More Seedy Saturdays!

Back-to-back Seedy Saturday and Sunday this weekend. We will be bringing the Beaux Arbres Native Plants line of wildflower seeds to the Ottawa Seedy Saturday at the Ron Kolbus Centre in Britannia Park on Saturday.

On Sunday, we are heading out to Perth Royal Canadian Legion Hall for the Perth Seedy Sunday. This will be our first time at the Perth Seedy Sunday and we are looking forward to meeting enthusiastic gardeners looking to help pollinators, attract hummingbirds and butterflies and add beautiful wildflowers to their gardens.

We will be promoting Wild Lupin as our Seedy Special this year. We had abundant seed set on our wild lupins last summer. This beautiful blue flower requires sandy soil and is best started from seed as it hates root disturbance and it does not like growing in pots. At one time, Wild Lupin was the host plant for the Karner Blue Butterfly, which has been extirpated from Canada. There is a captive breeding programme using stock from the population in the US which still exists, although it is threatened by habitat loss.

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Starting 2017 Gardening Season at Almonte Seedy Saturday

Beaux Arbres will be opening the 2017 gardening season at Almonte Seedy Saturday on February 11th. We will have many species of wildflower seeds – dozens of easy-to-grow flowers for beautiful pollinator and butterfly gardens.

New this year are our starter seed packs for native meadows, based on the adaptable native bunch grass, Little Buestem, plus five quick-to-mature meadow flowers.

In March, we will be doing a back-to-back Seedy Saturday and Sunday. In Ottawa for Saturday March 4th and in Perth for Sunday March 5th.

Almonte Seedy Saturday

February 11th, 9am – 4 pm

Almonte Civitan Hall, 500 Almonte Road, Almonte

 

Seeds and Spring Flowers to come

Beaux Arbres Native Plants will be bringing seeds of wildflowers and other native plants to Seedy Saturday, Ottawa on Saturday, March 5th. (For a look at the seed species.)

We start the nursery season participating in the Rare and Unusual Plant Sale at the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa on Sunday, May 15th. (We’ll post a list of species closer to the date.)

The Rare and Unusual Plant Sale is going to be one week later than it has been in previous years – this year it will be the Sunday after Mothers’ Day.

I am sure I am not the only one who has casually referred to this event as the Mothers’ Day Sale. However, after the two brutal winters and late springs we have had in the past couple of years, plant vendors found it difficult to get nursery stock up to saleable size and looking good for Mothers’ Day. I know that last year, three weeks before the sale, I had nothing, nothing, and nothing. Two weeks of above average temperatures saved my bacon.

This year,  Mother’s Day will be as early as it ever is. The RUP Sale organizers made the decision to hold the sale the following Sunday. I hope none of our loyal customers get confused about the date. Beaux Arbres will not only be bringing many good-looking native plants in pots, we hope the earliest bloomers will be in flower. (I am talking to you, violets, foamflowers and early saxifrages.)

Seedy Saturday, Ottawa: March 5th, 10 am – 3 pm at the Ron Kolbus Centre, Britannia Beach Park, 102 Greenview Avenue, Ottawa

Rare and Unusual Plant Sale: Sunday, May 15, 9 am – 2 pm, Neatby Building, 960 Carling Avenue, Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa

Pictured above: Hooked-spur Violet (Viola adunca), an early spring bloomer for dry, sunny sites.

 

2015/2016 Seed List

Beaux Arbres’ 2015/2016 Seed List is available for downloading here: Seed Catalogue 2015.

We will be at Seedy Saturday in Ottawa and, new this year, Seedy Sunday in Perth. Both events happen in March – I’ll post more details closer to the date.

In the meantime,  you can order seeds by post. Minimum order: 6 packets. All seeds: $3.50 per packet or 3 for $10. Prices in effect until January, 2016. Please mail cheque and order to: 29 Ragged Chute Road, Bristol Quebec, J0X 1G0.

If you are thinking about growing Blue Flag Iris from seed this year, ordering seed early is a good idea. I find this species needs a longer than usual period of cold moist stratification — I like to get my iris seeds into the fridge by January 1st.