A Visit To The Greenhouses With My Sister & Niece.

Hello everyone! I hope this posts finds you all well and enjoying the nice spring weather. My sister and niece came down from the city on Saturday to do some plant shopping at the four local Amish greenhouses. The above photo is my sister’s trunk AFTER I took out my plants. We had a great time and there were A LOT of people shopping. You would be really surprised how many people come from the city to shop at the Amish greenhouses and two stores. Wagler’s Greenhouse and the Kuntry Store are southeast of town and the Wildwood, Mast’s, and Muddy Creek greenhouses are northwest of town, along with Lilac Lane Country Store.

Since my sister and niece came, I had a good excuse to go. I was the guide. 🙂 Even though I was somewhat disappointed, I did manage to get a few plants…

 

FIRST STOP-WAGLER’S GREENHOUSE

Last year Mrs. Wagler gave me an Amorphophallus which had this really nice Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionaceae growing in the pot. I moved the Amorphophallus outside a few days ago, which is STILL dormant, and the Oxalis hadn’t come up either. So, while I was at Waglers I found several pots that I thought I needed. I told her you can never have too many. The bigger pot has a good-sized clump.

A good friend of mine gave me a few of these while I was living in Mississippi, but they didn’t grow as large and had smaller leaves. You would never know the taxonomists have had a little fun with their name because they seem perfectly happy. I think the larger “version” is Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionaceae and the smaller species is Oxalis triangularis. They can be either green or purple. Common names include False Shamrock, Wood Sorrell, Love Plant, etc.

 

Wagler’s also had a couple of the Oxalis tetraphylla which is also known as the Iron Cross. Now there is a REAL four-leaved clover in the backyard. 🙂

Then when I was putting the plants on the table behind the shed I looked over at the pot of Amorphophallus

 

How about that! The Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionaceae came up now hopefully the Amorphophallus will be next! Now, you may be wondering why I bought two more pots. Well, for one, I didn’t buy them. I give them plants so they give me plants that are offspring of their own collection. If I pick plants they bought or seeds for, then I have to buy. Remember, you can never have too many Oxalis. 🙂 I am sure we all have Wood Sorrels in one form or another. Plants of the World Online lists 551 species.

 

I bought a Heliotrope a couple of years ago so I decided to bring home another. These would look very good clustered with something red. Wagler’s had several of these but I had to really look for one that was in fairly good shape. The label says MARINE Heliotrope, which is actually Heliotropium arborescens ‘Marine’.

She has several other perennials that are just coming on and I did spot some taller Coreopsis (Tickseed) I may go back for later. I am not ready yet.

 

THE KUNTRY STORE

After we left Wagler’s I asked if they wanted to stop at The Kuntry Store. I told them they had plants that were sometimes different than Wagler’s. My sister picked out a few more plants and I found an Agastache ‘Kudosâ„¢ Gold’. I had an Agastache ‘Black Adder’ a few years ago and it did very well. So, we’ll see how this one does. The deer liked the last one and came to the house for a nibble once in a while. At least they didn’t eat much of it each time.

The tag says Mexican Hyssop but they also go by Hummingbird Mint and probably other names. They have a nice honey-minty-licorice scent. Well, at least that’s how the scent is described online but you really have to have a trained smeller to get all that. Kind of like wine tasting. I went to a wine store in Minnesota with my brother a few times and the descriptions of wine and their flavors were very interesting. I am definitely not a wine connoisseur or sommelier and I could never figure out how to separate the flavors. I do have a vivid imagination sometimes, but there must be a limit. Personally, I prefer a glass of sweet tea to wine any day.

 

I also found a MUCH NEEDED Crassula ovata ‘Ladyfingers’. He had several other succulents, but like this one, they were unlabeled. This was the only Crassula ‘Ladyfingers’ he had so I didn’t hesitate. I did very well, I have to admit, not buying unlabeled plants. This was an exception because I already knew what it was. I wonder where he gets his plants anyway.

Of course, we went inside the store and browsed around a bit and they picked up a few other items.

 

WILDWOOD GREENHOUSE

From The Kuntry Store, we went to the other side of town and our first stop was the Wildwood Greenhouse. I can never think of the name of this place! Anyway, even though this is the smallest of the four, their quantity and quality is always VERY good. There were several of these Delosperma cooperi ‘Jewel of Desert Grenade’ (Ice Plant) that my sister and I both had to have. As with last year, they had a nice selection of Sempervivum (Hens-and-Chickens) from Chick Charms. Even though I would like to have a whole collection of “named” cultivars, I didn’t buy any.

