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Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July Holiday weekend 2014

 Happy 4th of July !

 Hope everyone spends the day with family and friends enjoying some great food, celebration and fireworks.

It's a work day as usual around here for us, as we get everything together for the Saturday morning Summer market at Williams Park tomorrow.  The market has enjoyed great support this summer with lots of happy customers coming out to check out our new Produce vendors as well as all the other great vendors there with Food, Plants and Arts and Crafts.

We are very excited this week as we have a new supply of Succulents and Mini Tropicals that our customers have been waiting for.  The succulents come in 2, 3 and 4 inch pots, the Mini tropicals in 2 inch pots. You won't find a better selection around and they are very reasonably priced for everyone to enjoy.

Succulents are so can use them in rock gardens in your garden area, or create your own succulent garden with an interesting old dish, plate or ceramic pots.

Yard sales and re-sale stores are a great source for
finding unusual containers for plants.

We have been seeing a new use for succulents at many shows this past season, where plant people/artisans are planting succulents inside tool boxes, typewriters, unusual glass ware etc. 

 Some customers are just happy to have them to place on sunny windowsills in their homes and offices.

All of these are slow-growing and very low maintenance, requiring very little water..maybe once a week or so.

We have some larger varieties, such as this gorgeous, thick leaf variegated one. She comes in a 4 inch pot. She is a great stand-alone specimen or you can use her among your larger succulents you already have.

 Our Mini Tropicals are very popular for use in Terrariums, Fairy Gardens, and again, you can use them solo, or make groupings of them in an unusual container.  Just want some fresh color that is easy to take care of? They are perfect for windowsills, bright lit bathrooms, college dorms etc.

The colorful Polka dot minis bring great color to an arrangement and the texture and variegation add a nice touch to breaking up an all-green vista.

They make a super gift too, we have had customers use them as table decor at parties and as hostess and party gifts.

All of these are slow growing, and can easily be trimmed back by small tip cutting if they become oversized for your container.

Mini tropicals do love moisture but since they are so small, watering is easy and quick to do.

Okay, going from very little to very big, lets talk about some other cool plants we have...

Our Madagascar palms have been very popular at Market this summer and we wanted to share a pic of one that is in our neighbors yard...notice, the double top !  She stands about 8 feet tall and has white fragrant blossoms that last for a long time.

Yes, they are slow growing so don't worry about it overtaking your garden ! It just needs a good spot where it can be enjoyed but not pose a threat to walkways or high traffic areas.

We have a couple different varieties of the Madagascars for sale in 3 gallon pots, and we also have babies in 4 inch pots if you want to start small.

Loving sun and dry conditions, they are very low maintenance. If planting in ground, be sure you have adequate drainage, and, if doing in a container, be sure the container is large enough to support the plant so that it does not topple easily.

 Our 4th of July offering, not exactly Red white and blue, but Red white and bluish purple, this Quadrangularis passion vine flower is stunning and fragrant.

This is a new variety of passion flower we are growing called "Inspiration"..gorgeous color, frilly texture and fragrant too ! We hope to have them available in the Fall.

Have to close out the post with Annie's favorite flower, the big leaf Tibouchina, who is blooming her heart out in the back garden. Blooming from Summer well into Fall, she brings a smile to every one's faces.

So, enjoy your Holiday and hope to see you at market, we still have great selection of exotic tropicals that will give you great color and endurance through our summer !

Saturday Market at Williams Park
Park is located between 3rd and 4th streets and 1st avenue north
Plenty of free parking on surrounding streets
Safe, shady strolling among the Oaks
Fresh produce and Foods
Arts and Crafts
Plants and yard art
Market hours 9am-1pm.

Can't make Market day? Give us a call or email to set up appointment to visit us !
Mitch Armstrong Nursery is a licensed Tropical Plant Nursery with the state of Florida

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