Friday, May 30, 2014

They said it'd rain...all it's done is fail.

Welcome back to another episode of Lost in the Farmer’s market or LITFM for short. Due to workload in real life there is no real post this week however I do have the Plant list for the Saturday market and some nice pictures from the test garden. So despite the lack of normal content enjoy the following garden-licious filler.

Santolina chamaecyparissus - Levender-Cotton
Many of the customers at the farmer's market ask me just what the flowers of Lavender cotton look like and when it blooms. The picture above was taken this week and those flowers should persist roughly until the real heat of August slows things down and may return again sometime in autumn.  The flowers of Lavender-cotton are held on thin stalks and are the brightest shade of yellow imaginable but lack any noticeable petals.

Capsicum anuum 'Sangria'- Sangria Ornamental Peppers
These guys survived all winter in a small 6" pot and have been transplanted up into a three gallon nursery pot. Fromt eh same seed batch one pepper bears the distinctive purple foliage while the other is plain green and the bright fuscia-pink peppers give away it's heritage. I bet by late summer this plant will be kind of epic.

Delphinum consolida.- Larkspur
A surprising volunteer, this is a Larkspur, I don't know which variety yet  but it came with the bag of Pennington wild flower seed I spread across the berm that forms the back bone of the crescent bed. Almost mistaking the young plants for a common dog fennel I almost pulled them up but decided to be lazy as they were not in the way. Talk about luck the bright blues are fantastic.

[Update: This plant is also known as Consolida regalis and is an annual.]

Hyssopus officinalis - Hyssop
No really, I went to snap a shot of the hyssop there in the back ground and the wind shifted and suddenly  a pair of narrow leaf coneflowers (Echinacea angustifolia) was all up in the picture. Some times not even trying the plants have a life of their own.

Asclepias tuberosum - Plerusey Root / Common Milkweed
The milk weeds get better and brighter every year and this year they are off the hook. It's like a spray of orange fireworks and the best part is some of the branches are coming up inside the garden bed.  As some might know I spent an incredible amount of time growing this clump from seed collected in new jersey before I moved to North Carolina and it's one of the greatest garden successes in the test garden.

Portulaca grandiflora 'Samba Peppermint' - Moss Rose
Samba Peppermint is a pink-white bi-color variety of moss rose and finally it's decided to bloom. The picture probably does it no justice but yeah for the sake of showing you what it looks like up close there it is with a picotee red petunia for background contrast.

Capsicum anuum - Purple Bell Pepper
In the upper right side of the pot you see a small plant emerging from beneath the pepper plant. The volunteer is one of three volunteer ground cherry plants that somehow got into that one pot. As far as volunteers go I'm happy to see them given the otherwise poor results from attempts at growing them in numbers.

O. basilicum var. thyrsiflora - Thai Basil
 Thai basil is often met with a bit of unfamiliarity and dare I say suspicion. Most customers don't know what to do with the typically scraggly plants and are unfamiliar with the scent and taste. But this is a picture of a mature specimen, as you can see if there is no competition Thai basil takes on a open bushy form and it's flowers are dark reddish in color while the petals tend to be pink. Humming birds love all forms of basil but are attracted to reds so Thai basil is good for you and them.

 But putting aside this weeks photos as some of you regular readers might know on Saturday the 31st I will be manning the table at the Fayetteville Farmer's market. The market is located on 325 Franklin Street in downtown Fayetteville and runs from 9:00 am through 1:00 pm. The weather is supposed to be quite nice tomorrow and so of course it's a good chance to get out without the risk of a freak downpour.  But enough of that, with out further delay I present this week's plant list.

Southward Skies: A northern guide to southern Gardening
This is the second edition of my book, which was published using data compiled from several years of test garden operations. It’s written to aid gardeners of all skill levels in successful garden methods that are targeted for the south east but had proven to be a valued resource for gardens across the eastern coast. It’s certainly a good gift for that gardener you know or for yourself if you’d like to have a reliable field guide. The book costs $25.00 and we do take checks for this item, you can even have it signed.

2x Eggplant, Casper , 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Pepper, Jalapeno, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Pepper, Habenero, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Pepper, Sweet Banana , 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Pepper, Pimento, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Pepper, Carolina Wonder, 3.5” pot ($3.00)

3x Tomato, Brown Berry, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Tomato, Cherokee Purple, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Tomato, Martino’s Roma, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Tomato, Mexico Midget, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
3x Tomato, Rainbow Cherry Mix, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Tomato, Red & Yellow Currant, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Tomato, Reisotomate, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
1x Tomato, San Marzano, 3.5” pot ($3.00)

6x Strawberry- Ozark Beauty, 3.5” pot ($3.00)


3x Artemesia, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
4x Basil, Sweet, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Basil, Thai, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Basil, Cinnamon, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Basil, Red Rubin, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Bee Balm, Lambada, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Chives, Common, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Fennel, Black, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
1x Lavender, Munstead, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Mint, Chocolate, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
3x Marjoram, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
4x Oregano, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Parsley, Italian, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
4x Rosemary, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Sage, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Tansy, 3.5” pot ($3.00)

Coming Soon:
Black Hungarian Pepper
Potatoleaf Hillbilly Tomato
Japanese Black Trifele Tomato
Louisiana Long Green Eggplant
Early Black Egg Eggplant
Angel’s Trumpet “Bloomfield”
Passion Vine

This wraps up the last LITFM episode of May and what a month it has been, from drown to drought to drenched and back to drought. Wasn’t the crazy weather supposed to be in March?! As a handy tip most plants require 8 ounces of water a day at a bare minimum to do well so even a little bit helps if it’s too hot or you’re too busy to thoroughly water. With that watering tip in mind tune in next week where we’ll show sneak previews of what you all will see on the Garden tour coming on Sunday June the 8th.

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