Tuesday, April 28, 2020

purchase native perennials / order by May 4

For those of you I haven't had the pleasure of meeting in-person yet, I am Dobbs Ferry resident and a native plant enthusiast involved with the Dobbs Ferry Sustainability group.  My wife and I are currently working on a mixed sun/shade native perennial flower bed in our front yard, filling ~180 sq ft with 100+ plants in all. Though plugs are an economical way to plant en mass, it has been difficult to purchase native plugs outside of a wholesale purchase.

Would you be interested in being part of a group buy? If so, please read on. If not, let me know and I will promptly remove you from the distribution list.

This is a shortlist of the plants I'm most interested in: 

Latin Name
Common Name
Height
Sun
Soil Moisture
Blue-Eyed Grass
10 - 12 in
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Big Leaf Aster 'Twilight'
30 - 36 in
Partial Sun
Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Bluestem Goldenrod
2 - 3 ft
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Calico Penstemon, smooth beard tongue
2 - 3 ft
Partial Shade
Medium, Medium-Dry
Hairy Beardtongue
18 in
Full Sun to Full Shade
Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Sweet Goldenrod
2 - 4 ft
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Creeping Phlox 'Emerald Pink'
6 in
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Creeping Phlox 'Emerald Blue'
3 - 4 in 
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Little Blue Stem
2 - 4 ft
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Medium-Dry, Dry
New England Aster 'Purple Dome'
2 ft
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Medium-Wet, Medium
Butterfly Milkweed
1 - 3 ft
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Dry
Willowleaf Bluestar
2 - 3 ft
Partial Shade to Full Sun
Medium-Wet, Medium
Heath Aster 'Snow Flurry'
6 - 8 in 
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Thread Leaf Tickseed 'Zagreb'
12 - 18 in
Full Sun
Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

If you are interested in other native varieties, feel free browse these wholesaler's sites and/or their associated retailers to get a better idea of what might be available:


I'll purchase a flat of 50 or more plugs once there's a critical mass of committed gardeners for each variety.  In a few cases, potted plant purchases may become a smarter choice for specific varieties, TBD. Shipments will most likely occur between early-May and mid-July to coincide with plant maturity and availability from the wholesaler. For preliminary cost references, Asclepias Tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed) is around ~$1.40/plug where as Mertensia Virginica (Virginia bluebells) is around $4.40/plug, not including shipping.

With respect to logistics and social distancing: if we do place an order, I strongly prefer repayment through PAYPAL or VEMNO with cash/check only as a last resort. Plug pickups will be left on our walkway within a prearranged 30-minute window with 30-minute buffers between each pickup, no exceptions. Thank you for your understanding.

What's next?  Email me your variety and quantity commitments as well as any questions you have. Hurry though, I would like to place our first order on or before May 4th!  I will follow up with additional communications with order, shipment, and repayment details as folks sign-up.

Best,
Mickey

dmossaidis@gmail.com
(518) 209-5541


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