Florists in Amherst, NS
Find local Amherst, Nova Scotia florists below that deliver beautiful flowers to residences, business, funeral homes and hospitals in Amherst and surrounding areas. Choose from roses, lilies, tulips, orchids, carnations and more from the variety of flower arrangements in a vase, container or basket. Place your flower delivery order online of call.
Amherst Flower Shops
104 Victoria St
Amherst, NS B4H1X8
Amherst NS News
Apr 27, 2019
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Chris Lavocat, of Lavocat’s Greenhouse & Nursery, East Amherst, showed me some of his discoveries and told me how he went about choosing: “People want what’s new and exotic, but you have to choose what will really grow here ... I look for something unique, like this ‘Storm Cloud’ Amsonia. Just look at the black stems,” he said.
Each garden center has different choices, and I’m betting you and the pollinators will love them all.
Here is a sampling to see now, take home, harden off, and plant in May.
• Amsonia tabernaemontana (Bluestar) ‘Storm Cloud’: This cultivar of a native plant has dark stems and masses of star-shaped periwinkle blue flowers in spring. Another Amsonia (A. hubrechtii) turns bright gold in fall. Average size: 20 by 24 inches.
Amsonia tabernaemontana (Bluestar) ‘Storm Cloud’ (Photo courtesy Proven Winners, provenwinners.com)
• Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox, Moss Phlox) ‘Emerald Blue’ (plus many cultivars in many colors): Typically people ask for this in garden centers after spotting it in a front yard, but they are disappointed to find that it has finished flowering. Get it as soon as you see it, so you will have a lovely spread next year. In the yard, on the edge of a wall or border, it makes a sea of color very early, and a pleasant green groundcover all summer; about 4 inches tall, mats spreading to 2 feet.
• Lysimachia atropurpurea (Burgundy Gooseneck Loosestrife) ‘Beaujolais’: I first spotted this one at Lavocat’s Garden Center and stopped in my tracks. It is stunning, with silvery-green wavy edged leaves and burgundy flowers. I must have it. Its size: 20 by 18 inches. It is the same genus as old-fashioned Gooseneck Loosestrife, but all reports say it will not spread like the relative, and the common name “loosestrife” should not confuse people. It’s no relation to the invasive loosestrife correctly called Lythrum.
• Baptisia (False Indigo): This valuable genus is a legume, with flowers that please many pollinators, presented in a compact, upright perennial with season-long pretty foliage. Older Baptisias offered lovely blue/indigo blossoms. New cultivars have emerged in recent years leading to the Decadence® Deluxe series (Proven Winners) that includes ‘Pink Truffles, ‘Pink Lemonade’, ‘Blueberry Sundae’, ‘Vanilla Cream’, ‘Dutch Chocolate’ and ‘Cherries Jubilee.’ (Does anyone feel hungry?)
Baptisia (False Indigo) 'Cherries Jubilee'. (Courtesy Proven Winners, provenwinners.com)
• Pansies: These are technically perennials, and efforts in the last decades pursued their winter hardiness, producing cold and snow-tolerant ones such as ‘Icicle’ and ‘Snow Angel’ among others. Whether or not they perennialize, they like the cool weather of spring and fall, so get them going now.
Pansies. (Robert Kirkham /News file photo)
Garden centers don’t all have the plant departments filled out yet. They have to be careful, as do we, about putting plants outside too soon. April weather... Oct 12, 2018
Flower season comes to an end in Amherst
AMHERST, N.S. – Summer in Amherst has drawn to a close and the hanging flower baskets lining the streets, along with flowers in flower beds, have been taken down.
"It's always sad to see the end of the season," said Vaughn Martin, while pulling annuals out of a flower bed at the entrance to Amherst. "I jokingly tell people that when they see me at start the season you know spring is here, and then when I go around like this and pull the flowers out, you know old man winter is coming."
Martin is the head nurse of flower care with the town of Amherst during the spring and summer.
"I'm usually the one who gives the flowers their daily care, so a lot of people associate me with the flowers," said Martin. "There's people that do more lawns than I do, and others who clean and pick up litter, so, yeah, I guess I'm the duty nurse that comes around and sees the flowers every day."
More flower baskets were hung along Amherst streets this summer than in previous years.
