This has been a great week getting ready for the season. That said, I want to warn others that they are predicting cold temperatures for the next few nights so if you have tomatoes, basil, peppers and other cold-sensitive plants in the ground, you want to be sure to cover them for the next three nights with old sheets, newspapers, cloches or even terra cotta pots turned upside down.
On Friday I drove up to The Greenery on Route 29 in Salem, NY. Last year I heard about their zinnias as being the biggest and best my gardener friends had grown. So last fall my friend Judy and I agreed to go on a purchasing expedition. And, we did stopping at Steininger’s for lunch. http://www.steiningers.com. Call for a reservation: (518) 854-3830.
The Greenery sells several sizes of zinnias from the dwarf, to the reliable State Fair, to the giant….Benary’s Giant, which grows between 40 and 50 inches. It is touted as a great cutting flower, able to withstand the heat of summer, and are recommended by the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers
Johnny’s Seeds http://www.Johnnyseeds.com sells seed and this is what they say about the plant on their website: “High yield of long, sturdy stems with 4-6″, fully double, dahlia-like blooms. Excellent vase life. Vigorous plants hold up well in summer heat and rain. Low susceptibility to powdery mildew.”
Because of the predicted frosty nights ahead, I haven’t planted them yet but plan to grow the 24 plants this year among cleome, which can use the support of the zinnias sturdy stem. I’ll post photos when they bloom.
I’ve also been up to Mead’s Nursery in Queensbury. They are supporting the Moreau Community Garden through a special coupon for the gardeners who garden there. If you are a Moreau Community Garden gardener and would like a coupon for $5. off a purchase of $30. leave a comment below.
See you in the garden.