Triple Oaks Nursery & Herb Garden Newsletter


JUNE 2011

butterfly weed best 1 

Butterfly weed, Asclepias Tuberosa, ready to bloom , plant some now.

in this issue
Exciting June Values
Attract Butterflies & Hummingbirds
Lemon Herbs Refresh !
Dear  Triple Oaks Friends,

its summer time! I love to stay out and plant things and ride my bike till dark. The magnolia smell good, annuals are beautiful and you can still plant them for a summer of color.

Be sure to page down through our whole newsletter. Click display images if you are not seeing the photos. Call us if you see your photo and we will reserve a complimentary mixed floral bouquet for your next visit to our shop!  Let me know what you would like to see in our future newsletters. Send me your garden questions for a question column.

Landis Marketplace/Amish Market 

We have had a concession at the beautiful new Landis Marketplace/Amish Market on Landis Avenue in Vineland in the historic  old Newberry location. This sure brings back lots of memories to me of Christmas shopping and 'riding' the avenue as a teen. Come check this out and stop by to see us.

Vineland market 2

Vineland market

Dance Recital Bouquets our Forte !

Dance recitals are happening as are many other summer events. We have beautiful cut bouquets at both locations, stop by for one now. This weekend we have beautiful wrapped roses, a dozen for $14.99. Peach, pink and red. 

Valentine Red Rose




 Watershed Program Sunday  


The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a stream assessment workshop on Sunday, June 26th, 1:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Triple Oaks Nursery, 2359 Delsea Drive, Franklinville, New Jersey 08322. Participants will be informed about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways. Participants will be trained on how to conduct visual stream assessments, how submit the data to the NJDEP, and will receive additional information about volunteer monitoring through the Watershed Watch Network. For additional information or to register for this event, please contact Philip Arsenault at (856) 825-3700 x4023.

This opportunity is sponsored by:

AmeriCorps New Jersey Wat

ershed Ambassadors Program 


creekcreek eric

Haddonfield Farmer's Market

Triple Oaks will also be at the Haddonfield farmer's market each Saturday selling plants and naturally grown heirloom produce, our specialty is heirloom tomatoes in many colors, sizes and shapes!!!  

Stop by to say hello.

beets farmers market


Look for and sign up for our two July Floral design classes.

Call now to insure a spot. 


This photo is from last week's lavender class, what fun!


lavender class



Some Exciting June Values


Fly Away Sticks

Natural insect control while you picnic.
 native plant


 A native plant wedding bouquet, book now for summer, fall and winter weddings. We are the best! no wedding too large or too small. 




Plant some hardy palms near the pool or patio for a tropical look, 

you might as well match this darn weather.


 Lantana is a surefire butterfly plant, add a few pots to your patio or deck or plant a few in the garden. I planted dozens and love, love , love them!

 lantan butterfly


Come join me and learn how to arrange garden flowers this flowers

cardinal flwoers

Butterfly & Hummingbird plants


Seasonal changes occur daily with  the summer solstice.  We get to work outside longer each evening as dusk is later each day. More and more native plants bloom in the wild thus providing food for many birds and butterflies. I am still waiting for hummingbirds and  butterflies as they have been scarce so far. 

     Many of the plants that we plant for hummingbirds are also butterfly magnets. Both of these love the same nectar plants.  Native plants like the cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis); coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), which is not invasive like the Japanese honeysuckle, monarda and Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica) are much loved by hummingbirds and sometimes butterflies.   Hummingbirds and butterflies both like lantana, butterfly bush, butterfly weed and petunias the best of most blooms, but they do love many others too.   I see them zero in on flowering tobacco, geraniums, verbena, red impatiens , dianthus and zinnia.

     It is very important to avoid using insecticides in your garden as  it may harm the butterflies, but since the hummers  also feed on small insects and spiders it limits their diet. Besides their flying method, hummingbirds are exceptional creatures when it comes to eating. When feeding, they lick more than a dozen   times a second.  They eat every 10 to 15 minutes from sunrise until sunset and devour more than half their weight in food. Although I prefer just flowers to feed them, my husband sometimes puts a sugar water feeder up just outside our window where we eat all our meals. (These must be changed almost daily on hot days)  I have planted red flowering tobacco, red geraniums, red impatiens and a penstemon there too. Sometimes we hung a basket of lantana and a basket of red tiny petunias from the bird feeder pole.  Boy do they like these too!

