|Posted by nicosnurseryland on October 7, 2018 at 3:05 AM||comments (0)|
Fall Colour Top Ten List
Okay, it's way too hard to list just 10. So I've decided to to pick my top ten fall colour plants that we have in the nursery right now. The other stipulation, I could easily fill a list with just Japanese Maples. I will just put them all in to one entry. I also want to state that Burning Bush will not be on my list. It does have fantastic fall colour, but, maybe it's because we sell so many, they're just too common to be on my list! Here we go:
Physalis alkekengi or Chinese Lanterns. These plants are super hardy in the garden and the large papery husks naturally turn orange every autumn. They can become weedy, so it's best to have them in containers and use them for decor in the fall on the front steps of your home. We have them at only 29.99 and they come with a nice Welcome Fall pick to dress them up for Thanksgiving Weekend.
Aronia melanocarpa 'Autumn Magic'. Another very hardy plant. An introduction from UBC, this plant is great in the right spot. They are adaptable to many areas in the garden and can handle being in a wet area as well. They grow to about 5 or 6' in height and look best when pruned every spring to keep them compact. White flowers in spring turn to black berries that last through winter adding another element of winter interest. We have them now at 19.99 in a 2g pot.
Miscanthus purpurescens 'Flame Grass'. This is my favourite grass for many reasons. First off, it's not that big. Sometimes you don't have room for those massive miscanthus that can be too dramatic and take over. I like the compact size of Flame Grass, and I love the flame orange and even dark purples of the fall colour. A lot of grasses have nice fall colour, but the Flame Grass has a wide blade and so the colours are bolder. The flowers are nice as well and look great throughout the winter. Grasses are mostly sold in 6" pots at only 14.99
Rhus typhina 'Tiger Eyes'. I don't usually like Sumacs, but when I do.... it's a Tiger Eyes!! A beautiful cut leaf staghorn sumac. Even the summer colour is a bright charteuse green turning yellow. But, it's really the fall colour that'll get you! They have an Oriental look, and look fantastic in the garden for some outstanding fall colour. We have them in stock now and they're putting on a show in 2g pots only 24.99.
Syringa pubescens 'Miss Kim'. Not usually on a fall colour list. But I love the contrasting, almost black foliage against all the oranges and reds. This plant is great because it's nice and compact. Slowly growing to about 6' tall by 4 or 5' wide. You still get the sweet fragrance of lilac flowers in spring along with this cool fall interest. Easy to grow, loves sun, and doesn't need a ton of water. It gets bonus points for it's name too, my wife's name is Kimberley!
Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion' or Beautyberry. What a colour! You just don't see this shade of purple very often in the garden. This plant is not the most attractive for the rest of the seasons, so I recommend planting it near the back of the garden bed or yard. It grows large, so, don't worry, you'll see it! These branches are great for using inside as decor as well. Wow, what a berry!
Cercidipyllum japonicum 'Katsura'. My favourite all around tree. They always have something going on! When the leaves first emerge in spring they are burgundy in colour. As summer goes on, and new leaves keep emerging you have shades of burgundy and green all together on one tree. The foliage is heart shaped while the tree is shaped like a large droplet of water. The foliage almost twinkles in the light breeze of summer. But we're here to discuss fall colour, and that's why it's near the top! Here you see the golden brilliance. Some will turn shades of red as well. What really gets me, though, is the fragrance. The fallen leaves smell like burnt sugar. It's a natural fall fragrance that reminds me of autumns past. I just love these trees.
Stewartia pseudocamelia. 'Pseudocamelia', or, 'looks like a Camelia'. The name got me in College. How does this look like a camelia? Camelia's are one of my favourites that we can't grow in our climate. This Stewartia does grow in our climate, barely, and it's the flower that looks similar. I've found that this tree grows best with a little shade in the hot afternoons of a Shuswap summer. They will grow to about 20' and have white camelia-like flowers in the late spring. We have 2 left and are a striking shade of red right now.
Japanese maples. There are way too many to not just put them all in one category. You could literally do a top 100 of just Japanese maples! So, I'll try my best to write about a few of my favourites that we still have in stock! My first is Baby Buttons: The cutest little maple around! Its tiny leaves emerge bright green in spring with the scorching colours of Autumn following throughout the fall season. A dwarf selection growing about 2' every 10 years. Then there's the Golden Full Moon Maple. This is my all time favourite Japanese Maple! The leaves are cut so uniquely, it stands out in any garden! A very slow growing maple that prefers afternoon shade. Another, quite rare maple is White Peaches. This maple also prefers afternoon shade. Spring leaves are creamy white with pinkish tips. By summer they develop attractive green veins, but it's the fall colour that truly amazes!
