Saturday, April 21, 2012

Stephanotis Seedlings from DirectGardening

Hawaiian Wedding Plant

Hawaiian Wedding Plant

You may not have ever heard of this remarkable plant unless you have seen it on a trip to the Islands. Yet it offers about everything – the Hawaiian Wedding Plant is a good grower, has attractive foliage and is free flowering. The long-lasting blooms are pretty, have a wonderful fragrance and make fine cut flowers. We're happy to offer this pleasing vine and send well-established plants that will bloom in your home. Keep the Hawaiian Wedding Plant evenly moist during its active growing cycle, sparingly during the rest period. Needs a constant room temperature and will bloom in 8 weeks.


Calla Lily, Dark Purple from DirectGardening

Calla Lily, Dark Purple

Calla Lily, Dark Purple

Trumpet shaped 5" blooms shimmer with brilliance. One of the most beautiful of all flowers, Calla Lilies are a favorite of florists and are sure to be a favorite inside or outside your home. Grow 15-18" tall. Blooms June-July. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Hardy in zones 9-11.


Lily, Sumatra from DirectGardening

Lily, Sumatra

Lily, Sumatra

Attention-grabber extraordinaire! This fabulous Oriental Lily's rich, burgundy blossoms with white ruffled edges have an intensity you must see to believe. Lots of huge, 7-9", upright flowers on stems up to 4' high are a standout in the summer garden. You'll delight in their lovely fragrance, too.


Magnolia Seedlings from DirectGardening

Magnolia, Hardy

Magnolia, Hardy

One of the best ornamental and cold hardy Southern Magnolias. Glossy, evergreen foliage is dark green on top with cinnamon brown underneath. Cream colored flowers are extremely fragrant and last from late spring well into summer. Grows to 35' tall with a nice pyramidal shape. Shipped potted.


Almond Nut Tree Seedlings from DirectGardening

Almond Nut Tree

Almond Nut Tree

The Hall’s Hardy Almond makes a beautiful lawn tree -- it shoots up to 15' - 25'. They have dazzling pink blossoms in early spring. The large, excellent quality nuts have thin, papery shells that are easy to crack. The Hall’s Hardy Almond is a very hardy strain that will thrive anywhere peaches can be grown. Self-fertile. 2-3' trees. Drought resistant.


Wisteria Tree Seedlings from DirectGardening

Wisteria Tree

Wisteria Tree

No lovelier sight can be imagined than a Wisteria Tree in bloom. Purplish-blue flowers completely cover the tree during May. This beautiful lawn tree increases in dignity and beauty each successive season. The Wisteria Tree is a hardy, easy to grow specimen that may be trimmed to a height of 6-8'. 2-3' sturdy trees shipped. Deer and drought resistant, good for cutting.


Burning Bush Seedling 15-18" from DirectGardening

Burning Bush 15-18

Burning Bush 15-18"

One of the most beautiful of all shrubs, becomes a different color with each season. Through the summer the foliage is an attractive dark green. In the fall its color is brilliant coppery-crimson tinged rose. An unusual corky bark adds to the winter appearance of this marvelous shrub. Thrives successfully from coast to coast, the Gulf to Canada. Makes a bushy plant 4-5' tall and 4-5' wide. Spacing: 2' apart for a formal hedge and 4' apart for an informal hedge.


Butterfly Bush Seedling from DirectGardening

Butterfly Bush, Flutterby Petite™ Blue Heaven

Butterfly Bush, Flutterby Petite™ Blue Heaven

A new development in Butterfly Bush! This is the first series of groundcover butterfly bush! Bloom continuously from early summer to frost! Easy to grow! Reaches 24-30” tall and wide. Great for borders, embankments and landscape plantings, as well as large/mixed containers. Drought tolerant with low water needs. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Beautiful blue blooms and silver foliage.


Burning Bush Seedlings from DirectGardening

Burning Bush, Dwarf

Burning Bush, Dwarf

The Dwarf Burning Bush is one of the most beautiful of all shrubs, becomes a different color with each season. Thick, green foliage in summer with orange-red berries. In the fall its color is brilliant coppery-crimson tinged rose. An unusual corky bark adds to the winter appearance of this marvelous shrub. Dwarf Burning Bush plants thrive successfully from coast to coast, the Gulf to Canada. Makes a bushy plant 4-5' tall. Plant 2-4' apart. We send 6-12" plants, best color in full sun to shade and annual pruning promotes thick bushy growth.


