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Friday, December 15, 2017


Greetings all, and we just want to say, we need 8 days a week, haha, the time just goes so darn fast so here we are late blogging for this week, but it's worth it, promise !

Yes, so, at left, beautiful South American Tillandsia that thrives on our home porch, and as you asked us, yes, we have Tillandsias (Air plants) Big time this weekend at market, and they are all showing glorious holiday colors, so don't miss out. We also have some very coooool shells, that can be great homes for these babies.
Look for our resident Super Helper, Susan, to teach, inform and get you excited about Air plants !

Last Saturday at market was a wild and wooly day...a bit of sun, a bit of clouds, a bit of rain and a Lot of Wind, phew, but we all managed to make it through the day and are so grateful for the thousands of customers who still turned out. 

The new Super Hot Pink Poinsettia went flying out of our booth along with our gorgeous Xmas Cactus, and we are restocked for this weekend, yeah !












Also, last weekend, on Sunday, we had a great time at the Largo Botanical Gardens in Largo for their annual Holiday plant sale and practically sold out, and, so many people were happy for us to turn them onto the Garden Seasonal Garden Light show that goes on till the end of the year.   If you get a night to do, highly recommend..the garden is not so huge, that it is a great time for all ages to enjoy and not wear out your feet !  And it is user friendly to all ages..the paths are lit brightly so easy to keep an eye on the youngins as well as plenty of room for your party, even if including wheelchairs, they go the extra mile to make it a wonderful experience for all.

So, one of the plants we highlighted last week, the Orange Paint Brush Ginger, got lots of oohs and aahs and comments and were picked up quickly. We have a few left, still budding, so come to market to get this treasure.



See that plant on the lower right of the pic? This plant is also a winner in our mind for shade gardens and indoors, kinda called a weird name, "Rattlesnake" Calathea, and it became more widely available a few years ago, and it's a staple with us...slow growing, only gets about 18", with wavy spots on the foliage, it's a showstopper and in our experience, one of the coolest low light plants we have seen in a long time.












One of both of ours new favorites is "Kalenchoe synsepala"     This cutie has such marvelous coloring around the edges and puts out 6-8 inch long straight shoots of new babies.  And, it's not "pokey" ie, won't hurt your fingers, a big plus in our world !










These are just a few highlights of plants at our market this Saturday, along with colorful Bougainvillea and other goodies, and, another great thing.....



Back, by popular demand, we have gorgeous Cedar Birdhouses..the perfect gift for yourself or the gardener in your life.

Each birdhouse is unique, made of Cedar and Barnwood, decorated with moss,  Pine cones and grapevines, they are beautiful and useful, Birds will use them !!

We have to go a very long way to get these beauties hand made by a secret super-woodworker, but we know they are worth it.








Don't forget..yes, it's the holidays, but for us, like all nurseries, the work never stops and we will continue to bring you great plants and decor that will make your holidays shine, as well, keep your gardens going all winter long.

Here's the scoop:
Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete, at Al Lang Field Parking Lot
Market hours 9am - 2pm

Can't make market? We are available for any last minute holiday gift ideas, as well as on-going plant wishes, just email or call us to make a private appointment at our private home nursery in Northeast St. Pete.
marketannie@aol.com
heyplantman1@juno.com
727-542-9951
727-742-9265

Happy Holidays !


Friday, December 8, 2017

Dec Happenings-Market and Largo Botanical Show this weekend

It's Holiday Time !!!! Whether you celebrate Christmas, or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, we support and celebrate all within our families, friends and customers. 

We are excited about the month of December, because we get to offer our customers some pretty cool stuff that we normally don't have, plus more more exotic and rare stuff !

So, first thing, Holiday time, and it's Poinsettia time, but, we usually do not carry them because they are located at every box store, every street corner etc, but we could NOT resist a couple of NEW hybrids that are available now, and not widely available....that saying, you will love the new Hot Pink Poinsettia as well as the "Baby Pink" poinsettia...both are just drop dead gorgeous.



Also, we will have some Christmas Cactus plants finally available. Between Hurricane Irma and other factors, some big-time growers lost their entire crops this year, so there has been a scramble, locally, to find these and we were lucky to get a hold of some just for you.