They had this HUGE, HUGE Aeonium in a combination planter I nearly drooled over. There were several smaller ones in single pots but they were ALL unlabeled. SO, I didn’t buy. I have never had an Aeonium as a companion but I am wondering…

 

However, I couldn’t resist this AWESOME Heuchera ‘Lime Ricky’. What a bright plant! Now there are two bright plants in the shade garden. Last year I brought a Hosta ‘Dancing Queen’ home now there will be a chartreuse-green Coral Bell. 🙂

My sister bought several plants at Wildwood but I only bought two there. This is where I found the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ last year and I was hoping to find another. I asked him and he said he got his order in too late. He said he had to buy Colocasia ‘Coffee Cups’… Well, CRAP! I grew ‘Coffee Cups’ in 2012 in Mississippi and I have been wanting to try them here, so maybe I will go back and get one later.

I needed another Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ because a few days ago I discovered mine must have rotted toward the end of the winter. Every time I checked during the winter it was still OK. Now I am ‘Thailand Giantness’.

Oh, yeah… He also had several nice miniature variegated Agave I passed up. I may have to go back and adopt one of those, too. They have labels! 🙂

 

MAST’S GREENHOUSE

From Wildwood, our next stop was Mast’s Greenhouse. They are probably the largest and always have a nice variety. I found this Oscularia deltoides. This is a “type” of Ice Plant and was first named Mesembryanthemum deltoides. Well, any succulent with “Mesembryanthemum-type” flowers were in that genus at one point. One of the common names of this plant is Pink Ice Plant, but the one I like best is Deltoid-Leaved Dew Plant. That is much more catchy. This is a native from somewhere in South Africa where many very interesting succulents come from. I really like it’s curious looking leaves. My thanks to a member of the Facebook group, Succulent Infatuation, for identifying this plant. Yep, it was unlabeled. I will get a page written about this plant soon.

 

When I was finished looking, my sister was still not satisfied so I started following her around. Wouldn’t you know it, she spotted a few Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’ I had missed. I told her she should get one and told her sometimes the flowers would be bi-color, sometimes solid white or reddish. She said she wanted one that was all bi-color and didn’t buy one. GEEZ, SIS! I don’t think she got what I said… There were only two or three left so you can bet I brought one home. I read how to propagate them so I am going to give it a try. 🙂

I did NOT venture to their tomatoes even though they always have a lot. I brought home whiteflies from Mast’s last year and I am not going to do that again…

 

MUDDY CREEK GREENHOUSE

Acalypha pendula-Chenille Plant from Muddy Creek Greenhouse.

On farther down the road from Mast’s is Muddy Creek. Muddy Creek is laid out very well, very clean and SPOTLESS! They are very good sized and have a great variety and some of their prices on some items are better. This is where I found the Hosta ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Empress Wu’ last years, plus the Buddleja ‘Pugster Blue’. I think I also bought most of the tomatoes here and should have bought them all here.

I didn’t buy anything there but my sister bought this Acalypha pendula (Chenille Plant) for me. I think she had already bought one at one of the other greenhouses. I brought one of these home last year but was undecided whether to bring it inside for the winter. I have always read where they can have issues with mealy bugs and other critters. I was also going to try to overwinter the Begonias and didn’t want any bugs on them. By the time I thought I would bring it inside, mother nature was tired of waiting and sent a good zap. That was that.

Also last year I put the Chenille Plant in the ground instead of a larger pot like most normal people. It did fine and spread out over the gound very nice. This time I believe I will keep it in a pot and let it hang over the sides and then bring it inside for the winter.

Ummm…

 

I picked up this Fan Flower, Scaevola aemula ‘Scalora® Brilliant’, somewhere but I can’t remember where. I brought a Fan Flower home from Wagler’s last year but they didn’t have any I could see this time. So, I am pretty sure it didn’t come from there. Maybe I found it at Mast’s? Maybe Wildwood? Heck, maybe I found it at The Kuntry Store… No, it isn’t a sign of aging because that would be impossible. I am immortal. 🙂

I mentioned earlier I was disappointed. I was looking for plants for the south side of the house and didn’t see any like I found last year. I’m sure you all experience this same problem when you try to find plants you always had and now can’t find them. It’s like they have suppliers that persuade them to buy certain plants. There were plants I would have bought if their tag didn’t say “MIXED” or some cultivar I didn’t like. Most of the time I buy “MIXED” they turn out pink! I want the old tried and true cultivars or the straight species but they are hard to find at garden centers… I ordered a catalog from the Missouri Wildflower Nursery and I am VERY tempted… I think there may be something whacky with some of the hybrids and cultivars that won’t come up the next spring. I found some… Oh, I will wait for that one. 🙂

