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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 !

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Oct. 26-28th weekend happenings

Greetings all, sorry for the late post, we have just been on the run and super busy with the plant business and personal business.

This weekend, we will be at Sat. Morning Market, Sat. Oct. 27th with the guys manning the booth, while....

Susan and I will be done at beautiful Tropiflora Nursery in Sarasota, for their annual Fall plant sale. This sale runs starting tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 26th through Sunday, Oct. 28th.  Check out for all the details, and also you can check out their Face Book site.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fall Season and Market Season is Ready to Go !

Greetings All !

It's been a long summer and we are so excited that our new Gardening Season is beginning again, starting with the opening of Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete, this Sat., Oct. 6th.

We have been busy tending the Home Nursery and we have some fabulous Plants we have gathered from far and near to bring to you, our loyal customers.

First, blooming a little earlier than usual, our Blue Ginger Plants are happily putting out that distinct Blue hue in our nursery. We had them nestled among other foliage and were pleasantly surprised when we saw that gorgeous blue deliciousness popping above its neighbors. This is NOT a plant commonly found, usually only at botanical shows, and one of the few True Blue color plants to be found in the garden.  Not a true ginger, it resembles Gingers by its leaf structure. It is a great Fall bloomer and actually loves being on the dry side, so it is low maintenance.  She is special !

Of course, continuing our search for the best Mini Succulents and Cacti, we are fully stocked up with a great selection - all hand picked by Mitch and I, and, you asked for it, larger specimens are available too !

We were thrilled to get larger specimens of the the popular "Bunny Ears" and "Fairy Castle" cacti, and Annie has planted them up in nice white containers with soil cover so they are ready to just place on your sunny windowsills and patios.

New this season - Annie's Plant Pallette ! We have created this little subdivision, headed by Annie, that will fulfill the needs of customers wanting Bulk Mini Succulents and Cacti for Weddings, Showers, Parties etc. Feel free to talk to Annie at Market or send an email to get all the info about pricing and availability.  Each event is unique and pricing is based on quantity, size and types of plants.  Annie has already been servicing many customers with needs for bulk plants for special events and we aim to expand this endeavor that will give you a great price break and ease of availability and timing for your special event !


This time of year is a great time to get back into getting hardy Perennials for your garden and we have lovely Cannas, Celosia, Mona Lavender, Dwarf Vinca, Dwarf Cyperus, and even some gorgeous Ornamental Bananas. And for all you Pesto lovers, the first Basil of the season is available.

Due to popular demand, we continue to offer great plants for Outdoor Shade and Indoor Gardening for your Home and Office.  Calatheas, Ferns, Alocasias and Pink Bromeliads fill the bill, and we have back one of our favorites, that has been hard to find, "Tiny Dancer" Alocasia, as well as a new hybrid called "Mini Ray", which is a dwarf version of the popular Sting Ray alocasia.

Yes, it's still summer -like around here, and we are all still battling the no-seeums and pesky gnats, and the perfect solution is the Alata Nepenthese plant that will capture those pesky bugs and turn them into food, and give you some pest-free air to enjoy on your patios !

And, of course, not to neglect our Butterfly-loving customers, we are stocked back up with super Passion Flower Vines, including the ever-blooming "Lady Margaret" and the popular edible "Purple Possem".  We also have lovely Orange Pagoda Clerodendron that critters love.

In keeping with the supplying you with more all around garden needs, we will continue to have Customer Made Soil for your specimens, as well as pots, and rock for soil coverage in containers.

Also, in this new season, we will continue to have more starter plants, as well as cuttings etc, for the budget-minded gardener !

So, please join us at our Opening Day of Market, and as always, we will be there every week to give you lots of Plant Power specimens to fill your homes and gardens with earthly delights !

Here's the scoop:

Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete
Al Lang Field Parking Lot (1st street and 1st avenue south).
Every Saturday  9am-2pm
We aim to make it easy for you - pick out your selections and we are happy to hold them while you shop at Market - We have strong hands to help get your purchases to your vehicle - We have delivery options, just ask !

Also, we want to add - In keeping with the Market's aim to eliminate Single Use Plastic Bags, we urge everyone to bring your own bags or containers.  We WILL have recycled plastic, as well as Paper bags to protect your purchases. Let's all work together to protect Mother Earth in this endeavor !

