Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Market Happenings for May heading into Summer

Back from our adventures at the Hibiscus Festival in Punta Gorda last weekend, we will be back to the Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete for the next 2 weekends as we finish out the regular market season - then it's on to Summer Market at Williams Park, starting right away on June 6th !

Mitch found some really special things down in Punta Gorda that we usually don't have in stock, but do have now, and one is the Floss Silk Tree (pictured at right, courtesy of Pinterest board).

Floss Silk,  (Chorisia speciosa, now classified as Ceiba speciosa) is an amazing beauty of a tree, blooming in late summer and all through Fall with bright pink flowers.  What makes this especially interesting is the trunk, which become bulbous as it ages, and the trunk has large medieval-like thorns. This South American beauty is related to the Bombax family and closely related to the tropical Kapok tree.  Heat and cold hardy, it makes a spectacular specimen plant if you have the room !

Fast growing when they are young, its mature height can reach 30 feet or more. It is deciduous (losing leaves in Winter but quickly leafing out in Spring).  It needs to be placed well away from buildings and walk ways.

If you ever drive up I-275 in St. Pete, right before the 26th avenue south exit on the right, there is a spectacular specimen - check it out !

It's not for everyone, but if you have the room and want something truly different for landscape, this will bring you many years of enjoyment.  The specimens we have are in 3 gallon pots and will plant out 6-7 feet high and will bloom this year !

This week at market, we still have great plants for sunny and shady gardens and this is still a great time to get things established for the summer.  We also have Milkweed back in stock, so if you have hungry Monarchs, we can help.  We also have a customer favorite, the White flowering Milkweed (aka Hairy Balls) back in stock.  (photo courtesy of Pinterest)



Here's the details about market season as it evolves into summer:

Sat. May  23 & 30th, Market continues at Al Lang Field. Market hours are 9am-2pm

Sat. June 6th until Aug. 29th, Saturday Summer Market at Williams Park, downtown St. Pete (at 1st avenue north and 3rd street). Market hours will be 9am-1pm.  With over 40 vendors there, the market is located in a beautiful, safe, park setting with lots of shade trees and easy street side parking along the park and close by.   Many of your favorite vendors will continue to be there, along-side us, like the Produce Guy, Cheese lady, Olga the Bread lady, lots of food vendors and arts and crafters.  Armstrong Nursery will be located at the northeast corner of the park....easy for you to get to us and easy to load purchases at curbside for your convenience.



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!
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contact us at:  marketannie@aol.com
727-742-9265 
(note: Can't make market this summer?  Feel free to call or email us to make an appointment in St. Pete )






showy South American members of the bombax family (Bombacaceae) are closely related to the tropical kapok tree - See more at: http://www.pacifichorticulture.org/articles/trees-of-san-diego-floss-silk-trees/#sthash.ZyVdLVZP.dpuf

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