Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just so you know we are still alive and well I thought I would do a quick post to wish everyone a Joyful Turkey Day. I will be making Salt Roasted Turkey with Lemon and Oregano. I couldn't get the link to work so you can find the recipe at This has been my 'go to' turkey for a few years now (used to brine) and it always comes out moist and juicy and flavorful. There is some fresh oregano hiding under the frozen tops in the herb garden and the lemons add a brightness that can't be beat. A glass of Pinot Noir, a few sides and you have plenty to be thankful for!

We had a wonderfilled roadtrip to the Northwest in October. Went to a trade show in Reno as we do every year to place orders for next season. Lots of the popular items plus a few new ones. Headed north to Bend, Oregon. Bend is a great town of 85,000 inhabitants and almost as many breweries. 

It is high desert with a similar climate to Silver City and a lot of the same plants. They don't receive much rain because it is on the East slope of the Cascades but the Deschutes River runs right through town and they do have major winter. 

There was some great fall color and did I mention breweries?

From Bend we drove through the Cascades  

 and out to the coast

through the redwoods

to San Francisco.

Gained inspiration from the Japanese Garden at Golden Gate Park

and toured the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
All in all an excellent vacation!

Don't forget Small Business Saturday is November 29th this year. Get out and support all of the great locally owned small businesses we have here in Grant County.

Water, water, water!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Steve and Regina

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The end...for now.

The nursery is now closed for the season. We will reopen on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015. As always thanks to our customers for your patronage. You have given us 19 successful years here in Silver City. We appreciate your business, of course, but also the knowledge you have shared...and the jokes! Have a great winter and we look forward to seeing you in the spring.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

End of the Season Sale!!!

It's that time again! 




$5.00 ROSES

Everything must be purchased and picked up the same day.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

September 2014

Plant cool season vegetables and annuals. Last month I wrote about planting the vegetables that like to mature when it is cool from seed. This month you can plant them as transplants. We just received some lettuces, kale, broccoli and cabbage as well as pansies, violas, dianthus and snapdragons. Pansies and violas will flower all winter long and dianthus and snaps are basically perennial. This is our last truck of the season so when they're gone, they're gone!

Plant spring flowering shrubs. This is the time to think about the shrubs and groundcovers you see blooming early in the spring. Forsythia, Lilacs, Creeping Phlox and Wallflower are the most common. Since plants do about 80% of their root growth in late summer, fall and winter it is a good time to get them in the ground. If you plant now you will be rewarded with beautiful early spring flowers.

Store herbs. It is always sad to see your herbs die back in the cold. Now is a good time to preserve some of your favorites for use during the winter. Since leaves are most potent just before plants begin to flower, try to keep the blooms pruned off and harvest them as soon as you see flower buds starting. Cut the stems of herbs you want to keep in the morning before it gets too hot. Discard any damaged or yellowing leaves, rinse under cold water and drain thoroughly. I use my salad spinner for this. Drying is one of the easiest ways to preserve herbs. Tie together the cut ends and hang to dry in a well ventilated place out of direct sunlight. To keep dust from settling on them cover with paper bags or cheesecloth. You can also strip the leaves from the stems and dry them on racks or newspaper. Oven drying or using a dehydrator is quicker but more expensive and makes the herbs lose flavor. For best results dry them very slowly at 110 degrees. After drying remove the leaves from the stems and store in an airtight container in a cool dark place or they can be frozen. Soft leaved herbs such as basil, chives, fennel, lovage, mint and tarragon can be blanched and then frozen. Using 1 pint of water for every 2.5 ounces of fresh herbs, place leaves in a wire basket or colander and plunge into boiling water for 30 seconds. Immediately immerse the herbs in ice water for 1 minute. Blot excess moisture and pack them tightly in freezer bags. Squeeze out as much air as possible, seal and freeze. Considering the high price of most herbs in the grocery stores, a little work now can go a long way in winter.

