Perennial of the Week – Bee Balm

June 18 – 24

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Bee Balm, or Monarda, is our feature perennial this week, perfect for Pollinator Week!  It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, and is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Check out some of the varieties we have in stock this week, including the “Balmy” series, which stays shorter.

Balmy Lilac

Balmy Pink

Balmy Rose

Balmy Purple

Coral Reef

 

Pollinator Week


Join us for a class or workshop next week to celebrate Pollinator Week–

Plants for Pollinators – Thursday, June 21 at 6:00 pm. Looking to improve your garden’s habitat for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators? This class profiles beautiful perennials, annuals, shrubs, and trees they especially adore and will help you learn which are best suited to your garden’s growing conditions. We’ll also discuss ways you can make your garden more enticing to pollinators and birds, and how to have your property certified as a wildlife habitat. Free; no registration required.  

Martha Swiss is a garden writer and designer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a regular contributor to Pennsylvania Gardener Magazine and her articles have also appeared in The American GardenerGROW (the magazine of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society), Fine Gardening, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and publications of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Butterfly Woodcut Mosaic – Saturday, June 23 at 10:00 am. Create a unique piece of garden art. Using glass pieces, glue and paint, the instructor will guide you through designing a butterfly on top of a wood cut section. $25 per person.  Click here to register

Sand-cast Leaf Birdbath – Saturday, June 23 at 2:00 pm. In this workshop, you’ll cast your very own garden-ready birdbath. Whether you make one for your own garden or create one as a gift, these birdbaths will add beauty to the garden while attracting western Pennsylvania’s diverse and beautiful birds to your yard. $15 / person. Register here; space is limited.

 

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Tomato Plants

We LOVE tomatoes. And we love trying different varieties, which is why we grow so many different kinds. It’s so much fun to see the different shapes, sizes and colors of tomatoes, and to taste test too! We have plenty growing in the fields right now, and we hope to be harvesting tomatoes soon from our high tunnel.

Did you plant tomatoes yet? If not, you’re not too late! You still have until about the end of June to plant. And we still have plenty of great options available, including these 23:

Heirlooms – Marglobe, Mr. Stripey, Oxhart, Mortgage Lifter, German Johnson, Brandywine, Box Car Willie, Black Krim, 

Good for Containers (need at least a 5-gallon pot) – Marglobe, Carolina Gold, Mountain Fresh, Mountain Pride, Mountain Spring, 

Award Winning – Chefs Choice Green, Celebrity, 

Paste-Types (for sauces) – Roma, Opalka

Well-Known, Tried & True – Better Boy, Big Boy, Early Girl, Lemon Boy, Yellow Pear, Grape

And the best part? The 4″ tomato plants are a Bedner Bargain now through June 24– only $.99 each! Now you have not reason not to be growing your own tomatoes. We hope to see you soon, and Happy Gardening!

Perennial of the Week – Daylily

June 11 – 17

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Perennial daylilies, or hemerocallis, are easy-to-grow plants that bloom cheerfully for weeks, sometimes even through most of the summer, depending on the variety. They have a nice, grassy texture and are perfect for a low-maintenance garden. There are so many different varieties out there that you learn more about from the American Daylily Society. You can easily get your Daylily-geek on with their media library, daylily dictionary, registration process, and merchandise. Have fun!

We currently have 18 varieties in stock, and here are links to info on some of them:

Primal Scream

Rosy Returns

Stella d’Oro

Fragrant Returns

Mary Todd

Earlybird Cardinal

Daring Deception

Frans Hals

Entrapment

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