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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Nursery Happenings March-april 2019


Greetings all, catching up on our blog, here's the latest !

This coming weekend, we will NOT be at St. Pete Sat. Morning Market, but will be at 2 other fabulous venues:

Fri/Sat/Sun April 5-7th, we will be at the Annual  Spring Plant Show at Tropiflora Nursery in Sarasota.  All of Tropiflora' stunning Bromeliads and Tillandsias will be on sale, plus there will other fellow plant vendor friends setting up, including us, with all of our specialties...Exotic Tropicals, Crotons and Ti Plants, Butterfly gardening plants, Ferns and , Cacti and Succulents and much much more.

The event is free entrance and free parking. In addition, there is live music, food on-site, raffles and drawings and just loads of fun - bring your carts and have a great time at this Spring Festival.

Quick details - the event runs Friday and Saturday, 8am-5 pm, and Sunday from 10am-4pm.   Rain or shine !

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Also,. this coming weekend, Mitch and our crew will also be at the annual Spring Garden Fest at Winter Garden Florida on Sat/Sun, April 6th and 7th. This event is a great one, widely attended, located in beautiful downtown historic Winter Garden. With over 150 vendors, you are sure to find something for your homes and gardens.  There is also live music, tons of great music and its just a cool community happening.  The show runs Sat/Sun from 9am-5pm - Free entrance and free parking around the area.
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The following 2 weekends - Sat. April 13 & 20th, we will back at Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete.

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Also, on Saturday, April 13th, Annie will be bringing our Mini Succulents and Cacti to the great Earth Day festival, downtown St. Pete, at Williams Park.  Show hours are 10am-5pm and you can find all the info at www.earthdaysp.com

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And the last weekend of April, Sat-Sunday, April 27 & 28th, its the Big mama of all local plant shows, the Green Thumb Festival, in St. Pete, at Walter Fuller Park, so mark your calenders !!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Butterfly and Bee Gardening at Market this weekend Jan 11th, 2019



Greetings all, and this weekend at Saturday Morning Market, it's all about the Butterflies and Bees !

Right now we have the perfect mix of Host, Nectar & ornamental Passion Vines, such as the "Lady Margaret", "Alata Cerruella", Purple Possem and, White Possem (edible fruit) Vines, along with gorgeous Dutchman Pipe vine, Milkweed, Porterweed, Popcorn Cassia, and Sweet Almond Bush - all guaranteed to make your garden a have and home for our area Butterflies and Bees.

In addition, for ornamental sake, we have huge Orange flowering Epidendron Ground Orchids, Purple Ground Orchid and Yesterday/today/tomorrow (Brunsfelsias).



















As usual, we have a huge new assortment of Mini Cacti and Succulents, as unusual hanging baskets, and of course, our popular Orange Brush Ginger & Cotton Candy Fern, and other great tropicals for indoors and out.






From the mini to the Maxi, Pink quills and Fiddle Leaf Ficus will fill the bill !












It's going to be a beautiful weather day so come on out and see us at Market,
and don't forget, you can contact us during the week for private
appointments!


Here's the scoop:

Saturday Morning Market
Downtown St. Pete
Al Land Parking Lot
Market hours 9am-2pm

Mitch Armstrong Nursery is a licensed Tropical Plant nursery with the state of Florida.
We do not have a retail location, but you can find us weekly at 
Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete and Spring Plant Shows around the state

Mitch Armstrong, Owner
Annie Sprague, Nursery Manager
marketannie@aol.com


727-742-9265



Friday, December 28, 2018

Happy New Years from Armstrong Nursery



Greetings all, and as we wind down 2018, we look forward to the New Year of 2019 as you do, as one of renewed energy and spirits and great possibilities for your gardens !

We have had a very full year of weekly markets and seasonal plant shows and we so appreciate our customers, that come out time and time again to support us.

