Friday, July 31, 2009

Passionflowers For Instant Summer Opulence


This week many of our visitors seem to be noticing the passionflower vines that are blooming furiously at the farm. We always have a variety of hanging baskets available, but currently these are the ones stealing the show. Passionflowers, although not at all winter hardy here in Maine, are very vigorous growers and bloomers, even if just for the summer season. You can bring them in for the winter and keep them as a houseplant as well, if you are so inclined. They are always satisfying to grow, wherever you choose to put them.

Just have a look at the size of them already, and this is just in an 8 inch pot!

You can let them hang wild like you see here, or you can transplant them out of the hanging pots we grow them in and easily train them to grow up a trellis or fence. When given some blooming fertilizer regularly, they should bloom all summer in full or even part sun.


Of course, it's these spectacular flowers that usually stop people in there tracks. Here are a few of the varieties we grow right at the farm.

This one is Passiflora 'Purple Haze'. It is a lovely P. caerulea hybrid that has large showy flowers with white and pale purple petals, a dark purple center, and a white and purple corolla.







This one is Passiflora 'Inspiration'. It is truly stunning with a very large frilly flower with lavender and purple petals, a lavender center, and a white and dark purple corolla.







As if that wasn't enough, here is one of the few true red passionflowers we have found to be as prolific a bloomer as the purple ones. This Passiflora 'Lady Margaret' has large flowers with crimson red petals, a white center, and dark red corona with white tips.


I know. Wow, right?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Sun Shiny Summer Days on the Farm


The sun has actually shown on us a bit between all the bouts of summer rain here at the farm and it has allowed the perennials are really start showing off there best faces. We still have lots of plants in bloom now to fill up any empty spots that have been haunting you in your garden.


This Filipendula purpurea 'Elegans' has been the favorite new addition at home in my garden.
It is thriving in the back of my shade garden and is tall enough to stand out back there with it's long lasting blooms. The flowers are really pretty, white with flecks of pink, and look very delicate against the green broad leaves.




Here is a great view of an established day lily planting. These ones are Hemerocallis 'Big Bird', a great lemony yellow and a steady summer bloomer. We have many different heights and colors to choose from at the farm, not just your general tall orange garden variety. They are always a reliable choice and can be established quickly even in an unreliable place like here by the side of the road.




We also still have shrubs and trees galore if you want to take advantage of the all the rain and do some serious planting. The Buddhas are happily watching over these lovely climbing hydrangeas, a great choice for planting on a stone wall.






And here is the ever popular Hydrangea 'Endless Summer', the loveliest steady blooming large leaf blue variety. If it starts to turn pink on you, try giving it a little acidic fertilizer. Come and get them while they last!






So, I promise to do another posting soon. Feel free to let me know what you want to hear about in the comments. I apologize that it took me so long to get this post together. I need to start making a habit of getting out of the greenhouse for a few minutes every few days and get into the office to post more regularly. It is just so hard to pull myself away!

Monday, July 6, 2009

What's old is new again!

Last year we started carrying our very own Snug Harbor Farm reproduction terra cotta pottery. I am still really excited by how well they came out and am hoping that you will be just as pleased. These are our own exclusive designs cast from some of our favorite hard to find shapes and sizes of antique English, French, and Italian terra cotta. We had these pots made to grow our topiaries in, but they are also available for purchase at the nursery, some very nicely preconditioned for you in the greenhouse for a lovely instant mossy old feel.














The classic azalea styled pots have a double rolled rimmed. and a circular Snug Harbor Farm stamp.








Three sizes of Tuscan hard to find rectangular footed planters.













Unique round bottomed crucible pots in three sizes.















These Anduze styled footed pots are are the perfect size for a small mantle.


















There are three sizes of orchid pots, with holes for proper ventilation of the roots.









And lastly to tempt you to stop in for a visit, here are some gorgeous mossy old grower styled pots, available in two sizes.

Come in and get them before they are gone!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Welcome to Snug Harbor Farm!


Hello modern world! Welcome to the first post of our new blog about all things Snug Harbor Farm!

After years of talk about a possible website for our Kennebunk, Maine plant nursery, we have decided to get our feet wet and set up this blog. As you can imagine, the difficultly involved in shipping live plants is innumerable, so we won't be posting things for mail order here. I do, however, think it will be a great way for us to keep you plant geeks up to date on all the exciting going-on's at the farm, to share plant care knowledge, and to share some great pictures of our ever-growing nursery.

This June had been a bit of a wet one. It has rained almost everyday here, leaving the nursery on the soggy side, to say the least. If you are coming to shop for perennials, we have lots to choose from but I would suggest you wear your boots.

Rain or shine, it is a great time to come visit our newest retail addition to the farm, The Shop. Inside the 1750's house on the property we have put together an eclectic collection of gifts, home decor items, potted houseplants and gardening tools and supplies for you to peruse.




Here's a peek at what we have put together for you!

Seeds, terra-cotta pot feet and cloches, fertilizers, glazed plant pots, colorful paper mums and some handy long necked watering cans.

Garden twine in these great retro tin's and in different festive colors, and some more fun little watering cans.

We have terrariums! We put these together ourselves right here at the farm.


An assortment of bundles of fresh cut foliage for decorating and arrangements.

An assortment of concrete garden ornaments and small cast iron urns, with or without something green growing inside!

Some more concrete garden ornaments and a fern from the greenhouse.


An assortment of birdhouses for your garden in all shapes and sizes.

Hope to see you soon!