This weekend brings a cool front to our area with some rain Friday night, but we are confident the storm will be over first thing Saturday Morning and we will set up at Sat. Morning Market, downtown St. Pete, and we think the clearing skies and the cooler temps will put a liveliness to all our steps. !

Besides Market on Saturday, this Sunday, we will be set up at Florida Botanical Gardens, in Largo. This yearly holiday plant show coincides with their Celebration of Lights in the Gardens for the month.  The plant show will have 40 plus plant and garden decor vendors, and it's a great time to come for the show, and stay to enjoy the lights ! The plant show runs 9am-4pm on Sunday.

I wanted to highlight a couple of other special plants we have this weekend:


yes, this is the terrific "Bat Plant", aka Tacca, and you usually see this more around Halloween time, but ours are still budding and blooming !


This beautiful Orange Paint Brush Ginger is a winner for shade gardens and porches and patios. One of the few Gingers that does not go completely dormant in winter, the unique blooms slowly open into a bright orange glaze glory.


Our large Bougainvillea baskets are always very popular - they love the cooler weather - and we also have the Miss Pixie, dwarf varigated thorn-less bougainvillea too !






These are just some highlights of what we have in stock right now - we got tons more of great landscape plants for sun, as well as lots of great plants for shade gardens and homes and offices, and of course, we Always have a fresh assortment of hundreds of Mini Succulents and Cacti.

Here's the scoop:
Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete
Al Lang Field Parking Lot
Every Saturday 9am-2pm
Free admission, live music, lots of nearby parking

Sunday, Dec. 10th
Holiday Plant and Garden Show
Florida Botanical Gardens
12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774
Show hours 9am-4pm
Stay after for the incredible lights in the Garden !

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Mitch Armstrong Nursery is a licensed Plant Nursery in the state of Florida.
We do not have a retail site - our Home Base is the Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete

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Mitch Armstrong
heyplantman1@juno.com
727-542-9951




Friday, December 1, 2017

Heading into December - Its Bougainvillea magic time


Greetings all, sorry for the delay in posting - seems that google did some recent updates that made it challenging to post, so going to keep this quick and simple.

We have gorgeous Bougainvillea at Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete tomorrow.

Join us as we welcome in the month of December, and bringing some great color for your homes and gardens !

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Saturday Morning Market this weekend !



Greetings all, there is a ton of things to do this weekend in downtown St. Pete, and Saturday Morning Market, our home base, is sponsoring a big ole fun fest during market day, check it out !
What a marvelous place!

St Pete Run Fest Activities

in collaboration with the St Pete Saturday Morning Market

 

The Run Fest is adding a marvelous array of activities on the east side of the Al Lang parking lot.  You'll find even more unusual shopping, lively music, great craft brews and engaging kids activities.  


The Run Fest Wellness Expo (in the NE parking area) will feature dozens of vendors with the latest in fitness apparel, technology and wellness related services.
 
The 3 Daughters Beach Bar (on the lawn) will offer a selection of great local craft beers in a beer garden setting.
 
East Music Stage (next to 3 Daughters Beach Bar)
 
 9 - 12 PM  Urban Gypsies kick off with a collection of tribal, disco, gypsy and blue grass
                 music
 
 12 - 3 PM  Hot Rod Hornets Authentic rockabilly that might make you boogie, jump
                 or swing.
 
One of Fritzy's fun personas
More Entertainment (throughout the Market)
  • Fritzy - The One Man Circus
  • The 'Amazing Kenny' - Balloon Artist
  • Fran Goh - The Living Statue  
  • Al DiSanto - Caricature Artist
  • Honeybunch Face Painting
Kids Activities (near the lawn)
 
9 - 1:30 PM  Seminole Hard Rock Tent
You can "Rock the Gold" at this tent, turning running shoes gold with glitter, gold shoe laces and more. The event raises awareness and support for pediatric cancer.
 
The free course will challenge kids of all fitness levels with 10+ pumped up obstacles on a grassy course. This event is offered with timed challenges and/or just for fun!
 
10 - 12PM   Great Explorations
The Childrens Museum will be leading an interactive experience for children ages 5-13.
 
