Tuesday, March 11, 2014

New Plants for 2014, & our Facebook Page

It's been over a year since we did a blog post, primarily because most of the action these days is on our social media pages: on Facebook, and on Twitter. And while the snow continues to fall on Nova Scotia and it seems winter will never leave us, we've been busy planning for spring. We've just put the finishing touches on our new 2014 catalogue, which you can download for yourself. 

Among the new plants for this year is 'Campfire' rose from the Canadian Artists series. This rose honours Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, those tremendous artists of yesteryear. 

 We carry a number of plants for the shade garden, including three different Jack in the Pulpit species. This one is commonly known as the Cobra Lily (Arisaema sikokianum)
 We brought in 'Cannon's Double' azalea last year for the first time, and it was extremely popular, so we thought it worth a mention.
 'Lavender Twist' redbud is an early-blooming, small tree with branches and twigs having a drooping, twisted growth habit. It's very attractive to early pollinators, too.
We are really thrilled with this variegated flowering dogwood, 'Akatsuki', which has pink flowers. They contrast far better with the variegated foliage than does the white-flowered form. 
 Our interest in hellebores keeps growing and growing, and so does our list of cultivars. This one is 'Cherry Blossom', and like other cultivars and the native forms, it is attractive to pollinators, too.
For those who love blue flowers, we really recommend blue corydalis (Corydalis elata), which we have found to be very hardy, long blooming, and fragrant to boot. It may go dormant in hot weather like its relatives, the bleeding hearts, but in our climate it keeps growing if it's in moist soil. 
 It's always good to learn about new plants, and while Tricyrtis isn't a new plant, it was new to us and we were convinced to carry it because it is a late bloomer. If you're not acquainted with toad lily, the flowers are much smaller than true lilies, but each plant can bear dozens of them in sprays of blooms.
 We do confess to having a deep and abiding love for all coneflowers--the native ones, the new colours, the singles, the doubles. We brought in a number of Terra Nova Nurseries' cultivars last year and grew them on, so they will be ready to go this spring. Among the varieties we have are 'Firebird' (shown), 'Secret Glow', 'Sunbird' and 'Lilliput.'
 For the past few years, Rob has had lewisia growing in one of his rock gardens. This year, he is offering 'Rainbow Mix', which as the name suggests has a number of colourful varieties. Lewisias are definite stars of the rock garden, demanding excellent drainage.
 Of course we have the gorgeous Meconopsis, or blue poppy, which can be a bit of a diva but is worth mollycoddling...
And also for the woodland or shade garden, a selection of different trillium, including this yellow species. And yellow ladyslippers, too!
That's just a few plants to get you interested...do find us on Facebook to get the latest information. We will be at Saltscapes Magazine's Expo again this year, next month (April 25-27, Exhibition Park, Halifax). Hopefully by then the snow will be gone and spring will have finally found us.

Friday, January 25, 2013

To Warm our Spirits, New Plants for 2013

It's winter, and here in Nova Scotia we're in the grasp of a frigid spell, when only a few short days ago we had temperatures that were springlike. How do we gardeners cope with winter if we don't flee to warmer climes? 

If you run a nursery, you spend time planning your new catalogue, ordering new plants, and preparing for the arrival of spring. We are in the process of developing our 2013 Baldwin's Nursery catalogue, and thought we'd return to the blogging world with a few of our tempting plants for this coming season.  

With the popularity of the blue poppies we had last season, we will have quite a few more of them this year. 
Our nursery is known for its diverse selection of rhododendrons and azaleas, including some of our own hybrid seedling crosses. We are bringing in some new cultivars this year, however, including the striped azalea 'Ribbon Candy', 
 And the dazzling 'Cheerful Giant', a double-flowered deciduous azalea.
 We all love blue spruces in our conifer plantings, but how about a blue pine? This is Pinus flexilus 'Extra Blue', a roughly-pyramidal, blue-needled pine that can reach as much as 50 feet tall.
 There is something exotic and lush about flowering cherry trees, and we're pleased to offer a great specimen tree, the Japanese weeping flowering cherry, Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'. This is grown for its ornamental value, not for its fruit, but we do carry a number of great fruit trees.

Goji berry has exploded in popularity in recent years, being touted as a fruit loaded with health benefits. Also sometimes referred to as Wolfberry, this native of the Himalayas has significant amounts of vitamin C and Beta-carotene, and the fruits are somewhat tart in taste. We're keen to see what local gardeners think of this plant. 
 We love perennials that do double-duty, having great foliage as well as wonderful flowers. Pollinators love ligularias, and we are excited to carry this chocolate-foliaged form, 'Midnight Lady'.
 While some of the coreopsis varieties released in recent years haven't performed all that well, we find the best way to grow them is to give them excellent winter drainage. This variety is 'Sweet Dreams', with a cheerily rose-coloured flower.
We carry a number of wonderful woodland plants, ideal for planting in shady conditions. This is one of the liverworts, Hepatica--we will be carrying two species this year...
 And this is the Hart's tongue fern, one of a number of fern species we have on offer.
 We are pleased to have a section of oddities/zone pushers for this year's growing season, including such delightful choices as prickly pear cactus (Opuntia). We have these in several colours, and they work brilliantly in your alpine or rock garden.

That should be enough to warm your spirits for a day or so. To keep up more regularly with what we're doing, please like our Facebook page, where we do (usually) daily posts. We should have our new catalogue available as a pdf download in a few weeks time.