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New this week:  Exotic Edibles & Houseplants!  The last day of the 2024 season is Sunday, July 7. 

We have a PINK blueberry bush, ‘Pink Lemonade’ and we have a self-fertile and compact kiwi vine, ‘Issai’.  We also have Large Leaf Tea!  Grow your own tea bush! 

This year we have some pretty special houseplants.  Houseplants have different care requirements, so you can choose something that fits your home or office environment and watering style.  Scroll down for more info including care tips. 

First, the houseplants:

 

Nepenthes:  Pitcher Plant.  Our variety is St. Gaya, whose pitchers eventually mature a rosy-burgundy color.  Pitcher plants make a pitcher at the end of each leaf.  The bottom of the pitcher is filled with a sweet but fatal nectar for any insect that dares enter to drink the nectar.  They fall into the nectar and dissolve, feeding the plant.  We put our pitcher plants in sphagnum moss to keep the drainage excellent and also keep the humidity high.  They thrive in bright indirect light or shade.  An awesome natural fly-catcher!

 

 

Ludisia discolor:  Black Jewel Orchid.  This is a slow-growing plant, reaching only 6-12” tall, and prized for its distinctive velvety leaves with pencil-line veining.  Protect it from too much sun which will make the color fade.  It has very fine, brittle roots and keeping it waterlogged will risk root rot. We’ve planted it in a pot with potting soil and sphagnum moss to keep the humidity up.  It won’t need re-potting for quite a while. It will eventually make a small spike of flowers but the leaves are its “wow” factor.  This plant is non-toxic to pets.

 

 

Monstera, Split-leaf philodendron, Swiss Cheese Plant:  This was commonly called philodendron but it is not.  A long-lived, easy care houseplant with really cool holes in the leaves.  This one vines, and you can let it go, fastening it around a window or door frame, or prune it to size and shape.  When you prune it, it can branch out.  It likes bright, indirect light or shade.  Evenly moist soil, or let it dry down then water thoroughly.  A survivor.  The leaves are said to be toxic if pets eat them.   However, it is also the source of breadfruit, with a wonderful aroma and taste, if you are lucky enough to get your mature plant to bloom and fruit.  (Mine did once.)

 

 

Ctenanthe, formerly Calathea:  A Prayer Plant.  Our variety is Golden Mosaic, with lovely random variegation on leaves that fold up at night.  This is a great plant for cleaning pollutants out of indoor air.  It prefers bright indirect light.  If it is too shady the variegation won’t be as pronounced.  It likes moist, well-drained soil.  You can let the top two inches dry before re-watering it.  But, it is a survivor.  This plant has survived Ara Lynn—who often forgets to water her houseplants for long periods of time.  This one is non-toxic to pets.

 

 

Alocasias, Also known as Elephant Ears:  These like to be rootbound and prefer the soil evenly moist but well drained.  (Think, water passing through, not soggy.)  They want bright, indirect light or shade.  We have Dragon Scale and Frydek.  Their elongated heart-shaped leaves will become pretty spectacular, and it can get some size (2-3’ tall when mature.)  This is a pretty tough plant.  It can lose all its leaves but if the bulb stays firm, it will re-grow when it likes the conditions again.  Toxic if pets eat it.

 

 

 

 

 

Philodendron:  This is a true philodendron.  Our variety is Narrow Leaf Tiger Tooth.  Baby leaves are long and skinny like a blade, as they mature, they develop jagged “teeth” on the edges.  Very easy care:  bright indirect light or shade, well-drained soil.  Toxic if pets eat it.

 

 

We also have some houseplants that really don’t need too much water at all.  Water once in a while when the pot is thoroughly dry.  We have three kinds of Crassula, or Jade Plants: old-fashioned round-leaf Jade, The Hobbit (tubular leaves) and Curly Green, with broad, thinner, wavy leaves. 

Euphorbia Crown of Thorns will bloom almost all year if you keep it happy.  These plants are also happy in a bit more sun than the ones above.

