Right around the corner!

Hello Folks!

I don’t know about you but I’m getting excited for the Annual Backyard Plant Sale which is happening the last two days of April (April 29 4pm to dark and April 30 9am-1pm). This weekend I hope to be a busy bee in preparation. If you have any plants, that would be a great time to drop them off — just leave them on my front porch.

By the way, I got two truckloads of tulips from Lewis Ginter which I will be giving away! If they come up next year you are welcome to make a donation then.

Please email me at jbericksen2013@gmail.com with any questions. 🙂

julie

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16th Annual Backyard Plant Sale

Hello Gardening Friends:

Despite a snowy day and freezing temps I’m thinking about all that is stirring underneath. I’m taking advantage of this snow day to get the information out to you about this year’s Backyard Plant Sale.

This is a sale I hold in my back yard each year. The plants are donated by interested people like you and mostly come from our own gardens (though usually Lewis Ginter supplies a nice selection of bulbs and other plants). Proceeds from the sale benefit The Nature Conservancy in Virginia. I will begin collecting plants the weekend before the sale and up to the sale.

The dates this year will be:   Friday, April 29 from 4:00 pm – dark     and      Saturday, April 30 from 9am – 1pm

The location is my backyard at 203 Howard Street in Ashland.

The preview for donors will be in the new format of last year from 3:00-4:00 pm on Friday. At this time, donors may purchase up to the number of plants donated by that person. So the more plants you donate, the more purchasing power you have. I hope you will note this is not a swap but a sale to raise money for a good cause. Hang around until 4:00 and the sale is open to everyone for unlimited purchases!

Saturday at 1:00, the sale will be closed and there will be a relevant educational talk given in front of my house. Saturday at 1:20, all leftover plants are given to any plant donor in any quantity. This part of the event has become very popular to the donors and there are always lots of great plants available.

If you have plants to donate, you can leave them on my front porch any time during the week or so before the sale (please leave your name so I know who donated what). If you can label them with their plant names or leave me a list, that’s great. No invasive alien plants will be sold (see attached invasive species list: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/documents/nh-invasive-plant-list-2014.pdf – it may surprise you!) and we LOVE to see Virginia native plants at the sale.

I hope to see you at the sale. The plant sale has also has a facebook page called “Annual Backyard Plant Sale”.

Thank you!

Julie Ericksen

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2015 Plant List (so far)

Bulbs and Tubers:
Crocosmia
Iris sibirica – Siberian iris
Iris Cristata – white and purple
Daylily
Blackberry Lily
Tiger Lily

Shrubs:

Beautyberry – Callicarpa Dichotoma
Calycanthus – Sweetshrub
Forsythia
Hydrangea ‘Oak Leaf’
Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’
Hydrangea – other
Lespedeza – purple
Lilac (1 small)
Loropetulum
Mahonia
Nandina
Poet’s laurel (tiny)
Rose of Sharon (1)
Rosa Rugosa
Winter jasmine

Trees:
Cedar (1 small)
Red cherry (?)
Japanese maple seedlings
Tulip Poplar (small)
Redbud (small)

Shade plants (or partial sun):
Alstromeria
Arum Italicum
Strawberry Begonia
Bleeding Heart (2 small)
Campanula Sarastro
Cardinal Flower
Columbine (VA native)
Dutchman’s Breeches (1)
Japanese Painted Fern
Sensitive Fern (native)
Sweet Flag – Acorus
Daylilies
Goldenrod
Green Dragon
Helleborus (foetidus and orientalis)
Hosta
Siberian Iris
Liriope
Lily of the Valley
Lunaria (money plant)
Mayapple (1)
Monarda – Bee Balm
Persicaria
Primula – Grandma’s yellow, red w/ yellow
Variegated Solomon’s Seal
Baby Solomon’s Seal
Spiderwort – Tradescantia
Sweet Woodruff
Virginia Bluebells (VA native)
Woodland Poppy

Sun plants:
Hardy Ageratum
Artemisia
Aster Graydon’s favorite
Tartarian Aster
Korean Bellflower — Campanula
Black-Eyed Susans (VA native)
Brown-Eyed Susans (VA native)
Candytuft – Iberis
Chinese Lantern
Chrysanthemum – ‘Sheffield Pink’
Golden coreopsis
Crocosmia
Echinacea – Purple coneflower
Echinops – globe thistle (purple)
Iris
Iris Cristata (native)
Jerusalem artichoke
Lamb’s ear (Stachys lanata)
Lilies, Asiatic
Daylilies
Tiger Lily
Yellow loosestrife
Lychnis – Rose Campion – Mullein Pink
Milkweed
Obedient Plant (pink)
Hardy Orchid – Bletilla Striata
Pachysandra
Peonies
Rosa Rugosa
Rose Campion – Lychnis
Salvia (Black and Blue)
Sedum
Sea Oats – chasmanthium latifolum (VA native)
Sedum upright
Sedum Ground Covers
Stokesia
Swamp sunflower
Blue Vervain

Herbs, Fruits and Veggies (grow in full sun):
Chives
Evergreen Comfrey
Echinacea – Purple Coneflower
Egyptian Walking Onion
Elephant Garlic
Feverfew
Garlic Chives
Hypericum golden
Jerusalem Artichoke
Lemon Balm
Chocolate Mint
Mint
Mountain Mint
Monarda — Bee Balm (VA native)
Cuban Oregano
Parsley
Red Raspberries
Rue
Strawberries
Sweet Woodruff
Thyme

Grasses:
Sweet flag – Acorus
Liriope
Variegated Ribbon Grass
unknown variety

 

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The plants are rolling in!