Mitch Armstrong Nursery & Annie's Plant Pallette are licensed Tropical Plant nurseries 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 various Spring Plant festivals around the state
We can also provide service for private appointment in St. Pete

Mitch Armstrong, Owner, Mitch Armstrong Nursery
Annie Sprague, Nursery Manager
Annie Sprague, Owner, Annie's Plant Pallette


Friday, August 10, 2018

August Summer Market Days

Greetings all ! As we wind down the Summer season, we only have 3 more Summer Market Days at Williams Park in August.  The Summer Market ends on Sat. August 25th and we will be having a super sale on that day.

Meanwhile, we still have great stuck of Mini Succulents and Cacti, Exotic Tropicals, Landscape and  Butterfly friendly specimens.

The pic above is a Succulent Hat !  Armstrong Nursery is part of a team of great talented volunteers that are furnishing Table Centerpieces for LocalShops1 10th anniversary bash at Tampa Bay Watch out near Ft. Desoto this coming Sunday.  LocalShops1, run by Ester Venouziou, a bright spirit in our community who is a great supporter for Local Artisans and Vendors.  Her shop is in the Courtyard of downtown Gulfport and a great place to find local talent and gifts.  Ester is also the organizer of the popular Shopapalooza Event in downtown St. Pete each year.

Important dates to remember !

Sat. Aug. 11th - Summer Market, Williams Park, downtown St. Pete 9am-1pm

Sat. Aug 18th -  Summer Market, Williams Park, downtown St. Pete 9am-1pm

Sat. Aug. 25th - Summer Market, Williams Park, downtown St. Pete 9am-1pm  Last Day !

The month of September, is "down time" for all our area markets. Armstrong Nursery  will still be active around our nursery that month.

Oct. 6th - Opening Day of the 16th Season of Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete, at Al Lang Field Lot.  Market hours 9am-2pm.

Mitch Armstrong Nursery is a licensed Tropical Plant nursery with the state of Florida.
The nursery does not have a retail location, but you can find it  weekly at 
Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete

Mitch Armstrong, Owner
Annie Sprague, Nursery Mgr


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Plant Availability June 20, 2018

Greetings all !  Unfortunately, Mother Nature's weather shut down the Market day at Summer Williams Park Market today. Right now, we have a large assortment of great plants available right now and customers have asked for our Availability List - so here it is !

Just a reminder, we are not set up for shipping, so these are only available for pickup in the St. Petersburg area, at our normal Saturday Morning set up in Williams Park, downtown St. Pete, or by special appointment.

Note: Large quantities of 3 inch Mini Succulents and Cacti (30 or more) are available at a discounted rate. Please email for info.

Please email us for info and ordering:

Availability as of June 30, 2018


Anthurium (dwarf, red and pink flowering) 4 inch pot 7
Blue Ginger (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora) 1 gallon pot 12
Bunny Ears cactus (Opuntia microdasys) 3 inch pot 4 or 2/7
Cacti (Minis-large selection) 3 inch pot 4 or 3/10
Cassia (Popcorn) 3 gallon pot 15
Coffee Plant (includes coffee cup) 3 inch pot 5 or 2/8
Curcuma ginger 6 inch pot 7
Desert Rose ( Arabicum) 4 inch pot 20
Desert Rose (pink flowering) 3 inch pot 4 or 3/10
Desert Rose (Thai hybrids) 6 inch pot 15
Epidendrum cuttings-Orange flower 12 inch cutting 2 or 3/5
Epidendrum radican 3 gallon pot 25
Fern (Emina) 4 " hanging basket 7
Fern (Emina) 6 inch pot 7
Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) 3 gallon pot 25
Ghost Cactus (white ghost euphorbia lactea) 6-8 inch stick 5
Hops plant 3 gallon pot 18
Jade (Crassula ovata) 4 inch pot 6
Lifesaver cactus 3 inch pot 4 or 2/6
Mimosa ground cover 1 gallon pot 3.50 or 2/6
Passion Fruit Vine (Purple Possem) 3 gallon pot 20
Passion Vine (Alata Ceruella) 3 gallon pot 20
Passion Vine (Lady Margaret) 3 gallon pot 20
Peperomia striped (Puteolata) 3 inch pot 3
Plumeria cuttings-Yellow 18 inch stick 4 or 2/6
Rattlesnake (Calathea lancifolia) 4 inch pot 5 or 2/8
Rattlesnake (Calathea lancifolia) 6 inch pot 12
Sansevaria (Cylindrical-braided) 4 inch pot 8
Sharks Tooth epiphyllum 6 inch pot 10
Sharks Tooth epiphyllum Hanging basket 20
Spider Plant (curly) 4 inch pot 5
String of Pearls Hanging basket 15
Succulent Soil Sandwich baggie 2
Succulents (mini-large selection) 3 inch pot 4 or 3/10

