Friday, February 24, 2017

Feels like Spring at the markets, and getting ready for shows !

Well, the nursery and our gardens are alive and looks like we are welcoming Spring in early.

The plants have been alive with butterflies and bees doing their things and they especially love this Sweet Almond bush at left.

This weekend, we have markets both Sat. and Sunday.

Saturday, Feb. 25th, we will be at Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete, -Market hours 9am-2pm,

Sunday, we will be at the regularly last Sunday of the Month Market, at Thrill Hill Market, at the Old Southeast Market place, in the historic Southeast part of St. Pete at 1700 3rd street South. Market Hours Noon-5pm.

We have a huge new selection of Mini Succulents, as well exotic tropical Calatheas and specimens for house, office, patios and shade gardens.



One of our customer's favorites, is this Pink quill Bromeliad that produces purple flowers that smell like Cinnamon.  In a mini pot, they are perfect for windowsills, offices, homes, out on your porch, or stick them in shade trees and watch them thrive.





This time of year is a great time to get some Citronella geraniums established in your gardens and porches to help keep the skeeters away. With a deep lemony scent, they also produce a small pink flower in the Spring and summertime.

We are also back in stock with tons of gorgeous Spearmint, Lavender, Edible Herbs, Rosemary galore, tomato starter plants and even some specialty lettuces.





Everyone loves something different and the "Pitcher plant" above is certainly unique.

The Tibouchinas are starting to bloom early and we have great starter babies for you to enjoy.



Everyone loves the practically thornless Miss Pixie Bougainvillea and we still have some nice ones in stock.











If you are looking for Butterfly friendly plants for your garden, look no further, we have tons of great perennials, bushes and vines that are guaranteed to attract bees and butterflies.

Spring Botanical Shows will be starting soon, and here's our line up so far - make a note in your calendars about these great events. As they closer, we will be talking more about them. We also have news about the St. Pete Market being moved temporarily one weekend because of the Big Car Race that comes to town !

Sat. March 4th - Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete temporarily moves, due to the Grand Prix Car Race.  The market will be set up at Williams Park, and adjoining 3rd street North and 2nd Avenue North. We are excited, think it's going to be a great time.

Sat. March 11th - Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete is closed for that weekend.

Sat. & Sun. March 11 & 12, we will be at beautiful Leu Gardens in Orlando, for their annual Spring Plant Show.

Sat. March 18th - Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete is back at its regular location at Al Lang Field.

Sat. March 25th - Sat. Morning Market, downtown St. Pete at Al Lang, and,

Sat/Sun, March 25-26th - Greenfest! Botanical Show at downtown Tampa

Sat. April 1st - Sat. Morning Market, downtown St. Pete, and,

Fri/Sat/Sun March 31st/April 1 & 2nd (3 day show) Tropiflora Spring Plant Show, Sarasota

More coming for April, so stay tuned !




Friday, February 17, 2017

Bougainvillea Explosion !

We are in the pink this weekend..that is Pink Flowers everywhere !

We have gorgeous Dwarf Thornless Bougainvillea "Miss Pixie" with specimens with varigated leaves as well, as the dark green leaf variety.

Remember, Bougainvillea love Florida...love its sun, its warmth, stands up to cold, handles droughts and gives you fantastic color all year long.

We love this variety as it practically thornless, plus it grows very compactly..no spiralling out of thorny branches ready to tear your garden gloves up !







Last weekend was a busy one covering 3 markets, and this Saturday, Feb. 18th, we will put all our focus on the Saturday Morning Market downtown St. Pete and will have a fantastic display of --

Bougainvillea
Brazilian Red cloak
Perenneal Celosia
Popcorn Cassia
Passion Vines galore
Mona Lavender Plectranthus
Gray Lavender
Mint
Ground Orchids
Tibouchina
Hibiscus
Malaysian Orchid
Mini Succulents and Cacti
Shade/House plants....


and much much more.   Also, if you come to market, check out our special table that has Succulent and Cacti specimens from Mitch's private collection  !

Also, next week, we will be publishing our calendar of our upcoming Spring Botanical Shows - from here in our area, to Orlando, Winter Garden, Sarasota and even North Carolina - it's going to be an amazing spring.

Here's the scoop:
Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete at Al Lang Field
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, our "store" is the Sat. Morning Market in St. Pete, FL, Pierce Street Market, Clearwater, and Thrill Hill Market, Old Southeast Market place, Southeast St. Petersburg.

Starting in the Spring, we will also be at Botanical Shows locally and around the state. Check our blog often for news of these special events.

