The hottest flower bulbs in the nursery right now- begonias that will have extra-extra-large flowers. We make sure to grow the very biggest and world’s best, from AmeriHybrid bulbs from California.
Large plants with succulent leaves, and downright gigantic flowers. Begonias like the kind you would see back in the day at the county fair, winning ribbons for their showy perfection….
We are the last place around that we know of, still growing and featuring this old-fashioned flower. It’s our pleasure to offer plump and premium American-grown begonia bulbs and help you grow them, too.
Have a shade garden, filtered light, north-facing porch? These babies will still bloom for you with low-maintenance care.They are also happy in morning sun, or catching the final few hours of the day. Put ’em in pots, hanging baskets, beds- but put ’em up close where you can enjoy the colorful blooms!
Plant begonias in the shade (or morning sun), in nice rich soil. They will re-sprout every season in early spring. The routine is pretty simple to make them happy as they grow: water them regularly, apply flower food regularly. They will give you consistent color into fall, no other strings attached….
Come by and see these super-sized beauties for yourself- we’re happy to talk tubers with you:)
Nothing sweeter than fragrant lilacs in spring. Just snip a few of the clusters and bring them inside- mmmm….
This is the perfect time of year to get lilacs from the nursery. Look for sizeable plants with even, vigorous new buds and thick, strong branches. The flowers are traditionally lavender, but you also see them in pink, white, blue, wine red and even dark purple with white edges.
There are several reasons we love them:
Butterflies and other pollinators love the flowers as much as we do.
Deer tend to leave them alone.
Watering is minimal once established; I have one mature specimen that does beautifully with no irrigation at all.
Sun Exposure is something lilacs thrive upon. Bring on the heat! You can also grow them in partial sun.
Size is not massive, and easily controlled by pruning right after the bloomtime.
These can be really versatile, too. Grow them as a hedge to get masses of color, or feature a single specimen as a focal point in your landscape. Mix them into your butterfly garden. Put a few in pots to brighten up the deck in springtime. Harvest the flowers for plentiful bouquets, since they last quite long when cut.
Ours are extra fat this season, having had exceptionally cold winters the last few years. Lots of flowerbuds, and great selection right now, so stop by!
We’ve got a nice big crop, ready to sprout! Our peonies will bloom beautifully this season- no waiting for years to see a flower. Ready to spring forth with lush foliage and plump buds, and ready to take home now so you can enjoy the unfurling springtime show.
Never grown peonies before? If you like to cut bouquets you will LOVE them! You gotta see these things in bloom…..
‘Takara’ Itoh peony
We are thrilled to grow peonies every year. Lush plants that have ripe, colorful buds, exotic leaves and breathtaking flowers.
‘Pink Double Dandy’
The peony has always been my dream flower, with it’s distinctive petals and sweet old-fashioned perfume- almost too perfect looking to be real! A photo doesn’t do this beauty proper justice, and if you’ve seen these blooms in reality you know how breathtaking they are.
We’ve got several different kinds right now, grown in large enough containers so as to readily bloom this year. They’re long-lived perennials that can give you lifelong bouquets, and will thrive here in Sonoma County with minimal care when planted properly.
Fat juicy buds
To start, choose a spot that gets full (or at least afternoon) sun. If you’re putting your peony in the ground, work lots of rich compost like Paydirt into the hole, and add some starter fertilizer like Masterstart. This will not only add proper nutrients like nitrogen and phospherous, but will also break up heavy clay soil and promote good drainage. If you’d like to plant in a container, that’s fine- just use Planting Mix straight from the bag, but don’t forget that starter fertilizer.
‘Bowl of Beauty’ bush peony
The most recently developed peonies are exceptionally lush and leafy, with loads of flowers and a more extended bloomtime than old-fashioned kinds. These are the intersectional hybrids called Itoh (eye-toe), a vigorous cross between bush-type and tree-type. You really get the best of both worlds here- flower colors and foliage like the exotic tree peonies, but with the bushier habit and sun tolerance of standard bush peonies.
Cut flower aficionados are just wild about the blooms- extra-large, long-lasting, fragrant, and just downright show-stopping! When you cut a budded stem that is beginning to open, it will continue blooming in the vase for quite a while. Gorgeous!
Cruise on in to check out of our peony selection, and while you’re here we can certainly answer your questions and/or help you pick out the right one for your garden.
This crop of camellias are extra-vigorous, dark green and glossy, with plentiful buds that are starting to pop open. Back in the day these types of plants were called hogs, due to their voracious growth, robust size and top notch quality.
You can get the best selection right now, no slop required.
This is an ideal time to plant camellias. The roots will fill in nicely during these winter months, providing ample support for the plentiful flowers and new growth of the season ahead.
Use some Planting Mix straight out of the bag when you plant in pots, or incorporate Paydirt along with Planting Mix 50/50 with your native soil when installing them in the ground. It’s important to include a starter fertilizer or camellia food into this mix as well, so as to put nutrients right near the roots; this will encourage strong, fast-growing new roots to form.
‘Debutante’ camellia japonica, just starting to open
Camellias are low maintenance and fairly drought tolerant once established. There are different types available to suit different planting sites- japonicas are generally shade-loving, while sasanquas will accept full sun as well as shade. Some, like the statuesque reticulatas, grow upright and tall, while others are meant to stay shorter and wider without trimming. Many will sport large, showy flowers, while others bear prolific clusters of bloom. We even have specialty espalier specimens on trellis and topiary tree camellias.
They’re one of those plants that is really versatile. I’ve seen them grown as a flower-filled hedge, as a stately specimen allowed to assume it’s natural form, even potted with colorful bedding plants beneath. I also enjoy cutting branches for flower arrangements, or floating a large blossom or two in a bowl on the table.
So if you’re hankering for a new hog, come take a peek in our pen………