The Online Plant Nursery is now Open for September

After closing the store for the spring, the remaining seedlings were grown out for the fall sale (or planted into my own gardens 😊)
Some were moved into larger sized trays and kept in the urban yard, in wood frames with netting to keep squirrels from uprooting them.  Others were planted out into my rural gardens for the summer.  

With the cooler weather now arriving, it is time for them to move to their forever homes. 

Photos of the seedlings at their current size have been added to the listings of the available species.

While these will require initial care, like any newly planted perennials or plants that are dug and relocated, unlike the tiny plugs I offer in the spring sale these will settle in fairly quickly with little care beyond watering for the first few weeks and during any extended dry spells next summer. 

These are not sold in pots. Plants grown in trays will be wrapped in paper, like the seedlings were this spring. Plants that have spent the summer in the soil will be lifted and packed together into the boxes or the produce containers I’ve been hoarding through the summer. They will all need to be planted right away.

Plants are all $4.00 each, including HST. 

Minimum $20 / 5 plant order. 

I’ll be out to the rural gardens on the weekend and once most weeks, so pickups will be Sunday evenings, Mondays and, on weeks that it doesn’t rain on Wednesday, Thursday through the day and evening. Pickups are in Vanier, but can also be arranged for Perth.  

All pickups are by appointment only

Available quantities vary, from as few as 5 of a species to as many as 40. I'll track order quantities and remove any that sell out from your order before sending you an invoice.

Planting instructions can be 
found here.
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Orange Butterfly Weed
One of the three members of the milkweed family that I'm offering this spring, this one prefers a dry location and plenty of sunlight. Like Swamp Milkweed, this member of the family is clump forming, rather than running, fitting equally well into dry meadow gardens and conventional sunny perennial beds.
Blooms appear in August in my garden in Ottawa.
The flowers are popular with bees, especially bumble bees in my observation, as well as butterflies. The foliage of this species is palatable to monarch butterfly caterpillars, although I’ve read that the levels of cardenolide, the substance in milkweed foliage that makes baby monarch toxic to predators, is lower in this species, making it a good pollen and nectar source but not quite as good a source of greens as other members of this plant family.
Of the milkweeds in my garden, this is the one that has been the least happy but that likely has more to do with light competition in my urban garden than the nature of the plants. I’m planning to introduce some seedlings into the rural meadow I’m cultivating this summer, where I suspect that the dry, unenriched soil and the bright sunshine will be more to their liking.
If you are considering companion plants, Heath Aster, Artemisia ludoviciana, Pearly Everlasting, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Rudbeckia hirta and Grey Goldenrod would all enjoy similar growing conditions as Orange Butterfly Weed.