Erysimum. Wallflowers are useful evergreen perennials for our climate. Cold hardy to zone 5, critter resistant and low water, we have two varieties in stock now. Most of you are familiar with Erysimum linifolium 'Bowles Mauve'. It forms a large globe 2' by 2' with narrow gray-green leaves and a profusion of iridescent, fragrant mauve flowers all summer. It is at home in a perennial bed mixed with yellows and whites. Remove spent flowers to keep it looking its best. The other Wallflower that we grew this year is Erysimum kotschyanum 'Orange Flame'. It is a groundcover that will reach 8-10" tall and 14" wide. The small leaves are light green and will be covered with fragrant orange flowers in spring. It would do well planted in the front of a bed, along a walkway, on a slope or spilling over the edge of a wall. Both of these Wallflowers attract butterflies and bees.
'Bowles Mauve' Wallflower
'Orange Flame' Wallflower

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fall is in the air!

Ahhhh Fall!
Apples, Football and Grasses. 
Grasses? Many of the ornamental grasses are coloring up and blooming now and here are the ones we have in stock.

Pennisetum 'Burgundy Bunny'
A red-tinted sport of the popular 'Little Bunny,' this dwarf Fountain Grass only reaches 12-16" tall and wide and its narrow leaves are mixed carmine and green all summer. Then it blazes scarlet from autumn until frost. It has cream-colored "bunny tail" blooms, would be perfect for containers, along a walkway or in the middle of a perennial bed. This irresistible miniature is hardy to zone 5 (-20).

Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’
The Japanese Bloodgrass is a spreading grass that grows to 18" by 12". The wide blades are green at the base with red tips that become more intense over summer and autumn. This grass rarely blooms and takes a little more shade than other grasses. Nice in a rock garden, near water or as a mass planting it is cold hardy to 20 degrees below zero.

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

The reddest of the Switchgrasses 'Shenondoah' will reach 2' by 2' at maturity with red seedheads above. Like Japanese Bloodgrass the green blades become more red in summer and fall. It is cold hardy to zone 4.

 Elymus arenarius
Blue Lyme Grass is a very fast growing, sometimes invasive, steel blue grass that reaches 2' tall. The beige flower stalks grow above the foliage and it will adapt to sun or shade and wet or dry areas. Plant it to hold a bank, along a dry creek or in a pot. Another cold hardy grass to -30 and it is evergreen!

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'
Maiden Grass is a fast growing, tall grass that will reach at least 4' tall with the seed heads reaching 6'. The fine green foliage will cure to bronze in winter and the blooms are copper colored turning cream. It is tall enough to make a screen or be planted in the back of a border. Drought tolerant and cold hardy to zone 5.

Cortaderia selloana
Pampas Grass is another fast growing grass with sharp-edged, thick, light green leaves and large white plumes. Give it plenty of room as it grows quickly to 6-10' tall and 3-6' wide. It can be used as a hedge, screen or specimen and is hardy to zero degrees.

All ornamental grasses are deer resistant. They can and sometimes should be divided every few years. For winter interest leave the foliage until the new growth starts in spring and then cut back.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

August already

Come to our AUGUST TREE & ROSE SALE! All of our trees and roses are 20% off through August. We have a nice selection of evergreens, fruit and shade left. So for those of you who have been waiting for it is!

Go on The Evergreen Garden Club's Annual Garden Tour. It takes place on Saturday August 9th from 9-1 and we have once again been selected to be on the tour. For those of you who are saying "Really?" "Again?" I think they thought that since the date has been changed to August different things would be blooming and they were right. If you didn't make it out last year, please come. If you did come last year please bring a friend this year. This is a good organization to support and it is always nice to see what other people are doing with their yards. We are located at 141 Armijo Road just past mile marker 28 heading south on highway 90. Third house on the right.
  The next house on the tour is at 101 Christopher. If you continue past our house on Armijo, it veers right and Christopher goes straight (east). This house is the first one on the left, about 3/4 of a mile down Christopher. It has a lot of colorful drought tolerant plants and a beautiful courtyard.
  Blythe Whiteley has also been on the tour before. She sells her cut flowers at the Farmers' Market on Saturdays. Her landscape is full of unusual varieties of perennials, annuals, roses, vines, shrubs and trees. I am sure you will see something you have never seen before. This garden's address is 816 East Pine which is off Silver.
  Alicia and Emma are the creators of the landscape at 1809 N Yucca off 18th St. They describe it as an urban fruit and vegetable garden with an emphasis on pollinator habitat, utilizing xeric and native plants. This same philosophy has been implemented at The Commons which is also on the tour. It is located at the corner of 13th and Corbin and can be reached by turning east off of Hudson onto 12th and then turning north onto Corbin.
  If you have a garden or landscape that you are proud of, contact The Evergreen Garden Club and let them know you would like to be on the tour next year (388-1324).

