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SPRING 2021 NEWS

 

BLUE STEM NATIVES

Norwell, Massachusetts 02061

 

-SPRING JOURNAL-

Issue No. 1

Hello, friends! Here's what's happening at the farm.

You read that right, we have a location...and it's a farm. We couldn't be more excited. Read more below. 

IN THIS SEASON'S JOURNAL:

 

  • OUR NEW HOME

  • OPENING DAY AND PICK-UP

  • WHAT'S GROWING

  • SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PLANTS

  • WHY STRAIGHT SPECIES

  • WHO WE ARE AND OUR GOALS

  • AT-RISK INSECT SPOTLIGHT

Our new home

We are pleased share that we have a home! Our nursery will be located in the lovely town of Norwell, Massachusetts. We have the opportunity to be stewards of this beautiful 2 acre farmland, complete with stream. This means we have enough space to grow perennials in-ground, essentially farming and gathering seeds to grow plants and share the seeds. 

Opening day, purchasing, and pick-up

For now, all purchases will be through the website with in-person pick up.

Dates

  • Website opens for business: May (?)

  • Plants purchased online will be available for pick up after May (?)

 

Pick up locations 

To be selected at checkout.

  • (##) River Street, Norwell MA
    Monday (edit) from time - time
    Another day time-time

  • Plymouth Farmers Market the (insert dates and times).

  • Farmers Market #2 (insert dates and times)
     

What's growing at Blue Stem Natives?

Pictured below: Lupinus perennis (wild lupine), Antennaria plantaginifolia (Plantain pussytoes), Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod), Monarda punctata (spotted bee balm)...plus 140 other species: perennials, annuals, ferns, grasses, shrubs, vines, and trees.

Some of our favorites coming soon...

Fragaria virginiana

Wild strawberry, a ground-hugging perennial spreads via runners and will fill in an area with lush dark green foliage, sweet tiny white flowers in the Spring, and even sweeter tiny berries.

 

sun needs: full sun, part sun, shade

water needs: dry, average

bloom time: April, May

Asclepias incarnata

One of our favorites here at Blue Stem, swamp (rose) milkweed produces gorgeous purple-pink flower heads, and the scent…reminiscent of jasmine and vanilla.

 

sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade

water needs: average, moist

bloom time: June, July, August

Prunus maritima

Beach plum is a shrub that thrives in well-drained, sandy soils. The plums are not only edible, they are delicious, able to be eaten straight from the plant when fully ripe, or made into jams and jellies. 

 

sun needs: full sun

water needs: dry-moist (but well drained)

bloom time: April, May

Hamamelis virginiana 

common witch-hazel. There is nothing common about this larger sized shrub which has spindly yellow flowers that line the stems and provide brilliant color after most other leaves have dropped.

 

sun needs: full sun, part sun, shade

water needs: average, moist

bloom time: October, November

Why we carry "straight species" and not 'cultivars'

You may notice a particular line in our bio (below) that says we grow only straight species, no ‘cultivars’. A cultivar is, true to its name, a cultivated variety. A human takes a plant that has a desirable characteristic and propagates that plant, creating multiple copies. These aren’t considered “babies” as there is no reproduction involved, rather, these are all clones of the original plant. Oftentimes the clones are also sterile, and the only means of making more plants with that characteristic is through cuttings, grafting, or tissue cultures. You can easily tell when a plant is a cultivar because it has been given a name, one that is enclosed in single quotations. ‘Sunset Hydrangea’, ‘Purple People Eater’, ‘Dayglo Bikini’…you get the idea. Just about everyone can agree that genetic diversity is a very good thing. In this case, genetic diversity comes from plant reproduction, that is to say, grown from seed the way Nature intended. Simply put, cultivars reduce genetic diversity. You could fill an entire field with the most glorious cultivar flower, and you would have succeeded in creating a sterile environment. Many garden centers in the area will carry a handful of natives, but you will be hard pressed to find ones that are not cultivars. We have decided to stick to that line in the sand as part of our effort to increase accessibility of the straight species.

Insect highlight (we love insects here at Blue Stem!)

Bombus fervidus

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A few great plant choices to support this at-risk (?) bumblebee:

  1. plant A (with links)

  2. plant B

  3. plant C

Who we are and our goals

We are a women-owned business started by three friends who met at a local native plant garden club. We specialize in growing native plants from seed whenever possible, so as to encourage genetic diversity, and only straight-species, no ‘cultivars’. We are committed to using environmentally mindful growing practices. Click. more to read about our commitment to the environment.

The three of are centered on a passion to educate and share our love of native plants with our local communities. We believe in leading by example using sustainable practices in our homes as well as our business, and our commitment to increasing bio-diversity and restoring our local ecosystems drive our daily actions and long-term goals.

 

We are so excited to begin this journey, and we would love for you to join us. 


Cheers,

Kristen, Jasmin, and Britt

​P.S. Why "Blue Stem Natives"? We are all quite smitten with Schizachyrium scoparium, Little bluestem...and also blue-stemmed goldenrod...well, and also big bluestem!

NEXT BLUE STEM JOURNAL: EARLY SUMMER

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info@bluestemnatives.com • 774-260-5512 • www.bluestemnatives.com

Blue Stem Natives farm

(number) River Street

Norwell, Massachusetts 02061

HOURS

Opening in May

Specific dates and

times coming soon.

LOCATION

Norwell, Massachusetts

Specific address announcement coming soon.

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