Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

While we are all enjoying a gorgeous three day weekend, time with family and friends, and playing in the dirt with our iris, peonies and daylilys, Pittsgrove Farms would like to stop and thank all of the veterans that have served, those that still serve and especially the families of those veterans that have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this great nation of ours.

Happy Memorial Day and God Bless America

Monday, May 18, 2009

Dig It-Starwoman

Starwoman (Smith '97) not only sounds like a super hero (heroine?), she performs like one with her reliability and profusion of blooms. This stunning Intermediate Bearded with its contrasting deep purple/blue and white coloration is certainly eye-catching. The 2008 Dykes Medal Winner has a slight fragrance adding to its super qualities.

Happy Gardening!!! Cheryl

Friday, May 15, 2009

Garden Club Visit

On Thursday, May 14 we were visited by a delightful group of ladies from The Community Garden Club of Hunterdon County, who came for a tour of our grounds followed by their bag lunch meeting.

It was a pleasure speaking with the group and reacquainting ourselves with a couple of gals who had been customers back when we ran the garden center. We have a love of plants and nature in general and greatly enjoy sharing that enthusiasm with people who feel the same. These ladies certainly are among those and we learned from them as much as they from us.

It was unfortunate that the previous sunny day didn't stick around for the visit, but at least it was just spritzing, not pouring. Gardeners are all hardy souls so no one was bothered by a few raindrops.

Before the ladies left, John and I were presented with a copy of Coleus-Rainbow Foliage for Containers and Gardens, by Ray Rogers with photographs by Richard Hartlage. It was a very gracious gesture and the colorfully illustrated book will be a special addition to our garden library.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dig It-Pseudocorus-Yellow Flag Iris

Pseudocorus, commonly known as Yellow Flag iris, is the only water iris with yellow flowers. Varieties range in color from ivory yellow to deep golden yellow and bloom time is mid-season. The most commonly seen in our area average 36" in height, but there are varieties that can reach heights of 6 feet or more.

Although Pseudocorus are fantastic water iris, they tolerate a number of conditions from shallow water to a moist garden bed planted along with Siberian iris. They are ideal for that wet, sunny spot in the yard where you may have difficulty getting anything to survive. This vigorous perennial will remain a steadfast grower for years on end.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

To all you mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, godmothers, mothers-to-be, and all of you guys who, like my dearest, departed Dad serve as both fathers and mothers to your families, a huge bouquet of warmest Mother's Day Wishes from all of us at Pittsgrove Farms!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Dig It-Davy Jones

Davy Jones. No, I'm not talking about "The Monkees", but this week's "Dig It" pick.

This Intermediate Bearded is a sure-fire winner in an iris garden; not only does it bloom profusely with rich, deep purple blossoms, but is also a rebloomer. Davy is also one of the first Intermediate to bloom in the spring, soon after, or even along with the Dwarf Bearded varieties. Another plus is the rapid way this favorite of ours multiplies, so give him plenty of room to stretch.