I just updated the 2015 Herb List to better show what is currently in stock and on the way. I’m still doing a lot of seeding and planting and just put together an order for some interesting new seed varieties to try out, so check back in a few weeks to see how that’s going!
Having a hard time keeping up with everything!! The 4″ pots are the bulk of my selection, but getting them planted is only the beginning– I have to maintain the plants (watering daily, fertilizing, pruning, spacing as plants get larger, rearranging the display as it gets ransacked), replant hot sellers (hopefully before the current batch sells out), make sure all the labels and signs are right and don’t get moved around or “borrowed” (some signs leave the building and never return!), and then keep up a good selection of mixed planters and the seeded crop to boot. I do all this in stolen moments or by staying late, as I’m primarily in the greenhouse to do all the watering & fertilizing, cover the register when needed, and manage the crew when Dad’s at the market. (Then at home I have this poor neglected blog, and also maintain the greenhouse’s website and Facebook page.)
I love having new things to try out. I don’t find any part of my herb work tedious, except maybe handwriting labels, but new plants make it even more exciting and enjoyable! I’ll keep you posted once the seed order comes in…
For a while now I’ve wanted to create a master index of herb species and varieties, which would provide pictures and info for pretty much everything I’ve ever grown. I feel like the blog format can make it hard to find some of this, even if I’ve written about it before.
So! Without further ado, you can now access the Herb Index under the Resources tab in the menu above. It is still in progress; it’s taking me a massive amount of time to write everything up and cull through years of photos. Preliminary entries are up for lavender, rosemary, and scented geraniums. This kind of goes against my nature– I’d much rather share when it’s all 100% perfect and done, but that’s going to take a while!
I’ll also let you know here on the blog whenever I add more entries and pictures. I have a bunch of lavender about to bloom in the greenhouse, so I’m looking forward to updating that section as soon as I can!
Still have lavender & thyme to plant. But! The begonias were cleared off the back of one table this week, giving me room to move the aloe and move/finish planting the scented geraniums.
As I finish planting and become sure that I won’t need additional cuttings from my stock plants, I’m pricing them and putting them out for sale. These are year-old plants in 10″ planters, and at $12.99 or $14.99 (depending on size and variety), they’re a real steal. Get them while they last!
Whew. I’m in the process of planting the 4″ herbs. The end is in sight– just have the lavender and creeping thymes to go!
I’m also moving everything off of the far table– the larger pots of lavender, rosemary, etc that I’d already planted. The rosemary will end up on the back of the table, right behind the small pots of rosemary, so that all the different size options are together. Same for a lot of the lavender, although there’s enough of that that the excess will go outside in the perennial section; I think some people look for it there rather than with the herbs.
This table is almost 50 feet long, and is just about full! Room for a few more trays of 4″ pots.
Planting the basics– oregano, rosemary, thyme, mints, and other popular varieties– in 4″ pots. These should be the perfect size when we open in a few weeks.
Mini planters of aloe and bay
5.5″ pots of thyme
Moving along– better view of what I’ve planted the last few weeks
Lemon verbena in nice little planters.
Stock planters, most of which will be for sale once I get all the cuttings I need.
‘Sweet Mimosa’ scented geranium
The 5.5″ scented geraniums already need to be spaced because they’ve grown so much, and a few kinds are blooming. This is ‘Fragrans’.
More 5.5″– rosemary, lavender cotton, scented geraniums in the back
The lavender is HUGE
All the lavender are developing flower spikes. :)
(Pictures from March 27th)
Comparison of the two pot sizes
Even freshly pruned, the rosemary are a good size. They’re going to be spectacular this year!
Sweet Annie seedlings beginning to sprout
(Pictures from March 6th)
I’ve updated the Herb List to show what should be available this season. This may change, as I’m still waiting on several shipments of unrooted cuttings and rooted starter plugs, so be sure to check back in April– almost everything will be planted by then, and I’ll make any corrections to the list right before we open. You can check the list now to see what new varieties I’ll be offering by clicking ‘2015 Herb List’ in the menu above. :)
Hello! If you’ve been following the blog on the main Sammis Greenhouse website, you’ve seen tons of pictures of all the cuttings we’ve been rooting since December. There are herb cuttings included in that count, and more set to arrive next week. I typically start planting those herbs towards the end of March, but this past week, I got to plant the first herbs of the season a bit earlier than usual.
I’m trying to offer larger size options for lavender, rosemary, and scented geraniums. At the end of each season I save any leftover 4″ pots and extra cuttings for growing into larger plants the next year. It’s been a learning process– I never used to grow enough, and we often ran out, which didn’t leave any leftovers. Now I grow more with the idea that I can start the next year with really super, larger plants.
5.5″ pots, freshly planted! Lavender, rosemary, and some of the scented geraniums.
Stock plants, most of which I’m taking cuttings from this coming week.
Gorgeous rosemary. They’ve been trimmed back to encourage branching, but you can still see how nice and big they are.
Same goes for the lavender.
‘Salem’ rosemary, the same variety as Alonzo, the giant rosemary that resides in the main entry bay. Regular visitors have admired him for years. Now we’ll have little guys available!
Rosemary and scented geranium. These are leftovers in the same size pots I just planted, so they’ll get transplanted into a larger pot.
Lavandula buchii, which I’ll be offering for the first time this year. It’s similar to, yet very distinct from, Lavandula pinnata, aka fernleaf lavender.