FLOWER FARM & NURSERY NEWS
The latest from Amador Flower Farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley
In this issue:
What’s up at the Farm?
Just 39 days until we jump back into the gardening season with both feet! As of March 1st we will be OPEN DAILY 9am-4pm. (Until then we’re open Thu-Sun).
We start shipping daylilies on March 1st too! Shop HERE
The BIG News: this is our 20th anniversary year! Read our newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to keep up with our celebration plans!
Once again we’re gearing up to stock the largest selection of vegetable starter plants in all of Amador County. We’ll be your source for new varieties and varieties best suited for this region. Stay tuned!
If you’re thinking about your spring garden and looking for daylilies, take a look at our websiteHERE. We have close to 1200 varieties! It’s a good idea to order early- we’ll put your order in line and ship when we start in March or if you designate a later shipping date, we’ll ship it then! Shop now HERE.
We’re getting lots of rain here in northern California and the snowpack in the Sierras is 110+% of normal. That’s a good start, let’s hope for more!
Send a little something to your bff, grandma, uncle, co-worker, or? Everyone loves to be remembered and Valentine’s Day is a great time to raise someone’s spirits! We can help with our online goodie gift baskets HERE Order no later than February 5th.
February 14th is a Sunday this year. Planning to get away for a day in the Shenandoah Valley? Come by the farm and see what’s new in the gift shop, take a lovers’ stroll through the gardens, and if the weather cooperates, have a picnic at the farm or do some winetasting at a nearby winery; there are some beautiful picnic spots in the valley!
We’ve got a great selection of goodies in the gift shop including a nice group of indoor houseplants. We offer free gift wrapping and helpful advice!
New for 2016
We are pleased to announce that we now offer an assortment of Sprouting Seeds from Lake Valley Seed Co. The seeds are certified organic by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and are non GMO.
Adding seed sprouts to your menu; crunchy or soft, cooked or raw, can add extra nutrition and flavor dimensions to your meals. They are packed with nutrients such as Iron, Zinc, and Vitamin C and are easy to digest.
We have 11 different varieties available.
- Tasty Broccoli Mix (Alfalfa, Broccoli, Clover)
- Rainbow Mix (Lentil, Garbanzo, Pea)
- Springtime Mix (Garbanzo, Pea)
- Sandwich Mix (Alfalfa, Broccoli, Mung, Radish)
- Salad Mix (Alfalfa, Broccoli, Clover, Radish)
- Mung Bean
It’s Pruning and Spraying Time in Northern California
Now is the ideal time to prune dormant, deciduous plants, trees, shrubs, and vines. You can improve a plant’s structure and shape by eliminating all dead or damaged wood, pruning any crossover branches or branches that are rubbing together. Plants that like good air flow such as roses benefit by removing some of the dense interior branches. Pruning is also an effective way to keep plants from becoming too tall and rangy (especially fruit trees in home gardens).
Be sure to use sharp tools (bypass pruning shears are most effective). It’s a good idea to dip your shears in a solution of water and bleach (one part bleach to nine parts water) after each cut, particularly if the tree or shrub has shown signs of blight or other diease in the past year.
DO NOT prune spring flowering plants such as lilac or viburnum because you'd be removing the spring-flowering wood (prune these after they finish their spring flowering).
Application of sprays now is the best way to control fungal diseases such as peach leaf curl and over-wintering pests such as scale and mites.
Fungal diseases such as Blight, Anthracnose, Canker, and Peach Leaf Curl can be controlled or prevented by using a fixed copper spray. Spray at least twice while plants are dormant. The most important time to spray is just as the buds swell prior to opening. Be sure that the spray remains on the plants at least 24 hours without any rainfall.
Insects can be controlled by using horticultural oil such as Neem. The oil suffocates any present pests. You can combine the copper spray and horticultural oil together following label directions. Be sure to re-spray within 7 days to break the life cycle of newly hatched pests.
When not in use spray your pruning shears with a light oil (WD 40) to keep them in working order and to prevent rust.
Plant of the Month
The California Poppy
There is nothing more iconic than a field of blooming California Poppies to illustrate the beauty of Nature in our “Golden State”.
The California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is native to our state and can be grown most anywhere. They bloom spring into summer and naturalize freely. Sow the seeds directly into the ground in early spring in cultivated, well drained soil. Plant ¼” deep and cover lightly with a fine soil. Keep the soil moist until germination approximately 7-10 days.
While the golden poppy is the most thought of, did you know that there are newer hybrid varieties available?
The Mikado series produces a deep scarlet flower.
The Mission Bells mix has double and semi double blooms in a wide variety of pastel colors.
Twister hybrid developed in 2003 features unusual frilly petals of yellow, orange, rose and scarlet.
Hybrids of white and purple are also available.
Find a bright sunny location to plant and you’ll be rewarded with a California original for years to come.
We sell six varieties of Poppy seeds in packets. We also offer bulk California poppy seeds for larger planting areas at very economical prices. Call us for details (209)245-6660
Manager’s Weekly Special
You can see what this week’s “Manager’s Special” is HERE. We’re open Thursday through Sunday through February so the specials begin Thursday mornings and last through Sunday.
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