I knew I loved shopping at plant markets.
Now WE know we LOVE being a vendor at plant markets.
Already this month we had a plant stand at the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival in Douglasville, Georgia. It was good to get out of our Internet shop and chat with people in person. There is a hunger for plant coaching and that's something Mike and I both like to do, via email and in person.
One thing I learned is that I can't predict what will be hot. Happily, this time the hot ones were some of my favorite types!
Here are our 6 most popular plants at the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival:
We were surprised that lacecaps were flying out of the booth. This defied all the advice we'd been given about mopheads being the most popular of the two flower types. Probably seems too soon to tell, but maybe folks are beginning to appreciate these more subtle lacecaps (I sure love them). Any insight about lacecaps you want to share? Please reply and tell us!
Upon returning home, we pruned and fertilized all our plants. They were pruned to prevent legginess and to maintain good branching structure. A lot of flower heads were pruned off - that took keeping an eye to the future because it seemed ruthless after they represented us so well at the plant sale.
One week later, plants are flushing new growth as a response to the pruning and fertilization. This new growth is rewarding considering the force of will it took to prune off all the flowers!
Though the temps are officially warm, we are still shipping plants with success. In fact, these pruned shrubs are in a good phase to be shipped and will likely double (at least) in size by the end of summer.
If you have amended garden soil, it's perfectly fine to plant them now if you dedicate yourself to watering them. We recommend watering every day for the first two weeks, then gradually tapering off to every other day, then every three days, finally settling on providing a minimum of 1" of water per week.
Around here, we plant 365 days a year and I've found that plants like to be put in the ground and freed from a pot, any time of year. Plants in-ground will reward you with growth, even in summer heat. The mantra is: keep well watered!
Regarding our shipping practices, we take our plants out of pots and ship them in compostable bags. We do this so we can recycle/reuse the pots and reduce waste. However, you may be interested in holding the plants until planting in the fall, so please let us know if you'd like us to ship your plants in the pots and we'll happily do so.
We enjoy hearing from you. Please write soon.
Hillary & Mike