• Echinacea purpurea or Purple Coneflower
  • Passionflower Passiflora incarnata
  • Evening Primrose "Ozark Sundrops"
  • Chinese Leopard Flower or Blackberry Lilly
  • Yellow Dotted Mint Monarda punctuata
  • Dandelion with a pollinator friend

Crimson Sage Nursery Newsletter
Fall 2018

Photo of Echinacea Seedhead Echinacea angustifolia Happy Fall to all our customers. It has been a crazy summer of intense heat waves, wild fire smoke (Luckily we were on the edges of it) and the whole west seemed to be in flames. The smoky skies are finally over as the first gentle rains soak the land here and the plants explode into what many in California call the second Spring. The shorter days and cool nights arrived with the fresh air of Fall and the high definition of beautiful Blue Skies and mountain ridges in the distance! I honestly had forgotten how amazing the sky and landscape can be after so many hazy smoky days! The plants have survived the summer with a few more yellow leaves and many so tall they have to be pruned to fit in the boxes! We will continue to ship until Thanksgiving for those of you still scheming about putting in a few plants this Fall! Photo of Hawthorn berries.Hawthorn berries

As we arrive at the Fall season I want to encourage all of you to take stock of your Herbal gardens, are you missing some important perennial herbs for your elixirs and teas or are you thinking of enlarging your Herb Garden now that your Veggies are harvested? I sound like a broken record to many of you but I highly recommend planting perennials or trees during this season especially if you live in California, the Pacific Northwest, Texas, Florida or the Desert Southwest. When you plant perennials in Fall in those climates they get the benefit of the winter rains and cooler weather to settle into their new homes with all their energy going into their root development. This results in lush Spring growth and very established plants going into the next growing season versus the stress involved in Spring planting in areas that get hot very quickly!

Planting perennials at this time of year means that some plants may arrive partially or fully dormant with yellowing leaves or even potentially looking like an empty pot but do not despair they still have a robust root system which we made sure is there before shipping them!Photo of Gayfeather. Gayfeather When planting try to plant the plant at the same level as it is in the pot with fresh soil covering the surface but not overly deep to where the crown of the plants is too deeply buried. Make sure to water the plants until regular rains start but do not fertilize too heavily especially in climates which will get cold. You want to inspire good root growth not encourage a bunch of lush leaf growth that then gets zapped in the first frost! Photo of Meadow Arnica.Meadow Arnica

As the days get shorter now and the plants start to die back I am often asked whether to cut back the dead tops of Perennial Herbs right away or leave them. I am a huge fan of dead and decaying stalks in the garden both vegetable and Herbs. The dead stalks supply seeds, fruits and leaves that birds and other critters love as they go into winter. Clearing some foliage is fine but leave plenty behind. As the winter comes those stalks will collapse around the base of the plant acting as a certain amount of frost protection as well. Not to mention as they decay they add a healthy dose of rotting organic matter to your soil. One of my favorite things about not cutting back all your dry stalks in fall are the clusters of surprise seedlings you will likely find the following Spring!!

Peatie the dog hiding in the foliage.Peatie hiding in the foliage.I want to Thank all our wonderful customers returning and new this year for your continuing support of this small, Woman-owned business which is very much a labor of love. As I watch the plants slowly yellowing and going dormant I am always fascinated how each plant seems to attune to their own inner calendar. I am so grateful for all my years of tending plants, the privilege of watching them grow and then watching them slowly disappear so they can put their energy inward down into the roots and then with the life force of Spring they can grow once again with renewed vigor!! The miracle of that cycle of life never ceases to amaze me as a gardener and it pleases me immensely to think of you all out there having that same experience in your own herbal gardens! Enjoy these Fall days bringing in the last of your herbal Harvest and hopefully gathering some seeds as you allow yourself to dream of what is yet to come.

Hoping some of you will be inspired to try out some Fall Plantings; I know you will be thrilled with the results next Spring!

Special Offer for our Newsletter Readers

For all the following plants, prices are REDUCED to only $6.00 each!

Crimson Sage Nursery 
Tina Glaessner, Herbalist 
PO Box 83 
Orleans, CA 95556 
Phone: 530-627-3065 
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
https://www.crimson-sage.com/

 

Crimson Sage Nursery Newsletter
Spring 2018


Is it getting too late to Plant??
Thoughts and tips on establishing your Medicinal plants

Springtime at the nursery is such a busy time. We are still starting seeds and potting seedlings trying to keep the inventory up all the while shipping many boxes of lovely plants carefully packed every Monday and Tuesday to destinations all over the country! I am often asked at this time of year as we transition into summer ‘is it too late to still plant some herbs?’  My answer is no, not at all; especially if you are careful about adjusting the new plants to your specific climate. And, it depends on where you live of course. Here are some site-specific hints about establishing herbs later in the growing season in the different regions of the country!

