Saturday, May 26, 2012

Stepping Out!

Over the past few weeks Marty has been enjoying collecting and planting up shoes.  Her most recent pair is really a showstopper! Gotta love the colors- you really can't beat the bold combo of chartreuse and plum purple.  (Actually, chartreuse and anything...) Another fun reminder that nothing should be off-limits in the garden!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Red, White & Blue

It's amazing that May is nearly over!  It feels like only yesterday we had begun this whole process, transplanting  tiny plugs and waiting patiently for them to mature.  

And we're now arriving at Memorial Day.  The holiday has evolved through the years-  the name Decoration Day became Memorial Day.   Soon after, the date was changed from May 30 to the last Monday in May.  One Memorial Day tradition that has not changed is the practice of placing flowers in cemeteries and homes as a symbol of remembrance of our fallen soldiers.    In recognition of the holiday, we'd like to share some red, white, and blue from the greenhouses:

The flowers of Calliope Dark Red geraniums are such a deep, stunning red.  It is an "interspecific" geranium, which means it has been crossed with an ivy geranium and its habit is more filling than upright.  We are very much looking forward to next spring when Calliopes are expected to be available in all colors as well as the original dark red.

Torenia comes in a rainbow of colors, including Catalina White Linen. Their trailing habit makes them a beautiful addition to a shady planter.  Another example of why we should always take a second, closer look: the wishbone in the center of the flower gives away the meaning of its nickname "wishbone flower"!

Another fun flower!  Laurentia, or Star Flower, is just irresistable.  As many "blue" flowers, its coloring is not quite a true blue.  (It is unusual, but not unheard of to find a true blue flower- Black and Blue salvia and Evolvulus Blue Daze come to mind.)  No matter, Laurentia is an adorable option for a sunnier spot.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pretty in Pink

So sweet!  The new Twister Pink verbena has caught our eye down in the growing houses.  It's the perfect combo- sturdy, sun-loving verbena with a simple but unique flower.  What's not to love?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Hot Pot!

Cindy and Bren have spent the last few days putting together bunches of beautiful planters.  They've almost got it down to a science!   This was one of their favorites, but "you need sunglasses to look at it!"

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Transformation

If you've been down to see us lately, you've probably already seen it- our newest greenhouse, now camouflaged by its even newer facade. And we are beyond excited about our new "shed" porch and greenhouse!  Almost a year ago a shed stood in place of this greenhouse:

And it was much more than a year ago that Tom began tearing down a used greenhouse to transport home and reconstruct on the site still occupied by our old shed.  Like everyone else we were disappointed by the lack of snow this past winter, but it was ideal for greenhouse construction!  Fast forward, and here we are today:

A finished greenhouse and completed front porch!  If you look closely, you may notice that the "new" porch has been built with the wood from the demolished shed and covered by its old tin roof.  Another sentimental detail are the three doors that used to hang in the now gone Sunday School building of Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church.  

If you peek through the windows you can see that this newest addition is already filled to the brim with flowers!  And, of course, we could not be more thrilled with the results!

Don't Miss Out!

How can it be Open House time of year again?  Hope you've marked your calendar for this Saturday.  Here's the lowdown:

Spring Open House at Henry's Greenhouses
Saturday, May 5 from 8:00- 12:00
Just like every other Saturday morning you're welcome to drop in, browse and shop.  Unlike every other Saturday morning you're also welcome to enjoy a cup of coffee and some of Aunt Cin's homemade breads (on us, of course) and see what fun surprises we have in store for you!

Hope to see you on Saturday!