The ultimate fall colour tree is Liquidambar styaciflua! Or Sweet Gum. This tree is so cool! The trunk gets quite corky with age which adds interest even in winter. The leaves resemble maples, but are much more deeply cut. Shiny green leaves emerge later in spring and start turning in the late summer into wonderful shades of red, orange, purple and even black! The tree is tall and slender, it is incredibly striking in any setting.
In conclusion, there are many more cool fall plants in stock at the nursery and some deserve an honourable mention:
Blueberries, obviously grown for the fruit, but the fall colour is outstanding!
Pears, again grown for their fruit, but they're the best fall colour fruiting tree!
Dogwoods, grown mostly for the flowers, but varieties like 'Wolf Eye' turn pink in fall while other varieties like White Wonder will turn red. Cornus kousa Chinensis has those fruit that look like strawberries in fall, they're pretty cool too!
Hope you enjoyed my top ten! Have a happy Thanksgiving weekend, it looks like it's going to be a great one! See you soon,
Go 'Backs Go
|Posted by nicosnurseryland on December 9, 2016 at 4:25 PM||comments (8)|
It's time to get everyone checked off your list
With the cold temps and a little snow it's a good reminder that Christmas is not that far away now! My Christmas Shopping is never done until Dad and I take our annual trip on the 22nd or 23rd. If you're looking for some different ideas, I've compiled a few cool ideas below, and I hope they can help! Of course, we have lots of decorating ideas, and loads of Poinsettia's arriving twice a week now! Outside, we have a good selection of trees for you still! We have been selling more than ever before. This year we brought in some "wild" semi-cultured trees too. They are very inexpensive and some are quite large! The tallest is 14' and is only 70.00. Lots of 7-9' at only 30.00. Don't forget, we'll deliver any tree, in town, FREE!
See you this weekend,
Go Silverbacks Go,
From Gentlemen's Hardware, we have some trendy gifts for the 'gentlemen' on your list! This flask would look good on any man! Items start at 12.99
Cannabis Seeds will make a great stocking stuffer! Whether it's a novelty gift or you have a medical user on your list, we sell Premium Cannabis Seeds. Starting at 29.99 per pack.
Little Miss, or Mr. Men Mugs! We all know one of them! I see one for me, my daughter, and my wife right in this picture!! We have tons of them, at only 12.99
Saxon Chocolate. To top it all of, chocolate of course! We have a 'sweet' selection of gift packs and chocolates for the 'sweetie' on your list! Items like Hot Chocolate packs start at only 1.99
Lampe Berger makes a great gift! Beautiful scents that clean the air in your home! The glass bottles are really pieces of art, that also serve a great purpose! Gift Sets start at 49.99
Govino. These 'glasses' can go anywhere with you! Off on a bike ride to watch the sunset with a bottle of wine? Now you can enjoy the wine in the perfect glass without worrying about breakage! Plus, they're dishwasher safe too! We have a great selection as well as beer 'glasses' too. Starting at 6.99
Felco Pruners. For the gardener on your list who won't splurge on themselves! These are the pruners of professionals. Swiss made and just simply don't break. Starting at 52.99
Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. Maybe a present for the birds? Get 40lb Sacks for only 27.00 when you buy 2 or more! Plus we have some nice feeders as well!
|Posted by nicosnurseryland on November 5, 2016 at 6:40 PM||comments (0)|
Ahhh, the month before the storm! It's a nice time of year, as we all put our gardens to bed, relax inside on a rainy evening and dream about snow, Christmas or maybe even Spring?
Our nursery is almost packed away for winter and inside the girls have been working hard on the Christmas display that has grown so big this year, it might have doubled! We have new lines of scented candles, advent candles, women's fashions, even a few items for us guys too! Great new scents from Lampe Berger as well as brand new toys for the kids from John Deere and more! Our greens will be arriving soon, next week the first load will come in! Our Christmas Trees are still growing so they'll be as fresh as fresh can be for you. (all Canadian trees).