Looking back at the year, we continue to feel that we are offering what you are asking for, what you need, and what you search out for.....the rare, the unusual, the hand-picked specimens, the new hybrids and all of them, healthy and happy and looking for homes.

Mini Succulents and Cacti continue to be very very popular, House and Shade plants have really been on the uptake, the exotic tropicals continue to be very popular for people looking to add a spot of color or drama to their gardens, and of course, Butterfly gardening continues to be huge..we love our butterflies, and our bees and our perennials, passion vines, Cassias, Bougainvillea and more, fitting the bill to serve our wild life.

Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete continues to be our Mother Ship, so to speak...we have participated in the Market since it's beginnings in 2002 and we continue to be proud of the growth and spirit that has added to the emerging downtown St. Pete area these past years.   In essence, Sat. Morning Market is truly our family and a place and idea that has permeated our lives for a very long time.    Over the years, we are happy to say that we continue to have a growing "regular" customer base that know are plants are great and to be trusted, and that we love what we do, and they know we want to work with them to have the best possible experience with any plant that is purchased from us.

We are also very happy to see, many many new people who have just found market, or, a great tide of visitors to our area for short time visits, as well as snowbirds that greatly help our economy during the Fall and Winter times.  We are truly blessed to keep this Little Nursery That Could going despite challenges in the economy, constant challenges to our product and machinery and vehicles, and ever-present Weather changes that impact us all.

We are also truly blessed to have a team of helpers that year after year, have been there for us on Market and Botanical Plant Sale days.  It's just Mitch and Annie during the week doing the workload of getting plants, tending and watering, TLCing, loading/unloading, keeping our equipment and vehicles up, but on Market days and Show dates, we have a trifecta in Susan, Larry and Jeremy who are there to fuel the Market day, plus occasional pop-ins of Super Wendy, Super Alan, Super Elaine, Super Oliver, to name a few, that fill the gaps and help keep our booth going.  As they say, having a plant nursery is a 24/7 job, and although "Market Day" is "Show Time", there's lots of work before and after.

And we can't forget how lucky we are to have wonderful fellow nursery people that provide great product and support us all year long. Most of them are small family owned nurseries such as us, and we are always welcomed in as friends and they do a great deal to support us. 

So winding down at the end of the year, it is always important for us to recognize people and places that keep us going...and despite our aging years, we are still here, and still rarin' to go.

Bless all our Followers, and our Customers, our Helpers and Mother Nature, the Winds and Guidance of our departed love ones, and spirits in the Stars, that continues to watch out for us. 

We will be celebrating the end of the year at Sat. Morning Market this Saturday, Dec. 29th, and as always, we will just keep coming back !

Mitch & Annie 






Friday, December 7, 2018

Market and Plant Show at Largo Botanical Gardens this weekend !



Greetings all and the first thing we need to tell you is that Hand Made Cedar Birdhouses are back ! Yes, we only have 18 of these, christened the 2018 Cedar Birdhouse Holiday Collection.

We will be bringing them to Market  every week until they are sold out.  Note, these are the only ones available for this Holiday time !

This year, there has been a price increase....increase of cost from the source as well as our extended travel time and costs to get them.

The price this season is $45 and we believe they are well worth it. This collection is one of the most eclectic we have had, with lots of add-ons of pine cone flowers, moss and Forest greenery and twigs.   They are heavy and super durable and just ready to affix to your fence, posts or sit on your patios to enjoy for years to come.


At Saturday Morning Market this weekend, we have a huge new crop of gorgeous Mini, Thornless Bougainvillea, as well as butterfly loving Thriallis.  In addition, Mitch was able to find the rare "Little John dwarf Bottlebrush" plants - hard to find anymore as very few growers doing them..they are slow growing, have deep green foilage and deep red blooms - perfect for a smaller place in the garden, and they are super hardy.

