SPRING 2017

 NURSERY NEWS

SPRING 2017

 

 www.fullerplants.com        (613-968-4643)        175 Airport Pkwy, Belleville

       

Spring arriving slowly but steadily at the nursery

We've had some flooding but we're now open (WED to SAT, 8:30 - 6:00)

If you are interested in customized trays of mixed perennial plugs for Spring 2017 - take a look at our list of available species and contact us so we can reserve them for you.  Some species sell out quickly in the spring so contacting us early is a good idea.   We are happy to make recommendations for your garden and provide you with a quote.

Hope to see you this spring or summer
Peter Fuller

 

A wet sales area                                   White-crowned Sparrow passing through

   

 

Red Trillium

WORKSHOPS  STARTING SOON

Plant Identification

Tue May 16 - Spring Woodland Wildflower Walk
Mon Jun 19 - Wetland Plant Walk
Mon July 3 - South Shore Flowers and Butterflies
Sun Sep 10 - Eastern Ontario Rarities Hike

Plant Skills

Tue May 30 - Pollinator Garden Workshop 
Sat Aug 26 - Mini Hypertufa Garden Workshop
Thu Sep 21 - Seed Collecting and Saving Workshop
Fri Sep 22 - Seed Collecting and Saving Workshop (repeat)
 
All workshops are designed for small groups so reserve early.

Reserve your spot on the Website

ARISAEMA (Jack-in-the-pulpit) for SPRING  

We will be at the Rare and Unusual Plant Sale in Ottawa at the Central Experimental Farm on May 14 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) with a selection of Arisaema.   Some of the very early bloomers are already potted; others will be available as tubers. 
 
A. consanguineum, A. flavum, A. fargesii, A. triphyllum, A. amurense, 
A. heterophyllum, A. ciliatum v liubaense, A. tortuosum 
 
Potted tubers will also be available at the nursery all season.  Our fall shipping list will be on the website in late Aug.
 
 

 

Trillium seeds

 FINDING SEEDS of WOODLAND FLOWERS

Many spring woodland flowers form their seed very soon after flowering.  Leaves of Claytonia and Erythronium disappear quickly and the seed stalks flop into the leaf litter making them hard to find unless you note the spot where the plants are blooming now.  Look for seeds of the following species at these times.

May-June:
Erythronium spp (Dog-tooth Violet)
Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot)
Asarum canadense (Wild Ginger)
Hepatica spp (Hepatica)
Claytonia virginiana (Spring Beauty)
Dicentra cucllaria (Dutchman’s Britches)
            July:
Trillium spp (White, Red Trillium)
Aug-Sep
Arisaema triphyllum  (Jack-in-the-pulpit)
 
 Don’t let the seed dry out – store moist or sow immediately.  Practise ethical seed collection by always obtaining permission from property owners.  Never collect seed from rare or endangered plant populations and only collect a maximum of 10% of the existing seed.  

COMING EVENTS 

Sun May14 - Once again we will be a vendor at the Rare and Unusual Plant Sale at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa
(with Arisaema, Lilies, Pitcher Plants and more)

Sat July 8 - CFUW Belleville & District Garden Tour - Fuller Native and Rare Plants is on the tour this year.

 
 

 Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)

TOP 10 PLANTS for DIFFICULT SPOTS

Although we're overflowing with rain at the moment, conditions in our area can be very dry in the summer.  We often get requests for plants that can do well in dry or difficult situations.  Here's our Top 10 list.

1.  Hairy Penstemon (Penstemon hisutus) - 12in, mauve tubes mostly in early summer - sun
2. Pussytoes (Antennaria species) - mats of grey-green foliage - white or pink fuzzy flowers in spring. Grows 3-4in max. and prefers sandy dry soils.  Species from out west are miniature and hardy
3. Frosted Vervain (Verbena stricta) - 1-2ft, violet spikes bloom for a long period - sun
4.  Upland White Aster (Aster ptarmicoides = Solidago ptarmicoides) - 1ft - white clusters in summer - sun
5. Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) - orange flowers in summer - 1-2ft - prefers a well-drained slope - sandy/rocky soils - resents being moved
6.  Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) - 1 ft - pink in spring followed by hairy seed heads - grows in rock cracks and drained soils
7. Dotted Mint (Monarda punctata) - 1-2ft - yellow flowers with pink bracts - well-drained soils - individual plants are short-lived but self sows easily
8.  Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) - red and yellow flowers - sandy or rocky soils - sun or part sun - some moisture in spring
9. Prairie Anemone (Anemone caroliniana) - 1ft - white in spring - stays in a clump - well-drained soils - from the midwest
10.  Pale Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) - light pinkm dropping petals - more drought tolerant than purple coneflower - E. angustifolia prefers drier conditions too

HELP BIRD HABITAT CONSERVATION

On May 21 Peter will be participating in the Great Canadian Birdathon which raises funds to help the work of Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory and their work of bird population research and conservation in the South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA).  They're holding a 24-hr Big Day in the IBA and aiming for 100+ species.
 
​Can you SPONSOR Peter?  (You can even come out birding for part or all of the day on free guided hikes!)
Online sponsorship HERE or contact Peter (petefullz@gmail.com)
 
Peter with Cooper's Hawk at the PEPt Bird Observatory