We just brought in a ton of Black Oil Sunflower Seed for the birds! 40lb Sacks are on sale at 27.00 when you buy 2 or more. Also, we've loaded up for Spring, bringing in 66 pallets of Nurseryland Manures and Soils. So, if you want to load up too, we have 22lb sacks of Mushroom or Steer Manure on sale, 2.50 when you buy 5 or more. (3.29 reg).
Stop by soon and check it all out! Our Christmas Store Open House is Thursday, November 17, 9am to 7pm,
Go Lions Go,
|Posted by nicosnurseryland on May 6, 2016 at 2:05 PM||comments (3)|
Moving up to the Shuswap 20 years ago was the best thing our family ever did. The lifestyle, the landscape, the weather, the people, it’s all superior in our minds anyway. But I do miss a few things from the coast. One would be the plants that were hardy there but just won’t last a Shuswap Winter. I miss the big Rhododendrons that could grow 10-12’ high, or the Pieris japonica’s that would grow 5-6’ tall with those beautiful clusters of white flowers against that stunning red new growth.
That’s why I like to push the limits on hardiness zones. Sure we live in a Canadian Zone 5, which allows minus 29. I’ve lived here 20 years now, and haven’t felt minus 25, so I’ve always felt we could push the limits on a few shrubs and trees, besides, it can be a lot of fun and very rewarding!! There are a lot of hardy Rhodo’s that are great in our area, some even developed in Finland, so yes they are hardy here too. As for the Pieris there is one variety in particular that I have found to be quite hardy in the Shuswap. ‘Prelude’ is a dwarf variety that does very well here and still gets the amazing flowers! Another great plant is the Euonymus Paloma ‘Blanco’ with the pure white new growth against the dark green leaves. It’s a very handsome plant.
I have overwintered a Skimmia japonica now for 4 years in my front yard. Sure, one winter might come along and take them from me, but I’ve enjoyed them for so long I definitely got my money’s worth already! When you think of spending 10, 20 or even $30 on a plant that you’ll enjoy for 6 months, it’s still cheaper than a good night out at your favourite restaurant. Then, if you’re successful at overwintering it, the feeling is worth a lot more than the $30!
So don’t be afraid to try something different or push the limits. Gardening is supposed to be fun, try not to hear the voices that say, don’t do this, you can’t do that, because, just maybe, just maybe you can!!
|Posted by nicosnurseryland on April 1, 2016 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
Spring, it’s like Christmas morning to a gardener. Each morning, I like to stroll around the garden to see what buds are closer to opening. As the buds swell and open, it really is like watching presents being opened in the garden! My Helleborus has been in flower for weeks now and I just love seeing that first burst of colour! The show of colour has really started now and will keep going until the last brilliant red leaf falls from the Autumn Blaze Maples in November.
Lawns can get lost in all the fun right now, until we are trying to out-do our neighbours for the greenest lawn on the street this summer. A good start right now would be to give your lawn a good, hard rake. Give it a mow and then fertilize with a good early spring lawn food. My recommendation is Nurseryland 7-21-7. A fertilizer now with high phosphorus will feed the roots and get your lawn ready for some serious greening this summer. Nurseryland fertilizers feed for about 6 weeks which will set you up for a good high nitrogen fertilizer in late May or June. If you had problems with moss, now is the time to lime! There are limes out now that are prilled so there is no powdery mess and it breaks down faster to sweeten your soil and make it unsuitable for moss growth!
It’s a great time to walk around the garden centre now with so much fun stuff arriving all the time! Watch for the Pansies, Heathers, Herbs and even the early veggie starts like tomatoes, lettuce, cauliflower and more! You can safely plant any hardy plants like roses, shrubs, trees, berry bushes and fruit trees. Just be careful with the frosts if you’ve planted any annuals yet, you might need to have some crop cover nearby to throw over them at night.
So get outside and get dirty, your garden has missed you, and loves you!
|Posted by nicosnurseryland on March 19, 2016 at 12:45 PM||comments (0)|
We have herbs in!! Some of the hardiest herbs have been brought in and it's sure fun to see! We sell only the best herbs from Fragro Plants in Chilliwack. It's a family run nursery who strive to grow plants with a natural balance. They take the time to hand grade all the plants before we pick them up!
