Perennials go farther

Sprout Farm New Letter May 16th

Good Morning Everyone,

April showers are wearing out their welcome but Jay is going to brighten up your day with a great sale on our perennials. This week perennials are 20% off and Fafard soils are $6.99/bag. The new soil shed is keeping our bagged soils nice and dry so no more struggling with heavy wet bags of soil.

We are temporarily out of sweet basil and cherry tomatoes. We have more coming up but it is just too small. Juliet Tomato plants will be a little late. They will be ready after memorial Day.

A point of interest for Cleome lovers: The Proven Winner Cleome in the 6” pots is a thornless variety. It looks the same as their older popular variety but now it's thornless.

Between the winter kill (butterfly bush) and change of perennial varieties, we are repeating only about 1/3 of the perennials that we had in stock last year. I've been making up the perennial bench cards, in big print for my friends who don't want to squint at small tags, and have discovered that Jay chose many plants because they are re-bloomers. Delphiniums are in different locations because they are different series of plants but they all seem to be re-bloomers.

I've been asked to pass along an invitation to a tour of the gardens at Willowbend. Jay and I remember that property when it was an abandoned cranberry bog. The gardens are beautiful.

You're invited `The Gardens of Willowbend,' June 28 A Garden Tour, Tea, and Author Talk May 17--The Friends of the Mashpee Library invites you to a very special event we are hosting at Willowbend in Mashpee, Thursday, June 28, 2-5 PM. Tour five private gardens, enjoy a discussion of The Gardens of Willowbend by Ari Maravel, and have an English-style tea at Willowbend Country Club. The event will occur rain or shine. Tickets are $45 per person, advanced reservations only. To reserve your place, please send a check to Friends of the Mashpee Library, P.O. Box 900, Mashpee, MA 02649. Payment via Paypal is available on our website If you and your friends would like to reserve a table, please let us know. All proceeds are to benefit the Mashpee Public Library. The Friends of the Mashpee Library gratefully acknowledges the generous support of this event by Maffei Landscape Contractors. Don't miss this exclusive spring event! For more information: Virginia Farwell 508-539-0939

All bugs are not created equal.

Aphids are suckers. (Captain Jack won't won't kill aphids) Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects that pierce the stems and leaves of plants to draw out juices. This not only causes damage to the shoots, but can also transmit viruses and diseases from other plants. After feeding, aphids excrete a sugary substance called honeydew, which coats the plant and quickly invites the growth of mold and fungus.

For more information on controlling aphids see:

for a video of aphids up close and gross see: Oh Mama!

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