In the blogging world you’re not just a garden writer but a photographer as well, so I was out early Saturday morning snapping pictures of plants. After that I decided to visit the local gardening scene. My first stop was the farmer’s market out behind the Colonial Theater in Keene. I planned on speaking to some of the farmers, but they were very busy and I didn’t want to gum up the works. There was an amazing variety of things for sale there, including annuals, perennials, vegetables, fruit trees and bushes, local meats, cheeses and dairy products, and even furniture and jewelry. One vendor had some nice looking white bunching onions that had my mouth watering, along with some great looking bok choy, spinach, and salad greens.
After visiting the market I went to Agway on Martell Court in Keene, which was also doing a good business. They’re getting new plants in all the time and have a great selection of just about any plant, shrub or tree you could want. I noticed that many more perennials had come in since the last time I was there.
I also noticed that Debbie has the greenhouse up at Blue Seal Feeds on Dunbar Street in Keene. Though I didn’t stop I’m sure it was full of annuals, vegetables, perennials and hanging baskets as usual. They also have quite a large selection, especially of annuals. That’s usually where I get my impatiens, because they have varieties that you don’t often find anywhere else.
Windsock Gardens, across near the airport on Route 32 in Swanzey was also doing a brisk business. They specialize in annuals and vegetables and have a wide variety of both. They had some fine looking pepper and tomato plants and just about every annual you could name. I like going there because they try something new each year. This year I saw a coleus I’ve never seen called “Chaotic Rose” that I’m pretty sure I have to have. It’s a remarkable plant with rose colored leaves that have splotches of burgundy, green, and cream. Plants with names like “Grape Expectations,” “Red Petticoats,” and “Candy Store” are worth searching for if you want to light up a shady corner, and Windsock is the place to start.
All spring I’ve been watching a new nursery take shape. It’s called Paradise Perennials and is on Route 10 in Swanzey, across from Gomarlo’s market, at Mrs. Bs garden shop. I stopped in to see what they had and found some of the healthiest looking perennials I’ve seen recently, at very good prices. Becky, the owner, was very helpful, and didn’t mind answering questions. She said this is their first year, and that she hoped traffic would pick up. With such healthy plants at such low prices, I’m sure word will spread very fast. I saw a beautiful dwarf red native columbine that I’m fairly sure I have to have, so I’ll be paying them another visit. They only had one left, so I hope it’s still there.
Everywhere I went plants were going fast, so don’t wait until the last minute to buy those annual and vegetable plants!
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