What can you plant right now? Anything! Almost.... Anything we have outside (like fruit trees, perennials, flowering shrubs, evergreens, primula, pansies, etc.) can be planted and will get the best start now too! You'll want to watch out for heavy frosts like we had the last 2 nights, but that's no worry with a little crop cover over top and you're good to go! We cover our plants outside on the cool nights to protect them from frost, and this helps make them tougher too.
Fruit trees are here and the best selection is now! We generally only get one load of fruit trees and some varieties will sell out fast so now's the time. Right now you can buy them 'bareroot'. Which means they are not potted yet and they'll need to be planted as soon as you get them home. Before we pot them, which will likely be around the Easter Weekend, you can save 10%off the regular price. Fruit Trees are a great investment, we all spend money on nice, flowering trees that just look pretty. Fruit trees are nice, and pretty too, along with providing FOOD!!! Pretty cool! You can expect to get fruit in 2 to 3 years after you plant, so the best time to plant was 2 to 3 years ago, the second best time is today! (Fruit trees will arrive in Blind Bay after they are potted).
See you soon,
well the Lions will start soon and I can't wait,
|Posted by nicosnurseryland on December 3, 2015 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
It all started Wednesday morning about 6am. Looking forward to a nice drive across the Coquhilla and gorgeous sunny morning, just me and some Bruce Springsteen on the radio! The drive through the Shuswap was amazing, blue sky, still waters and bright mountains covered in fresh snow. With this day so nice, I'll be home before dark...
I arrived at the farm where my dad has been buying trees for 40 years. Had a nice talk with Norman the son of the original farmer, John. Watched as Norman's sons loaded another truck before mine was up. It was so nice down on the Hatzic Prairie, plus 9 and sunshine. We got my trailer loaded and Norman's kids amazingly stacked an enormous amount of trees, couldn't believe we got them all in one load! Off I go...
Well I made it about 100m down the road when I checked my mirrors and the tires were smoking like I was doing a burnout in a drag race! I pulled over and tried to re-arrange the load with some of the heavier trees closer to the wheel wells. While I'm moving trees all over, a nice lady in a near by farmhouse comes out with a fresh roast beef sandwich for me! She said she saw me sweating away and thought I could use some lunch! After eating my delicious sandwich I realized no rearranging would work, the load was just too heavy. I turned the trailer around and returned to the tree farm. We unloaded the live trees with the heavy rootballs on them. Not knowing if I would come back, Norman reassured me that he'd be able to sell them if I couldn't make it back. Off I went again.
This time making it quite a few kilometres down Highway 7 on Nicomen Island. The tires started smoking again and this time with burning pieces of rubber flying! I safely pulled over at the nearest gas station. I made a few calls, not exactly sure what my next move was. My brother-in-law, Sean was still working, but was off in 2 hours, he could drive down in our Cube Van to unload some of the trees into, but that would be 6 hours of me sitting at a gas station near Deroche, BC. (near Deroche means in the middle of nowhere). I got out once more to look at my load and the trailer when a man approached me. His name was Ivan and he and his wife had just bought a tree farm near here and he offered his place for me to drop off some trees for the night. The chances of meeting someone so nice at that precise time who didn't live too far away are pretty slim, but here he was.
So off I went again following slowly behind Ivan to his farm. There I met his wife, Sara and thier son. We unloaded about 75 trees, exchanged business cards, and off I was again.
Cruising through Agassiz, Esmond called and let me know his brother, Chuck, worked at OK Tire and maybe I should stop by and let Chuck look at my tires to see if they'd make to Salmon Arm tonight. I got the ok from Chuck and I hit the road finally.
As I crossed the Fraser River I watched a beautiful sunset. Wasn't I supposed to be 'home' by now? With a 4.5 hour drive ahead in darkness with temperatures dropping to minus 15, I'd have to be mindful of black ice. About 8:30 that night I pulled safely onto my road, parking the big rig on the street. Walking into the house after that long trip was rewarding with my sweet daughter, Lauren, running up to hug me and my wife Kimberley there with a big hug and smile.
I'll wrap it up here for part one of my journey, the second day is where the crazy comes into play as I still had to go back down one more time to pick up the 75 or so trees I dropped off with my new friends Ivan and Sara.
|Posted by nicosnurseryland on October 31, 2015 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
A Gardener's Hallowe'en
Gardening anytime can make you feel at one with nature. There's something a little different about gardening on or around Hallowe'en. The smell in the air for one. The feel of winter's grasp slowly gripping tighter. A distant siren whines, and the wind picks up. It can be very relaxing and maybe a little spooky.
