Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Exploded Thermometers everywhere!

Welcome back to another episode of Lost in the Farmer’s Market. This is a belated post as it was supposed to be posted last week and so it combines the latest plant with last week’s content. Another post without a plant list will be up shortly as a representative for the current post for this week. If that wasn’t confusing enough, then gosh darn it I’ve not done my job!

First off I’m sure some of you recall the mega storm on Tuesday the 9th but I snapped a few pictures of the strangest part of the event, when the sky turned so bright yellow that it seemed to be bright enough to be high noon.

This effect happens because the sun is shining behind the storm, and this odd color is more likely during sunset when the sun appears more orange-yellow than normal. As freaky as it is it is not a sign of a tornado as some think but rather an odd lighting phenomenon. For note the storm delivered 3” of rain and yet at least around my way as of this writing a week later not a drop to speak of and yet on Tuesday a week later the temperatures hit 101 degrees.

‘Gator’ Aloe nearly in bloom.
The Specimen plant didn’t look too happy, yet here it produced a bloom so sometimes aloes do strange but awesome things. Even so right after this image was snapped I did a little cleaning of dead leaves.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’
The vaunted red coneflower I sold last year during the summer looks like this when in bloom. These are specimens I planted in the crescent garden to show what the plant could look like in the garden.

Monarda didymus ‘Lambada’
Commonly called Bee balm, this member of the mint family is best known for its pink or red blooms that offer lots of nectar to a large variety of pollinators and humming birds. Note the mildew spots on the leaves, all bee balm tend to get this; it’s rarely fatal to the plant.

Monarda sp. ‘Purification’

This is Purification bee balm; it’s the most successful species of bee balm I’ve ever grown in the south simply for its even spread and reliability. As you can see it’s in full bloom and in the morning it’s practically quivering with pollinators. But of course next week we’ll have some other garden images of plants that are handling the summer heat wave in their own way.

For those not in the know; the Fayetteville City Market is open on Wednesdays between the hours of 12:00 to 5:00pm and on Saturdays between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. The market is located at 325 Franklin Street in downtown Fayetteville. We are located on the grounds of the Fayetteville Transportation Museum. The market is a rain or shine event that persists in all but the worst weather. For note I have resumed service on Wednesday markets so you can come on down and not only get the best local foods, but you can now get your garden plants too. Fortunately June has begun with heat humidity and rain and I am responding by turning up the heat. This month you can expect to see some of the world’s hottest pepper plants. But Behold, the latest home grown organic item is now available.

With summer officially beginning on Saturday it is my great pleasure to introduce a critical herbal plant that doubles as a house plant. It is likely that in just a few moments you’ll know what plant I mean in specific but for those who do not recognize it let me tell you about it. This particular herb is considered a tropical and does not tolerate our cold weather however with time and age individual plants can get quite massive and it will produce a tall flower stalk with reddish-pink tube-shaped flowers. We all know it because we’ve seen in in a number of products ranging from beverages to skin protecting cosmetics. It is perhaps the most fundamental introductory plant to the world of succulent plants and indeed every house hold should have one especially if you love to cook. Of course you might know by now that I speak of Aloe barbadensis or as it is commonly called Medicinal Aloe or Aloe Vera. Fortunately the high heat of summer came early and with it the increase in sunburns has prompted me to offer this special plant early to meet the needs of the visitors at the booth. Aloe will be offered in one of three sizes with the larger size coming later.

-          2.5” pot Aloe Vera $3.00
-          3.5” pot Aloe Vera $4.00
-          6” pot Aloe Vera $6.00

Before you ask no this is not the start of Sparklitis month, but rather a response to summer arriving early. The best part is that these aloes were grown organically from a massive mother plant that still resides at the Headquarters. The mother is very vigorous and is currently in a 12” pot with three primary stems. So of course you can figure that the off sets being sold are very vigorous.

But of course this is not the only thing because this week’s market list is below.

3x Pepper, Trinidad Congo
2x Pepper, Trinidad Douglah
1x Pepper, 7-Pot
1x Pepper, Naga Jolokia
2x Pepper, Santaka

4x Tomato, Traveler 76
6x Tomato, Black Krim
4x Tomato, Cherokee Purple
2x Tomato, Brandywine

4x Santolina
2x Rue
1x Artemesia

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