Upcoming Events

If you missed Hugh Skinner in Grande Prairie there are a couple other events happening in the Peace worth mentioning in advance…

The Greenehouse in Farmington is having its seasonal opening on the weekend. Here’s Linda’s e-letter below with all the particulars:

Plus 22 degrees on Sunday?!  Do we believe it when we see it?  I’m sure I am like everyone else – enough winter, already…

But the plants don’t wait for the weather.  The greenhouse is FULL of lovely baskets and bedding plants, and this Saturday and Sunday is our formal opening and Yard Sale weekend!  Come out (wear your boots – the yard is still a bit wet) and see what’s new.  There are some new gardening giftware and yard décor items as well as the yard sale bargains.  The strawberry baskets are blooming, and the Martha Washington pelargoniums are gorgeous – in time for Mother’s Day on May 12.   Pick up your seed potatoes now before they are sold out.  And check out the popular FREE table! 

Many of the perennials are still frozen (what a surprise) and my shrub order of Haskap, Goji, etc will be arriving sometime around May 7th.    I do have some 1 gallon Haskap and Cherries for sale that have been started in the greenhouse and are ready to be hardened off outside (maybe by the weekend?!)  If you are waiting for the weather to actually BE spring, plan to come out again – I have some other annuals started that will be ready at the end of May. 

One other new item, for the Duck Dynasty and Swamp People fans – I have ordered a display of baseball caps that should be here by Father’s Day!  They apparently are new in Canada and VERY popular, so the orders have been delayed.  I had hoped they would be here new, but…I will send out another newsletter when they arrive. 

I will be back at the Dawson Creek Farmer’s Market starting Saturday, May 11, so come down if you aren’t able to get out to our Yard Sale weekend.  Feel free to pass on my newsletter, bring a friend, or call if you have any questions – 250-843-7244.  Directions again – Mile 11 ½ Alaska Hiway, turn right onto Road 233, and there are signs!

Happy Gardening

Linda

On Sunday Doris Brocke of Rhubarb to Roses (located on the old Hart Highway just a couple miles west of Dawson Creek) will be launching her new book The ABC Musical Garden at the Dawson Creek Public Library at 2 pm. It looks beautiful; a perfect gift for gardeners and their children. Or grandchildren!

ABC Musical Garden

 

Shopping Local

Here in the Peace Country we are blessed with top quality local nurseries that are welcome alternatives to Wal-Mart or Canadian Tire! The people that run them are knowledgeable about what we can grow locally and will even bring in hard-to-find perennials, shrubs or trees just for you (if you ask early enough) saving you the hassle of tracking them down yourself, not to mention the horrific shipping costs. Often the shipping costs as much as the plant itself!

Here’s a wonderful newsletter I just received from Linda Greene; owner of The Greenehouse at Farmington:

And here goes January – out with a lot of weird weather to keep us guessing.   We have had a good amount of snow which will help shelter those borderline, and other, perennials with which we gardeners are always experimenting!

This is to give you some notice as to what will be new at The Greenehouse this year, as well as my favorites – like the Haskap or Honeyberry.  I will again have about 200 pots from 1 gallon to 5 gallon, and about 5 different varieties.  I cannot say enough good things about this berry for the prairies – it is reliable, vigorous, hardy, fast growing (starts producing second year); the berries are early (late June and on for about 4 weeks), healthy, are good to eat mashed up with sugar (they are a tart berry) and make great jam!  Below is a picture from one of my Haskap bushes last year, as well as my Evan Cherries – they REALLY liked the dry weather (???) and produced very well.

Linda Greene HaskapLinda Greene Cherry Harvest Linda Greene Cherry Give me a call if you wish to reserve Haskap or Cherries – I am bringing in Romeo and Juliet Cherry.

I am only bringing in a few other shrubs as with downsizing I cannot handle what we used to do.  I am always happy to order trees or shrubs if you call me with something specific.  What I have on order are the Sensation Lilac – some of you have seen mine blooming in June.  It is quite spectacular with its’ white edged purple, fragrant flowers.  Also, a few Thunderchild crabapple – the ornamental purple leaf, pink flowering tree.  Something new for the adventurous are the Goji berries.  I am bringing in some 2 gallon pots of this healthy antioxidant berry producing shrub.  My supplier tells me it is hardy to Zone 3 – so if you have had success with other Zone 3 bushes and want to try Gojis I will have some about mid-May.

As always I will have bedding plants and hanging baskets – as many as I can cram into my little  “Greenehouse”!  I’ll also have some seed potatoes – Warba, Kennebec, Yukon Gold, Red Pontiac, Norland and a few Banana potatoes.

I plan to formally open Saturday May 4th with the second annual Yard and Garden Sale.  I always like to see if I can find some different garden giftware items, plus I think I have enough “Yard Sale” things for an annual sale for the next 10 years!   (The Free table was popular last year!)  I’m open most days May and June, but good to call first to check to see if I’m open, and I’m happy to arrange other convenient times.  I’ll also be at the Chetwynd Farmers Market on Thursdays, or Dawson Creek Farmers Market Saturdays starting May 11th.

Here’s hoping for a good gardening year for us all.  Please call me if you have questions or are looking for something specific – I am always excited to look for the new and different.

Hope to see you in the Spring!

Linda

The Greenehouse at Farmington

250-843-7244