In addition to the Holiday theme, Annie has decked out some gorgeous Christmas Fairy Castle Cactus that are perfect for your Holiday table, porches and a great little Holiday charm for your work desk.  Fairy Castles (Cereus tetragonus ). Native to North America, these are one of the hardiest soft Cacti you can grow.  In our region of Tampa Bay and Central Florida going south, they are hardy outdoors plants...in colder regions, they will thrive on a sunny windowsill.  One of Annie's favs because they are perfectly fine to be left alone and let dry out for long periods and still do fine, and they have this lovely way of building up into a castle form.



As always every week, we have a fresh new crop of Mini Succulents and Cacti, and some of the most beautiful, EZ to grow Tropicals for shade gardens or your Home and Garden.

Also, this weekend ! On Sunday, Dec. 9th, the Florida Botanical Gardens has its annual Gift and Plant Sale at the gardens and we will be there, along with 60 plus vendors.  This Botanical garden is a gem in our own backyard, just located just a bit north of Seminole, EZ to get to, plenty of free parking.  The Botanical Gardens every year runs a nightly dazzling light show in the garden that is a feast for the eyes and provides joy to the Young and the Young at Heart !  Come for the plant show on Sunday (rain or shine) from 9am-4pm, then stay to enjoy the magic of the lighted gardens ! They do ask a voluntary contribution to the Nightly Light shows, but trust us, its worth it, and affordable for everyone. (Note: there is some forecast for rain on Sunday, don't let that deter you, it's suppose to be quick and over with, and we have a plenty of tent and storage place behind our booth to keep you dry!)

Here's the scoop:

Saturday Morning Market
Downtown St. Pete at Al Lang Stadium Lot at 1st street and 1st Avenue South
(there IS street parking as well as very affordable garage parking nearby)
Market hours 9am-2pm.  Live music, Community spirit, tons of Food and Crafts and Plants

Sunday, Dec. 9th - Florida Botanical Gardens
12520 Ulmerton Road Largo
(our hint  - Enter at the Walsingham Road entrance - tons of free parking area )
Show time 9am-4pm

We hope to see you this Holiday season and come check out some special things that can make your Holiday bright as well as gifting to other !
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Mitch Armstrong Nursery is a licensed Tropical Plant nursery with the state of Florida.
We do not have a retail location, but you can find us weekly at 
Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete and Spring Plant Shows around the state

Mitch Armstrong, Owner
Annie Sprague, Nursery Manager
marketannie@aol.com


727-742-9265






Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Weekend 2018


Greetings All and we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your Family and Friends !

As we continue to celebrate the Thanksgiving Weekend, we include our gratitude to you, our Loyal followers and Customers and Friends, for your continued support to our Little Nursery !

We expect that Saturday Morning Market, this weekend, will be the usual full, fun Market Day as we welcome back Snow Birds, Visitors to our beautiful town and all Market regulars.

We spent the first part of the week, including today on Thanksgiving, getting some great new plant stock ready for you.  We are stocked up with fresh new Mini Succulents and Cacti (including some bigger varieties that will know your sock off - we hope !).

We also visited our favorite Fern and Tropicals fellow nursery people to bring some new, dynamic Shade and Indoor plants for you.   One of the most popular Ferns, the "Cotton  Candy" Fern was finally ready and we have beauties to bring you. We also have some gorgeous new variegated Tropical Hanging Baskets to share.

In addition, we are still fully stocked on Holiday faire, from Mini Poinsettias, to Xmas Cactus, to  Red Success Anthuriums, plus our popular Bromeliad Quills.

Also, we have 4 spectacular specimens of the gorgeous Rainbow Eucalyptus tree that are looking for good homes - they are in 3 gallon size, but they grow fast and if you have the room for a stunning tree specimen to your home gardens, these will fit perfectly.    Commonly, these trees are found for $50 and up for a starter tree, but we are running a special of only $30 for one of these beauties. If you think you want, let us know - come by Market, or email us to pick up at our Home Nursery.