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Summer Market at Williams Park Downtown St. Pete

Greetings all, and it's Summer Market Time in St. Pete ! 

Summer Saturday Morning Market is happening at Williams Park, downtown St. Pete, every Saturday from 9am-1pm, from now until the end of August, so you do NOT have to go without your gorgeous plant needs, nor fresh produce and unique foods stuff, not to mention, the glorious talents of local artists.

This Saturday at Market, we have a great assortment of plants that you are going to love love love, to get you through the Summer. First, let's get started with some bigger things....

First, the beautiful and hardy "Bleeding Heart Vine" and we have them in great hanging baskets. This is one tough, gorgeous plant that will bloom in sun or shade !

You have been waiting for the popular "Purple Possem" Passion Vine, that produces yummy, nutritious Passion Fruit......we were out of them by the end of April after a busy Spring Show season but the new crop has arrived and is ready for good homes.

"Abutilon" Hibiscus is one of our favorites and yours too, and they sold like hotcakes in the Spring. Not commonly found, we have a great grower friend who has been working hard to re-supply us with them, and they are now ready.  In 3 gallon pots, you can grow it as a Bush or a small Standard tree.  She loves sun, and the warmth of our summers and blooms like mad all through the summer through deep Fall.

And now, some of our smaller offerings....

This dwarf Anthurium from Holland is a great House plant, and one of our most popular. We have them in 3 hues this weekend....Red, Pink and Orange.  The blooms last for months, and it's a great low-maintenance plant for your homes, porches and patios or shady spaces out in the yard.

This new hybrid, the dwarf Curly Spider Plant is a real winner and you can't beat it for it's's tough and EZ to grow and maintain. We have to be honest....Spider Plants..hmmm..pretty common but this wavy baby wows the plant world.

The "Miranda" Nepenthese plant is always a fun addition to any shade garden. Bugs and gnats head down into the "pitchers" and are trapped by tiny hairs, to be devoured, yum yum, and it thrives in our humid shade gardens in the summer.

And of course, we have a huge new crop of Mini Succulents and Cacti..all hand picked by Mitch and I, for their specialness, their health and their uniqueness.   We spend hours, literally days, hand picking every plant and let me tell ya, it's not easy in these hot times, inside steaming green houses..but it's worth it, because we know that you know..we want to bring the best and the brightness and the newest to our customers !

And we were so excited this week, to find a great crop of "Tiger Jaw" Succulents in bloom and bud and it is one of our favorites, so we gathered as many as we could.

Tiger Jaw is so cool as it is a afternoon/evening bloomer, and the flower is Huge..usually dwarfing the interior plant ! And, what's really cool, it will open and close for about 3-4 days. Then it starts making babies that continue to bloom thoughout the year.

During the Summer Months, we know a lot of our customers want and love House plants and we always try to have a great selection of EZ cost ones for you and one of the newest things we have this weekend is the "Cotton Candy" Fern !

Is she not stunning ??  It is like a billowy cloud of green yumminess, you got to check it out.

So, that's a little preview of some of the great specimens we will have at Summer Market, so please come on down and see us...see below for all the scoop...

Summer Saturday Morning Market at Williams Park, downtown St. Pete

The market is located in a beautiful Oak Shaded park downtown St. Pete in the area bounded by 1st Avenue North and 2nd Avenue North, between 3 & 4th streets.

There is plenty of parking nearby....on the streets, nearby garages with low rates and the Park is a safe, individual and family environment.   At the Market, you will find great Produce, Specialty Foods, great Artisan and live music of course Armstrong Nursery on the Northeast end of the Park.

We hope to see you soon !

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 
Summer Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete at Williams Park, and by private appointment.  

Mitch Armstrong, Owner
Annie Sprague, Nursery Manager