Contact
727-742-9265/727-542-9951




marketannie@aol.com/heyplantman1@juno.com


Friday, February 10, 2017

Pre-Valentines Day Weekend Markets Feb 11 & 12, 2017

 Greetings all - Valentines Day is coming up and this is a great weekend to find some special things for the special people in your lives, as well as, gifting yourself !

We have 3 markets to cover this weekend and we are excited.

Sat. Feb. 11th, we will be at Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete, and, Annie will be at Pierce Street Market, in Clearwater.

Sun., Feb. 12th, Thrill Hill Market at the Old Southeast market place in Southeast St. Pete takes place.




We have some amazing plants for this weekend, check them out !

Brazilian Red Cloak  - this is one amazing flowering plant.  Sun loving, it produces huge long blooms that last forever.


















Our 3 gallon Epidendron Ground Orchids are blooming prolifically right now.

Loving sun, they bloom on and off all year long.

This is the easiest Orchid to grow in the world and will stun you will it's long stems of flowers that attract butterflies and wildlife.





For a special "loving" plant gift, you can't miss with adorable little "Heart Leaf Fern"
















Another wonderful low maintenance low-light plant is the Dwarf Red Anthurium - perfect for home, office, porches and shade gardens, it has very long lasting blooms.




















Since we have had such an overall warm winter, our Hibiscus are blooming early and this Abutilon Hibiscus is rare and unusual with delicate hanging blooms.



We are stocked back up on beautiful Citronella Geranium, Lavender and Rosemary for those who love a scented garden.

We also found some wonderful new low-light plants that will thrive in your home, office and shade gardens - ferns galore and special specimens.









And yes, we still have our popular Tropical Hollyhocks !



And of course, we are Ground Zero for finding fresh new Mini Succulents and Cacti.



We hope you can make it out for one or all of our markets this weekend and see some other surprises we have in store for you.

As you know..always "Expect the Unexpected" from Armstrong Nursery !

Let's recap our schedule :

Sat. Feb. 11th Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete  9am-2pm

Sat. Feb. 11th Pierce Street Market, Clearwater  10am-3pm

Sun. Feb. 12th  Thrill Hill Market, Southeast St. Pete  Noon-5pm

Happy Valentines to all our loyal customers, family and friends, we truly HEART you !


Mitch Armstrong Nursery is a licensed Tropical Plant Nursery with the state of Florida. We do not have a retail location, our "store" is the Sat. Morning Market in St. Pete, FL, Pierce Street Market, Clearwater, and Thrill Hill Market, Old Southeast Market place, Southeast St. Petersburg.

Starting in the Spring, we will also be at Botanical Shows locally and around the state. Check our blog often for news of these special events.

Contact
727-742-9265/727-542-9951


marketannie@aol.com/heyplantman1@juno.com

Friday, February 3, 2017

Gamble Mansion Show and Sat. Morning Market Feb. 4/5 weekend news

Hollyhocks are back !

This weekend is suppose to be gorgeous and we are participating in 2 events -

Our regular spot at Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete, on Sat. Feb. 4th from 9am-2pm











We will also be set up down at the lovely Gamble Mansion property in Ellenton, FL.  The land is actually a Florida State park, and this beautiful piece of land has the only surviving plantation house in South Florida. The antebellum mansion and land were home to an extensive sugar plantation and it has a long history of historic tenants.




(pic above is from our set-up last year)

This Saturday and Sunday, we will be part of the large Arts and Craft Show event on the property, put on my MY Promotions, and, we will be there with our Unusual Exotic plants, Mini Succulent and Cacti, Hollyhocks, loads of Butterfly friendly specimens, Air Plants and colorful Hanging Baskets.

They give tours of the mansion during the weekend which are very popular with locals and snowbirds.  If you are in the area, stop on by for a unique experience.  There is no charge for entrance to the park or the Arts and Crafts Show and just a  minimal charge for touring the mansion.

Another interesting fact about the Gamble Mansion property...the property originally had many Palm Trees planted all over, and about 40 years ago, they decided to pull out all non-natives and replace them with Oak Trees and a very young Mitch was part of the Installation crew that put those Oaks in place, so it's pretty amazing to see the towering Oaks now and know that Mitch was part of making that happen !


For more info about the mansion and the event, directions etc, check it out at:www.floridastateparks.org/gambleplantation
 The show runs Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday 10 am - 4pm.
(Easy 30 minute drive from the Tampa Bay area!)

