365 Days Of Heucheras

Day 365, 365 Days of Heuchera Blog CHECK

Saturday, December 31, 2011

All good things must come to an end and I don't know about you, but for me writing the 365 Days of Heuchera Blog was a good thing. I was able to spend more time actually planting, growing and maintaining Heucheras than any other year at the nursery. I was able to communicate with other growers and collect tips and hints from the best. I was able to write about my beloved plants AND on a few occasions slip in some personal information about my amazing children, my friends, my staff and customers as well as my mom and dad. OH and I can't forget my fiance........
Soooooo Give me an L

It was not easy to write about one plant for 365 days and there were many days that I really had to think hard and long to get an original idea but it was a great experience for me and I met many people because of it. Now it is time for me to say good-by and so I am going to sign off now.This is the end of 365 Days of Heucheras! I bet you probably already figured out that I can't stop writing and so I will be starting tomorrow 365 Days of Echinaceas! HA HA just kidden. I will be writing about many topics going forward, but I am going to allow myself to miss a day here and there. look for news on new plants, beautiful combinations and more tips from our growers.

Happy New Year Everyone! I love you Too!

Day 364 1 more day to LOVE Heucheras!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

I have had so much fun taking pictures, learning about, writing about, growing and loving Heucheras for the last 364 days. One more day to tell the world just how amazing this wonderful evergreen perennial, the Heuchera is. One more day to scream from the rooftops that I LOVE Heucheras and why. Why? They are evergreen. They come in a ton of different colors that are all so gorgeous contrasting against each other that it is almost blinding. Heucheras are easy to grow, easy to divide and easy to maintain. If they get aphids or disease like rust, they are easy to deal with. Just chop them back and let them flush out again. They play well with other plants. they are not aggressive and are fantastic in containers. They can be appreciated almost every month of the year. Yes if the weather gets too wet and snowy then they can melt but they usually come back when the snow is gone. Plus they have the funnest names and you can collect them too.

Day 363 What will Terra Nova do next?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

It is hard to believe that these beautiful plants come from a petri dish. Technology and years of hard work have given us these glorious Heucheras and Heucherellas. Heuchera 'Miracle' is an example of the changing colors these plants are capable of. Miracle will go from greens to reds with some yellow in there too. Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse' is an amazing new one that is as stunning in person as the above picture. I wonder what Dan Heims and Terra Nova have up their sleeves for next year?

Day 362 Heuchera 'Obsession'

 Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ohhh look at my newest variety of Heuchera. I call it Heuchera 'Obsession' Dan Heims I bet you wish you had this one! Heuchera 'Obsession' is a cross between Heuchera 'Mahogany' and Heuchera 'Peach Flambe'. It can be found only in my dreams, my imagination and of course my 365 Days of Heuchera Blog.

Day 361 4 days to talk about Heucheras

 Tuesday, December 27, 2011

How much do I love Heucheras? I love Heucheras so much that when I see this picture I think to myself, self, wouldn't it be fun to just lay down in the middle of all that and take a long nap. Now this either speaks to my love of Heucheras or maybe I am just really really tired. It may be a bit of both. It has been a long challenging but wonderful year filled with lots of laughter, lots of love, mixed with sadness of loss, personal and business challenges and more laughter. All the way through their has been support from friends, family, staff, customers, and of course my Bill and my Heucheras.

Day 360 Silver Bells, Silver Heucheras

 Monday, December 26, 2011

These are two very different silver varieties. On the left is Heuchera 'Cinnabar Silver'. Stunning silver to pink toned leaves with brick red flowers that rise above the foliage. It's a compact grower. The Heuchera to the right is 'Pewter Veil'. The new growth on 'Pewter Veil' emerges coppery pink. The flowers are white. It will grow to about 15"-24".

We are approaching the end of 2011 and the end of my blog, 365 Days of Heuchera and I thought of silver Heucheras because of silver bells at Christmas time and the big silver ball that drops on New Years eve. I have 6 more days to write about Heucheras, my favorite perennial and to me the most gorgeous plant there ever was!

Day 359 Merry Christmas from the My Garden Heucheras

 Saturday, December 24, 2011

At My Garden Nursery even the plants are in the holiday spirit! Heuchera 'Snow Angel', 'Mahogany', 'Pistache' and 'Gypsy Dancer' are all dressed up in their Santa caps for the big day. Me, Bill and the Heucheras wish you the merriest Christmas and hope you enjoy time with friends, family and good food!

Day 358 Heucheras in a planter shaped like a head

 Saturday, December 24, 2011

As many of you know both my mom and dad lived and died with Alzheimer's. We fundraise for a cure and have raised over $40,000 to date. The holidays are a time when I think about my parents a lot. We had wonderful Christmases and both my mom and dad really had a way of making me feel the magic of Christmas. I still believe in Santa Claus.

Nichols Stoneworks, a local statuary design company makes the stone female and male head planters that we sell. The idea came from when I first decided to create a Memory Garden at our nursery and I needed a way to represent Alzheimer's in a garden. The human head is what I came up with. We call our garden the 'Plant a Head for Alzheimer's Memory Garden. We have planted many Heucheras in the head planters. My heart goes out to anyone who is living with or loving someone who has Alzheimer's.

Day 356 New gardening Term for heucheras

 Friday, December 23, 2011

The Heucheras in the Memory Garden are still looking very good. I think this one is 'Amethyst Mist'. I love the way the undersides of the leaves contrast with the top. I would say that this variety is one of the Heucheras that are as 'Evergreen' as any Rhododendron or laurel, but Heuchera Amethyst Mist' has that gorgeous purple color that is so divine. There needs to be a new gardening term created called 'Everpurple'. I wonder how I would go about doing that?

Day 357 The best new heucherella ooops

Friday, December 23, 2011

This describes this wonderful new Heucherella:
Outstanding vigor combined with brassy gold and red spring color on maple shaped leaves. A beacon in the garden. Use this large, evergreen, landscape perennial in mixed beds, under high branching shrubs, or in a container. Spikes of white flowers on dark stems. Winter color olive and brown. Best color contrast with some shade. It's a beauty and we have been thrilled with the quick growth of this robust plant.

I really like the 'Falls' series too but was hoping they would grow faster than they did. I love the LOOK of 'Stoplight', 'Solar Eclipse' and 'Solar Power' and will see how they perform over time but 'Brass lanterns' grew way above my expections. You will love it!