For folks living in the southern parts of California, the Desert Southwest, the Deep South and other areas already experiencing extreme heat, it can be challenging to establish young plants in 100 degree temperatures, but our plants are generally already well rooted so if done carefully it can work out fine. Start with a few days of acclimating them slowly to full sun and wind conditions. Then the transplanting should be done ideally in late evening. They need to be immediately on a drip line or some kind of deep irrigation (Hose watering in very hot climates is not always penetrating enough). Regular waterings throughout the season are necessary to insure survival.  The plants may have a bit of leaf burn initially from the extreme temperature switch but will most likely bounce back quickly if they receive regular watering and are kept weeded!  This would apply for many areas of inland California, Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon.  For the hottest areas of the country with a milder winter climate such as the Desert Southwest, I highly suggest planting in the Fall season as that will give you the best success with establishing perennials in your climate.

For those of you living in the eastern part of the country in Hotter and humid climates, I find Summer transplanting to be surprisingly reasonable. The plants are coming to you from our climate here which has already hit the upper 80s with dry windy days at times. Temperatures in the 90’s are arriving later this week which is forcing the plants to toughen slowly by this time of year. When they land in a humid environment, that enables them to put energy into root establishment as there is less stress on the leaves in a humid /non -windy area. I still suggest acclimating them for a few days outdoors and then transplanting in the evening and regular watering in between summer rains to help their roots establish.  

For those of you living along the coastal west coast and Pacific Northwest which includes much of the Bay area, Seattle and Portland area where temperatures are lower due to coastal fog and moderated by the maritime influence, you have a much larger window to establish plants . With temperatures that peak in the 80’s and are mostly cooler, you can transplant and establish plants most of the season with out difficulty. Make sure the new plants get regular watering until more established.

For those of you living in the mountain west of Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, we have been holding your orders till late May waiting for the most frost danger to pass. You can certainly establish plants well in your climate throughout the month of June. By July, the weather starts to get quite hot so you may have to follow more of the hot climate protocol for getting the plants acclimated. It certainly can still be successful, especially if your area is prone to summer thunderstorms . 

I hope this helps everyone to have success with establishing their plants after arrival and do bear in mind Medicinals in general are tough plants and are surprisingly resilient to a certain amount of neglect and extreme temperatures. I have seen plants completely leaf burned from a windy 105 degree day here get moved under a sprinkler and be lush and green again in a few weeks. .  Plants often regrow from their root system so do not give up on a plant too quickly you may be pleasantly surprised!

To inspire all of our wonderful customers for some later season planting, we are offering a nice discount on some of our favorite and easy to grow Medicinals!

Stinging Nettles  

Roman Chamomille

Calendula

Angelica

Priced at $6.25 each

For more detailed info on each plant follow the links below:

Crimson Sage Nursery 
Tina Glaessner, Herbalist 
PO Box 83 
Orleans, CA 95556 
Phone: 530-627-3065 
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
https://www.crimson-sage.com/

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Welcome to the first ever Crimson Sage Nursery Newsletter
Summer 2016


SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVIN' IS EASY!!

Summer is officially here with long hot lazy days especially if you happen to be a cat here at Crimson Sage Nursery sleeping away the day in an empty plant flat following an early morning catnip snack !!!! For the rest of us two legged - medicinal herb growers and gardeners summer marks the beginning of harvest season especially in the world of herbs. Many medicinals need to be picked at their peak potency just before or as they flower and then dried in a shady location out of direct sunlight !! This is the time of year when tinctures are macerating on the surface of the unused wood stove and St. Johnswort oil is out in the full sun turning redder every day!! The drying screens are covered with Calendula and Lavender, Vervain and Basil and we are having the biggest plum and nectarine crop in 13 years!

There are water systems to fuss about as the weather warms and rain becomes a distant memory particularly in the western states with the annual summer drought. Established perennials do not need nearly as much water as a freshly planted herb but some occasional water is necessary in most situations through the hottest part of the summer. I often get the question at this time of year whether it is too late to plant??  Planting during the summer is not ideal in very hot areas but can be done successfully as long as you acclimate the plants slowly when they arrive, and plant them late in the evening and water them immediately or have them already set up on a drip-line. If you are living in a coastal area with summer fog,  summer can be a great time to establish new perennials.  Our plants arrive with very established root systems so once in the ground or a larger container they tend to grow quickly. An ideal time to plant is in the Fall so the plants have an entire winter to put their roots in the ground and establish themselves. When Spring comes these plants will quickly grow and thrive in your garden.

