Archive | November 2016

Still Time to Plant your Spring Flowering Bulbs in Containers

Reprinted with permission of the National Garden Bureau:


Still Time to Plant your Spring Flowering Bulbs in Containers!

Do you still have some spring bulbs that haven’t made it into the ground yet?  Don’t despair, you can still plant them in pots and enjoy the spring display!

Spring Flowering Bulbs are still available at great deals from many of our NGB Members including:
American Meadows
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
Longfield Gardens
McClure & Zimmerman
W. Atlee Burpee and Company

Spring Bulbs in Containers Experiment
Ever wonder about how to overwinter your spring bulbs that you plant in containers? Well, here at NGB we did a little experiment to see just what would happen if you keep the planted container outside (somewhat protected), or in an attached or unattached garage.  Check out the video on how we did it and we will let you know how it turns out next spring…

Daffodils, a perennial spring favorite, are easy to plant, require little care and continue to multiply each year!

Bringing the spring “sunshine” to your garden with daffodils planted for early to late spring flowering.

Find out more about the Year of the Daffodil at our NGB website.

AAS Introduces Eleven Impressive Winners for 2017

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All-America Selections Introduces Eleven Impressive
AAS Winners for the 2017 Garden Season
All-America Selections, the only non-profit trialing organization for plants that demonstrate great garden performance throughout North America, presents eleven exciting new AAS Winners for the 2017 garden season. Each of the following varieties was trialed in North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges during one growing season. Each was trialed next to comparison varieties that are considered best-in-class among those currently on the market.

This group of AAS Winners for 2017 includes:
Dianthus Supra Pink F1 (National)
Fennel Antares F1 (National)
Geranium Calliope® Medium Dark Red (National)
Penstemon barbatusTwizzle Purple (Regional – Heartland and Southeast)
Pepper Mad Hatter F1 (National)
Tomato Chef’s Choice Yellow F1 (Regional – Southeast)
Tomato Patio Choice Yellow F1 (National)
Verbena EnduraScape™ Pink Bicolor (National)
Vinca Mega Bloom Orchid Halo F1 (National)
Vinca Mega Bloom Pink Halo F1 (National)
Zinnia Profusion Red (National)

The first group of AAS Winners for 2017 were announced in July 2016. Those are:
Celosia Asian Garden (National)
Okra Candle Fire F1 (National)
Pea Patio Pride (Regional – Southeast)
Squash Honeybaby F1 (Regional – Heartland)
Watermelon Mini Love F1 (National)

This brings the grand total to sixteen AAS Winners for 2017. Links on each breeding company name below lead to the appropriate email address for ordering that variety. Brokers, growers, mail order and seed packet companies can purchase these varieties immediately. Retailers and consumers will find these AAS Winners for sale for the 2017 gardening season as supply becomes available throughout the chain of distribution. Garden communicators are free to begin writing about these varieties now to build anticipation for 2017 gardens. Each AAS Winner will be marketed through an extensive Social Media and public relations campaign.

  • A complete list of AAS trial judges can be found here.
  • A complete list of all AAS Display gardens can be found here. Display Gardens grow, label and display AAS Winners.
  • PowerPoint presentations are available for download on the AAS SlideShare account or on the AAS website.
  • Bench cards and variety markers can be downloaded from the AAS website; posters can be ordered from
Dianthus Interspecific Supra Pink F1
2017 National Winner, Ornamental Seed
Bred by Hem Genetics
Fennel Antares F1
2017 National Winner, Edible
Bred by Bejo Seed
Geranium Calliope® Medium Dark Red
2017 National Winner, Ornamental Vegetative
Bred by Syngenta Flowers
Penstemon barbatus Twizzle Purple F1
2017 Regional Winner – Heartland and Southeast, Edible
Bred by Van Hemert & Co.
Pepper Mad Hatter F1
2017 National Winner, Edible
Bred by PanAmerican Seed
Tomato Chef’s Choice Yellow F1
2017 Regional Winner – Southeast, Edible
Bred by Seeds By Design Inc.
Tomato Patio Choice Yellow F1
2017 National Winner, Edible
Bred by Seeds By Design Inc.
Verbena EnduraScape™ Pink Bicolor
2017 National Winner, Ornamental Vegetative
Bred by Ball FloraPlant
Vinca Mega Bloom Orchid Halo F1
2017 National Winner, Ornamental Seed
Bred by AmeriSeed
Vinca Mega Bloom Pink Halo F1
2017 National Winner, Ornamental Seed
Bred by AmeriSeed
Zinnia Profusion Red
2017 National Winner, Ornamental Seed
Bred by Sakata Seed Corporation

