are the most cold-hardy surviving temperatures down to minus 35 degrees F. They die back completely as winter approaches and re-emerge in spring.
They retain their leaves throughout the year in mild climates. Evergreens are not recommended for severe climates unless they are well mulched to protect against freezing.
These may or may not retain their leaves in winter depending on where they are grown.
Daylilies need four to six hours of direct sun per day and a full sun location is preferable. Hemerocallis (daylilies) are drought tolerant and will survive with limited water. They will perform best with adequate irrigation especially in hot summer climates, but they are bloomin’ survivors in times of reduced irrigation.
Daylilies do not require multiple applications of fertilizers, however one application in spring of a 5-10-10 or a 5-10-5 formulation will promote healthy plants and increased blooms. Be sure to follow recommended application rates as noted by the manufacturer. Mulching with several inches of organic material such as bark chips, or compost will decrease weed growth and help soil retain moisture. Deadheading spent flowers and removing stalks (scapes), will give the plants a neater appearance but does not encourage additional flower production.
Different daylily varieties bloom at different times of the growing season. When selecting varieties; choose some early, mid-season and late blooming varieties to ensure color all season long. Also, look for varieties that are re-bloomers. They bloom a second time in late summer or fall.
Daylilies are edible! The flowers are cool and crunchy like lettuce and add a touch of color and fun to your salad (and they won’t last until tomorrow, so why not eat them?!)
Now’s the time to think about wildfires and fire safe tips. California is in another drought year which generally means a more severe fire season. Choosing plant material that helps retard fire is vital if you live in a threatened area.
We recommend the website http://www.readyforwildfire.org/ (CalFire) as a source for wildfire tips.
Fire-resistant does not mean fireproof!*
What are fire-resistant plants?
Fire-resistant plants are those that do not readily ignite from a flame or other ignition sources. These plants can be damaged or even killed by fire; however, their foliage and stems do not significantly contribute to the fuel and, therefore, the fire’s intensity. There are several other significant factors that influence the fire characteristics of plants, including plant moisture content, age, total volume, dead material, and chemical content.
Even fire-resistant plants will burn if not well maintained. Be sure to keep all of your landscape plants healthy with appropriate watering, proper pruning, etc.
Plants that are fire-resistant have the following characteristics:
• Leaves are moist and supple.
• Plants have little dead wood and tend not to accumulate dry, dead material within the plant.
• Sap is water-like and does not have a strong odor.
• Sap or resin materials are low.
Most deciduous trees and shrubs are fire-resistant.
In contrast, plants that are highly flammable generally have several of these characteristics:
• Contain fine, dry, or dead material within the plant- such as twigs, needles, and leaves.
• Leaves, twigs, and stems contain volatile waxes, terpenes, or oils.
• Leaves are aromatic (strong odor when crushed).
Here is a partial list to get you started:
Fire Resistant Plants
- Achillea (Yarrow)
- Cerastium (Snow in Summer)
- Cotoneaster dammerii
- Fragaria (Wild strawberry)
- Iberis (Candytuft)
- Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’ (Hall’s Honeysuckle)
- Oenothera (Mexican Evening Primrose)
- Phlox subulata
- Thymus (Creeping Thyme)
- Vinca minor (Dwarf Periwinkle)
- Artemisia pycnocephala (Sandhill Sage)
- Cotoneaster congestus
- Echinacea purpurea
- Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
- Gazania ringens (Trailing Gazania)
- Geranium cinereum
- Hemerocallis (Daylily)
- Hetereomeles arbutifolia (Toyon)
- Kniphofia uvaria (Red Hot Poker)
- Mahonia repens (Creepind Mahonia)
- Penstemon (Beard Tongue)
- Salvia (Sage)
Quite a few of these plants can be seen in the gardens at the flower farm. Come see how they grow and choose the ones that will suit your landscape.
*Credits: UC California Cooperative Extension
In our nursery “deer resistant” plants are marked for your convenience, even the smaller 4” pots! Deer appetites vary from region to region and sometimes even yard to yard but there are some plants that are consistently distasteful to deer. Our goal is always to help you be a successful gardener and we know this is one way to do that!
Vegetable seeds to plant (outside in the ground) in April are: beans, beets, carrots, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, kale, radish, soybeans, spinach, 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.
Manager’s Weekly Specials
you can see what this week’s “Manager’s Special” is HERE. The specials begin Monday mornings and last through Sunday.
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