Raking and pruning done now means less work in spring! Dad always said to clean up your yard. I wrote a blog a couple of years ago about cleaning the yard in the fall. I was, and still am, a lazy gardener, and every time I drove in my driveway and saw those ugly, dead peony branches draped over the rings, I remembered Dad, "Clean up your yard, not only does it obviously look cleaner and better, it makes less work in the Spring, Marty!" That last part caught my attention. Hmmm, less work? Ok. As soon as the snow melts you can focus on watching the crocus bloom, instead of tirelessly raking. Plus, any dead and decaying leaves harbour pests and disease and you'll be fighting them all summer long. So now, around this time every year I clean my yard. A little pruning here, a little raking there and I find it quite relaxing and fun. My wife quite enjoys a clean yard too, specially on Hallowe'en when all the neighbours actually come over and walk right up to the front door!!
Hope you and your family have a safe, scary Hallowe'en and maybe I'll see you at the game tonight!
Go Silverbacks Go!
|Posted by nicosnurseryland on September 19, 2015 at 1:05 PM||comments (1)|
You can smell it in the air, see it in the trees, and hear it at the schoolyard... Fall is here! It happened quick, but, nonetheless, it's here. I love this time of year. Sometimes, it's hard to let go of the summer fun, the sandals, the shorts, and the sitting under the umbrella with a cold drink in hand because it's "too hot"! However we have lots to look forward to in Autumn. The trees and shrubs put on a fabulous show, harvesting our fruits and veggies, and seeing all the award winning entrants at the Fall Fair!
Thinking of the Fall Fair, I spoke with my friend Monica, and she had a great idea! If you haven't torn apart your annual gardens or containers yet, it's a good time of year to take some pictures and save the photos. So many times we want to re-create the same planter the next year, but just can't remember exactly how wonderfully we planted it last year! With the photos, you can bring them in, (in print or on your mobile phone), to us at Nico's next spring and we can help you identify exactly what you had and where!
Now onto planting now for spring colour! Bulbs are here! It is the best time to purchase your bulbs to make sure you pick from the best selection and you can save big time with our Flyer Sale! We have some really neat varieties and some great prices! My first favourite would have to be the "Budlight" Tulip! Now Budlight, is far from my favourite beer, but this Tulip is top of my list this year! Such a cool look, with a fresh yellow and white variation on the pedals. Another hit will be the "Graceful Beauty" Allium. The best deal highlights would be the King Alfred Daffodils, at 20 bulbs for only 7.88! Or the Rainbow Mix Tulips at 20 bulbs for 7.88!
It's a fun time of year and the best part is... The Silverbacks are back on the ice! We have a great team this year, (I think I say that every year about now....) See you at the game or in the garden,
|Posted by nicosnurseryland on June 5, 2015 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
More 'Fresh' stock arrives!
What a season we're having here in Southern BC! Warm temps that are predicted to soar into the mid 30's this weekend. We just went through a nice 3 days of soaking wet rain to help out the forests and our own gardens and lawns too. (Thanks Mother Nature). With all the sun we've had our plants have never looked better, and it helps that you're all buying so much so fast too!
Since we don't have old, tired stock, you'll hardly ever see us discount plants! Thanks to you our turnover is quick, and with our new, expanded growing facility in Blind Bay, we can keep filling up the tables with lush, beautiful, fresh stock week after week! Just after Dad brought us a full load of cool plants from the coast, Esmond drove out to Blind Bay to fill us up here in Salmon Arm with freshly grown 6pack bedding plants and more tomatoes! It's amazing what we all "grow" through as Blind Bay has just finished planting the last crop of 6pack Annuals...600 flats! When you buy from Nico's, you buy 'direct from grower' on most of our plants!
Long time readers will know that I'm a huge sports fan. From CFL, BCHL, NHL and every four years the World Cup of Soccer. Well, the Women's World Cup is being held in Canada this year and our Team Canada actually has a good chance of going far in this tournament and I think it will be very exciting to watch! Team Canada plays this Saturday vs China at 2pm. Let's cheer them on and if Team Canada wins, we'll discount all perennials (even the new ones!) by 25% all day Sunday, June 7!!
Go Canada Go,