Barry Glick at Sunshine Farm and Gardens in Renick sent an interesting email recently:
"Autumn can be a very dull and boring time in the garden. You miss all the colorful plants that have delighted you in spring and summer while you're busy deadheading or collecting seeds. The memories of the flowers you've enjoyed are just that, you're wishing there were perennials that would bring you color and joy this time of year and, well, your wish has come true. The 'Plant Genie' wishes to acquaint you with Allium stellatum. Commonly known as autumn onion, Allium stellatum is a native, fall-blooming perennial that will grow happily anywhere in the U.S.
"Their long-lasting, 2- to 3-inch lavender/pink, starlike blooms seem to explode like fireworks at the tip of their slender 12- to 18-inch arching stems. They look vital for several weeks and make wonderful cut flowers.
"Full sun to light shade is their preference with average to dry soil. Allium stellatum has no insect, pest or disease problems. You needn't worry about Bambi or any other critters bothering them either.
"Allium stellatum produces new bulbs each growing season, and you can even grow them from seed, although since it takes several years to get a flowering-size bulb from seed, division is the best method to build a colony quickly."
Barry sells the bare-root plants (with free shipping) at the following prices: seven for $35 ($5 each); 10 for $45 ($4.50 each); 15 for $60 ($4 each); 20 for $70 ($3.50 each); 50 for $150 ($3 each). Larger quantities at even lower prices are available upon request.
If you have any questions about this plant, email ba...@sunfarm.com. If you'd like a return phone call, please state your phone number and the best time to call.
Visit Barry's website at www.sunfarm.com.
It's time to purchase hand-forged ornaments created by Wallace Metal Works. This year's ornament is a ginkgo biloba leaf at $21.20 each. Also, this year Matt and Tessie Wallace will produce a limited-edition 2011 dragonfly ornament -- only 75 will be made. They are $53 each.
There's a limited supply of dogwood blossom, grape leaf, oak leaf and sugar maple leaf ornaments available.
Payment is by cash or check, and gift boxes are included with the ornaments.
Wallace Metal Works can personalize ornaments for special occasions by hand-stamping the information you choose on the back of any nonlimited-edition ornament. Personalized ornaments are $37.50.
The ornaments will be available at the Bridge Road Shops 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 as well.
Make a scarecrow
Once again, Valley Gardens will host its annual "Make a Scarecrow" festival. This year's event will benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The family event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 23.
Valley Gardens, 1109 Piedmont Road, 304-342-4636.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.