       We watch them whenever we get a chance to sit down to a meal, which is always 3 times a day!spegelia

     Since these little hummers burn up so many calories with their rapid actions I have heard that they actually have to hibernate through the night, decreasing their heart rate and body temperature, or they reportedly would starve to death.

      Over the past few years I have used some   easy to grow Lantana in both pots and in the ground.  The brightly colored plant will adapt to most soil types but if give it too much water and fertilizer the bloom will not be as good.

      It will grow in sun, or part shade and is very drought resistant. 

      It will thrive in both humid and dry heat. But since it is tropical it will not survive our winters. That is probably good as it is very invasive in Florida and other tropical places.  I have kept my plants in sunny window where they seem to do real well in winter and then put them out in may. You can also take cuttings   in the summertime. 

      Lantana will add vibrant long-lasting color to gardens. This is a fast growing plant that is quick to flower so gardeners in cold climates can enjoy this tropical plant as an annual. Lantana tolerates salt spray and can be used at the shore. It also makes an excellent container plant. I have found that because of a cool spring this year the lantana in 4-inch pots  is late to flower. I am just now making up some butterfly and hummingbird pots with it. I think it would also be nice tucked in window boxes too. That would draw the hummers and butterflies to a spot where you can view them. Butterflies love lantana flowers and the shrub always attracts hordes of them when in bloom.

      Geraniums and many of the other annuals that also attract butterflies and humming birds will do just fine with the same conditions of sun or part sun and a by weekly soaking. Plain old fashion geraniums are so pretty, colorful and long lasting. I bring mine in and they continue to bloom in a sunny window all winter.

      Petunias are fragrant, pretty and sure do attract nectar-eating critters. I love the red ones best, but all do the job. These do especially well in a hanging basket, a window box or in a garden. Remember that hanging baskets act as a humming bird or butterfly feeder when planted with the right plants. They often can be placed on a hanger near a window.

      Don't forget the shrubs that attract butterflies and hummers to you yard.  There are butterfly bushes with their colorful blooms that delight and intoxicate our winged friends; there are fragrant native clethra, sweet smelling glossy abelia , colorful wigelia, azalea, vitex, blue mist shrub and many other small shrubs with late blooms.

      It surely is not too late to plant annuals, perennials, or even flowering shrubs to attract colorful movement to your garden. June is one of the best garden months of all.


Glossy abelia is on of my favorite long blooming fragrant plant for butterflies and hummingbirds. grows in sun or shade!


lemonsFresh lemon herbs refresh! 

Lemon balm, Lemon verbena , Lemon Grass.


The first lemon herb of the season  in our garden is the ever-dependable lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). This reliable perennial comes up under the trees in both shady and sunny perennial boarders where it has been allowed to reseed.  We pick it as soon as it sprouts in late February or early March and add it to any tea we might make or often steep it alone with slices of lemon for a great spring tonic.  Later on it is great with ice and other lemon herbs for a refreshing and very healthy beverage.

Another lemon herb, lemon verbena is not as hardy as lemon balm, but smells and tastes very lemony. It can be planted in the garden as a one-season plant or grown in a large clay pot and brought in to a cool unheated porch or garage, or best of all greenhouses. I love the fragrance of lemon verbena and often cook and bake with it.

The third of this lemon trinity is the very tropical lemon grass. Unlike lemon balm that endures the coldest of winters and the lemon verbena that can take some freezing temps, lemon grass needs a warm tropical climate. Thus it also must be grown as a potted plant in order to keep it over the winter. But it also makes a wonderfully attractive plant in the ground, but will not make it through the winter outside. It can however be housed in a very warm sunny window during winter and added to teas and other recipes.

