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Scenes from Wake-Robin, part 1


Anemonella thalictroides ‘Shoaff’s Pink’ is a fully double form of our native species.


Interesting contrast between the foliage of ┬áthe native Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) (right) and the light pink form of the species.


Trillium pusillum ‘Roadrunner’ blooms at a mere 5″ tall.


Fern Leaf Peony seedlings a year after sowing.


Scopolia carniolica in bloom.


Primula ‘Perle von Bottrop’


Filipendula ulmeria ‘Aurea’ emerging in the garden.

Anemones Rising

Signals of spring, some subtle, some overt. Wood frogs, a phoebe claiming ground, the “Oh, look there!” reddening of a red maple bottomland. Overt for sure. But, what about Jupiter slipping off the horizon after sunset; or, the first push of woodland anemones through crusty earth; or, a Solitary Vireo, at the edge of hearing, on the ridgetop?

Spring is a season for noticing things, but in the north it is also a season for busying ourselves with pent up chores. On a scribbled list on the kitchen table: Rake (the detritus of winter.) Check.

We have been busy potting plants and writing labels, sowing seeds and… noticing the myriad of colors, forms, strategies that plants have for reaching sunlight, reaching water, attracting pollinators, and warding off consumers; and, of course, noticing each other as we find such aesthetic pleasure in it all.

Join us during our open days to notice the strange, beautiful and clever plant world.

Plant Sales for Spring 2013

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It snowed last night and it’s cold! So, what’s going on? Well, in the greenhouses, plants are popping despite freezing at night- we don’t heat them (they’re hardy plants after all!)

We started Wake-Robin Nursery a dozen or so years ago for two reasons: 1. because of an obsessive hobby (it was cheaper than therapy!); and, 2. it allowed me -Mike- to be a stay-at-home dad. We are now what you might call a part-time nursery: we open when we have propagated a critical number of plants. We sell out over several weeks and then start anew with cuttings and seeds and divisions. And I should mention: these weeks are busy ones and plants sell out fast. So come early.

We will be bringing plants to Maine Garden Day on April 6th. Open the tab above to see the list of what we intend to bring. Hope to see you there. We will also let you know about the other shows and sales we will attend.

In a week or so: Look for an expanded plant list; our on-site open times; and, directions to our West Paris, (just-short-of-paradise) Maine locale.