Exotic Edibles:
‘Pink Lemonade’ Blueberry bush

We have a rabbiteye blueberry bush  that has extra-sweet PINK berries.  It was developed in 2005 at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment station.  It will cross-pollinate with regular blueberries.  It is zone 4 or 5, depending on who you ask.  Once it starts producing (1-2 more years), it produces a main crop in mid to late summer and a smaller crop continuously through October.  It is very ornamental, with bright orange to deep burgundy leaves in the fall, and dusky, reddish-brown twigs in the winter.  The bush will grow 4-5’ tall and wide.

We also now have a small quantity of regular two-year-old Blue Crop and BlueRay blueberry bushes.

‘Issai’ Hardy Kiwi Vine

‘Issai’ is the only self-fertile Kiwi, so you only need one plant.  The fruit is small and smooth-skinned, like a grape, and you can eat the whole thing like a grape.  It is much sweeter than store-bought kiwis.  It is a compact climbing vine (4-10′) with attractive foliage, needing less pruning than regular kiwis.  It is said to be suitable for a large container.  We are going to plant ours in the ground. The flowers (probably next year, certainly the year after) are said to be showy and fragrant.  It will grow in full or part sun.  It is supposed to be hardy to zone 6, which is what NH is supposed to be now, but Missouri Botanical Gardens says it is hardy to zone 3.  So we’ll see.  At the moment they are still in 4-1/2” pots but they are starting to send up vines.

Large Leaf Tea

Camellia sinensis large leaf tea plant is a slow-growing evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves.  It is zone 7.  It is probably best overwintered inside in a cool lit area.  It blooms with white fragrant flowers in the fall and winter.  It is the source of tea, and how you harvest and process the leaves determines what kind of tea you make.    For more information, visit North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension website.

 
You can wander through and buy out of all of the greenhouses.  We’ve got a pallet of Chicken Gold manure ready, salt marsh hay for mulch, and floating row cover for excluding insects. 

Scroll down to enter our garter snake naming contest, last chance Memorial Day Weekend.  Win a $5 credit on your Plant Card.

Lists of our plants are now on the website with pictures:
See what’s flowering now!  (Pictures by Wonderful Husband Productions, May 21)
  • Calendula Artistic Blend
Why our plants are so AMAZING!

 We create healthy mini-ecosystems for each plant.  Every plant gets:

  • Soil tailor-made for its needs
  • Slow-release fertilizer
  • Inoculation with micro-organisms to make the plant more resilient against stressors such as root rot and leaf diseases
  • A community of tiny beneficial insects to help control insect pests
  • A growing environment (heat, air flow, ventilation) that safely mimics the natural variability preparing the plant for life outside the greenhouse
  • Knowledgeable support of our staff! If you have a question about your plant, we will do our best to answer it or help you find the correct answer!
Our flowers on May 1.  
  • Petunia Sureshot Blueberries and Cream
Here are pictures from April 23, just before we opened.
  • Petunia Crazytunia Cosmic Purple

 

    We have a “pet” garter snake living in G2.  It needs a name!

    Garter snakes are harmless native snakes commonly found in gardens or near a water source.  They communicate with pheromones which they sense by tongue flicking.

    They eat slugs, earthworms, frogs, toads, newts, rodents and sometimes eggs.  Also, many creatures eat garter snakes, such as hawks, crows, egrets, herons, opposums and raccoons.

    Maybe our snake is smart and has found a nice warm home protected from predators.  Although Chris DID see a hawk fly out the door of G2 earlier this season!

    If snakes creep you out, let us know and we’ll go into G2 to get your plants for you.

    And the winner is  Guinevere!