Landscape wise, we still have beautiful Bougainvilleas, Orange Pagoda Head Clerodendron, Dwarf Cyperus, Passion Vines and some very yummy smelling Lavender !

Also keep in mind, if looking for some great hostess gifts, or if YOU are the hoster, and need some great little decor, Annie's Plant Pallette can help you with beautiful Mini Succulents that you can enjoy yourself and gift to others - and you can get substantial savings on the cost with a 25 + plant order.  Talk to Annie at Market, or again, email her for all the details about availability and pricing.
Annie just finished furnishing Minis for another beautiful wedding and we will share pics soon !

We hope we get to see you at Market this weekend - and we hope that you continue to enjoy your Holiday Season.

Here's the scoop:

Saturday Morning Market
Downtown St. Pete at Al Lang Field Lot
Market hours 9am-2pm (rain or shine)
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Mitch Armstrong Nursery is a licensed Tropical Plant nursery with the state of Florida.
We do not have a retail location, but you can find us weekly at 
Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete and Spring Plant Shows around the state

Mitch Armstrong, Owner
Annie Sprague, Nursery Manager
marketannie@aol.com


727-742-9265



Thursday, November 15, 2018

Nov. 17 & 18th weekend news


Yup, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas !

Starting this weekend, we have gorgeous Mini Poinsettias in 3 inch pots that are perfect for your home decor as well as great, inexpensive gifts to your friends, family and hostesses for events you soon will be attending.




It's also time to bring out the Christmas Cactus and we have 3 assorted sizes ( 4 inch, 8 inch and hanging baskets) to fit your needs - Colors available are Red, Orange, Pink, Purple and White !








To further help you get in the mood for the holidays, our sweet, dwarf Red Anthuriums are the perfect addition to homes, offices, patios and make excellent gifts to your work associates and perfect for hostess gifts.

These Anthuriums only get about 12 inches tall, and the Red Petals and Blooms last for months.  Needing very little water, they are known for being one of the hardiest House Plants around.









We have a huge load of brand new fresh Mini Succulents and Cacti, as we restocked up after the Mt. Dora show last weekend.


We also have a great new selection of Mini Ceramic Pots that will fit your plants perfectly and remember, we always have "Succulent Soil" bags for sale at market each week.











This weekend, besides participating in our Home Market at Sat. Morning Market, downtown St. Pete, we will be participating in the brand new Tierre Verde Market on Sunday.  Tierre Verde is a picturesque little community on the BayWay road on your way out to Ft. Desota Park.  This new market is right off the main highway - just turn in at the large sign of Billys Stone Crab Restaurant. Free entrance and plenty of parking.  The Sunday Market will run 9am-2pm, every 3rd Sunday of the Month.

There's lots going on in St. Pete this weekend, we hope you can join us at either location - and the weather (long awaited for) is going to be downright cool and gorgeous !




Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Mt. Dora Plant and Garden Faire this weekend, Nov. 10/11, 2018



Greetings All !

This coming weekend, Nov. 10-& 11th, we are taking a rare weekend off from Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete to travel and set up at the Annual Fall Garden Plant Faire, in beautiful downtown Mt. Dora.

This is a very popular event that draws people from locals to many from around the state of Florida.

Set in beautiful Donnelly Park, you will find many plant vendors and artisans that will provide great things for your gardens, patios, homes and offices.

We will be bringing a huge assortment of Mini Succulents and Cacti, that we are  known for, plus Exotic Tropicals, Butterfly friendly specimens and some pretty cool rare stuff !

The show runs Saturday 9-5pm, and Sunday 9am-4pm.  There is plenty of free parking in downtown Mt. Dora. The entrance to the show is free and there will be Happy Boy Scouts to help carry your plants to your vehicles.  Live music and food on-site are provided.

Look for Armstrong Nursery on the Big Red Deck right in front of the main Park building that houses receptions and rest rooms.

We will return to Sat. Morning Market, downtown St. Pete on Sat. Nov. 17th.

Bloom where you Grow !