New at the nursery: Succulents and hanging baskets!

This week, we are venturing into the territory of non-native cultivars, a new endeavour for us. Our nursery techs are propagating succulents and starting the flowers for our hanging baskets. I love the shape and texture of succulents, and the colours and patterns of neatly lined up succulent leaves are almost like artwork.

The hanging baskets are designed by the Job Creation Partnership crew. Each basket has “thrillers, spillers, and fillers” and include some native plant species. They will be ready in the springtime.

Potted plants will be available by Mothers Day. Just stop by our office to check them out.


The seeds we sow

I thought I’d give you an idea of the variety and beauty of the native plant seeds that we collect, clean, and sow. All of our seeds are collected in the wild. We monitor over 100 species of native plants throughout the year and document the time that they flower, set seed, and are ready for harvest. We collect the seeds by hand, and clean the sticks, leaves, fuzz, and papery coatings off the seeds by passing them through sieves, using a winnower, or using our vacuum seed separator. Once the seeds are cleaned, they go into mason jars for storage until planting time. The photo above is our seed storage room, showing about one-third of the seeds we have. The seed room is kept cool throughout the year.

Cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum)

Cow Parsnip Seeds Cow Parsnip


Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indian Hemp Seeds Indian Hemp


Lemonweed (Lithospermum luderale)

Lemonweed Seeds Lemonweed


Mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii)

Mock Orange Seeds Mock Orange


Wolf willow (Elaeagnus commutata)

Wolf Willow Seeds Wolf Willow

Photo credits: Photos of seeds are by me. Cow parsnip plant photo: Indian hemp plant photo: Lemonweed plant photo: Mock orange plant photo: Wolf willow plant photo: