Thursday, January 30, 2014

Are you ready?

With the Polar Vortex upon us every other week and temperatures ranging from zero to 60 degrees, I look out my window and see no color. Usually by this time of the year we are starving for color.

Every fall, my daughter I plant around 500 hundred tulip bulbs in a small bed in front of our house knowing that they will be the first blast of color. We also are anticipating the spring blooming shrubs.


Show Off Starlet Forsythia

This past fall we also planted some newer plants that Loma Vista is growing including Show Off Starlet Forsythia. Now, we have a truly mini Forsythia to put little pops of sparkling yellow into our spring borders. Starlet becomes a 2-3ft ball dressed in blossoms from the ground up which is a true dwarf.

Bloom-A-Thon Azaleas

 Bloom-A-Thon Azaleas were also introduced into the Bridges landscape. Twice as nice as other azaleas! Why settle for just a week or two of flowers when you can enjoy up to five months of blooms? Large flowers appear in April, then rebloom in early July, continuing through fall until hard frost. The evergreen foliage of this plant is disease resistant and maintains excellent color year-round. I have kept a close eye on this plant for nearly a year now and truly believe this is going to be a great plant. The re-bloom on it is huge and the shrub also has made through some brutally cold days this winter.

Snow Day Surprise Exochorda
We also added some Snow Day Surprise Exochorda, also known as Pearl Bush. Snow Day Surprise's large white blooms cover this plant in a flood of spring flowers. This is a stronger grower than old fashioned Pearlbush, with a neater, more compact habit. An excellent plant for the spring landscape!

These are just a few of the many great spring blooming plants available at Loma Vista Nursery. I know the minute when my daughter and I cover up the tulips bulbs with the last scoop of soil in the fall, we are already looking forward to the next blast of color in the spring. 
Steve Bridges, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery

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