Blog (Contrary Mary’s Musings and Meanderings)

Pick A Peck of Precious Perky Peonies!

G’Day Plantheads….I thought our discussion for the day should be the Glory of Peonies, as they are just about ready to burst into bloom! I like to say that Peonies are the Mother Teresas of Plantdom, as they just give and give and expect nothing in return. Treat them right and you can will them to your Grandchildren…..what’s not to love about that! You can also have them blooming for about six weeks if ya pick the right varieties…. A mix of early, mid and late bloomers and you’ll be all set! I’ve got a bunch of beauties in pots right now that can be planted. If I need to dig I can’t safely do so until the fall, but order ‘em early cuz I sell out, and if ya snooze ya looze! Here’s a few pics of the ones that are in pots….I just swoon looking at them!

Pictures as shown, starting top left: Bride’s Dream, Ave Maria, Bashful Pink, Don Richardson. Aren’t they AWESOME?!!!

Spring Is Sprunging!


Even though the weather did not cooperate last summer (and what else is new), I had some maaaahvelous successes, especially with some newbies in pots. I would HIGHLY recommend that EVERYONE try some of the plants from the Dwarf Tomato Projects….I have not yet met one I didn’t like!  I especially adore the black ones. If you are looking for richness of taste, real tomatoey-tomatoes (and you know what I mean), they are da BOMB! Did I mention how gorgeous they are too? Some of my FAVE dark ones are Perth Pride, Dwarf Wild Fred, Tennessee Suited (a new one for me in 2016), and Rosella Purple. Some other ones new for me last year and “gotta-haves” in the series are Sweet Scarlet, Loxton Lad (an outstanding orange!), and Dwarf Sweet Sue (my favorite yellow EVER!).

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I also grew the following “regular” size tomatoes in pots for 2016: Girl Girl’s Weird Thing (oh yes, she’s a keeper WITH a cool name!), Wooly Blue Wine (the MOST adorable fuzzy plant with delish beautiful fruit), Cosmic Eclipse (out of this world…sorry!),  Persuasion (another awesome one), and Thessaloniki (my FAVORITE all around red tomato).

So I guess the bottom line is that you can very successfully grow awesome tomatoes in the ground and in pots! Just always remember to use plenty of organic material (I adore worm castings and Tomato Tone) and cage or stake them (cuz they get so much fruit they may just topple over and take the pot with them)!

More later my Loyal Plantheads……

WooHoo….We Are OPEN for the Season!

Welcome to our brand spankin new CONTRARY MARY BLOG!!! I am soooo excited to be able to share some of my “great ” thoughts and observations with you, and update you as to what you NEEED for your own Little Piece of Paradise.

We are now OFFICIALLY open for the season, and the babies are lookin good! I went a WEE bit crazy this year (what else is new!) and am growing over 90 varieties of Heirloom Tomato plants, scads of way-cool annuals (you should see some of these astounding coleus and petunias….wowzers!), loads of  sassy succulents, and of course many other “gotta-haves”! I just want to highlight a few of our newbies in this first blog entry, just to get your gardening itch going. 

For today, I want to highlight just a few new maters that I am excited about. As you may know, I just ADORE the Dwarf Series of tomatoes, and this year I can hardly wait to try the following:

Willa’s Caribou Rose

Willas Cariboo Rose Tomato

Doesn’t she look lovely and delish? All that lushiness on a compact plant that you can grow in a pot!


Boronia Tomato

This one is a cross between New Big Dwarf and Paul Robeson and is supposed to rival the flavor of Cherokee Purple…..surely can’t get better than that!

That’s all for now….check back for more Musings and Meanderings….Over and Out!