Archive for May, 2013

Harvest Thyme Plant Sale: All star Lineup of Vendors

Posted by Mark Wessel on May 16th, 2013  •  Comments Off on Harvest Thyme Plant Sale: All star Lineup of Vendors

I have promoted several plant sales through this blog over the years. Several were for Clara at Harvest Thyme and they have all been good sales with fine plant material to. The sale Saturday May 18 has more to offer than any I have championed. Not only will you have the wonderful selections of perennials from Clara’s garden, there will also be an All Star lineup of vendors selling a hole range of plants and plant related paraphanalia. It will be a whose who of horticulture excellence.

Do you like your plants to eat flesh or your herbs to be carnivores? Well than Chris Radcliffe is the guy for you. A major carnivorous plant nut and collector, Chris will be bringing your favorite meat eater to the sale.

Sundew Drosera aliciae

Pitcher Plant Sarracenia

Is native and non-native Rare and  Unusual Shade Perennials your thing. Gene Bush, co-owner of Munchkin Nursery not only sells these types of plants but happens to be one of the nations foremost authorities on the subject. A road trip to his Indiana nursery should be on everyones spring to do list. Now he is coming to you.

Indian Pink Spigelia marilandica

Gaultheria procumbens with frost.

You have to love a gardener who gets the most out of their favorite plants. Sandy Manteuffel, not only grows a huge collection of Scented Geraniums, she also immortalizes them on her beautifully made clay pottery. What an incredible gift Idea, buy the geranium and the pottery that matches.

Scented Geraniums

Scented Geranium Pottery

Connisuers of fine Conifers and Japanesse maples will be thrilled with the offerings from Byron Baxter. One of the regions most discriminating eyes for quality Coniferous Creations, Byron not only sells cool plants but he sells cool plants that work in our area.

A few of Byron's Selections

One of Byron's Japanese Maples

Of course after reading my last blog post, you know how I love heirlooms tomatoes. Amy Powell will be bringing her selection of heirlooms tomatoes, peppers and herbs. Ask her about her Grannies Maters.

Heirloom Tomatoes Some not to pretty, but boy do they taste good.

Kevin Collard of Pine View Nursery is making the trip from the depths of KY. The sale poster says it all. Grower and Purveyor of Fine, Rare and Unusual plants. I have seen some of his inventory. It is fine and rare and well grown.

Epimedium, Kevin will have some.

Finally, there will be a two free lectures by Jim Hansel. Jim is by all accounts one of the most well versed and valued plantsmen, gardeners and teachers the Cincinnati rejoin has to offer. If you are not fully satisfied with his lectures, you get a full refund.

Alliums in Clara's Garden

This really is the plant sale not to miss. Not only because of all the horticulture dignitaries I have mentioned above and Clara’s beautiful gardens, you will also be surrounded by a bunch of darn good gardeners with the knowledge to help you with any of your needs, free for the asking.

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Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale and Garden Mart: Trinity Episcopal Church Covington.

Posted by Mark Wessel on May 10th, 2013  •  Comments Off on Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale and Garden Mart: Trinity Episcopal Church Covington.


Friday May 10th and Saturday May 11th one of the finest selection of Heirloom tomato plants will be on sale at the annual Garden Mart at Trinity Episcopal Church in Covington Ky.

Amy Powell, co-owner of Atwood Village Family Farm, will be offering 70 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Most are tried and true heirlooms selected for superior flavor and performance. Amy has grown hundreds of varieties over the years and has few peers in our area with her knowledge and experience. In addition to many of her favorites there will be several varieties offered for the first time.

The Heirloom Tomato

You can read about many of the selections in Amy Goldman’s fabulous book, The Heirloom Tomato.


The Garden Mart will also have vendors selling perennials, annuals, herbs and many other great gift and garden products.

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Winter Aconite: Time to collect seed

Posted by Mark Wessel on May 3rd, 2013  •  Comments Off on Winter Aconite: Time to collect seed

Blooming winter Aconite.

Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), is one of the first flowers to break the winter blues. It’s golden glow is a welcome sight during the dreary days of winter.

First year seedlings.

Since winter aconite is one of the  first plants to flower, it is one of the first plants to ripen a seed crop. The timing of the first blooms vary according to the weather. Some years I have seen aconite blooming in late january. Late February is a more common time of bloom in the Cincinnati area. The seed ripening also varies. In 2012 I was harvesting seed on April 2. This year I should started harvesting seed on April 29.

Second year

I have a simple method for propagating this species. Collect the seed, throw them where you want more plants and let them grow. In three to four years you will have blooming size plants.I am sure you could speed the process by sowing seeds in a containers and providing optimum  fertility and growing conditions. Unless it is a special variety of winter aconite, I will stick to my tried and true method.

Third year

They will grow and flower in many locations. Any flower bed, sun or shade, woodland or even a lawn. Shaded lawns with a thinner density of grass work best. It helps if you can hold off on the first mowing until the plants start to go dormant after flowering. Mowing will not hurt the plants in their first few years of life since they are very low to the ground.

Fourth year going to seed.

When collecting seed, I simply pinch of the main leaf with the seed capsule and through them in a bag or bucket. Pods that are not fully open will continue to ripen after harvest.

Once the seed ripens on the plant, they do not hang around long. Rain and wind easily knock them out.

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