Annas Perennials will have a Long Weekend Sale August 30, 31 and September 1st-9am-5pm. Buy 1-get 2nd of equal or lesser value for 50% off.
All potted perennials, grasses and Acer ginnala (amur maple) – other trees and shrubs are not included.
I hope to see you on weekend.
We need Portland cement, peat moss , sand and chicken wire. You can replace sand with perlite or vermiculite.
I use a ratio of 1: 1: 1
– Cut chicken wire to small squares.
– Mix all ingredients when they are dry then slowly add water . Wear gloves and avoid breathing near the mixture.
– Make sure your mix is not to runny; it should be like bread dough.
– Use any container for a form or make form from sand
– Put down one layer of concrete mix then chicken wire and cover with a second layer of concrete mix.
– After making the container make drainage holes in the bottom.
– Cover your container with plastic for 48 hours (or longer if required).
– After that time you can unmold your creation.
Cover it with plastic or an old wet T shirt for additional week or two for the concrete to cure properly. Remember that it needs moisture to get strong. Spray it with water when you remember.
Before planting wash it with 10 part water and 1 part vinegar mix.
Plant and enjoy
I will be happy to have more workshops for groups 4 or more. So if you and your friends would like to learn hands on, send me an e-mail.
Thank you so much to all participants.
Monday, Tuesday 9-6
Wednesday – closed
Thursday, Friday 9-6
Saturday and Sunday 9-5
We are going to be closed on Friday 22 for bereavement.
Working with hypertufa workshop: Birdbath.
Sunday June 29th, 2pm.
63 Shoreview Road,
Hypertufa is a mix of Portland cement, peat moss, sand or perlite-I prefer sand as it gives a nicer color.
We are going to do a hosta or rhubarb leaf, shaped birdbath.
I will provide all necessary ingredients; all you have to bring is gloves and working clothes.
It will take about 2 hours, while waiting for hypertufa to set (about an additional hour) we will have tea and rhubarb cake and walk in the gardens.
The fee for the workshop is $ 40 per person (max of 10 people,) so place is limited.
Please register in advance by email, no later than the 26th, please include your name, and cell/home contact phone number. Workshop may be canceled if weather doesn’t cooperate.
Date of the workshop: 29 of June, at 2pm.
We adding a second workshop : date 20 July, at 2 pm. Please register in advance by email, no later than the 16th.
Be advised that each participant will be taking home a 25″x 20″ board with their birthday on it. It takes about 48 hours for mix to set properly . So please make sure you have enough space in the car.
Many years ago I got a few cactus pads from a customer. It was Opuntia humifusa (Prickly Pear Cactus). That was a beginning to my cactus collection.
Every year I search for new plants or seeds hardy to my area.
About seven years ago I got seeds of Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. mojavensis . Took long time but one of my plants flowered today. It was worth the wait. I am so glad I didn’t miss it because my little cactus had only one flower.
Opuntia polyacantha is one of my favorite cacti. Big pads, lots of spines and big, beautiful flowers. It’s very hardy and looks good in the spring. Its also easy to start from seed. That’s how I started mine.
I ordered 1 pack of pink flower Opuntia polyacantha. After 3 years my patch in the sand garden had pink, raspberry, yellow and almost white flowers. So, there is a question, did I got mix of seeds or its just result of cross pollination?
Any way, I am very happy with the results, as are my customers.
The dark green, Weeping Norway Spruce can be staked and trained into an outstanding upright specimen, or it can be allowed to grow as a ground cover that drapes over slopes and rocks.
Whistling Gardens Darren Heimbecker planted a row of young ‘Pendula’ plants with stakes and wire supports to train them into a narrow, living fence.
As for the culture of Weeping Norway Spruce, they prefer moist but well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. They are hardy from Zones 2-8 . They are generally pest free and once established, are very little trouble at all.
One thing you will have to determine is whether you want an upright tree or a low mounding form. If you opt for the upright version, you’ll have to stake and train an upright leader so that the plant knows you want it to grow up .
If allowed to grow into an upright plant, it will ultimately reach a height of 15′ or so but that will be after many years of growth.
If you love weepers as much as I do, visit Flora wonder blog, wonderful pictures and lots of information.
Picea abies Cupressina (Norway spruce)
The species Norway Spruce originates from the mountains of central Europe, where it can be found at elevations as high as 6,000 ft.
This cultivar, the Cupressina Norway Spruce, is fastigiate, meaning it is very narrow with a tightbranching habit. Because of it’s growth habit, it’s a perfect addition to a smaller gardens where a strong, evergreen vertical element is required. A Few off them can make an excellent screen in smaller garden areas.
Though it’s classified as a dwarf, this conifer can be expected to grow to a height of 30′-40′ in height and 8′-10′ in diameter. It’s also an excellent choice in more northern climates as it has an excellent ability to bear the weight of heavy snow relative to other narrow tree selections.
The needles on the Picea abies ‘Cupressina’ are approx 1″ in length and slightly curved, with a dark greenish-blue hue. It will tolerate both alkaline and acid soils, clays and sand. It has a preference for moist soils but can
withstand a moderate drought and likes to have full sun exposure to perform it’s best. It is considered deer resistant, and is hardy to Zone 3 .
This is a picture of my Cupressina that I got late, last year. I hope it will survive the winter, being planted so very late… hopefully it had enough time to root. I love this spruce, it is so narrow and has a beautiful contrast between green needle’s, and rusty brown bark.
Dawn redwood ‘Gold Rush’ is a narrow pyramidal tree with spectacular bright golden foliage, it’s a deciduous conifer!
It is a fast growing tree in the Cypress family, along with the Redwood and the Giant Sequoia. This native to China, is the only surviving species in the ancient redwood genus Metasequoia. This tree will grow to 6 m high and 2 m wide in 10 years.
Gold Rush, was found as a seedling in Japan and brought to Europe where it was named ‘Gold Rush’. This golden leaved conifer keeps its colouring well into the summer. It then turns orange-brown in fall, when it sheds all of its needles. In spring, the needles return as a bright chartreuse before going yellow again.
This is an architectural tree – strong in form, bold in colour with fine texture. If you have room, it would be a stunning addition to your garden.
It prefers a sunny location and average soil. Mine is growing in very light shade and far away from my dogs. They love to pee on all the young trees.