I am not complaining about the Amish greenhouses and realize they all work very hard. They do a very good job and present their plants very well. They do a lot of work on their hanging baskets and combination planters and they always look really great. One problem is that there are four greenhouses, and while that does bring in many customers, they all go to every greenhouse. While they may start some of their own plants from seed (very few) they buy a majority of the plants they sell. Some are taken from cuttings of their own plants, too. But, by buying from suppliers, they get what is trending or what their supplier’s suppliers are trying to promote. Most of the time when I go to the greenhouses the rush of traffic is over. This time, the customers were out in full force and I was able to observe their reaction. Many were just walking around looking and couldn’t find everything they were looking for. Sure, they had a lot of plants that many people buy and they were selling a lot of plants. Impatiens, petunias, vinca, begonias, and so on just as usual. Cultivar’s change but unnoticed because they almost always look alike.

I have my eye on some Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) up the road. Problem is their location. In front of a business sign, in a businesses yard, on the corner… Well, I took them some free eggs last summer so maybe I should pay them a visit with more eggs and mention the Echinacea. 🙂 They will probably tell me they are renting the building… GEEZ!

Since I already know what the local greenhouses have, the next trip will be the Green Street Market in Clinton. There is also the plant sale sponsored by one of the local garden clubs I need to be watching for. I need another Bee Balm or three because the one I bought last year didn’t come back up. I know why, so maybe I will do better this time.

But for now, I better stop rambling because I have photos for three posts ready. Oh yeah, the calf is doing fine but she likes sleeping in the hayfield. She goes under the electric fence and up about 20 feet or so in the hayfield in the old sage grass and hides. A few days ago she walked under the fence by the chicken house, walked around the corner into the other yard and laid down in front of the trailer. She isn’t getting a very good ZAP because there is a problem… I think the electric line between the barn and chicken house needs replaced and the current is bleeding out somewhere along the way. The fencer says 0.0 in the chicken house where it is plugged in and over 13.0 when I tried it in the barn. There is still a little current because I checked it… No, I didn’t stick my tongue on it. 🙂 The repairman is coming to charge the AC Tuesday and I am going to get his opinion.

OK, now I am finished. Not really because I am going to continue in the next post. Until then, stay well, be thankful, be safe, positive and GET DIRTY!

8 comments on “A Visit To The Greenhouses With My Sister & Niece.

  1. Pixydeb says:

    Hi Rooster! Ha ha! Looks like you have been quite naughty and got lots of plants.!! It’s so hard not to buy isn’t it? I really struggle! That hot lips looks in great condition- It’s a brilliant plant. If I was there I’d go and get one. I have grown some white bee balm from seed this year but they were hard to germinate and I only got 2/12 tried. I have just bought some agastache blue boa so interested in what you say about the scent… and I 100% agree there is no doubt tea beats wine any day of the week ! It is a shame more nurseries don’t grow more from seed – I have about 6 local to me but only one grows any substantial amount of their own from seed. I do buy quite a lot on line because of that. Everything is growing like mad here as we are having alternate spells of heavy rain interspersed with several days of hot sun- ideal! Have a great week!

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    • Hello there, Pixiedeb! A gardener in a greenhouse is like a kid in a candy store! 🙂 But when you can’t find what you want it is like not having your favorite candy. Very disappointing. In the 1980’s I was about to take over the local greenhouse. I would go there after work and work with the owner and sit there and dibble seedlings and transplant them into packs. It is time-consuming for sure and I can see why greenhouses buy plugs. I grew a lot of plants from seed when I lived in Mississippi but I don’t have the right conditions here. I need a small greenhouse or some hotbeds. I had 5 sunrooms at the mansion in Mississippi. With the problem finding what I want, I need to make a change for sure! The ‘Hot Lips’ is really nice! Salvia is one of my favorite genera of plants. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Agastache grows very well in my garden and is one of my favourites for toughness and colour. Scaevola is an Australian native, and likes hot sun! You’re going to be very busy planting for the next couple of days.

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    • Hello there, Jane! I really enjoyed the Agastache ‘Black Adder’ before and I hope the new one does equally as well. I planted the first Scaevola in the bed on the south side of the house in full sun but it proved to be too hot for it. Anyway, it pretty much burned up within a few days after I planted it. I moved it but it was too late and it died within a few days. I went back to the greenhouse to get another one but they were out. This time I may keep it in a put behind the shed. At least in a pot I can move it around. 🙂 We shall see what it tells me. Thanks for the comment!

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  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Sorry about the scaevola dying in the heat. I’m a bit surprised about that.

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  4. Wow, sounds like a day of plant-shopping joy! I want to hear about that wildflower greenhouse.

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