More Mid September Flowers

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New Hampshire Garden Solutions

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As if someone flipped a switch, all of the sudden New England asters (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) are blooming everywhere. Though they’re usually a light purple color I’m seeing more of the deep purple ones that I like so much this year. Asters are very beautiful things that provide one last ecstatic pollen gathering fling for the bees.

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But the bees aren’t choosy and this bull thistle blossom (Cirsium vulgare) was as good as an aster, even though the asters bloomed just a few yards away.  Last year I was in a field where light and dark colored asters grew side by side and I saw bees go for the lighter colored aster blossoms nearly every time as they all but ignored the darker blossoms. I’ve wondered since if that’s why I don’t see as many of the deep purple asters.

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Johnny jump ups (Viola tricolor)…

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Fuki for Friday

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Early in the Springtime one of the first flowers I see are these from the plant Petasites japonicus. It’s a strange plant that I aquired years ago at the New Ipswich Children’s Fair.

The flower bud is known as Fuki and Japan and can be prepared as a vegetable after being treated with an alkaline mixture. I grew it for the huge leaves which look almost tropical.It is supposed to be invasive but I find it to be quite well behaved and I like the patch that I’ve established in our old cellar hole.

Japanese Butterbur by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Odd Flowers

 

Japanese Butterbur by John Poltrack on 500px.com
The leaves are enormous, the appear to be tropical

 

Yellow Clivia

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While I was volunteering at the Green Center my friend Norma brought me a yellow clivia. I’m a big fan of these plants although they are susceptiple to mealy bugs. I need to be diligent about swabbing them with alcohol on a q-tip.

Just a few days ago the plant flowered.A nice treat for late winter.

Winter Bloom by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Yellow Clivia

 

Winter Bloom by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Yellow Clivia

 

Winter Bloom by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Yellow Clivia

 

Winter Bloom by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Yellow Clivia

 

Upside Down

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I’m offering a bit of winter cheer from the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford, NH. I was pleasantly surprised when I visited this greenhouse in July of 2015 by the variety of unusual plants. This one in particular was one of the most exotic, just the thing for the #FloralFriday photo theme.

Upside Down by John Poltrack on 500px.com

 

Upside Down by John Poltrack on 500px.com

 

Mason Brook Nursery

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The 154th New Ipswich Children’s Fair will be held on August 15th, 2015 at the New Ipswich Congregational Church at 150 Main Street.

I am the co-chair of the Garden Shop and we’ll be offering a variety of flowers, houseplants, perennials for sale at the Fair. All items are donated by local nurseries and individuals. In the remaining weeks I want to feature some of the merchants who have made donations in past years.

This post features photos of the Mason Brook Nursery.

Mason Brook Nursery
The Nursery is located on Route 124 across from Marty’s Driving Range.
Mike Ordway
Owner Mike Ordway in front of the main greenhouse. The Nursery also sells mulch, straw, wood pellets, bio-bricks and a number of soil amendments.
Mason Brook Nursery
Annuals, perennials, shrubs, fruit trees etc
Mason Brook Nursery
Greenhouse Interior
Mike Ordway on Guitar
Mike is an accomplished musician. He will playing music at the 154th Children’s Fair near the Hayrides.
Maureen Vaillancourt
Owner Maureen Vaillancourt takes the Mason Brook Nursery on the Road to the Farmer’s Market at Memorial Field in New Ipswich
Mason Brook Nursery
Hanging Baskets
Flowers at Mason Brook Nursery
Something for #FloralFriday
Mason Brook Nursery
White Rose

Amazing Flower Farm

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The 154th New Ipswich Children’s Fair will be held on August 15th, 2015 at the New Ipswich Congregational Church at 150 Main Street.

I am the co-chair of the Garden Shop and we’ll be offering a variety of flowers, houseplants, perennials for sale at the Fair. All items are donated by local nurseries and individuals. In the remaining weeks I want to feature some of the merchants who have made donations in past years.

This post features photos of the Amazing Flower Farm.

Ara Lyn
Ara Lynn tending the hanging baskets, a specialty at Amazing Flower Farm
Flowers
Always plenty of color at the greenhouse at the farm
Amazing Flower Farm
Shopping with Mom for flowers at the farm
Chicken Gold
Shoveling pure chicken “gold”, the magic material that makes your plants grow. Available in convenient bags. Get them while they last.
Hen and Chickens
Other plants are available too, sedums, vegetables and nursery plants.
Bee
Busy as a bee. Not uncommon to see bees and hummingbirds in the greenhouse. No harmful chemicals are used at the farm.

New Hampshire Daylily, New Ipswich, NH

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The 154th New Ipswich Children’s Fair will be held on August 15th, 2015 at the New Ipswich Congregational Church at 150 Main Street.

I am the co-chair of the Garden Shop and we’ll be offering a variety of flowers, houseplants, perennials for sale at the Fair. All items are donated by local nurseries and individuals. In the remaining weeks I want to feature some of the merchants who have made donations in past years.

This post features photos of the NH Daylily farm.

NH Daylily
NH Daylily is located at 48 Mason Road in New Ipswich. Please call 603-878-2438 if you would like to schedule a tour of the garden.
Blueberries
Gary and Cathy have a wonderful farm, with vegetables, fruit and honey.
Purple Daylily
The daylilies are field grown. You can purchase flowers and Cathy and pick them up later in fall when temperatures are cooler and more conducive for transplanting.
bi-color daylily
A great selection of named varieties are available. However I was too lazy to label these photos.
Purple daylily
This variety impressed me with the size of the flowers, quite unusual.
Butterfly
Daylilys are one of my favorite perennials. They are colorful, easy to grow, pest free and are attractive to butterflies.
Yellow daylily
At the time of the fair most of the daylilies will NOT be in bloom. However we usually have photos for reference,
Orange Daylilies
The farm is a circa 1800 farmhouse, known in the history books as the Davis-Russell House, was a gift to the Johnsons from our dear friend, Bud, when he passed away in 2007. His parents, Al and Gladys Hobbs purchased the property in the late 1950’s. Al had a passion for daylilies. We believe that Al tried to hybridize new lilies but we have found no records of him registering any new lilies.
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Schedule a visit, chat with Cathy and Gary. Visit me at the Children’s Fair and pick up some daylilies.

Wentworth Greenhouses

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I have high expectations for Greenhouses. My son mentioned that he found a nice greenhouse in Rollinsford, NH and invited me to visit it. In spite of the 90 degree temperatures I was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful collection of plants. Some were completely new for me.

Plenty of color

Brilliant colors

That is one big hibiscus and it is hardy

Giant Hibiscus

Every greenhouse should have a water section and Wentworth had waterlilies, sedges and grasses.

Water Lily

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