Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crops and Critters

After what seemed like a prolonged winter and a cold spring, I expect most of us are ready for some warmer weather.
 
Hosta Crop May 2013

In spite of the late season snow, winter was relatively mild. Most plants seemed to have come through pretty much unscathed. Although there were exceptions as some Buddleia, for example, have been slow to leaf out.

Rio Samba Rose

The cooler than usual spring doesn't really seem to have held much material back. And I think the plants have benefited from the somewhat gradual change. The majority are now romping away.

 Sisyrinchium ang Lucerne #1

Rabbits caused some damage over the winter, if only they could be taught what to eat, they could do some pruning for us. As we are spacing plants, the odd snake is giving the crews a scare.

sedum in quarts

If the long range forecast is to be believed, temperatures for the end of May and the first half of June, look to be above average. But nothing we can't handle and maybe I can get my legs tanned.

Jonathan McCombie, Grower, Loma Vista Nursery
 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Morning at the Container Farm

A couple of weeks ago, we had snow in May.  Now, it is sunny, windy and warm.  The plants are really pushing the new growth that we were hoping to see earlier this month and the nursery is filling with flowers.  Fireworks Clematis, shown to the left, is one of many in flower.  We also grow Dr. Rupple, HF Young and jackmanii.







 
The ornamental and native grasses are appreciating the warm, sunny days.  Here's a photo of Elijah Blue Fescue.
 

 
Soon, this area with our crops of daylilies will be full of flowers. 


 
The Blue Eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium Lucerne, is looking beautiful.  This perennial is wonderful in mixed containers, along pathways and also in rock gardens.


New at Loma Vista are #2 Hostas.  We are very pleased with the results.  Gold Standard, Halcyon, Royal Standard, Sum and Substance, Francee are all finished and ready to ship. 
 



 Also, new at Loma Vista are Norway Spruce in #15 containers. They are 4-5' tall and very nice. They will be ready to ship in two weeks, the first of June.
 


Here's a photo of Amethyst Falls Wisteria.  The crop is just incredible!  The plants are staked, 5'+ tall. 


We have quite a few ornamental trees in containers.  Pictured to the right is Blushing Bridge Hibiscus in a #7 container.  Other hibiscus trees include Lavender Chiffon and Lucy. 
 
 



Several varieties of Hydrangeas are also available in tree form.  This is Quick Fire in a #7 container.  Other Hydrangea trees include Grandiflora, Kyushu, Limelight, Pinky Winky and Tardiva.
  




 
Roses in a tree form are new at Loma Vista and they are full of flowers. Rio Samba is pictured to the left.  The colorful flowers have orange, coral and yellow petals. 
 
Rio Samba
 
Iceberg
Pink Promise
Rainbow Sorbet
Sunny Delite
  
Bewitched

 
Susan Mertz, Director of Marketing, Loma Vista Nursery

Gardening Lifestyle


It's easy to incorporate gardening into our lifestyle with the popularity of outdoor living and entertainment. This hot trend incorporates outdoor rooms and entertainment areas using hardscape features on patios with BBQ's, fire pits lighting, water features, furniture, rugs, containers and garden art. Making your presence known in social media allows these gardeners to find you. 
 
balcony gardenMy balcony has been transformed into an oasis of beauty to buffer my neighbor's balcony and increase privacy so I can enjoy my gardening lifestyle. I used a 24" decorative container of #1 and quart size groundcovers, perennials, a native grass, a semi-evergreen shrub, an evergreen and a tree form of Physocarpus Center Glow to make it into a welcoming retreat.

 

Loma Vista Nursery offers numerous varieties and sizes suitable as fillers for large containers. These varieties were used in this project: (left to right) Sedum 'Angelina', Potentilla neumanniana, Lysimachia 'Aurea', Juniperus 'Wiltonii'; (back row) Bouteloua gracilis, Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue', Salvia 'May Night' and Nandina domestica 'Fire Power'.
plant selection for containers
 
Develop and grow a customer base by supplying large scale container plantings for commercial and high-end residential customers. We have numerous ornamental trees suited for container plantings including Cercis 'Covey Weeping', Hibiscus, Hydrangea and tree form Roses. Our availability has additional listings or call your sales rep to place an order and expand on this trend.

Sheila Balaun, Inventory Manager, Loma Vista Nursery
 
 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Retention Area Plantings

"Government studies have shown that up to 70% of pollution in aquifers, rivers. lakes and coastal areas is carried there by storm-water runoff."  Shaw Nature Reserve Native Landscaping Manual

 
A few of the benefits of retention area plantings are improved water quality, reduced property damage due to erosion, and increased habitat value.

Native grasses for the upper slope include:
Andropogon gerardi
Bouteloua curtipendula
Bouteloua gracilis
Panicum
Schizachyrium
Spartina pectinata
Sporobolus heterolepis

Add color to the upper slope and transition zone with:
Aster
Echinacea
Iris
Phlox
Rudbeckia
Solidago



In areas that stay wet for longer periods of time, there are many plants we recommend: 

Aronia
Calycanthus floridus
Clethra
Hamamelis
Hibiscus (hardy perennial)
Ilex verticillata
Itea virginica
Myrica pennsylvanica
Rhamnus
Salix
Symphoricarpos




Trees that handle wet soil:


 

Betula
Liquidambar
Liriodendron
Magnolia virginiana
Metasequoia
Nyssa
Populus
Quercus bicolor
Salix
Taxodium
Ulmus




Susan Mertz, Director of Marketing, Loma Vista Nursery

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hot Wings



Photo courtesy of Plants Select
We have added the HOT WINGS™ Maple (Acer tataricum ‘GarAnn’) to our line up of small (15-20’ height 15-20’ width) ornamental trees, similar to the Ginnala Maple but more cold hardy and alkaline tolerant. This is a fantastic drought tolerant tree that was selected for the bright red samaras that come into color in July and stay into September.  These little helicopters make it appear like it is blooming from a distance! HOT WINGS™ has a better branching structure than other Tatarian Maples to handle snow loads and help prevent breakage.

We have a few containers #7 on hand and we are growing them in our tree fields.
 
Michelle Candena, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery

Photo courtesy of Fort Collins Nursery