"She wears Anthropologie, she's popped out her first baby, and wants to have chickens but not clean up the poop. She wants time for herself, too," he said.
That's whom he believes landscape designers and garden centers must cater to, and whom they must attract to stay alive. To achieve these goals, Fritz opens his garden center in the winter for yoga classes, knitting clubs and other women-centered organizations.
Fritz is well known for his love of Galanthus (snowdrop). He took his passion for the flower to the Stewart show, and had quite an enthusiastic response.
Following up, he's made them available through his garden center and website, www.lindenhillgardens.com. Galanthus is a small genus of about 20 species of bulbous herbaceous plants in the amaryllis family. Most flower in winter, before the vernal equinox (March 21 in the Northern Hemisphere), but certain species flower in early spring and late autumn.
Here's the mail-order information from the website:
Galanthus will be available for shipping mid-March and after. Email orders to i...@lindenhillgardens.com. There is a $50 minimum order, plus $15 for shipping and handling. Galanthus will ship upon payment.
While visiting my daughter in Lexington, Va., recently, I drew a blank on the name of the beautiful yellow shrub that's been planted throughout her college campus. It was blooming everywhere, filling otherwise winter-drab beds with cheery blooms like forsythia.
Thanks to my co-worker, Julie, who reminded me it was winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum). It's a member of the olive family and starts to bloom in early January. The stems are bright green, unlike the brown stems of the forsythia, and it mounds low to the ground, blooming for six to eight weeks. Great for banks and slopes, it's good in bad soil, self-roots and is fast growing -- cut it back every couple of years to keep it in check.
I lost a couple of forsythias because of some construction, and I'll be replacing them with winter jasmine.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.