We will be closing at 3:00 on August 9th because it is our 30th wedding anniversary...and we can. Thanks to Gavin and Bill for making this little getaway possible!

Plant cool season veggies from seed. I don't know about you but I can't stand to have empty space in my vegetable garden. And since we just pulled the last of our carrots, beets and onions, we planted fennel, lettuce and radishes. They should be up in no time with this warm (ok hot) weather and produce before it starts to freeze. Here is the list of when to plant what give or take a week or two. Remember that we will have transplants for cool season vegetables in September.

ASPARAGUS (P)                     MARCH1-APRIL30
BEANS, BUSH (S)                  MAY1-31 & JULY1-31
BEANS, POLE (S)                   MAY1-31
BEANS, LIMA (S)                  MAY1-JULY15
BEANS, PINTO (S)                MAY1-31
BEETS (S)                              MARCH1-APRIL15 & JULY15-AUGUST1
BROCCOLI (S) (P)                   MARCH15-APRIL1 & JULY1-15
CABBAGE (S) (P)                    MARCH15-31 & JULY1-15
CANTALOUPE (S) (P)             APRIL15-30
CARROTS (S)                         FEBRUARY15-APRIL 1 & JULY1-AUGUST1
CAULIFLOWER (S) (P)           MARCH15-31 & JULY1-AUGUST1
CORN, SWEET (S)                 APRIL20-JULY1
CUCUMBER (S) (P)                 APRIL15-MAY15
EGGPLANT (P)                       APRIL15- MAY15
GARLIC (Bulb)                       SEPTEMBER15-NOVEMBER15
LEEKS (S)                              FEBRUARY15-MARCH15
LETTUCE, HEAD (S) (P)         MARCH1-15
-BUTTERHEAD (S) (P)           MARCH1-31 & JULY15-AUGUST15
OKRA (S)                               APRIL15-30
ONIONS (S) (Sets)               FEBRUARY15-MARCH15 & SEPTEMBER1-31
PEAS (S)                                FEBRAURY15-APRIL15
WHITE (SP)                           APRIL1- MAY15
PUMPKIN (S)                          MAY1-15
RADISH (S)                            MARCH1-APRIL30 & SEPTEMBER1-30
SPINACH (S) (P)                     FEBRUARY15-MARCH15 & AUGUST1-30
TOMATOES (S) (P)                 APRIL15-MAY15
TURNIPS (S)                          MARCH1-APRIL15 & JULY1-AUGUST15
WATERMELON (S) (P)           APRIL20-MAY20
(S) =plant by seed; (P) = plant live transplants; (SP) =plant seed potatoes or use pieces of organic potatoes
Last frost date in the Grant County area is April 15-May 15 depending on the year and microclimate you are in.
Grant County Extension Service has more free information at 2610 N. Silver Street, Silver City (575) 388-1559.

Plant now and stock up for next year. 
Lake Valley & Pagano seeds are untreated and contain no GMO's.

Lagerstroemia indica. Crape Myrtle is a moderate growing deciduous shrub that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.  It is a China native with smooth gray bark that can become mottled pink with age. The new foliage is light green with bronze edges and will turn yellow, orange and red in fall. In summer the crepelike flowers form in clusters 6-12" long and the round seed pods provide winter interest. The two varieties that we are carrying now are 'Pink Velour' and 'Red Rocket'. 'Pink Velour' has bright pink flowers and slightly darker foliage being wine-burgundy in spring. It is also considered a semi-dwarf variety only reaching 6-10 feet tall and wide and is a zone 7 plant. 'Red Rocket' will grow to at least 10 feet with ruby red blooms and is a little more cold hardy at zone 6. Both of these Crape Myrtles should be planted in full sun for the most blooms. They could be trained into a small tree, used as an anchor in a perennial bed, grown as a hedge, or used as a screen. They bloom on new wood but really only need to be pruned to shape. Low water and low maintenance, what's not to like?
Lagerstroemis indica 'Red Rocket'

Monday, July 14, 2014



By the way, we carry several styles of rain gauges. You really need to be able to tell your friends how much you got!