(Note: If you are coming from south of Palmetto/Bradenton Area, the Green Bridge will be closed on Saturday due to a regatta, so work your way up from the US 41 bridge, or Northbound I-75).

While Susan and I are running the show down in Ellenton, the guys will be running the show at our booth at Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete. 

Here's the scoop on both places:

Saturday Morning Market
www.saturdaymorningmarket.com
Al Lang Field Parking Lot
Corner of 1st street and 1st Ave. south, St. Pete
Market hours 9am-2pm

Gamble Mansion Arts, Crafts (and Plant!) Show
Gamble Mansion
3708 Patten Avenue  ( US 301) , Ellenton, FL 34222
Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm


Friday, January 27, 2017

January 28th Weekend Update

Please note: From our previous entry, Thrill Hill Market on Sunday, Jan. 29th, has been cancelled due to rainy forecast and is rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12th.

Thankfully, this Saturday, Jan. 28th is suppose to be gorgeous, a little cool, but no rain expected and we are anticipating a great market day for both downtown St. Pete Market and Pierce Street Market in Clearwater.

At the St. Pete Market this week, we have hundreds of fresh new Mini Succulents and Cacti, gorgeous Central and South American Air Plants, luscious tropicals for house and garden and much more.

Two of our favorite butterfly/bee plants are the "Sweet Almond" and the "Panama Rose", and we have some of the most beautiful 1 gallon starter plants that we have ever had.

The Sweet Almond bush is a favorite for butterflies and especially bees.  It flowers all year long ! Named for the light almond scent of its blooms, it is extremely hardy in heat or cold.

Very drought tolerant once established, it is a very easy busy to maintain in the garden. You can keep it as a small bush, or grow it into a tree-form by occasionally cutting the lower underbrush.







Panama Rose bush looks very similar to the common Penta flower bush you see, but is even hardier.

Blooming all year, it provides nectar and hosting areas for butterflies and can take full blasting sun all year long.  Will do just fine in 1/2 day sun too.

Extremely drought tolerant too, as well as heat and cold hardy.










For further Butterfly enjoyment for your gardens, we always have Passion Flower vines, including the Purple Possem which produces edible fruit.


At Pierce Street Market in Clearwater, Annie will be there with hundreds of fresh assortment of Mini Succulents, Cacti and Mini Tropicals. And, being near a beach location, the tourist love our assortment of colorful shells from around the world.

To recap, here's whats going on:

Sat. Jan. 28th  Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete  9am-2pm
www.saturdaymorningmarket.com

Sat. Jan 28  Pierce Street Market, downtown Clearwater waterfront, 10am-3pm
www.piercestreetmarket.com

Sun. Jan 29th - Thrill Hill Market postponed until Sunday, Feb. 12th.

Thank you for continuing to support LOCAL !

Mitch Armstrong Nursery is a licensed Tropical Plant Nursery with the state of Florida. We do not have a retail location, our "store" is the Sat. Morning Market in St. Pete, FL, Pierce Street Market, Clearwater, and Thrill Hill Market, Old Southeast Market place, Southeast St. Petersburg.

Starting in the Spring, we will also be at Botanical Shows locally and around the state. Check our blog often for news of these special events.

Contact
727-742-9265/727-542-9951


marketannie@aol.com/heyplantman1@juno.com



Monday, January 23, 2017

Jan. 28 & 29th weekend Markets

This coming weekend will be a busy one when we will be at 3 markets.

Sat. Jan. 28th  Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete  9am-2pm

Sat. Jan. 28th, Pierce Street market, downtown Clearwater 10am - 3pm

Sun. Jan. 29th  Thrill Hill Market, Old Southeast Market Place Noon-5pm

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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, our "store" is the Sat. Morning Market in St. Pete, FL, Pierce Street Market, Clearwater, and Thrill Hill Market, Old Southeast Market place, Southeast St. Petersburg.

Starting in the Spring, we will also be at Botanical Shows locally and around the state. Check our blog often for news of these special events.

Contact
727-742-9265/727-542-9951


marketannie@aol.com/heyplantman1@juno.com





Friday, January 20, 2017

January 21, 2017 Market Weekend

We will have a gorgeous booth at Saturday Morning Market this Sat. January 21st, with fresh new Succulents, Cacti, Exotic Tropicals, Calla Lillies, Herbs, Butterfly loving bushes, NEW Air Plants and much much more..join us at Market from 9am-2pm and get some goodies !

















Saturday Morning Market
Downtown St. Pete
Al Lang Parking Lot
Corner of 1st street and 1st avenue south
St. Pete 33701
Market hours 9am-2pm