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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July !



Greetings all, and Happy 4th of July !

So, as we continue into this crazy hot summer, we have had a great time at the Summer Market at Williams Park, downtown St. Pete, with record crowds and much fun had by all.

As with all of you, this heat and humidity has been hard on our gardens and our plants, which means a bit more watering and a bit more caretaking, but despite everything (even sometimes our neglect) our nursery continues to thrive !

The butterfly action has lessened due to the heat but they are still out there.  Porterweed, Passion Vines, Popcorn cassia, bougainvillea and more continue to provide shelter, nectar and places to spawn those eggs.

This coming weekend at market, we are having a big sale on our Mini succulents on existing stock before we head to Apopka to restock next week.  We also have some beautiful Yellow Lipstick plants that are to die-for.  As well, we will continue to provide starter plants and cuttings for you to do your own thing.

Don't forget - if you are looking for larger Succulent/Cacti specimens, we have some gorgeous ones - the Famous "hairy cactus" as well as Opuntias, Madagascar Palms and more !

As always, if you can't make market day, please call or email us to set up an appointment to come by the home nursery to check things out.

Here's the scoop:

Saturdays, 9am - 1pm, Williams Park Summer Market, downtown St. Pete

Reach us at:  marketannie@aol.com, or call us at 727-742-9265.

Have a happy and safe 4th !

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Mitch Armstrong Nursery, and Annie's Plant Pallette are licensed Plant nurseries with the state of Florida.
We do not have a retail location, but currently you can find us weekly at 
Summer Market, Williams Park, Downtown St. Pete June-August 2019
(Saturday Morning Market 17th Season starts Oct. 5th at Al Lang Field)

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

marketannie@aol.com
727-742-9265









Monday, May 20, 2019

Summer 2019 Happenings


Greetings all, and yes, Summer time is upon all of us quickly so we wanted to update everyone with happenings around the Mitch Armstrong Nursery business.

This coming Saturday, May 25th is the last regular day of Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete 2018-19 season.  This past season has been a very fun one, with great crowds of customers coming and we celebrated 16 years of participation with this fabulous Market family !

But Summer Market is immediately around the corner ! Yes, Summer Market at Williams Park, downtown St. Pete starts up the following week, on Saturday, June 1st and you don't have to go far to find us!  Just a couple of blocks from our regular setting, Williams Park provides much needed shade and coverage for Customers, Vendors and Products during the heat of the Summer, and 60 plus vendors will be participating, so you can still get your Fresh Produce, Plants, Clothing, Hats, Breakfast and Lunch and much more and still be surrounded by Live music and pleasant seating areas.

Williams Park is located between 3rd and 4th streets North, bounded by 1st and 2nd Avenue North, and is a lovely, safe locale, with plenty of parking nearby on streets and parking garages.  Summer Market hours are 9am-1pm and pretty much Rain or Shine (unless strong lightning comes to the area). The Summer Market continues to the very end of August.

You can find us, Armstrong Nursery, anchoring the NE corner of the Park nearest 2nd avenue north and we will have a nearby convenient place for you to pick up your purchases.  We will continue to bring our Exotic tropicals, Mini Succulents and Cacti, and surprises every week !

In addition, if you have Plant Needs during the week, please call or email us to set up a private appointment at our Home nursery in St. Pete.

marketannie@aol.com
727-742-9265

An exciting new addition to our business format, Annie has a new start up, with her own Nursery Licensing for "Annie's Plant Pallette", and she will be specializing in furnishing Mini Succulent Plants for your Event/party/Shower Needs !


 Whether you need multiple number of plants for a Boutonnieres, Corsages, or just a big ole box of 50 or more Mini Plants for gift giveaways, Annie can help you with the best selection for your special event. Feel free to contact Annie for pricing and availability (as well as timing) if you have a party coming up and she will be happy to help you make something special happen !


Annie's Plant Pallette:
AnniesPlantPallette@gmail.com
or call at  727-742-9265.










Also this summer, we will continue to grow our efforts to bring Cuttings, Starter Plants and Seeds to our Market setting, as well, as be able to Ship small specimens around the US (except for California)

We thank you all for your continuing support for our little nurseries and look forward to seeing you around the Park this summer !
Annie & Mitch
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Mitch Armstrong Nursery, and Annie's Plant Pallette are licensed Plant nurseries with the state of Florida.
We do not have a retail location, but currently you can find us weekly at 
Summer Market, Williams Park, Downtown St. Pete June-August 2019
(Saturday Morning Market 17th Season starts Oct. 5th at Al Lang Field)

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






Friday, April 26, 2019

Green Thumb Festival This weekend !


Greetings all ! Our website finally let me back in, just in time to post that it is Green Thumb Festival time this weekend here in St. Pete.

Remember, Walter Fuller Park, west side of town, Saturday and Sunday 8am-4pm.




www.stpeteparksrec.org/green thumb for all the info !

We will be there, along with 120 other fabulous Plant and Garden Vendors to bring you to best and the brightest for your gardens and homes for this last big Spring Plant Festival of the season !

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