Tuesday, February 24, 2015

All American Selections 2015 Introductions and Tuesday Garden Party 2/24/15

Welcome to this week's #tuesdaygardenparty!
I am still covered in about three inches of snow and it is -4 as I type this.
But I am happy to say, Spring is less than a month away.

This week I was thrilled to receive my 2015 All American Selections Seeds!
 Creative Country Mom's Garden is one of the chosen media growers to evaluate the new introductions each year from All American Selections!  Each spring I get the wonderful seeds to trial in my Indiana garden.  I see how they do, photograph them then at the end of the growing year... I evaluate them and let them know how they do in my garden.
I send them back my ratings, comments and links to my posts about the specific plants.
I am honored to be included in this esteemed group of growers and display gardens.
Of course I love to grow from seed, and love to share gardening in any way.

I am always so thrilled to see what wonderful things they introduce and 2015 is looking fantastic.
They do all types of seed, but flowers are the prettiest of course... so today I am sharing just a couple of the lovely flower varieties you can look for at your local nurseries in a few weeks! 

Dianthus, Interspecific Jolt™ Pink F1
2015 AAS Bedding Plant Award Winner

This is an Interspecific dianthus with brightly colored and large, showy flower heads on strong stems that perform extremely well all summer long. Jolt is the most heat tolerant dianthus on the market, sporting very showy, bright pink fringed flowers. Judges called this entry the “Best of the trials! We wish all dianthus performed this well.” This is an easy to grow and trouble-free annual for the gardener looking for neat and tidy low-maintenance flower varieties.

Greenhouse growers should note that Jolt is shorter on the bench, making it better for shipping and the uniform blooms last up to four weeks longer than the comparison varieties making it an excellent choice for landscapers.

Petunia Tidal Wave® Red Velour F1
2015 AAS Flower Award Winner

Fabulous and stunning color on a Wave petunia! The first Tidal Wave to win an AAS award was Silver in 2002. Now there is Velour Red with gorgeous deep red velvety blooms that don’t fade even in the heat of summer. Large flowers literally cover the vigorously spreading plants that rarely need deadheading because new blooms continuously pop up and cover the old, spent blooms. A perfect solution for the time-crunched gardener or anyone looking for petunias that are carefree. Tidal Wave petunias are the tallest of the Wave family and bloom over and over all season long and recover quickly, even after hard rains. Tidal Wave is an excellent landscape performer, covering a large area quickly and beautifully.

To see a complete list of this 2015 and past years winners visit the All American Selections 

You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

This week's Tuesday Garden Party host is Michelle, of SimplifyLiveLove.

It seems like much of the country is buried under snow and bad weather. I've been hearing about record cold temperatures in Florida and record snow falls on the East Coast. We don't have much snow here - though we do have a bit left over from the blizzard we had on Super Bowl Sunday. Instead, it's just brutally cold in my area. We've had windchill advisories for many days complete with school delays and travel advisories. I am just so over winter and the cold. The only good thing I can say about the cold weather: it makes the most gorgeous sunsets ever!

I still haven't done hardly anything related to gardening as I won't be starting seeds for a few weeks yet. One mistake I made last year was to start my seeds too early, so as excited as I am to get going, I am holding off this year. I've found Skippy's Planting Calendar to be very helpful for determining when to start my seeds. All you have to do is plug in your average last frost date (May 15 for my zone - 5b) and it generates a whole personalized list. Brassicas will be started first, but not until 3/13 (if I decide to try my luck at starting them again) .

I do plan to pull out my seed starting supplies pretty soon and make sure I have everything for the awesome seed starting shelf my husband built for me last year. I'll need to clean it off as it's currently housing my huge buckets of dry pantry goods!

Featured Posts - 2/24/15

Thanks so much for linking up all the great posts. I enjoyed each of them, but picked my five favorite to share as today's featured posts.

Making Homemade Seedling Mix - by Our Stoney Acres

Chicken House Complete - a vlog by ModernHomesteaders.net

10 Seed Starting Garden Hacks - from Grounded and Surrounded

Frugal Planting Tips for Spring - from Sunny Simple Life

Permaculture 101 - from Grow, Forage, Cook, Ferment

And now, on with this week's party! I'm hoping you have growth and garden progress to report so I can live vicariously through someone's good weather!

Tuesday Garden Party - Garden Inspiration for 2/24/2015

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Brooke Berry Kroeger writes at the Creative Country Mom blog. There she shares her photography and country lifestyle. She enjoys incorporating vintage finds and repurposed treasures in her Southern Indiana farmhouse and garden. She loves to talk about gardening and decorating and often lectures at local gardening education events and area organizations and clubs.  Brooke has started doing freelance photography work, contact her for your business or family photography needs.  She also provides social media training and services including graphic design work for other websites and area businesses.
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  1. Thanks, Brooke, for co-hosting the garden party. Like you, we got hit with that snowstorm last week, then sleet on top, forming a crust that just won't melt when the temps can't get past 30°. Your seed participation looks like a great way to check out new varieties. Spring, come soon!
    RIta C at Panoply

  2. Brooke,
    Amazing floral borders, dear friend!!!
    Here on the Prairie. . .anything must be drought resistant.
    We are extending the 2015 Renewal to our out~of~doors decor, as well.
    Thank you for hosting Tuesday Garden Party!!!
    I can already sense a source of inspiration for the Gardens On Crooked Creektt!!!

  3. Congratulations Brooke for being a seed grower for All American Selections...an important role! We too are under snow from this season (44 inches in total). Thank you for co-hosting Garden Party. You got me motivated to go through some seasonal photos! Stay warm...spring is on the way!

  4. How wonderful that you get to grow seeds and observe their habits. They have chosen wisely. I hope the cold is on its way out there. Selfishly, I can't wait to see your garden grow this year! ;0D Thanks for joining The Maple Hill Hop this week! Sending sunshine to you today!

  5. Your Dianthus border is just stunning! I love the smell of Dianthus, Congratulations on getting selected to work with All American Selections. I can see why, your gardens/flowers always look lovely.


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