Monthly Archives: November 2012

Heathers and Camellias

Heathers come in many shapes, sizes, and colors and we have an amazing variety this fall. Critter resistant, tough as nails, no-fuss plants, heather’s draw your eye. From tiny, bright flower buds full of promise, to brilliant blossoms of purple/red, white, or pink, to incredible gold and orange toned winter/spring foliage, it’s hard to go wrong with Heathers.

And our most popular…
Kramer’s Rote

See our five-year-old Kramer’s Rote Heather as it goes into its winter glory. Just outside the front gate!

Kramer’s blooms start pink in the fall, then darken as the days grow cold. The last months of winter it becomes a deep purple/red that covers the dense, low-growing, dark-green foliage. Kramer’s is very tolerant of our coldest winters, always looks great without a lot of work, and is one of Eric’s favorite shrubs.

Our winter blooming varieties:
Ghost Hills
Springwood White
Pink Spangles
White Perfection
Alan Coates

Our summer blooming/ winter foliage heathers…
Plant for foliage colors that change throughout the winter and growing season.

Winter Chocolate (Orange new growth)
Firefly (Orange/red winter foliage)
Wickwar Flame (Orange foliage turns brick-red in winter)
Robert Chapman (Orange foliage turns scarlet in winter)

Growing tips for heathers:
-Water regularly through the first summer to develop a sturdy root system.
-Protect from bunnies the first few years with cages, repellants, or fencing.

Camellias are outstanding fall/winter/spring bloomers. Coming into season for the holidays we have the fall-blooming, fragrant, Setsugekka. The perfect double-white blossoms with frilled edges have a bright cluster of yellow stamens at the center. Grows 6-10 feet tall with dark glossy-green foliage.

Also available for the holidays, Camellia ‘Yuletide’ is a perfect match for your garden at Christmas. Showy, single, Santa-red blossoms with a bright yellow eye. This lovely dark green shrub will bring you house guests you did not expect. The hummingbirds that stick around for the winter will have a winter feast off this sturdy winter blooming evergreen. It is also dense, neat, and tidy for those gardeners with limited space.


New in the Farm Store: ProDen, Tucker’s and Tuscan Naturals

We have a new supplement for both dogs and cats by ProDen called PlaqueOff-it’s a seaweed product you sprinkle over your pet’s food to help with bad breath and tartar and plaque. This product will actually help to loosen existing tartar-it’s really amazing. Customer feedback (and my own) is two enthusiastic thumbs-up!

We have a new grain-free cat food in called Tuscan Naturals. It’s U.S. sourced, U.S. made, and has a large amount of olive oil in it, which makes for much less shedding and great digestion. Really good food!
We have a new frozen raw for dogs. It’s called Tucker’s and again, it’s U.S. sourced, U.S. made. Its main base is pork (which is a really good source of protein) and guaranteed trichinosis-free. There are three flavors-Pork/Bison/Pumpkin, Pork/Lamb/Pumpkin, and Pork/Beef/Pumpkin. It’s also a really great price at $21.99 for a 6-pound bag!

Photo Credit West Zest via Flickr