Great Gift Ideas for Gardeners🎁

Great Gift Ideas for Gardeners

The garden-lovers on your gift list are sure to be pleased with any of the nifty gift ideas below. No need to look any further than these National Garden Bureau members who have a garden’s worth full of great inspirations. To shop all of NGB’s retail members, click here.

Chef’s Garden Gift Set from Harris Seeds

Moon Mini Magnet Succulent Garden, Set of 3 from Gardeners Supply

Love to Garden Ornament from Burpee

TubTrug from Johnnys Selected Seeds

ProPlugger Planting Tool

Gift certificates are a much-appreciated idea for gardeners dreaming about their 2017 seed purchases!

Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
Cobrahead Tools
Edmunds Roses
Jung Seed
McClure & Zimmerman
NatureHills Nursery
Longfield Gardens
Proven Winners
RH Shumway
Roots & Rhizomes
Select Seeds
Totally Tomatoes

Vermont Bean Seed Co.

Cottage Bee House from Park Seed

Automatic Watering System for Pots from American Meadows

Book on Monarchs from St. Lynn’s Press

Fermenting Crocks from Territorial Seed

Kitchen Linen Towels from Sustainable Seed

Take our poll! What do you think?

Hey everyone!  It’s Mertie Mae here!

As a busy entrepreneur, horticulturist, gardener, office holder, wife, mommy, daughter, and some days a Jill of all trades, my life has become just a bit busier than it was when I started this blog in 2009.

Way back then, I was working for a seed company and was doing this blog as my ‘stress reliever’ – let’s just say that a lot of the things I witnessed each day went against my personal beliefs.  My boss likely meant well, but he lacked the most up-to-date information for his position and he was more concerned about making the big bucks instead of necessarily doing things in a 100% morally and physically correct way.  Throw in people in positions that really didn’t have the skill set or education to be in their position (don’t we all know people like that???), and you get me:  little overworked horticulturist that wrote blog articles by night so she could do the right thing for other gardeners.

Now it is late 2016.  A big move, leaving my job in a blaze of glory, starting my own business, getting married, and having babies has become all part of the picture now.  If/When I want to find someone that doesn’t like what I am up to, it usually involves my neighbor that drives by creeper-style to make sure I am not crossing the property line.  All said, life is good, quiet, and much more stress-free.

I know I don’t post as much as I used to – partially because I lack questions to respond to and partially because some days it just doesn’t happen.  Often times I will put up a post that I am really excited about or think everyone will love… only to have it get maybe 100 views a month (quite low ratings).  Then I put up a post that I have reservations about (“ugh, this one will be boring”) and I get over 100K views in a month. Huh?

I want to be in touch with my readers and be helping you!  The entire reason to start this was to break away from the cookie cutter horticulture pages out there that are simply a regurgitation of somebody else’s thought.  Or to break away from the product descriptions in catalogs and the paid company plants on forums that extrole the virtues of said products. Or to just give a perspective that isn’t “plant the seed and spray the chemicals and sit around all summer and you will have a beautiful garden”.

However, in order to be in touch with you, I need your help!  Below is a survey to give me some perspective for my future endeavors.  I want to be putting out content that makes you excited to stop by this page and read. In a world where most blogs are sponsored by someone and are trying to get you to buy something you don’t need, mine is straight up mine.  Tell me what you want, and I will deliver!

Click here to take the poll!

Thanks for your time and I look forward to your responses!