November Gardening Tips

 November Gardening Tips


1389Water Well

Remember to continue to water, especially new plantings before the ground freezes, up until Thanksgiving. This important measure helps ensure that your plants have the moisture that they need going into dormancy.

Go Low

To avoid mice and vole damage over the winter, cut your perennials back as low as possible to the ground. Do not leave any dense foliage as it will encourage nesting and eating.

Record Favorites
This time of year, while cleaning up in the beds, it is great to make a note of the best annuals to grow for next year. Think of those easy, awesome performers that really wowed throughout the season. Our top show stoppers were cardoons (Check out these giants that grew from 4″ to 4’!), Tithonia (Mexican sunflower) and Dahlias!



Sat and Sun December 6th & 7th


The Ottsville Holiday Festival in the Barn

1396Get in the spirit of the season and choose from unique handmade gifts for your friends and family. Stop in and enjoy fine food, friendly and talented vendors offering incredible wares, along with a great atmosphere. You’ll find jewelry, florals, botanical items and seasonal plants, wool goods, woolen baskets, jams and sauces, cakes, award winning cookies, upcycled textiles, quilts, bags, scarves, all natural soaps and candles, chocolates, homemade pickles, all natural cosmetics, photography and stationary, gingerbread houses, and hot, prepared food.

 We are open Wednesday through Sunday

10 am to 4 pm

1393Fall Color on Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’


Here is a gallery featuring several of our favorite orange-flowering plants for 2014…

Pyracantha 'Mohave'

Pyracantha ‘Mohave’

Zinnia 'Orange Profusion'

Zinnia ‘Orange Profusion’



Helenium 'Mardi Gras'

Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’

Dahlia 'Sun Explosion'

Dahlia ‘Sun Explosion’

Crocosmia 'Bright Eyes'

Crocosmia ‘Bright Eyes’

Snowdrop Tea Party and Upcoming Events

It was nice to see everyone at The Philadelphia Flower Show last week, a grand way to start off the season. We will host our own segue into spring this weekend at Linden Hill with a Snowdrop Tea Party. We will have a celebration of snowdrops, featuring a special brewed tea and many varieties of galanthus to enjoy. You can also wander around the gardens to enjoy blooming snowdrops and other early risers- pulmonaria, hellebores and violas.

A few more upcoming events:

March 24th and 25th Hellebore Festival                     We will have an exciting selection of colors and varieties as well as blooming companion plants.

April 14th or 15th 10:30 am Trendy Terrariums

Attend this fun informative workshop and create your own terrarium. Carole and I will be providing instruction and sharing our creative ideas. We will have many cloches, glass vessels and plants to choose from. The fee is $10 and includes the soil, pebbles and charcoal-plants and glass are extra. You can register by sending an email to

If you missed Jerry Fritz’s appearance on March 1st on Martha Stewart, you can watch it here.

We look forward to your visit. We are open daily from 8-4.


Hellebore Festival

It may be cold outside, but, it’s SPRING at Linden Hill.

The greenhouse is filled with blooms and bright colors!

Join us this Saturday and Sunday, March 26th and 27th at Linden Hill Gardens, for our annual Hellebore Festival. We have many blooming hellebores, including selections from: the Gold Collection, Heronswood varieties, and the Winter Jewels series and more. We will have early blooming bulbs such as galanthus, scilla, narcissus, puschkinia and choice perennials.

We are open from 8 am to 4 pm both days (and every day).

Also, new this season:

we are carrying organic vegetable seeds from High Mowing Seeds

See you soon!




Today at Linden Hill, in the greenhouse, we have a little promise of and peek at spring: almost blooming galanthus nivalis!

Last fall, in preparation for the Philadelphia Flower Show, Luke, Jerry and I planted thousands of galanthus bulbs in several locations at the farm- many in the ground, and many more in aged terracotta pots.  We have been meticulously checking their progress and watering them (as snowdrops do not like to dry out). The galanthus are now in various stages of growth, from just poking out of the soil to blooming.

One of Jerry Fritz’s passions and favorite plants are Galanthus (Snowdrops). ‘Galanthus mania’ began when he first saw the wonderous and stunning masses of them at the Royal Horticultural Society in England. He has now started a dedicated club: The Galanthus Group of the Delaware Valley, to discuss and enjoy all things galanthus.

Galanthus (snowdrops) look spectacular when planted with eranthis hyemalis (winter aconite) and helleborus.

A few of the varieties growing at Linden Hill are:

Galanthus nivalis, Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ & ‘Sam Arnott’ & ‘Viridapice’, Galanthus ikariae, Galanthus elwesii, Galanthus ‘White Dream’

If you are interested in joining The Galanthus Group of the Delaware Valley or in pre-ordering snowdrops, send an email to

More Upcoming Events at Linden Hill Gardens