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Monday
Aug182014

Mandevilla or Dipladenia

What's the difference, The Dipladenia has a fuller shape than the Mandevilla. The main difference between a Dipladenia and Mandevilla is the foliage. Dipladenia leaves are fine and pointed, deeply green and slightly glossy. They also are available with yellow flowers.

Mandevilla vine has larger leaves with a broader shape. The flowers are trumpet shaped and full, in shades of pink, white, and/or red. Both plants respond well to pinching as they grow, which forces new bushier growth. Unlike the Mandevilla, Dipladenia doesn’t send out as much upward growth and therefore doesn’t need staking.

Both of the plants attract hummingbirds and bees. The tubular flowers are a food signal to pollinators, as a supplier of nectar.

The growing habit of the Mandevilla and Dipladenia is similar, except the Mandevilla require a trellis. While Dipladenia only need a stake to keep the plant straight as it grows.

Both require warm temperatures for best performance. Night time temperatures for both should be,
   ---- around 13-15ᐤ C (65-70ᐤ F)!

Sunday
Aug102014

Bounce Impatiens

The new Bounce Inpatiens will be featured in our 2015 plant selections.

This beast will replace the regular 'Impatiens walleriana', which are extremely prone to Impatiens downy mildew.

Not only does Bounce ignore the mildew, it also has a neat trick up it's sleve. Hey, you forget to water it for a couple of days, and of course it wilts. Sure it looks nearly dead, now go ahead and water it and guess what, it simply bounces back.

See the video below

   --- Now that's what I call a neat plant!

Thursday
Jul312014

Dahlia Dandies

(Above Mystic Illusion)

The world renown breeder from New Zealand, 'Dr. Keith Hammett' spent years refining Granny’s favourite plant, to come up with a distinctive new Dahlia series. More stylish, more contemporary, the kind of plants for today’s fussy growers and gardeners.

Zone: 8-11
Height: 25cm (18-36")
Spread: 30cm (12-16")
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Just Moist
Habit: Semi-upright and mounding

What I don't like is they need to be lifted in fall, and stored indoors for the winter.

What I like, these beasts are set apart from other Dahlia varieties by their filigreed deep mahogany to black foliage topped with vivid blooms. Also when compared to their early version, they are strong enough to not require staking.

Mystic Dreamer has pale pink-white blooms with a strong magenta stripe on the individual petals.

Mystic Enchantment has unique fire engine blooms with elegant central dark discs.

Mystic Fantasy has sun kissed flamingo pink blooms with soft yellow halo, raspberry eye and dark disc.

Mystic Haze has sun kissed apricot-orange blooms with soft yellow halo and dark central discs.

Mystic Illusion has bright yellow, ribbed sunflower-like blooms with prominent orange centres.

Mystic Memories has antiqued soft peach toned blooms with brushed red highlights and dark central disc.

Mystic Spirit has soft apricot, ribbed blooms with blush peach overtones and elegant dark centre. Mystic Wonder has velvet textured blooms, rich blood red in colour with elegant dark centres.

Grouped together they are a great way to add a mass of colours to the garden, or as a star performer in pots and planters. They perform best in full sun in rich moisture retentive soil. Oh ya, and deadhead the spent flowers,

---- to prolong their blooming season.!

Tuesday
Apr152014

Johnny Flame

This beast just grabs your attention.

The new Petunia ‘Sweetunia Johnny Flame’ from Dümmen has large, beautiful bright rose-purple flowers, splashed with a deep-purple flame.

It's unique color and splash patern is sure to steal the show in your garden or container.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: 25cm (10")
Spread: 30cm (12")
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Just Moist
Habit: Semi-upright and mounding

What I like is, it is day length neutral, so it blooms in little or lots of light.

Johnny Flame is easy to grow, it has a semi-upright, mounded habit that allows it to fit and mix well in container combinations. It’s going to be a scene-stealer in any basket and/or landscape bed.

Hey, I can't walk down the greenhouse walkway with out stopping to admire or touch this bloom. It's dark, it's light, it's confusing, it just stands up and says look at me.

   --- Now that's what I call, a winner!

Sunday
Mar232014

Bronze Scarlet

Tropical Bronze Scarlet Canna
Dwarf Seeded Canna
(Canna x generalis)

Today's's transplanting, consists of up-sizing our seeded liners, of the Tropical Canna Series. Yep, the Cannas are now in Deep 11cm (4.5") growing pots. About 5-6 weeks from now, they will be moved from our growing benches, to a retail bench.

Bright 7-10cm (3-4") blooms are held above the foliage. They are available in Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow and White. The seeded Canna in the upper right photo is quite different than the rest, it shows scarlet flowers, over bronze-burgundy foliage. Whereas, the rest of the series has only green foliage.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: 46-76cm (18-30")
Spread: 41-46cm (16-18")
Habit: Upright
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Moist to Wet, Never Dry

What I like is, when they show their canes and palm shaped foliage, they are really neat plants, even if they didn't have blooms. Best of all they keep blossoming from late spring or early summer to our first fall frosts.

If you have a shallow pond in your front-yard or a back-yard garden pond , fill it with these plants. You can completely cover half the height of these plants with water,
   --- and they still will be happy!

Saturday
Mar152014

Start Your Spring

Senetti

Growers, Garden Centres and Some Landscapers will see early results, if they plant this spring, with Senetti. Hey, these plants are cool in more ways than one. In addition to thriving in lower temperatures, Senetti provide high colour impact when we need it the most. Yep, in our early season container plantings, which can be moved inside or outside during spring.

They are available in vivid blues, magenta, ultra violet and several bi-colours. You can't find these great colours early in the season, with any other plant. Like most flowering annuals, Senetti Pericallis requires regular feeding. They prefer a 20-10-20 fertilizer, deluted woth water.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: 30-60cm (12-24")
Spread: 30-60cm (12-24")
Habit: Upright & Mounding
Exposure: Part Shade
Moisture: Keep Moist, Never Dry

Bred by Suntory Flowers Japan, Senetti is a collection of 'pericallis hybrids', which were obtained by cross breeding members of the 'Compositae' and 'Asteraceae' families. Before re-classification, Senetti was known as 'Cineraria x hybrid', but they are nothing like a typical Seed Cineraria grown
as house plants. The large, daisy like flowers bloom from early spring until mid-summer. The Bloom count can be as high as 200 on a plant grown in a 10-inch pot.

These striking plants are available in four colors, magenta, magenta bicolor, blue and blue bicolor. Senetti® Pericallis love cool wet weather which makes them perfect for early spring planting and prolific early blooms. What I like is, They will take light frosts and will survive temperatures as low as 0°C (32°F).

The large, daisy style flowers bloom from early spring,
   ---  until the heat of summer!