Thursday, January 21, 2016

Happenings January 23, 2016


Greetings all and hope everyone is staying warm this week.

Great news, we are now up and running on Facebook, so now you have 2 ways to find us and find out what's going on.

Facebook also enables us to be able to put more plant pictures, plant info and timely updates on what is happening with our nursery.

Just search for Mitch Armstrong Nursery in the Facebook Search Line at the top of your screen. Find us, and "Like" us and you are all set !  We appreciate your support, and don't forget to share with your friends, family and fellow plant enthusiasts.




This weekend at Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete, we expect to see continued record crowds that come out and dance, eat, buy and enjoy this Heart of St. Petersburg.












Our Maple Leaf geraniums are loving this time of year. This hardy hybrid is much different from the typical geranium you find.  They look great, even if not blooming, because the variegation on their leaves is gorgeous.

Slow growing, and stays compact, they can grow 12-15 inches high and wide.  They also do well in full sun or a lot of shade.  Like all geraniums, the soil needs to dry out in between watering.  They are easily one of the best plants that will last for years for you.














At left, Annie is standing next to our Giant Milkweed.

The Bougainvillea at left (Miss Pixie) and all our other Bougainvilleas are loving this dry, cool weather.  As long as they have plenty of sunshine, Bougs are one of the best Florida plants around.













The perennial Morning Glory vines are blooming like mad this week. This is one vine that just makes you want to smile big for it's beauty and it's soft, twisting look.  We are growing them in full sun but have found that they will tolerate quite a bit of shade too.

Yes, they like to room to grow ! They are perfect for a large area of fencing, or perhaps just a lovely archway or trellis outside your window where you can enjoy them.
















This time of year, don't forget our lovely outdoor creatures, and we have been observing a lot of Cardinal action in our area. Suet squares are the perfect thing to put out for our flying friends. They are cheap (cheep !) Suet is best used in colder times so that the animal fat does not melt or go bad. It provides extra energy to the birds. We have ours placed hanging under our Almond bush tree, which provides coverage and protection for the birds.  Also, having a water source is important and it does not have to be fancy.  It is very typical for us to see the birds coming in for a sip at the cat water bowl - luckily, our cat is old, does not bother them, and I think they actually amuse her !

Show news 
We have finalized our Spring Botanical show season, and have posted it on our Facebook page, but here it is, so mark your calenders. Remember, we will still be doing Sat. Morning Market a lot during the spring, and when possible, if we are at an away show, we will have a crew at the Market.

2016 Botanical Show Schedule:

February 6 & 7th - Vero Beach, Fl Gardenfest
March 12 & 13 - Leu Gardens, Orlando FL, Spring Garden Show
April 1-3 - Tropiflora Nursery, Sarasota FL, Spring Garden Fest
April 2 & 3 - Greenfest, Tampa FL
April 16 & 17 - Spring in the Garden, Wintergarden, FL
April 23 & 24 - Green Thumb Festival, St. Pete FL
May 14 & 15 - Hibiscus Festival, Punta Gorda FL

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Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete
Every Saturday, 9am-2pm
Al Lang Field parking lot, corner of 1st street and 1st Avenue north
Look for Armstrong Nursery on the very back East row
www.saturdaymorningmarket.com
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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, area Botanical Shows and Special Pop Up markets around the area.  Keep up with us and our schedule at: 

www.heyplantman.com
Find us now on Facebook too ! Mitch Armstrong Nursery


Can't make market ? No problem, just call or email us to check out how you can visit us and our plants in St. Pete

contact us at:  marketannie@aol.com
727-742-9265
heyplantman1@juno.com
727-542-9951





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