Spring Sales: Getting back to normal

Eastern Shooting Star

After a two year hiatus, the Friends of the Farm Annual Plant Sale will be held this spring. Although colloquially known as the Mothers Day Sale, it is not always held on Mothers’ Day and this year it will be on May 15th, the Sunday after Mothers’ Day. For several years, this was our first… Continue reading Spring Sales: Getting back to normal

Pick up seeds at Seedy Saturday

Beaux Arbres has chosen not to be a vendor at this year’s Seedy Saturday but you can pick up pre-ordered seeds at the Seedy Saturday pickup wicket. If you are heading to the Ron Kolbus Centre for Seedy Saturday on March 5th, you can pick up pre-ordered Beaux Arbres seeds, and other vendors merchandise, at… Continue reading Pick up seeds at Seedy Saturday

Seeds available, Winter 2021/2022

Downy Wood Mint

Growing native plants from seed is an economical way to get more plants, whether to plant a large area or to have extras to share with friends. This winter, Beaux Arbres is offering seeds from more than 80 species of wildflowers native to eastern North America. The species in this collection are among the easiest… Continue reading Seeds available, Winter 2021/2022

Seed Collecting Fall 2021

Pink Turtlehead

I have finished collecting all the seeds I intend to collect this fall and have picked over and done preliminary cleaning on most of them. I will be posting a list of the available species soon. Pink Turtlehead Pink Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii) — pictured above — seeds will be available this year. I almost gave… Continue reading Seed Collecting Fall 2021

Plants into Ottawa, Saturday, September 11th

Ironweed

Beaux Arbres will be bringing plants into Ottawa on Saturday, September 11th. We will be distributing prepaid orders of native plants from a Britannia area parking lot on that Saturday, from 9:30 am until noon. This will probably be our last delivery of plants for the season. The nursery will still be open until the… Continue reading Plants into Ottawa, Saturday, September 11th

New Availability List & Pausing Deliveries

Tall Sunflower at Beaux Arbres

I have a new Availability List to download. The demand for native plants has been so great this spring, that many, many species are temporarily out of stock. For many species, plants seeded this year will soon start to be available. However, some of the slower growing woodland plants are not available until next year.… Continue reading New Availability List & Pausing Deliveries

May I Introduce: Water Plantain

It is extra-ordinarily difficult to capture in a photo the charm of Water Plantain (Alisma trivale). The small, white, three-petalled flowers are widely spaced on a tall but insubstantial inflorescence, which, in a photo, is mostly just not there. In life, however, the transparent scrim of little stalks and buds and flowers, held high above… Continue reading May I Introduce: Water Plantain

May I Introduce: Sticky False Asphodel

Sticky False Asphode.

This charming little wildflower deserves to be much better known and more often cultivated. Grassy foliage, glossy and attractive, grows about 20 cm tall and spreads by rhizomes to fill in an area. In mid summer, the flower stalks rise above the foliage. The initially pink buds open to white flowers. After flowering, the vivid… Continue reading May I Introduce: Sticky False Asphodel

May I Introduce: Ditch Stonecrop

Seed capsules of Ditch Stonecrop

This is an oddity for sure. A lanky plant, 30 to 60 cm tall, with undistinguished leaves and small cream or pale green flowers, it is an unlikely candidate for inclusion in our gardens. Ditch Stonecrop’s only ornamental asset is its colourful seedpods. In late summer, the capsules turn pink — grown in sufficient sun,… Continue reading May I Introduce: Ditch Stonecrop

Blooms for Early Spring

Hooked-spur or Early Violet (Viola adunca) in the Rock Garden at Beaux Arbres.

The very first flower at Beaux Arbres is almost always a little non-native rock garden Iris, Iris reticulata. Although I discourage the use of many of the little bulbs from the garden centre, because they readily leap from garden to woodlands, I have never seen nor read of any problem with the little Irises. At… Continue reading Blooms for Early Spring