Own a piece of local growing history.

Henry’s Heritage Flower Pots

Fran’s Flowers is pleased to offer for sale these pieces of local growing history.

These antique flower pots came from Flint Brothers Greenhouses in Lincoln, Massachusetts and were used to grow stevia plants back at the turn of the last century. They even survived the 1938 hurricane! The Flint Greenhouses were founded in 1895 by Edward Flint. The pots were originally purchased by Flint Greenhouses from Kidder Bros. when they closed their business in the 1890’s.

Own a piece of local history for your garden! Two sizes available 9” and 6” diameter clay pots, $10 and $5 each respectively, while supplies last. Profits going to support the restoration of the Flint Homestead in Lincoln, MA.

Proven Winners National Spring Combo 2016

Introducing Proven Winners Spring 2016 Combo “Evening Breeze”.  It is a fabulous show of purples, lavenders, white and a touch of yellow for contrast.  A great addition to the PW combo line. This combo is created using 2 each of Superbells Evening Star, Snowstorm Snow Globe and Superbena Royale Plum Wine.  Click on this link to learn more.

Rudbeckia “Black Eyed Susan” – August Flower of the Month

What’s in a Name: Legend has it the name Black Eyed Susan came from a poem of the post-Elizabethan era entitled, “Black Eyed Susan,” written by John Gay, a very famous poet of the day.

The name Rudbeckia was given by Carolus Linnaeus in honor of his teacher at Uppsala University in Sweden, Professor Olof Rudbeck the Younger (1660-1740), and his father Professor Olof Rudbeck the Elder (1630-1702), both of whom were botanists. Rudbeckia is one of at least four genera within the flowering plant family Asteraceae whose members are commonly known as coneflowers; the others are Echinacea, Dracopis and Ratibida.

About the Plant: Rudbeckia is a plant genus in the sunflower family. The species are commonly called coneflowers or Black Eyed Susans; all are native to North America and many are cultivated in gardens for their showy yellow or gold flower heads.

The species are herbaceous, mostly perennial plants (some annual or biennial) growing to 0.5–3 m tall, with simple or branched stems. The leaves are spirally arranged, entire to deeply lobed, 5–25 cm long. The flowers are produced in daisy-like inflorescences, with yellow or orange florets arranged in a prominent, cone-shaped head; “cone-shaped” because the ray florets tend to point out and down (are decumbent) as the flower head opens.

Grow Tips

  • Select a site with full sun to light shade and well-drained soil.
  • Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line. Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.

Happy Spring!

Spring is a great time in the garden. Here in New England it is a time to finally get out and address the garden which has been sleeping since late fall. This year the ground is not covered with snow but now I can see all the projects that were left over from last planting season.

The first thing that I will do will of course clean up the yard and then put down a good application of an organic fertilizer. At Fran’s we sell Espoma products. We like them because the whole line is 100% organic and is not harmful to pets or humans alike.

The second thing on my Spring to do list is to replace my winter containers. Most of the greens in my Holiday arrangements are starting to get a little dry and brown. I will pull out the greens and add some great Spring items. Typically pansies will be my go to plant for Spring. Pansies are amazingly cold tolerant. I have seen pansies take a deep freeze and come out of it unscathed. There are many choices to bring color to the early Spring landscape. All the bulb plants will work and are synonymous with Spring. Even some of the summer accent plants can transition well from Spring through fall> For example trailing vinca and cascading ivy are prime candidates that will last from these cold days of Spring to the warm days of Summer and Fall.

Last but not least enjoy the longer days and the opportunity to get out and enjoy the sun on your back. It has been a long cold Winter. After all this is what we have been waiting for.