Happy Earth Day from the flower farm! We are grateful to all of you who support us and other businesses who choose to raise their products in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. It matters! Looking forward to our Spring Open House! May 4, 5 and 6th! Lots of new treasures! You won’t want to miss this one!
Friday, April 20, 2018
The ladies have arrived! These are true Ladybugs that were harvested by hand in the higher altitudes of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. A sea of Ladybugs overwinter in these mountains. In the spring they migrate down to the lower altitudes in search of food and water. 4500 of them are now living happily in our greenhouse! These Ladybugs will lay clusters of their yellow eggs on the underside of plant leaves. The larvae that will hatch resembles more of a small alligator than a ladybug and will consume even more bad bugs than an adult. The larvae will pupate and an adult ladybug will emerge (see photo lower right). We are grateful for Mother Nature’s gifts that help us maintain our gardens in a safe and sustainable manner!
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Be sure to watch for Praying Mantis egg sacs when doing your spring garden cleanup! Praying Mantis are beneficial insects. They eat the bad guys and help to keep our gardens pesticide free. When the weather warms, 150 to 250 babies will hatch from this sac. Our native Praying Mantis are brown and grow to about 3 inches long. The Chinese Mantis are green and grow much larger. Some grow so large they have been known to eat a hummingbird. We discovered his sac when harvesting our Pussywillow. It is now in our greenhouse where it will soon be joined by several thousand ladybugs. Spring Open House May 4, 5 and 6!
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
Hello, Gorgeous! We tested some Crazytunias in containers last year because we loved the color combos. They all did great including the plant a rabbit ate for lunch! This variety is ‘Moonstruck’. We’ll post a picture of ‘Mandeville’ when it begins to bloom.