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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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Not yet ready to go. These will be available for pickup starting June 1st.

Solidago nemoralis

Grey Goldenrod (Old Field Goldenrod)

2020 was the year that I learned to see the differences in the goldenrod species that grow on the rural land that I’ve been working with the last few years. I learned the traits of six different species, with Grey Stem being both the lowest growing and the one that I suspect would be the least intimidating for gardeners who aren’t entirely confident about including this species in a garden, given Goldenrod’s reputation for taking over all available space.
Individual plants form a small rosette of leaves, no more that 12” across and send up arching stalks of blooms to a height of 12” to 24” in early September in the Ottawa area.
These will grow in garden soil that is on the dry side, but really shine in poor soil and lots of sun. Definitely a plant that I’d recommend for ‘hellstrip’ gardening, especially since they seem to thrive along highway margins, which suggests a degree of salt tolerance.
Given where I don’t see these growing, I wouldn’t recommend them for shaded or damp locations (there are other Goldenrods for those spaces, this family is quite diverse).
Would grow well in a low, dry meadow along with Heath Aster, Pearly Everlasting, Orange Butterfly Weed, Prairie Smoke and Black-Eyed-Susan, among others.