For those of you veterans, note that things are a little different this year: for donors, the preview sale is tomorrow, FRIDAY May 1, 2015, from 3pm-4pm. At 4pm Friday, the regular sale starts and goes to dark. The sale will continue on Saturday from 9am-1pm.

Don’t miss out on the chance to purchase plants in the preview — pot up some plants and bring them with you! The preview is just for donors and you can purchase up to the number of plants you donate.

Hope to see you there.

julie

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15th Annual Backyard Plant Sale

Hello Plant Sale Fans:

I’m later than I’d posting this but hopefully it is perfect timing for you to start digging as you do your yard cleanup! I’m planning to have a two-day sale this year.

Here’s the detailed information about The Sale, which will be slightly different than last year: This is a sale I hold in my backyard each year. The plants are donated by interested people like you and come from our own gardens. Proceeds from the sale benefit The Nature Conservancy in Virginia. I will begin collecting plants the weekend before the sale and up to the sale. One of my friends, who often donates over 200 plants, moved from her large property and does not have plants to donate this year! So I’m hoping others will make up the difference! (hint, hint)

The dates this year will be:

Friday, May 1st from 4:00 pm – dark  and

Saturday, May 2nd from 9am – 1pm

The location is my backyard at 203 Howard Street in Ashland.

Since this will be a two day sale instead of the usual three day sale, I will be holding the preview for donors only from 3:00-4:00 on Friday. (I found that a three day sale was very exhausting for me!) At this time, donors may purchase up to the number of plants donated by that person. So the more plants you donate, the more purchasing power you have. I hope you will note this is not a swap but a sale to raise money for a good cause. J Hang around until 4:00 and the sale is open to everyone for unlimited purchases!

Saturday at 1:00, the sale will be closed and (I’m hoping) there will be a relevant educational talk given in front of my house. Saturday at 1:20, all leftover plants are given to any plant donor in any quantity. This part of the event has become very popular to the donors and there are always lots of great plants available.

If you have plants to donate, you can leave them on my front porch any time during the week or so before the sale (please leave your name so I know who donated what). If you can label them with their names, that’s great. No invasive alien plants will be sold (see attached invasive species list: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/documents/invlist.pdf  – it may surprise you!) and we love to see Virginia native plants at the sale.

The Plant Sale has a Facebook page you can Like: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annual-Backyard-Plant-Sale/60434839208?fref=ts

Hope to see you at the sale!

Julie Ericksen

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Plant Sale Saturday

Hi Friends,

Are you feeling water logged? Is your house lake front property? Yikes, that was a lot of rain and maybe more today!

I am still planning to have a 1 day sale on Saturday, May 3 and have extended the hours from 9am-3pm.

I will be accepting donations starting TOMORROW, Friday May 2nd and Saturday, preferably early in the sale and I have Daffodil and Grape Hyacinth bulbs from Lewis Ginter.

As always, if you are a donor, you may take home free plants after the sale is over at 3pm.

If you are on Facebook, I encourage you to like the plant sale page where it is easy for me to post the occasional update with relevant information:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annual-Backyard-Plant-Sale/60434839208

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Fondly,
julie

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Plant sale coming soon!

I’m really looking forward to the mini Annual Backyard Plant Sale this coming weekend.

Saturday May 3, from 9am – 3pm (I extended the hours for more fun) will be the only day of the plant sale. It will be a lot looser than previous years as I am avoiding as much work as possible and focusing on fun. Come see our new chickens and play some corn hole too!

If you would like to donate plants, we will welcome them starting Friday May 2nd or Saturday morning (anytime Sat really but the later they come, the harder to sell)! If you are a donor, you can come anytime after the sale and take home free plants.

I have several varieties of daffodil bulbs available from Lewis Ginter such as Attraction, Tete-a-tete, Jet Fire, Dutch Master, Accent. Also some grape hyacinths from Lewis Ginter.

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14th Annual Backyard Plant Sale

Dear Plant Sale Friends:

I have been agonizing over the plant sale this year, trying to decide whether to have it or not, hence my delayed notification. Due to an illness in my family requiring my full time care, I have decided to offer a very scaled down version of the sale which will require little advanced prep on my part.

Lewis Ginter has offered me bulbs and I hate to have them go to waste, so I am planning to pick them up and offer them to you for donations to The Nature Conservancy on May 3, 2014 between 9am and 1pm. And perhaps some of you who are passionate about the sale have some ideas of ways we could offer things or would like to bring some plants to offer that morning — so who knows what will show up!

