22 February 2015

Michigan winter is so much fun!

This winter started innocently enough but now, mid February , it is brutally cold. Lows in the negative numbers and highs hardly making it in to the teens most days. The only cure for this is dreaming of the spring ephemerals that will be ready to pop out of the ground like magic at the first opportunity come spring.

Dicentra cucullaria

Trillium grandiflorum
 Now you are probably chiding yourself for not going ahead last fall and placing a bare root wildflower order for fall planting like you had planned, but you know….it is not too late to order for early spring planting and you will not find yourself in the same position next year.
The very best time to plant is in the fall, but as it is too late for that, the next best is EARLY spring, as soon as the ground thaws. We will send them to you while they are still dormant and if you plant them right away you do not have to worry about late frost because they will be under ground. If you can’t plant right away you can keep them in the original packing in a very cool area, like your garage or the refrigerator till you are ready.

Hepatica acutiloba 

Trillium cuneatum

Here’s to hoping winter will go away soon! (I do need to have words with this groundhog)

11 January 2015

Plant allionii primroses for early spring color!

We all know that spring can’t possibly get here soon enough… which is why you should always keep your garden well-stocked with EARLY bloomers so that real spring, with flowers in the garden, comes as soon as possible. Of course snowdrops and crocus are great for this… but you may not know (or may not grow) the allionii primroses. 
'Bill Martin'
Allioniis have a reputation for being fussy… but in our experience, they don’t deserve it. They grow great for us in the nursery, and are easy in ground or containers, give the right conditions. 
'Warfdale Village'
They just need decent drainage in the winter and maybe a little shade in the summer to keep the cool. And when they are happy you get low spreading mounds that can completely cover themselves with gorgeous flowers early, early in the spring.
'Mrs. Peggy Wilson'
Check out our whole selection on the website or consider trying an Allionii collection – we’ll pick you out a range of great, vigorous varieties for you to get started with.
'Lismore Yellow'
And… if you order before the 18th, you can still use our two early-bird coupons to save a little cash! When you check out, either enter the code “polar” and get 20% off your entire order (except collections, grafted conifers, and bulk wildflowers) OR you can enter the code “vortex” to get free shipping. Minimum order to use these codes is $150.
Primula x belluensis

03 December 2014

Winter is back. Here are some coupons for horticultural retail therapy

Winter is back. After LONG overstaying its welcome this past “spring” it has decided to make an early appearance again this year.

Oh joy.
So, if the garden is frozen and snow covered, what better to do with your time than settle in for some good old plant shopping? Place your orders now for significant savings, and we'll ship them to you when (if...) the world thaws out again in the spring. To get you started, we're offering you your choice of two different coupons that are good now through January 12th. You can't use both, but when you check out you can decide which you prefer. Either you can enter the code “polar” and get 20% off your entire order (except collections, grafted conifers, and bulk wildflowers) OR you can enter the code “vortex”to get free shipping. Minimum order to use these codes is $150... don't want to spend that much? Consider combining your order with a friend and neighbor to get the savings. It saves money, and sitting with a cup of hot tea or cocoa with a plant friend pouring over a catalog together is perhaps the best way to spend a cold winters day.
So consider placing an order... you'll save money, and we'll thank you. If we're in for another winter like last one, the heating bills are going to be brutal.
Here's to hoping winter decides to take it easy for the rest of the season (Hey, we can dream, right?)

-Brigitta and the rest of the crew at Arrowhead