Butterfly Bush from DirectGardening

Butterfly Bush, Bi-Color

Butterfly Bush, Bi-Color

A breakthrough in color! Bi-color is the first Butterfly Bush to feature multiple colors on each bloom. Panicles grow up to 10" and feature raspberry and butterscotch yellow florets beginning in summer. It is an excellent attractant for butterflies and hummingbirds. Grows 6-8' tall. Drought and deer resistant. Great cut flower.


Blue Spruce Seedlings from DirectGardeing

Spruce, Blue

Spruce, Blue

One of the most popular evergreens in the country because of its uniform, symmetrical shape and beautiful coloring. Makes a superb windbreak, privacy screen, or focal point for your yard. Plant trees 10' apart for a hedge. Will grow to 50' tall. Plant in full sun. 2-3' tall trees sent.


Douglas Fir Seedlings from DirectGardening

Fir, Douglas 6-9

Fir, Douglas 6-9"

Elegant evergreen trees! This very dark fir grows tall. Keeps a well-shaped pyramidal form. Has bluish-green needles. Beautiful fir tree is excellent for use as windbreaks or background plantings. 6-9" seedlings.


Birch, Paper White Seedlings from DirectGardening

Birch,  Paper White 3-4'

Birch, Paper White 3-4'

One of the prettiest ornamental trees - all year round. In spring the bright green leaves appear, lightly covering the tree; in summer the leaves turn an emerald green and in fall, the whole tree turns into a golden spectacle. In winter, when other trees are drab, its trunk and slender branches are a glistening white! White Birch is hardy, fast growing and require little care. We suggest planting them in clumps of 3. You'll receive healthy, hand-selected 3-4' trees.


Kiwi seedlings from DirectGardening

Kiwi, Female (Fruiting)

Kiwi, Female (Fruiting)

Our cold hardy strain is a big improvement over the fuzzy, brown-skinned Kiwi. This rare Kiwi is a much sweeter tasting fruit. Grows much further north than the regular Kiwi. Fruits average about 3/4-1 1/2" in diameter. Tastes somewhat like a tangy combination of strawberries and pineapple. Fruit will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 months. The hardy Kiwi is somewhat similar to the grape vine, only much faster growing. Under ideal growing conditions it will grow up to 5" a day --- and reach a height of 8' the very first year! It will quickly climb a trellis or wall. Its thick mass of bright green leaves will soon cover ugly service areas, stumps, even old buildings. Then in late May, lovely white, camellia-like flowers will appear to fill the air with a fragrant lily-of-the-valley scent. NOTE: Be sure to plant a male Kiwi with at least every 5 females for proper pollination. Complete growing instructions included with order.


Raspberry Heritage plants from DirectGardening

Raspberry, Heritage

Raspberry, Heritage

Heritage Raspberries are an everbearing variety far superior to common red raspberries. Upright canes need no support and are loaded with sweet, juicy berries. Comes on early, produces two big crops a year.


Blueberry : Sunshine Blue from DirectGardening

Blueberry, Sunshine Blue

Blueberry, Sunshine Blue

Semi-dwarf variety grows only 3 feet tall. Outstanding yields of large dime-sized dark blueberries. Requires only 150 chilling hours. Self-pollinating! Zones 5-9.


Blueberry Premium Collection from DirectGardening

Blueberry Collection Premium

Blueberry Collection Premium

The cultivated forms of blueberries are easy to grow in acid soil and are practically free from disease and insect pests. (Neutral soils can be made acid by application of acid peat or sulphur.) For better pollination we suggest you plant at least two varieties. With each order we furnish complete cultural directions. The three varieties we offer are all of large size, excellent quality and heavy bearers. They grow 4-5' high and differ primarily in their ripening season. Collection includes: 2 plants each of Duke, Blue Crop and Jersey.