I’m doing this because I think it will be fun and life-giving on that day, and I will enjoy looking forward to something fun!

If you are on facebook, you can watch the page ‘Annual Backyard Plant Sale’ and see what gets posted there.

I look forward to potentially reigniting the sale in future years.

Fondly,

Julie

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Another fun sale

The weather was like England, which made it so much easier to care for a lot of newly dug potted plants lying in the grass. I’ve actually never been to England but that is my guess of what it is like there!

It was so fun to see all of you who came; the plant sale is starting to feel like a reunion to me.  And I am so appreciative of the loving care you donors put into providing plants for the sale and the fantastic variety that we get every year. Happy gardening! Enjoy this beautiful weather before it gets much hotter soon.

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2013 Plant List

Hi Folks: Here is the 2013 plant list updated as of Friday evening. I have put Xs by things that I know are gone.

2013 Plant List

Bulbs and Tubers:

Canna Lily

Crocosmia

Daffodil – ‘Dutch Master’ (Lewis Ginter)

Daffodil – ‘Tete-a-tete’ (Lewis Ginter)

Iris

Iris sibirica – Siberian iris

Iris Cristata

Daylily (some hybrid varieties)

Blackberry Lily

Tiger Lily

Shrubs:

Azalea

X Aucuba

Beautyberry – Callicarpa Dichotoma

X Butterfly Bush

Calycanthus – Sweetshrub

Crape Myrtle

X Deutzia (pink)

X Hardy Gardenia

X hydrangea ‘Oak Leaf’ (1)

X hydrangea ‘Lace cap’

Lilac

Mahonia

Nandina

Poet’s laurel

Purple Lespedeza

Sassafras (small)

Rose of Sharon

Rose

Winter jasmine

Yew

Trees:

American Holly

Cedar (small)

X Mulberry

X Oak Seedling

X Redbud Seedling

Sassafras

White pine Seedlings (free!)

Shade plants (or partial sun):

Arum Italicum

Asarum

Hardy Begonia

Strawberry Begonia

Cardinal Flower

Christmas fern (evergreen)

Columbine (VA native)

coral bells (native)

Creeping Raspberry groundcover

Euphorbia

Japanese Painted Fern

Sensitive Fern (native)

Sweet Flag – Acorus

Day Lilies (some double hybrids)

Helleborus (foetidus and orientalis)

Hosta (various kinds)

X Siberian Iris

Lamiastrum

Liriope

Lily of the Valley

Lunaria (money plant)

X Mayapple

Monarda – Bee Balm

Money Plant

Oxalis

Persicaria

Primula – Red with yellow eye,

X Primula – Grandma’s yellow

Variegated Solomon’s Seal

Baby Solomon’s Seal

Scilla

Sensitive Fern (VA native)

Spiderwort – Tradescantia

X Sweet Woodruff

Toad Lily – Tricyrtis hirta

X Virginia Bluebells (VA native)

Woodland Poppy

Sun plants:

Hardy Ageratum

Amsonia tabernaemontana (VA native)

Artemisia

X Tartarian Aster

Blue Aster

Baptisia (false indigo)

X Butterfly Weed (1)

Korean Bellflower — Campanula

Black-Eyed Susans (VA native)

X Brown-Eyed Susans (VA native)

Chinese Lantern

Chrysanthemum – ‘Sheffield Pink’

Crocosmia

Creeping Raspberry groundcover

Dianthus

Echinacea – Purple coneflower

Echinops – globe thistle (purple)

Elderberry

Iris

Iris Cristata (native)

Jerusalem artichoke

Johnny-Jump-Ups

Lamb’s ear (Stachys lanata)

Larkspur (reseeding annual)

Lilies, Asiatic

Daylilies

Tiger Lily

Lychnis – Rose Campion – Mullein Pink

Milkweed

Obedient Plant (pink)

X Peonies, double- flowered

Moss phlox

Pink Evening Primrose

Primrose, red/yellow flowers

Rose

Rose Campion – Lychnis

Salvia (Black and Blue)

Sedum

Sea Oats – chasmanthium latifolum (VA native)

Sedum upright

Sedum Ground Covers (several kinds)

Stokesia

Sundrops (Yellow Evening Primrose)

Veronica (tall)

Herbs, Fruits and Veggies (grow in full sun):

Blueberry

X Chives

X Evergreen Comfrey

Echinacea – Purple Coneflower

Egyptian Walking Onion

X Elephant Garlic

Garlic Chives

Golden Hops

Jerusalem Artichoke

Lemon Balm

Mint

Mountain Mint

Monarda — Bee Balm (VA native)

X Cuban Oregano

Red Raspberries

Strawberries

X Sweet Woodruff

Thyme (2 types)

Yarrow

Grasses:

Black Moudry Grass

Chasmanthium latifolium – sea oats (VA native)

X Equisetum (water plant)

Festuca Glauca – Elijah Blue

House Plants:

X Angel Wing begonia

X Jade plant

Christmas Cactus in lovely pottery

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