HEAT of SUMMER PLANT SALE

In gratitude to all of our wonderful customers, here is a selection of specially-priced, tantalizing choices for adding useful medicine, beauty, color and pollinators to your herbscape. We are offering these at substantial savings to you.

For more detailed info on each plant follow the links below:

Special Offer for our Newsletter Readers:

Add a Passion Flower to your Shopping Cart, then enter the following Coupon Code at checkout for $2 off regular price.
Coupon Code: PassionZcdCJ

Crimson Sage Nursery 
Tina Glaessner, Herbalist 
PO Box 83 
Orleans, CA 95556 
Phone: 530-627-3065 
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
https://www.crimson-sage.com/

Welcome to the Crimson Sage Nursery Newsletter
Summer 2017


SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVIN' IS EASY!!

Summer is in full swing here on the Klamath River. The mountains are still so lush and green from the winter’s rain despite temps in the upper 90s everyday, The Salmon River free and undammed is running quite full still with snowmelt but is plenty warm for swimming, while the vegie garden is supplying us with delicious fresh bounty! Spilanthes, Lavender and Rose petals are drying and a couple of gallons of St. Johnswort oil are turning blood red on the deck. I finally found a moment to plant my deck with some flowers and herbs {of course} and I notice the Cats are sleeping more than ever after mauling the many catnip plants naturalized here in full flower right now! For me these seasonal rituals mark the summer season. Harvesting your own food and medicine is a way of being an active

participant in the seasonal cycle!! Rather than just looking at calendars and somehow witnessing the different seasons of the year as a bystander when you take the time to grow your own food and medicine it puts you directly in touch with the seasons as you interact with the ever-changing landscape of your gardens. We as humans are meant to interact with our environments and to really observe and be present in the natural world! I have great respect and gratitude to all of our customers who have chosen to make growing medicinal plants a part of their daily lives and I hope that as you reap your herbal harvest to dry in the shade you also notice the butterflies circling the garden. I hope you remember to bask in the moonlight of the summer’s full moon and take note of the tiny sliver as the moon reappears as new. No matter where you live whether it is a rooftop garden in New York City, some planters on your apartment terrace or the rows of herbs in your production herb garden tending plants and being outside unites all of us as we move with the cycle of the seasons. At this time of the year the nursery is having to be trimmed back as unruly Vervain and Bee Balms send up 2and 3-foot flower stalks, the Wild Yam entangles everything nearby, The Brahmi creeps along right into the turmeric and Ginger plants and the Poke seeds itself into places that defy imagination!! We still have many plants in stock and will make sure they survive the summer heat pruned and fertilized and ready for later summer/Fall shipment. As a special offer to our loyal customers we would like to share the following plants at a discount see below for info!!

We hope to entice you all to plan on some fall perennial planting because as you know each year I blather on about how great it is to plant perennials in the Fall, but truly for the west coast especially and California specifically where spring gets hot and dry quickly Fall planting is such a great way to establish new perennial plants. The plants get all winter to establish their root systems without energy going into growth then when Spring comes those plants will grow so well far better than spring planted stock!!

We will continue shipping through the summer as heatwaves allow and as things cool will ship into the Fall until Thanksgiving. Wishing all of you many warm moonlit nights watching Daturas and Evening Primrose bloom and many sun filled days watching the butterflies, bees and birds enjoying the summer season along with you!! Thank you all for supporting a small woman-owned business and for being gardeners in this chaotic world on this planet we all love so dearly.

HEAT of SUMMER PLANT SALE

In gratitude to all of our wonderful customers, here is a selection of specially-priced, tantalizing choices for adding useful medicine, beauty, color and pollinators to your herbscape. We are offering these at substantial savings to you.

For more detailed info on each plant follow the links below:


Bergamont (Save $1.00ea)


Brahmi (Save $2.00ea)


Little Leaf Linden (Save $2.55ea)


Spilanthes (Save $1.95ea)

Crimson Sage Nursery
Tina Glaessner, Herbalist
PO Box 83
Orleans, CA 95556
Phone: 530-627-3065
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
https://www.crimson-sage.com/

 
 
 
 
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