I Should Really Post More…

Hi Everybody! It’s me, the delinquent. .

When I started this blog, my life was much less complicated.  It was just me, a job, and an idea.

Life is now a bit… more.  It’s me, a husband, a child, an entrepreneurial adventure, a field of vegetables, a house, 3 cats, and a lot of fullness of life.

I still love to blog and answer questions, but for now I am behind on other things that must be caught up on first.  Like 250+ new varieties to enter for my seed company, or reading “Big A, little a, what begins with a…” again, a thousand other things.  It’s not that this isn’t important, but it doesn’t smell odd or have the ability to burst into flames or the like.  That’s good, but it also means that for now it lies a bit dormant.

I’m on a “life events induced” vacation for the next few weeks.  Unlike most time when my to-do list has 500+ tasks on it, my current one has 14.  Number 9 on the list is revamping this blog.  I  the next few weeks, keep an eye out for changes — ones that will fit with my current business prospects and allowed time, plus be of interest to you.

God Bless!


Eleven new AAS Winners for 2018 Garden Season!

Eleven New AAS Winners!
After being trialed by our volunteer judges in more than 30 locations all over North America, the following new AAS Winners have been proven performers, perfect for your 2018 garden!

This group of additional AAS Winners for the 2018 garden season are:
(Click on each link for additional information and photos)

Previously announced 2018 AAS Winners from July are also featured on the AAS website and are readily available for purchase:
Winner seed are available for purchase immediately. Retailers and consumers will find these AAS Winners in plant and seed form this spring as supply becomes available. Each AAS Winner will be marketed through an extensive Social Media and public relations campaign.
  • A list of AAS trial judges can be found here.
  • A list of all current AAS Display gardens can be found here.
  • Making presentations? PowerPoints are available on SlideShare or on the AAS website.
  • Bench cards and variety markers can be downloaded from the AAS website.
Something New on the AAS website:
Judge’s Observations
Want to know exactly what our Judges thought of these new varieties as they were trialing them? Click here to see the new “Judge’s Observations” box on each of the newest AAS Winners. (It’s the sixth green box below the photo.) Our judges are professional horticulturists so their observations about these entries-turned-winners are important! So, we are taking six (give or take) of the most helpful and positive comments from the scoresheets and posting them in this box.

BY THE WAY…the “Reviews” tab on each AAS Winner for anyone to add a comment about their experience with that Winner in your own garden. You too can put comments on that Reviews tab. Maybe we can make this the Yelp of AAS Winners!

Winter Rose Care! ❄🌹

Winter Rose Care

Rose Expert, Chris VanCleave, the Redneck Rosarian, gives 10 tips to keep your roses healthy through the winter season and have them ready for the next growing season

  1. Halt fertilizers about 6 weeks prior to 1st predicted frost in your area to protect any tender new growth from being damaged.
  2. Winter winds are often harsh and can damage not only the canes of roses but will “rock” the rose bush at its roots and can cause damage…

Read all the tips here…

Rose Pictures
Rose Grandma's Blessing

Grandma’s Blessing Rose

Rose Macys Pride

Macys Pride Rose

Rose Sceaming Neon Red

Screaming Neon Red Rose

Rose Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine Rose

Oso Easy Mango Salsa Rose

Oso Easy Mango Salsa Rose

Rose Pink Knock Out

Pink Knock Out Rose

2018 is the Year of the Tulip!

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2018 is the Year of the Tulip!
Year of the Begonia
Tulips say “spring” like no other flowers.

Their vivid, paint-box colors are a feast for winter-weary eyes. These members of the lily family (thus, a relative of onions) typically grow a single stem and flower from teardrop-shaped bulbs that are planted in fall for spring flowers. Tulip bulbs require a dormancy period with cool, winter-like temperatures. During this time, the bulbs sprout roots and the embryonic leaves and flowers inside the bulb begin to develop.