Peli-Kids Races @ 2pm
 
PeliKids One Miler: Calling all kids aged 5-13 for a one mile fun run along the scenic waterfront of downtown St. Pete!  
 
Lil' Shrimp Fun Runs: For the 1-2 year olds there's the .05K fun run, and for the preschoolers aged 3-4 years old, there's the .1K fun run!
 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mt. Dora Fall Garden Faire this weekend


This weekend, Armstrong Nursery will be in the beautiful town of Mt. Dora, FL, for their annual Fall Garden Festival.

The festival runs Saturday and Sunday Nov. 11th & 12th from 8am-5pm.

The festival is located right in the heart of downtown at the beautiful Donnelly Park where you will find a great assortment of plant vendors from around the state and beautiful Yard Art.

Admittance is free and there is plenty of parking around the downtown area.

You can find Armstrong Nursery set up on the big wood deck in front of the Park Activity Building. We will be bringing a huge assortment of Bougainvillea, Exotic Tropical and of course, hundred of Mini Succulents and Cacti that we are known for.

Since we will be at the festival, we will be out of Saturday Morning Market this weekend, but will return Sat. Nov. 18th.

Enjoy this great weather and Happy Gardening !

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tropiflora Spring Festival this weekend


This weekend, Armstrong Nursery will be out of Sat. Morning Market, so we can set up at the 17th Annual Tropiflora Nursery Fall Plant Sale.

Tropiflora will have many great things on sale plus they will have other vendors from around the state, such as us, set up on the grounds too. It's a beautiful nursery, and if you haven't ever been, we urge you to go to see their specialties of Bromeliads, Tillandsias, Exotic Tropicals and more.

Its a great festival with free admittance, music, food on-site and carts available for you to walk around to make your selection.  Look for Armstrong Nursery booth at the back end of the property.

The show starts:
Friday, Oct. 27th from 8am-5pm
Sat. Oct. 28th 8am-5pm
Sun. Oct. 29  10am-3pm

Tropiflora is easily reached from the Tampa Bay area, located on Tellavast Road in North Sarasota.
Visit their site  www.tropiflora, com for exact address, directions and info.

We will return to Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete on Sat. Nov. 4th.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Saturday Morning Market is back Sat. Oct 7, 2017


Greetings all, after a very long summer, and hurricanes and lots of challenges, this time of year brings us to the start of the new Market Season, and Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete will start it's 15th season tomorrow, Sat. Oct. 7th.

The Market resumes back at Al Lang Field Parking Lot off of 1st avenue south and 1st street and you can find Armstrong Nursery on the very back East row of the market layout.

Market hours are 9am,-2pm.

A full contingent of vendors (140 plus) will be waiting for our treasured customers, including the popular Worden Farms Organic Produce vendors. 

We are excited to start another season and have all sorts of wonderful plants for your home gardens, patios, homes and offices, and,

wonderful news, we have our popular Cedar Birdhouses back in stock !


Of course, we will have our usual huge selection of Mini Succulents and Cacti.




We continue to be able to bring a great selection of rare, Asian grafted Desert Rose, many with very impressive varigation and special colors, such as the rare Yellow Desert Rose.
















We have some beauties for full sun out in the garden such as the popular Pink Mandevilla and Purple Sapphire Showers.

We have some great ground covers for sun or shade, tons of great shade plants, and herbs such as Lavender and Oregano (don't worry, Basil will be available in a few weeks!).


We hope you come on down to see us at Market as the Armstrong Nursery team will be there in full force to help you find the perfect plant of your dreams !

Note: Many of you know that usually this first weekend of October, we also participate in the Tropiflora Fall Plant festival in Sarasota. Unfortunately Tropiflora experienced a lot of damage to their greenhouses from Hurricane Irma, but they are busily rebuilding and the show has been rescheduled for the end of this month.

Here's the scoop:

Saturday Morning Market, Downtown St. Pete
Al Lang Field Parking lot
www.saturdaymorningmarket.com  for details and directions

Entry to the market is free and you will find hundreds of vendors with great Produce, Plants, Artisans and Foods galore.

Market hours 9am-2pm every Saturday through the end of May, 2018.