"I really found... Aug 17, 2018
Best place to buy garden flowers
Amherst Greenhouse features spectacular variety. Richard Parrish The Lima News
1. Amherst GreenhouseLocation: 644 county Road 126, HarrodPhone: 419-648-6527Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. SaturdayHighlights: If you have not driven to Amherst Greenhouse, well then, you are just missing out on Hardin County’s best kept secret. Your neighbors will be raving about your gorgeous flowers. The only distressing thing about Amherst Greenhouse is, when you get there everything is so beautiful you want to take home every variety in every color. Don’t forget to get your mums there this fall. The sizes and colors are truly unbelievable.2. Indian Trail Garden CenterLocation: 205 state Route 65, Columbus GrovePhone: 419-659-2885Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun... Aug 17, 2018
AMONG FRIENDS: Couple continues to grow business in beef, cut flowers
We've seen what you can do with enough time. Next year is going to be so much better," he promised.
Neither Allan, who is from Amherst, nor Kaloc, who grew up in Pictou County, come from farming backgrounds but they have become passionate about organic growing, from meat to vegetables to flowers.
"We want to have healthy food for our own family and we also sell our beef. Our goal is to avoid chemicals and at least leave the land to the next generation in the condition we found it, if not considerably better," said Kaloc.
Allan, a world traveler, spent time with an organization that provides work opportunities on organic farms and also studied organic growing methods at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. She was thrilled to later get an internship at West River Gardens.
"I learned so much working with Bob (Parker) and he is still a great mentor. I've made my share of mistakes but his knowledge has saved me from many more," she said.
From there she spent a summer looking after the gardens at Pictou Lodge, developing her sense of what particular plants need to thrive and planning her own garden.
She started growing from seed under lights in her West River Station basement but soon learned wood heat did not provide a consistent enough temperature for many plants.
"For my birthday, James built me a growing bench; a heated, insulated propagation bench. Since then I can rotate plants in and out and the results are much better."
Kaloc, a mechanic with his own tow truck business, has found plenty of use for his skills in the garden business.
"I'm always building something, trying to find a better way. We've learned there is a lot of problem-solving in gardening."
It was four years ago he jumped into the highland cattle business but he admitted to needing a push toward commercial flower growing.
"I had my doubts. Niki was talking flowers and I was thinking maybe tomatoes, maybe cucumbers. But flowers, seriously? The market for flowers has been a big surprise to me. Another thing I've learned is that the people who buy flowers tend to be really sweet people."
Allan credits a Northern Opportunities for Business program with allowing her to get her market garden started.
Kaloc, who loves draft horses, used his Percherons to break ground for the flower bed.
"I like to do as much work as possible with the horses but no, we have no plans to give up our tractor," he added.
Much of the pasture land on the Rocklin property has grown over through the years but that makes it a good place for raising highland cattle.
"James has done some clearing, but it suits highland cattle because they are good grazers and will chew the alders down and return it to good pasture land," said Allan.
Once they are settled at one location, they expect life will be simpler an... Jul 6, 2018
This pretty plant is dangerous — and it's growing in more than a dozen Mass. communities
New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Oregon, and Washington, according to research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. It first landed in the United States from Asia and Europe in the early 20th century as an ornamental garden plant, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation said.Fortunately, Forman Orth said, the number of cases in Massachusetts is slowly decreasing.
"People should be aware of what it looks like, and if they see it they should report it," Forman Orth said, "but as long as they avoid contact with it, there shouldn't be any significant issues."Elise Takahama can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
... Jan 26, 2018
Between the Rows: Emily Dickinson's inspired world of poetry and flowers
Emily Dickinson was born into a prominent Amherst family, so everyone knew who she was. She attended the Amherst Academy and went on to the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (as Mount Holyoke College was called at the time) for a period before she went back home to garden and write poetry. She was more known for her gardening than her poetry in those days; now she is more known for her poetry and her reclusiveness than her gardening. In the spring of 2010, both sides of her were showcased at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) exhibit titled Emily Dickinson’s Garden — The Poetry of Flowers. This exhibit presented Emily Dickinson as gardener and botanist as well as a poet, and the ways her observations of nature and love of flowers fed her poetry. The original garden was no longer in existence at the time of this exhibit, but research and a close reading of her poems were the basis for recreating the gardens around the Dickinson house. The exhibit also included a conservatory, a reminder of the small conservatory Emily’s father Ed... (The Recorder)