Memorial Day weekend is when gardening fever takes over my brain. Irises are opening, the sky shimmers with puffy clouds and the birds are zipping around my garden like teenagers at a buffet.
I celebrate by going to my local "pop-up" nursery to see what's new. Giambrocco & Sons has had a summer-only nursery in Boulder for longer than I've been gardening here. Open May through August, you will find Colorado grown plants that last much longer than those you find at big box stores.
Over the years I've bought annuals, perennials, roses and more from Kerry and most have thrived and flourished (and those that didn't were my fault). What I love about Giambrocco's nursery is there is a wide selection of tried and true favorites in all the latest colors. You want black and yellow striped petunias? Royal blue salvia with bright lime leaves? Creamy French marigolds? Chocolate mint? Scented geraniums? African daisies in all the latest shades? Begonias and hanging baskets bursting with blooms? Giambrocco's got it.
Given Boulder's propensity for sudden hailstorms combined with hot dry summers it pays to plant locally grown varieties. Locally raised plants are more likely to come through our mercurial weather changes and bounce back.
I love billowing borders, every inch filled with a variety of flowers, textures and scented leaves. I shop Iris4U for the irises, big box stores for shrubs and trade with friends to get multiples of hardy plants. But I credit Giambrocco's plants as my garden stalwarts: daylilies, lavenders, catmint, Jupiter's beard, roses, sedum, pinks, and specialty annuals that add zing to each year's garden plan.
Giambrocco & Son's has three locations. I like the Table Mesa shopping center location, behind King Soopers in south Boulder (at Table Mesa and Broadway). If you go, tell Kerry I said "hi" ;)
14005 64th Ave.
Arvada, CO 8006
Table Mesa Shopping Center
7800 S. Pierce St.
Littleton, CO 80128