Tulips are native to southern Europe, the eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and Asia. Works of art depicting their distinctive shape date back to the 10th century. They have been cultivated in earnest for at least 400 years. By leveraging the tulip’s natural tendency toward diversity, generations of breeders and tulip collectors, have brought forth a mind-boggling array of flower forms, heights, colors and bloom times. Today, Holland produces most of the world’s annual tulip crop, which exceeds 4 billion bulbs annually.

It’s been said that various colors of tulips have significant meaning when gifted: Red means love, white means I’m sorry and purple represents loyalty.

There are over 150 species of tulips with over 3,000 different varieties and are classified into 16 Divisions by type.

Read more about the 16 Division Types of Tulips HERE.

Garden How-to’s

Purchase tulip bulbs that are large, firm and heavy. Store the bulbs in a cool, dark place until planting time.

Plant tulips in mid to late fall, when you are raking leaves and doing other fall clean up chores. Soil temperature should be 55°F or cooler. Choose a planting location with full to part day sun, where the soil is well drained and easy to dig (never soggy). Loosen the soil to a depth of 10”.

Tulips look best when they are planted in informal groups of 12 or more bulbs. Space the bulbs approximately 3 to 4” on center and plant them 6 to 7” deep. Use a garden trowel to plant individual bulbs or remove the soil from the planting area, place the bulbs and then refill the hole.

For more information on Tulips, please see our NGB website Year of the Tulip page!
The National Garden Bureau recognizes and thanks, Kathleen LaLiberte from Longfield Gardens as author and contributor to this fact sheet.

This fact sheet is provided as an educational service of the National Garden Bureau. There are no limitations on the use but please credit National Garden Bureau when using all or parts of this article or referencing the Year of the program.

Please consider our NGB member companies as authoritative sources for information. Click on the Member Directory for details about our members. Gardeners looking for bulb sources should select “Shop Our Members” at the top of our homepage.

Frightfully Good AAS Winners for your Garden!

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All Treats No Tricks!

As October draws to an end, Halloween creeps up on us with appropriately named AAS Winner garden delights.  These winners are destined to be favorite treats in your own garden!

Give them a try next year and get ready for a howling 2018 garden. 

Pumpkin Super Moon
You and your goblins will love the nice, eye-appealing ghostly white coloration on these blemish-free round pumpkins.
Tomato Midnight Snack
Midnight Snack is great in salads or eaten straight off the plant…a guilt-free treat any time of the day or full-moon night.
Ornamental Pepper Onyx Red
The contrast between the diminutive black foliage and tons of shiny red fruits is striking and makes a bold statement.
Okra Candle Fire
No torch will hold a candle to this new Okra bred for both edible & ornamental beauty.
Pepper Mad Hatter
Feeling a bit “mad” this Halloween? Try these exotic peppers for vigorous plants, high yields and great taste.
Geranium Calliope® Medium Dark Red
Unmatched with its outstanding deep (blood) red velvety flower color and great branching habit.
Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit
Catch the “spirit” of this first-year flowering Echinacea which blooms in multitudes of stunning colors.
Flaming Flare
Send up a flare and let everyone know that these Fresno peppers are ideal for using fresh or in chili sauce.

It’s harvest time…

Sorry everyone that I have been neglecting you.  Being a toddler mom + a farmer = a lot of things, like this blog, that don’t get done.


I am currently bouncing around ideas that allow me to have the seed business and have time to blog or some type of other format to help people out with their gardening questions. Maybe Facebook live?  We are also exploring options for our own website that will combine sales with the blog.  Never a lot of time to pursue and research, so will be slow to come.

The last tomato harvest is happening today and once everything has been extracted, our new varieties will begin to be listed on our various selling platforms. To get a digital copy of our 2018 seed catalog, comment to this post (it is moderated before it goes public, so no one except me will see your personal information.)


Hope you are staying warm as these seasons change. 43 degrees here right now…

🍁”Falling” for Your Garden – Five Fantastic Finds 🍂

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From how to utilize those fallen leaves, to planting garlic and/or daffodils, to preserving the taste of the garden for winter or simply planning for next year, there is a lot to do in Fall!  Read More…