start asking when I am sending out another newsletter, I feel
really good, because then I know that people like them and possibly
even read them! However I also feel guilty, as I know its been
a long time coming. At long last, here it is.
But first, an apology: this past spring I promised you a newletter
that would be a pictorial essay on dividing grasses. The problem
was in the timing. When it was the right time to divide a Miscanthus,
the office was insanely busy. So next year we are going to plan
for this a little better and I hope we can accomplish our mission!
The purpose of this newsletter is to announce a sale on our
willow plugs. We have a few of almost every variety left. Some
of them were previously listed as sold out on the website, but
we have found a few of some we thought we were sold out of.
Willow Plugs - prices are in effect until
the stock is sold out
- CDN - $6 each, 4 for $20.00
- US - $5 each, 4 for $15.00
To order: visit our Canadian
price lists to view the varieties available.
I made a trip to our willow fields a couple of weeks ago, with
the intention of taking pictures with a new camera. Some of
the willows are 10' tall, after having been cut right down to
the ground in late winter!! I have recorded my guesstimates
for the height of each of the willows and intend to put the
info on the website this winter.
The willow stems are not yet colored to any great extent, but
I intend to put pics of their summer look on the site as well.
We have field clumps and flats of plugs of most of our cool
season grasses ready for fall planting.
However, before ordering you need to take into account the
likelihood of the plants surviving your winter after a fall
planting, as the roots need time to establish in the soil before
freeze-up. A good guide is that the plants should be in the
ground before the killing frost date in your area.
Unfortunately most warm season grasses are not suitable for
transplanting at this time of the year.
I have just updated the price lists to reflect what is currently
On the left is a picture of a row of Pennisetem orientale 'Tall
Tales'. These plants were plugs that were planted earlier this
year. The fact that they are blooming already sets them apart
from most, if not all ornamental grasses. The straight species,
Pennisetum orientale also blooms the first year.
To those of you who felt you had to wait an abnormally long
time for your shipments this past spring, we are so very sorry.
Sometimes it was unavoidable because of weather and the peculiarities
of the grasses and when they are best dug, but other times it
was due to a rather inefficient shipping situation, which is
already being rectified for next year. Part way through the
shipping season we knew exactly what we needed to do, but changing
it would have set us back even more. The shipping season for
field clumps is just so short that any kind of set-back, such
as the Agricultural Inspector (for the Phytosanitary Inspections)
going out of town for a few days, a vehicle breakdown, an illness
or power outage, etc, can really mess things up!!
One of our new grasses for 2006 is a most unique Fescue called
Festuca punctoria. At a quick glance it looks like a small F.
glauca, but upon closer inspection, it has slightly wider leaves,
is slightly less blue and has very stiff leaves. If you put
your hand on the top of it you will be shocked at how spikey
it is. Rabbits and deer would never want to eat this plant!!
Next season we expect to have about 15 varieties of Miscanthus
available in 4" pots. We are very excited about this as
we know that many of you are looking for a greater number of
Miscanthus varieties than what we can grow in our wind-swept
More info on our 2006 Intros in the next newsletter.
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