Lemon thyme is a hardy perennial most winters and makes great ground cover. It is really good added to fish, vegetables and salads.  Lemon savory, lemon mints and even lemon catnip are available for lemon lovers.And remember, lemons are herbs and are delicious added to lemon herbbeverages and dishes. lemon blossems

Of all the lemon herbs the lemon balm seems to be the easiest to grow and the most useful. Lemon balm grows easily in most situations, preferring a friable loam soil with good drainage. It will tolerate partial shade and damper soils than most other herbs, but will not thrive in waterlogged or very dry conditions. (Our plants were fine during a drought last summer with no additional watering) It has been suggested by many herb growers that lemon balm develops better scent and flavor when grown without much additional feeding other than a top dressing of compost each spring.  Situations that that promote lush growth artificially produce foliage low in oils aroma.

Lemon balm can be established from seeds, cuttings or plant divisions. One lemon balm planted in early springtime will expand well all summer. Lemon balm self-seeds easily in the garden unless there is thick mulch.


It is best in hot water as an herb tea. I like to place a large sprig in a hot pot of boiling water along with my favorite green tea mix or along with Earl Gray tea. With equal parts of chamomile and catnip it is a surefire nightcap for anyone having difficulties sleeping. Friends have told me that this herb helps some conditions of migraines that are associated with tension.  It has long been used for insomnia and my husband who always can fall asleep, but who sometimes wakes up during the night says it keeps him sleeping soundly all through the night.

Some of the old references in ancient Herbals to Lemon Balm say it has a tonic effect on the heart and circulatory system causing mild vasodilatation of the peripheral vessels, thus acting to lower blood pressure.

However probably the most popular use in many countries of the world is its use for feverish conditions such as influenza. It is said that hot water extracts have anti-viral properties and that a very strong tea taken warm, along with the bruised leaves placed on skin lesions of herpes simplex or cold sores is very helpful.

German studies show that the essential oil of Lemon Balm acts upon the part of the brain governing the autonomic nervous system and protect it from excessive external stimuli.  In many countries this is welcomed as a safe herb for children who are hyperactive as it is much kinder to their body than many of the drugs being used to treat them, and it also tastes very good with a dab of honey and slice of lemon.

Now there are many references to this herb on the Internet telling about its uses in England, Germany, Australia and many other countries where the pharmaceuticals have less control. Food for thought!

But it is a nice, refreshing plant to allow to act as a ground cover and to add to tea. I am convinced that it has helped keep us cold free when we drink the delicious tea or iced lemon water made from lemon balm. Here's to you!

Lemon leaves in crunchy spring salad

Wash   and spin spring green mix, add some tender lemon balm leaves, about 1/2 cup to 3 cups of salad greens, add 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup sliced water chestnuts and /or 1 cup of chopped kohlrabi (can use both if you like a lot of crunch like we do) toss with goat cheese or a cheese of your choice, and dressing of two tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, dash of wine vinegar if you like it tart and slat and pepper to taste,


Lillian's lemon doodles (a nice summer cookie with tea)

1-cup butter (no subs)

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

Plus 5-6 leaves of *lemon verbena or lemon balm that has been finely chopped (can put in blender with eggs to chopped).   

Blend in:

2 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. baking soda

Zest of one fresh lemon or a tablespoon of dried grated lemon peel

1tsp. van.

Chill batter 1 hour or longer, can be kept a week covered in refrigerator, roll small balls the size of a cherry or walnut depending on size of cookie you like, bake 350 degree s, 8-12 minutes, till golden.

Frost with small dollop of *lemon butter icing. While still warm.

* Beat one stick of room temperature butter with 1 box 4 xxxx sugar, add the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 tsp. Vanilla, beat well, if too stiff add a drop or two of mail. Lemon zest optional. left over frosting can be kept in refrig or freezer for a long time. delicious on pound cake too.



Quick Links...
Contact Information
phone: 856-694-4272
Join Our Mailing List
Save 50% 
on hanging pots of annuals, standing pots of annuals and flats of annuals.
hanging pot


Offer Expires: Enter July 2 2011