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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MLK Holiday Weekend Jan 16-19, 2016 events

Greetings to all and we are back from our road trip show to Punta Gorda last weekend, and this weekend, we will be in 2 places ! We will be back at our home base at the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Pete on Saturday, and, we will be set up at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks Main street as part of the TNT Arts & Craft show that is celebrating the MLK Holiday from Saturday through Monday.

As you all know, we carry a large assortment of mini succulent plants and recently we visited a nursery that had done a fabulous job of re-purposing broken pottery to create magical succulent gardens.

This was a very large ceramic pot (probably 9 inches wide and 2 feet tall) in a gorgeous dark indigo blue shade.  As you can see, one side plus top edges had broken down. In this case, they used plaster of paris to reposition the broken parts and let dry thoroughly.   The different levels were filled with very fine succulent soil, plants were placed and they used green moss to cover the soil.

Another giant pot with an Asian motif was done the same way.  Notice how the choice of succulents is very smart, given the crevices. The String of Pearls is especially nice and they included a small ceramic garden angel to complete the picture.

These gardens are perfect for your porch/lanai, only needing watering about every 2-3 weeks.  As the succulents get larger, you simply clip back...and of course, can start new plants with the clippings !

Plaster of paris is very useful and Annie is eager to see if Liquid Nails will do the same to create seal and stability. Another option would be to use ceramic/wood putty.

Annie is now perusing the nursery for broken pottery and in some cases, even thinking of purposely breaking some good pots to just try it out !!

We have had some cool weather come on us and for us gardeners, it's a great time to work in the garden without sweating to death. It's actually a great time for plants..they are not heat stressed, they need much less watering and are happy to go into dormant/hang out time.

Herbs especially love this time of year, particularly Lavender. We get more questions about Lavender than any other herb.....basically, Lavender loves Fall/Winter/Spring..they DO stress with our heat and humidity in the summer.  Lavender loves good air circulation all around and they love moisture, just not so much on their foliage !    Currently we have the grey hued English Lavender  that is especially hardy, great fragrance from its leaves and produces nice dark purple flower.

Herbs galore, Bougainvillea, hardy Winter perennials etc will be at our markets and shows for months to come.  We hope you can stop by and visit.

Here's the scoop about this coming weekend:

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

TNT presents MLK Holiday weekend Arts, Crafts and Plant Fest
Dodecanese blvdTarpon Springs, FL (it's the main street along the Sponge docks)
Armstrong Nursery will be located on the very west end of the Blvd.
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pm  and  Monday (MLK Holiday) 10am - 5pm
Come check out the show and visit all the fabulous shops along the Sponge Docks..great show, great shops, great food !  Free admittance, plenty of nearby parking.

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:
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