I’m sure everyone is getting tired of all the cold weather. This week I am starting all kinds of seeds in the greenhouse. My Sweet Peas, (Lathyrus odoratus) planted last week are already up. I am trying ‘April in Paris’ this year. I heard that it’s the most fragrant variety. I’ll let you know after they bloom. Of course you can come out to the nursery and pick up a pot or two for yourself or a special someone in your life, and then you can let me know how great they are. Sweet Peas are climbing annual vines that have big beautiful flowers that resemble butterflies and many varieties are intensely fragrant. They want full sun and will flower until the heat gets too hot. In cooler climates (like ours) they can sometimes flower until fall if you keep deadheading them or cutting them to bring inside. They need a trellis, fence, or tripod to cling to while they grow. We have 4” pots of Sweet Peas for $4.
Last year Arisarum proboscideum (mouse plant) was put on the Great Plant Picks for 2008. I must say I can see why. It is the cutest little plant I’ve seen in awhile. Each tiny 2” flower resembles a small mouse hiding among the foliage complete with a long curly tail! It also has glossy arrow shaped green leaves. It prefers moist humus rich soil. Plant it at the front of the border so you can enjoy the flower and it will happily spread into a small colony. If you have a shady area you must come out and get one. They look great! 4″ plants are $7.
Also all the Trilliums and other shade favorites are sprouting up. Trilliums also enjoy a humus rich shady location. We have many variety of Trillium in one gallon containers for $6.
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