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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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Lobelia siphilitica

Lobelia siphilitica

Great Blue Lobelia

One of the three Lobelia species that grow in my garden, this one is tall, perennial and a showy blue or, in the case of the genetic mix that the seeds I grew came from, white. I believe that the white is a naturally occurring variation.
These are growing in a spot in the garden that receives a bit less sun than they would really like, but they are getting by. The ones in the dappled shade woods do seem to be a bit happier and more robust. These come in to bloom a couple of weeks earlier than their red relatives, although their bloom seasons do overlap.
These seem most content in sun for most of the day and soil that is quite moist at least part of the time. Near downspouts or in a damp corner of the yard would be my top two garden recommendations. Damp meadows would be ideal for natural settings.
Heights vary between 18” and 36”, with a spread of around 8” to 12” and their flowers appear in mid August and continue through mid September, which can make seed maturity a close thing in seasons with an early frost.
As an aside, I’ve heard people talk about smoking lobelia for medicinal purposes. I’ll stay out of the discussion on whether that is safe, but I will note that, rather than this Blue Lobelia, that practice is actually related to Lobelia inflata, which goes by the ‘due for an update’ common name of Indian Tobacco. Inflata is an annual species, with much smaller, pale blue flowers and the puffy seed pods that are the origin of their botanical name.

$4.00