Pear, Kieffer Standard Jumbo from DirectGardening

Pear, Kieffer Standard Jumbo

Pear, Kieffer Standard Jumbo

Kieffer Standard Pears produce large, rich-yellow pears. Excellent for canning and eating fresh. Hardy, blight resistant. Shipped 3-4' trees. Self-Fruitful. But for greater yield plant with the Bartlett variety. (September)


Pear, Bartlett Dwarf Jumbo from DirectGardening

Pear, Bartlett Dwarf Jumbo

Pear, Bartlett Dwarf Jumbo

A large, yellow pear, very sweet and aromatic. Bartlett Dwarf Pear Trees bear quickly and are highly productive. Shipped 3-4' jumbo trees. Early season producer. Self-fruitful , but will produce heavier yields if pollinated with another variety. Other standard pear varieties available include the Kieffer.


Boxwood from DirectGardening

Hardy Boxwood

Hardy Boxwood

Winter Hardy Boxwood is a hardy, garden classic with attractive, evergreen foliage. Grows well with little care to make a thick hedge. Plants are shapely and grow about 4-6 feet tall. The Winter Hardy Boxwood may be left untrimmed or sheared to formal design. Small, shiny, dark green leaves hold their color all winter. Fragrant.


White Pine Seedlings from DirectGardening

Pine, White

Pine, White

Well-known for its extremely soft needles. Color is a lighter green than most other evergreens. Asymetrical shape lends itself to landscape use also. Grows 50-80' tall and 40' wide. 6-9" plants. Zones 3-8.


Well-known for its extremely soft needles. Color is a lighter green than most other evergreens. Asymetrical shape lends itself to landscape use also. Grows 50-80' tall and 40' wide. 6-9" plants. Zones 3-8.

Borghese Principe Heirloom Tomato Seeds from Gurney's

Click here to get $20 off any order for $50 or more of perennials at Gurneys.com! Principe Borghese Tomato - Tomatoes All Winter Long! This Italian heirloom variety is the traditional variety used for sun dried tomatoes. Plants stand up to high heat and produce plenty of tomatoes for drying, fresh eating and sauce making. Traditionally pulled up roots and all and stored upside down for the winter. Semi-indeterminate. 75 DAYS. Tomato plants are not available in ME and MT. Seeds will be shipped within 5-10 days of your order.

Happy Earth Day : Pale blue Dot - Carl Sagan (Video)


In his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, the astronomer Carl Sagan related his thoughts on a deeper meaning of the photograph:

We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

—Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, p. 6

Heirloom Seeds: Tomato, Red Pear 1 Pkt.(25 Seeds)


Click on image to Order: "Tomato, Red Pear 1 Pkt.(25 Seeds)" (2486) "A bright red pear-shaped heirloom with an American pedigree that goes back to Colonial times. Attractive and tasty, the 1-2"-long fruits are delicious in salads or roasted in the oven. Indeterminate. Harvest about 70-75 days after transplant."

Italian Heirloom Seeds: Pepper, Sweet, Corno di Toro 1 Pkt.(100 Seeds)


Click on image to order: "Pepper, Sweet, Corno di Toro 1 Pkt.(100 Seeds)" (2119) "The name of this Italian heirloom translates as "horn of the bull", a tribute to the peppers' full, tapered shape. Ripening to a bright red, the fruits?8-10" long and 2 1/2 - 3' wide at the top?have a sweet, crisp, full-bodied flavor. A tasty favorite eaten raw, fried, stuffed or grilled. Ready to harvest about 75 days from transplant."

Heirloom Seeds: Tomato, Orange Roma 1 Pkt.


Click on image to order: "Tomato, Orange Roma 1 Pkt." (2190) "Salmon-orange in color, scrumptious in flavor, this early-yielding heirloom has just the right credentials for orange-colored sauces and salsas. Nearly seedless, the large, firm fruits grow in prodigal numbers on indeterminate vines. Ready to harvest in about 69 days from transplant."

Heirloom Seeds: Squash, Italian Ribbed Zucchini 1 Pkt.(15 Seeds)


Click on image to order: "Squash, Italian Ribbed Zucchini 1 Pkt.(15 Seeds)" (2147) "Known and beloved by Italians as 'Costata Romanesco', this Italian heirloom offers up a distinctive nutty flavor. The 6-8" medium-green fruits have pale green ribs and flecks. The prominent ribs create star-shaped slices which are lovely saut?ed or roasted. 52-58 days."