Come take a peek at the production that’s going on in the greenhouses. We have a greenhouse packed FULL right now. Some is our plant production that will be used for the spring, and the rest is for a whole sale perennial contract. Right now we have close to 500 000 perennials that will be shipped out to Toronto on a weekly basis for the next 2 months. From Toronto the perennials will get dispersed to garden centers all over Canada. From New Brunswick, to Vancouver, grown right here at Rice Road Greenhouses. On Saturdays you can see how we pack and ship everything right in front of your eyes.
For those who want something different, these five bulbs are definitely not ordinary. Start them indoors now in ordinary potting soil, or plant outside in mid-May. The aptly named Firecracker flower (Dichelostemma) is a relatively unknown but easy to grow bulb. Dazzling red flowers are produced all summer on 18″ stems. Another rare red flower, the Blood Lily (Scadoxus) produces Allium-like blooms. Try these in pots and treat like you would Amaryllis. Amaryllis ‘Belladonna’ grows rosy-pink, fragrant blooms on 24″ stems. This true amaryllis is reportedly hardy as far north as Quebec, so definitely worth a try in Niagara. Curcuma alismatifolia is an exotic bulb from Asia. Its brilliant dark pink flowers thrive in our hot, humid summers. As a cut flower it adds a tropical touch to arrangements. Finally Dracunculus vulgaris (Dracula Plant) is a highly unusual species from the Mediterranean. It produces a large deep red spathe up to three feet.