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Kitchen Garden
April 2019:
The constraints of age have shortened this list, and will likely continue to; I can't imagine ever discontinuing altogether though (my first word was 'Flower') and my heart is intertwined with the gardens.  There will be some new seed-raised plants in the spring, some herbs & roses, and (if the rains cooperate) some Paeonia.

 To order, please see  the online ordering catalog Many items below will sell out quickly.  Shipping begins in April; summer's heat will stop shipping sometime in July or August and it will resume in September for some plants.

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Prices:  Plants are as marked on the availability page.  

Geranium macrorrhizum  Intensely scented Geranium with small leaves flushed red in spring; cerise flowers.  Good, highly enthusiastic groundcover.

Heuchera pulchella  New Mexico Coral Bells Western native species, slender pink stems with light coral-pink & burgundy bells over silvery-green foliage that remains green over the winter.  Hummingbird favorite and popular with flower arrangers.  To 2' in flower; sun, well drained soil.  Easy.

Iris pallida Orris Root Famed perfumery Iris, whose unscented roots dry over the years to a strong and lasting scent of violets.  Pales blue flowers in early summer, the first of the taller iris to bloom.

Iris, Siberian'Bluebird' Divisions of a nice blue clone raised from seed here and named for our state bird.  A bit above knee-height in unimproved soil, larger and even bluer in a pampered garden.
 'Egret' White slender flowers, upright and abstract, with yellow signals.  Another PGRPN seedling.
'Tumwater Purple' Large, rich royal purple flowers, originally from my best friend's garden. Flowers like this are a gardener's immortality.

 LAVENDER  Quintessential cottage garden plants, popular for their xeric gardening qualities, and amongst the best scented plants on the planet.  Marvelous hedging plants and welcoming by the gate or kitchen door.  Give them sun and good drainage and they will reward you with ever larger crops of flowers as the years go by.  Deer & elk proof.  Sun, good drainage. Z4. Look for recipes & use ideas on our website.  There will be plants from my own seed strains available at the market here this spring, as I'm working on longer stemmed versions and colors, which necessitates sowing and raising a lot more plants than I keep.

Mints  Amongst the most generous of herbs, mints provide essential oils, tea leaves, salad brighteners, and even aromatic  lawns.

ROSA  I grow solely antique and species roses, for fragrance, hardiness, disease- and pest-resistance; all on their own roots. 
  • Thymus coccineus arcticus Creeping Red  Showy fragrant prostrate form w/pink flowers; turns maroon in winter. 
  • hybrida Rose-scented   Our new favorite Thyme.  Sweet rose scent and attractive blue-green leaves.  Low mounding plants, mauve flowers.  Mat former.  3-4" high.  Try a sprig in a cup of Darjeeling tea.
  • Pineapple Thyme   Seedling sport from a rose thyme seedling, vigorous and yummily fruit-scented.

For the kitchen garden: 
Tasty, aromatic, tempting...edibles herbs & fruit we would not want to be without.  Annuals in 3" deep pots, $3.00, perennials as marked.

NEW FOR 2018  Pineapple Sage Great culinary sage for tea and summer salads.. Large soft leaves and pretty flowers all suffused with the sweetness of pineapple.

NEW FOR 2018 Lemon Verbena The lemoniest of lemon scented & flavored herbs; tall graceful plants with glossy pointed leaves that are perfect for perfuming a pot of tea, a batch of jelly, or for sachets.

Classic kitchen herb goes with so many things, a snowbird in this climate but easy to keep in a cold bright window where it will bloom in late winter.
  • Tuscan Blue Aromatic and tasty variety, upright grower with dark green foliage & good blue flowers in the winter.  Our favorite cooking variety and in training to be a pet Christmas tree.  Z7.  to 6'.
  • Barbecue  Tall, sturdy shoots great for use as skewers when barbecuing.


Musk strawberry (Hautbois)
Highly fragrant heirloom (1700's) Italian berries that don't appear in stores. Complex flavors redolent of raspberry and wine. The berries are borne in clusters above leaves and are easy to find.   $10.00 the pair.
  • Profumato di Tortona Large berries, prolific runners. Need another musk strawberry for fruit set.
  • Capron  Pollinator musk strawberry for best fruit set; grow in some shade for larger fruit.  Not available separately till fall.
Superior Annuals & Tender perennials

A selection of our uncommon annuals for baskets, windowboxes & trellis. 
In 3" deep rose-pots for $4-6.00 depending on variety.

SCENTED GERANIUMS  Quintessential cottage garden plants, perfect to scent the house and garden.  Try a leaf of rose geranium in a jar of apple jelly, citronella in fingerbowls, and both are wonderful in potpourri.
  • Peacock  Pretty splashes and speckles of white on large green leaves, redolent of roses. 

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