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annuals

It’s time to get excited!

Good news! The weather is warming up! The long range looks good and it’s time to put away your snow boots, toques and umbrellas! Come on over soon and check out this year’s selection of home grown annuals, perennials, veggies, herbs, fruit plants, hanging baskets and planters!

What are you planting this weekend?

Plants

We had a fantastic Mothers Day weekend – the weather was perfect – not too hot and not too cold. We had a great turnout of kids, all of whom enjoyed planting Violas for their Moms. Coffee, lemonade and cookies were popular and everyone was so happy to see and feel THE SUN!! It was lovely to see many of our regular and loyal customers emerging after the winter along with many new customers too. Thanks to the Wilsons from Wasaga Beach, Anne from Caledon, Jo and Sherie from across the road, the Raibles from Creemore, Cathy from Barrie, the Kowalinskis from Beeton and many, many others for your continued support!

The Creemore Farmers Market starts up this Saturday and we will be there with plants from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Our stall will be run by Chris and our sons Daniel and Ben. I will be back at the farm. If you have never been to this fantastic market before, now is the time for a trip to Creemore. If you are a regular, we look forward to seeing you. We will only be attending the market for 5 weeks this year, so don’t wait to buy!

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So pack up the kids / life partner / Mom / friend / neighbour and head on over! Enjoy our perennial display gardens or take a break under our shady canopy. Kids will love visiting with our pet rabbits and ducks and seeing our horses, cows and calves. See you soon!

2017 Opening Times

We're open daily April 28 to June 18
9am to 5pm


Visa, Mastercard, Interac, Cash or Cheque accepted
Gift certificates available – great idea for your favourite gardener!

See us at the Creemore Farmers Market
Saturday mornings from May 20 to June 17

Instant Garden Pots

Proven Winners

Pop one of our new annual Instant Garden Pots in a container or in the ground for instant colour that will last all summer! Each of our combo 1 gallon pots contains 3 colour coordinated premium Proven Winner varieties that will grow together successfully and spread to create beautiful blooms until frost. Choose from 10 different combos to suit all colour schemes. Pots may include Supertunias (spreading Petunias), Superbenas (spreading Verbenas), Bidens, Superbells and Euphorbia varieties. As with all other annuals, regular fertilizing is recommended. Designed to help simplify your life - another unique Flower Farm idea!

Instant Plantification

Instant Garden Pots

Let’s Get Planting!

 
Victoria Day Weekend

Spend over $100 to receive an 'Instant Garden Pot' for FREE!

Free coffee, lemonade and cookies
Gift certificates always available

Saturday May 20th, Sunday May 21st
and Monday May 22nd 9am to 5pm

Victoria Day Weekend

Canna Toucan

Go tropical this summer!

I am hugely impressed with our new Toucan Cannas! Available in yellow or scarlet, these annuals are big, bold, easy, colourful and will flower all summer. Plants grow 3-4 feet in height and produce large, tropical looking flower heads in yellow or red. Foliage is also large and lush, with the scarlet variety producing beautiful bronze leaves. Use in flower gardens as an interesting specimen plant or in large planters as a stunning ‘thriller’. For best results, plant in full sun, but part shade is also fine. I’ll be putting some in my large barrel planters this year for sure!

Toucan Cannas

Toucan Cannas
 

Lilac Bloomerang

Reblooming Lilacs now in 3 colours

Lilac blooms are so heavenly – have you ever wished you could enjoy them longer? Take a look at our reblooming dwarf Bloomerang Lilacs. Due to the popularity of the first introduction, Purple, 2 more colours are now available – Dark Purple and Pink Perfume. Plants produce the classic gorgeous scented flowers in late spring, then re bloom from mid summer until frost. Bushes grow 5’ tall and wide and prefer a full sun location. They can be trimmed lightly if necessary after the first bloom to tidy up. Plant in flower gardens as structure or why not try in small stand alone groups along a fence line? Butterflies love them!

Reblooming Lilacs

Rhubarb

Pie or crisp anyone?

Love cooking with rhubarb? Why not try growing some? Rhubarb is a very easy plant to grow which will steadily expand into a larger clump over the years. Plant in a sunny spot in your garden and watch as the leaves emerge and it grows quickly in the spring.

How to grow rhubarb

Plants will grow quite large so allow about 3 feet between them. Rhubarb loves rotted manure or compost so give it a good dose in the early spring. Harvest the stalks when they are long and red, cut off the leaves and stew or roast according to your recipe. Rhubarb can also be successfully frozen – just cut raw stems into bite sized pieces, pop in a plastic freezer bag and freeze. After you have harvested some stems, leave the plant to grow over the summer and into the fall. No need to confine rhubarb to the veggie patch – it will grow well in amongst perennials, providing structure and a backdrop to flowering plants.

Stop by soon and pick out a rhubarb plant!

Grow your own rhubarb

Lavender Munstead

Add some sweet fragrance to your garden!

Lavender is one of my favourite perennials! We used to grow it in our cut flower fields many years ago. Its unmistakable sweet fragrance is widely used in commercial soaps, shampoos and air fresheners – but why settle for the artificial scent when it’s easy to grow fresh in your own garden!

Lavender is a low, woody, mounding perennial with small grey – green leaves and spikes of showy blue flowers in the summer. There are many varieties available, but I find Munstead to be the hardiest and most reliable variety for this area.

How to grow Lavender

Plants grow about a foot high and up to two feet wide, so perfect for the front of the bed. Plant in full sun in average to dry soil. Lavender does not like ‘wet feet’ and will be quite drought tolerant once it’s established. Due to its woodiness, do not cut back in the fall as you would other perennials – it will not be very forgiving! In the spring give it a light trim to remove old flower heads and tidy it up.

One of the great features of Lavender is that like other strongly scented plants, deer and rabbits will not eat it! (Out in the country that’s reason enough to grow it!) If you are interested in crafts or decorating with Lavender, harvest stems in full bloom and hang to dry. At the farm, it’s usually one of the first perennials to sell out, so come by soon for the best selection!

Lavender Munstead

Lavender

Katie's Tips

How to start a beginner veggie garden

The benefits of home grown produce are huge - cheaper, fresher, more flavourful and extremely satisfying! If you're new to veggie gardening, don’t be daunted - these simple guidelines are easy to follow and intended for beginner veggie gardeners.

Grow your own food!

Veggie Garden

See you at the flower farm

We look forward to seeing you soon! Thank you so much for your continued business and support – it is our pleasure to be growing for you!

Katie Dawson | (705) 424 9319
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8530 Concession 3, Box 9, Glencairn, Ontario, L0M 1K0 Canada
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