    Congratulations to Natalie from Marlborough, NH, we have added a $5 credit to your Plant Card!  There were so many entries on our Contest Form–we ended up writing names on paper and putting them in a flower pot.  The next customer to walk in the door got to pick the winner!  But so many creative names–so we’re sharing them all with you here:

    Kipos (Greek word for garden)
    Geri Gardenia. ( like Gerry Garcia)
    Bruce
    Slinky
    Sneaker
    Geralt the garter snake 🙂
    Icky
    How bout G2
    Starter
    Hissy
    Marty the garter snake
    Brown Belt
    Greenhouse Gertrude, the shy but friendly garter snake
    Brewster is my choice, my sister’s Medusa, my brother’s Security
    SSSSunny
    Licorice
    Ray
    SNEAKER
    Jake
    Steve
    Gertie Ribbonsway Loamworthy
    Gardenia the Garter Snake
    Snake Gyllenhaal
    Snake Sunapee
    SLINKY
    OLIVER
    Jerry
    Mr. Stripey ! – like the tomato 🙂
    Slick
    Guinevere
    Jake
    ZACK
    Buttercup
    Gardner
    Gus
    Zander
    Coraline
    Willy
    Charles —he looks like a Charles to me
    Sissy or Greta
    Cheesy (submitted by 8 year old because he smiles in the picture)
    Salazar

     

    2023 Season:

    One of our customers came back to fill in some spots in her garden and commented how everything looks so different after a week–so many new plants are blooming, young plants are growing up, baskets and containers are filling out, it is so dynamic!  G4 smells heavenly when you step inside, and we’ve got a fresh crop of vegetable starts in G5.  You can take a two-minute video tour of G4 in early June via youtube here.

    Growing greenhouse filling up early April
    Growing Greenhouse in early April

    We have a few changes in 2023.  We are short-staffed this year, so we’re trying to be super-efficient.  Customers are allowed to shop directly from most of the greenhouses this year.  We are striving for better signage so it is easier for you.  We’re also trying to get our 2023 plants–at least the vegetables, herbs, and perennials–listed on the website so you can browse our availability even before you get here. 

    Click/tap here for the 2023 vegetable and herb list

    Click/tap here for the 2023 Annual, Perennial & Houseplant List

    Garden of jumbo six packs

     

    2022 SEASON

    Plants updated July 9 2022

    Here’s some of what we had last season.  (if you click on the picture you get all my comments) 

    PERENNIALS
    NATIVE PLANTS

    July 1, 2022

    ANNUALS – ornamental & vegetable & herbs

    June 24 – ANNUALS

    PERENNIALS
    Hanging baskets and patio pots.
     
    Veggie starts in peat pots
     

    HOURS:

    • Monday 10-4
    • Tuesday “closed”
    • Wed-Friday 10-4
    • Saturday 9-5
    • Sunday noon-4
    Bring a Friend!
    2021 SEASON:

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    If it’s cold and blustery any time this spring, our retail greenhouse will keep the wind and rain off, and the corn-fueled stove takes the chill off.  Our fuel dollars for this stove go directly to another farmer in Northfield, MA (as local as we can get.)

    Take a look – you can bring some of this loveliness home with you!

    Some scenes from Saturday, April 24, 2021.

    Earthday 2021

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    How to stay informed:

    The plants are keeping us super busy, but we hope to keep the website and facebook updated.   If you have any questions, you can always telephone us at (603) 878-9876 and leave a message.  (That is our landline, so it is not capable of receiving texts.)

    Remember, gardening and tending plants in and around your home is one of the healthiest lifestyles available!

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    Chickens bred at Amazing Flower Farm, treasured producers of Chicken Gold!

     

    Come get some fantastic perennials. They’ll keep blooming for years to come. In this new slideshow Devon tells you about some of them.

     

     

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    We specialize in unusual and hard-to-find plants. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff takes great pride in growing healthy plants using natural controls instead of pesticides. We use environmentally-friendly growing methods including raising our vegetables and vegetable starter plants organically in waste-free peat pots that return to the earth, heating our greenhouses with locally produced wood pellets instead of fossil fuels, using state-of-the-art greenhouse structures that minimize electric needs and plastic waste, and utilizing water conservation techniques. We work very hard to live up to our name!

    We also produce and sell our own well-aged chicken manure that makes vegetable gardens happy and productive.

     

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    202 Poor Farm Rd, off Rt 124
    New Ipswich, NH, 03071 – USA

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