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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 !
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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
marketannie@aol.com


727-542-9951
727-742-9265

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.

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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
marketannie@aol.com


727-542-9951
727-742-9265



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:   marketannie@aol.com


Availability as of June 30, 2018

PLANT SIZE PRICE ($)



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 hardiness..it'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
marketannie@aol.com


727-542-9951


Friday, May 18, 2018

Summer Market at Williams Park


Greetings all, now that the Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete is winding down from our 15th season, don't forget that Summer Market starts up at Williams Park, downtown St. Pete, just a few blocks away.

Williams Park is located between 3 and 4th streets, between 1st and 2nd avenue north, St. Pete.

There is plenty of parking garages and street side parking  in the immediate area. Williams Park is a safe, gorgeous, Oak shaded area, and over 50 of your favorite vendors will continue to be part of the Summer Market from June through the end of August.

Summer Market hours are 9am-1pm.  Pretty much rain or shine, except for bad lightning storms !

Armstrong Nursery will be located as usual, at the northeast corner of the park.  The nursery will continue to bring your favorite mini succulents and cacti, Desert Rose, as well great shade/house plants, and exotic tropicals.

Summer Market begins Sat. June 2nd, and Armstrong Nursery will join up with them on Sat. June 9th.

Thank you for continued support to Local Talent, Artisans, Fresh Produce, Ready-to-eats goodies and fantastic botanical wonders !


Also special notice!!!  The blog and personal emails recently,  have had inquiries about the Christia Obcordata (aka Butterfly wing) plant that was available quite a few years ago.  Unfortunately, Armstrong Nursery does NOT currently have it, nor do we know of any sources for it currently. It is quite a challenging plant to grow and the grower that we worked with years ago, lost their last crop of it and did not choose to continue with it.    If you are able to find a source, please let us know, we would love to have it too again !

Friday, May 4, 2018

May Happenings at Market



Greetings All ! Well, as most of you know, we had the big Green Thumb Festival last weekend here in St. Pete and it was a great success with the biggest crowds ever. In fact, I know for some, it was Tooooo crowded so we thank everyone for hanging in there with patience and support.  We had 12 people working our booth - 7 sellers, a banker, a plant holding area manager, a plant re-stocker, and Mitch & I overseeing it all !  It was a very successful show overall for the 120 plus vendors, and  the City of St. Pete Parks Dept. did a great job of organizing and running the event. Mark your calendars for 2019 when Green Thumb Festival will happen again the last weekend of April.

At this time of year after our last big Spring show at Green Thumb, some of our larder is empty so to speak.....Crops are done now for Hollyhocks, Digitalis and a lot of perennials and they will  not be available by us until the Fall.  But, going forward, we still do have some great things coming up that were just too small to bring to the show. Examples are Passion Vine, Giant Milkweed, the very popular Abutilon (Chinese lantern) Hibiscus and dwarf Papyrus - stay tuned to our blog for when they will be ready !

In the meantime, we still have some great flowering things for your summer gardens.  We are very excited about a plant, that in one form, has been around for a very long time, but in its' new form, it's blowing the plant world away - we are talking Vinca ! Yes, I said Vinca. Now, I know most of you know that it is considered an Annual and many shy away from Annuals nowadays, but we encourage you to check this out.  It is a new Dwarf variety, very small flowers, growing very compactly and yes, it can take Full, all day sun!!  Let's check out  Vinca "soiree":


We were able to obtain some beautiful deco pot containers full of them, and this week they are in Pink.  They do come in Lavenders and Reds too and we are looking forward to seeing those.  As with any Vinca, it's a great container plant, or planted in-ground, super drought tolerant once established and relatively pest free. Typically blooming from early Spring to late Fall (and further on if we have another warm winter), we think this is going to be a real winner this year !

Pictured above with the Vinca is Coreopsis (aka Tickweed), which has a super large flower with intense red and yellow flowers.  Again, loving sun, drought tolerant and a hardy perennial here.

Mother's Day is coming up soon and we have a great selection of Shade and House plants that she will love. And, new this year, A teeny tiny Coffee plant in a mug:

If your Mom is a coffee drinker, she will get a kick out of this ! And even though it is tiny (the plant is in a 3 inch pot that fits inside the mug), it is already producing coffee beans - wow.

Our Low-light selection includes Calatheas, Ferns, Anthuriums, Curly Spiders, Mottled Philodendron and even some lovely African Violets.

Of course, we are complete restocked up with hundreds of fresh Mini Succulents and Cacti that Mitch and I hand pick every week from our growers network.

As the regular season of Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete winds down at the end of May, we will then move to the lovely shaded Oak Trees of  Williams Park, just 2 blocks away for Summer Market from June through the end of August, so you can continue to get your fresh Produce, wonderful Plants, works from talented Artisans and specialty foods galore.

Hope to see you around Market !

Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete
www.saturdaymorningmarket.com
Saturday 9am - 2pm
Regular season runs through to end of May

Summer Market at Williams Park begins
June 2nd and runs through August 25th



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Green Thumb Festival coming this weekend April 28 & 29th


(pic is of our booth at last years Green Thumb event, 2017)

Greetings all !

Well, it's almost here, our favorite show of the Spring Season, perhaps the whole world, the Green Thumb Festival, here is St. Pete this Sat/Sunday, April 28-29

This is where Armstrong Nursery loves to strut our stuff ! Exotic Tropicals, Rare and Unusual specimens, Hollyhocks, Passion and Pipe Vines and other great Butterfly-friendly perennials, Bougainvillea, Geraniums, Cacti and Succulents galore, and more, more more.

You will find Mitch Armstrong Nursery in Booths 65-70, at the north end of the park, along 80th street parameter (right across from the tool-sharpening booth)

A few notes about the event:

This year, the City is closing all North Bound traffic along 80th street from 26th avenue north to 30th avenue north. This will hopefully provide a safer environment for vehicle and pedestrian traffic. 

There is a large parking lot at the north end of the park, and you can find parking within the immediate neighborhood, but pay close attention to any parking signs, as well, please do not interfere with neighbor driveways.

The show hours are officially 9am-4pm. There is NO entry gate you have to line up at, it's a wide-open accessible park !

Bring a cart !!!  This is most important, as we promise you, you will find tons of things to take home. There will be lots of enterprising youngsters in the area with their personal carts, to assist customer too, and they work for tips, which is helpful.  Note: Youngsters can only "cart" your belongings to the immediate parameter end of the event - not into the parking lot of beyond streets - this is for their own personal safety.

Come early, come late ---it gets crowded ! There are plenty of restrooms, food and drink vendors and we advise to keep hydrated, and don't forget the sunscreen.

We are limited on any type of "holding area" for purchased plants so please be patient with us. That is why we do encourage you to take your purchases with you. 

There are tons of activities for the kids, plant give-a-aways, tons of Garden-related non-profit booths that you can enjoy.

Visit the show site for all the information that you need, as well as you can see vendor maps to help you find your favorite plant vendors, like us !

See you there !
Green Thumb Festival
Walter Fuller Park
St. Pete FL
Sat. and Sunday, April 22nd and 23rd
Show hours both days 9am-4pm
www.stpeteparksrec.org/greenthumb