Sunday was a beautiful day for a festival. It was a wonderful day to meet and greet new people and the Bluegrass music from the Missouri Ozarks was amazing! What more could you ask from the day?
My Miss Sunshine was a wonderful helper.
Gardening questions included “How do you change the color of hydrangeas?”, “Why did my strawberry plants die?”and “You can grow lettuce during the hot summer months?” I plan to address these questions in future posts.
The booth was a stunning success. Heirloom Tomato and Hot/Sweet Pepper transplants in addition to potted June bearing Strawberry plants, Annual Phlox and Hollyhocks were for sale.
The lettuce bowls with Oak Leaf, Amish Deer Tongue and Red Romaine lettuces with edible Pansy’s were well received.
Sweet Peas on the vine, Bachelor’s Buttons and Snowball Hydrangeas complimented the booth receiving surprised and rave reviews. People in this area are not familiar with cultivated Sweet Peas and were pleased with their knockout colors and fragrance.
Thanks again for visiting the world of Papa’s Gardens.
Sunday, June 5, I will have a vendor space during the Baker Creek* monthly Heritage Days festival.
I will be selling tomato and hot/ sweet pepper transplants. In addition I will have potted June bearing strawberry plants, Hollyhocks, Annual Phlox and Lettuce bowls for sale.
I will be featuring my Sweet Peas as cut flowers. They are colorful and fragrant.These may be purchased by the stem or in a bouquet.
Come on out and say “Hey”.
*Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., 2278 Baker Creek Road, Mansfield, MO 65704
Festival hours: 10AM to 7PM
You go to the store to pick out a watermelon, so what do you do?
Here is my method.
I start thumpin’ the melon with my thumb and index finger or rap it with my knuckles.
If I hear a high pitch sound the watermelon is probably under ripe. Plink
If I hear a low pitch sound or dull thud the watermelon is probably over ripe. Plunk
If I hear a pitch between the two sounds the watermelon is probably ripe. Plank
Try this method and watch the other shoppers make amused faces.
Yes, it works.
Let me know how this method works for you.
Welcome to Summer at Papa’s Gardens! The rains continue and everything is green, blooming, fruiting and growing.
Enjoy what is happening!
Bachelor’s Buttons self seeded from last year.
Miss Sunshine enjoying Sweet Peas and Calendulas from the Hoop House.
The colorful flowers even make our old shed look good!
Enjoy the the sunshine.
Check out the third cut of our Sweet Peas.
Visits with local florists have been encouraging and enlightening. Apparently Sweet Peas have not been offered for decades in this area. Many younger designers did not know what they were.
Grading in bundles.
This process allows us to offer the very best of color and freshness. The fragrance fills the room.
More sweet peas on the vine for floral arrangements.
A simple arrangement from irregular and short stems. A tea cup and saucer provided the perfect “look”.
Aren’t they beautiful?
Sweet Peas are definitely worth the wait. I walked into the hoop house the other day and was overwhelmed by an incredible sweet fragrance. Whoa!
The range of colors, diversity and the heady fragrance, are quite a combination! This experience is quite a learning curve. The Elegance Mix and Spencer seedlings were started in cell trays using a compost enhanced potting mix. The seeds best germinated at 60° to 65° (F). The seedlings were placed 6 inches apart in a raised bed with plastic netting to allow the peas to climb to a potential height of 8 feet.
Next year I plan to direct seed some of the sweet peas for a comparison. I believe the plants and subsequent blooms will be stronger.
Next up are seedling dahlias. Started in cell trays with well nourished potting soil, cactus flowered and double flowered mixed colors should be a delightful opportunity for our local florists. The amazing fact is dahlias can grow in 120° (F) heat. Originally from Mexico, dahlias are a natural to grow in a hoop house. I am looking forward to a plentiful harvest.
We will keep you posted on our progress!
I am so excited!! My Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are blooming. What fragrance!
These blooms are from the Winter Elegance Mix. This variety does well early and late. Even Miss Kitty likes our Sweet Peas.
It was well worth the wait. Stay tuned for more adventures with Sweet Peas!