DoLeaf Featured in American Vegetable Grower

American Vegetable Grower featured DoLeaf in their January issue. The article, “Leveraging the Web” explains how DoLeaf works for sellers and gives a little background about us and why we started the company.

Here’s an excerpt:

“When DoLeaf cofounder Micah Wedemeyer started digging beds in his back yard to plant the garden he’d always wanted, he quickly realized garden centers at the big box stores didn’t carry the types of plants he was looking for. He had a hard time finding heirloom vegetables and even some perennials. “Since we buy everything else online, we started looking around to see if we could find a greater variety on the Web,” Wedemeyer says.” Read More…

Cacti from Iowa — What Could Be Better?

One of my favorite DoLeaf tasks is buying plants from  sellers to test out the quality of their shipped plants. Often, I get a shrub for my own garden, but the January weather (and frozen soil) has pushed me to get more houseplants.  I must confess that Micah and Ryan are the houseplant experts on the DoLeaf team so most often my housplant purchases go to them or other indoor greenthumbs so the plants can actually live for more than a month. ( I’m around 0-10 on houseplants since I started gardening.)

But I think my luck’s going to change. I bought an assortment of cacti from DoLeaf’s latest seller Krieger Greenhouses of Jefferson, Iowa and received six super healthy plants. I’m up to my ears in cacti and succulents (in a good, not prickly way) and all of them are doing great. Here’s some pictures of the 2 lovely plantings I got from the $15.00 order.  (Micah’s taking care of one at DoLeaf headquarters, and I’ve got the other.)

Three lovely plants from Krieger Greenhouses.
The other three plants from Krieger's 6 cacti assortment.

Holiday Gifts on DoLeaf

While it’s chilly outside and most gardens are in hibernation, it’s a great time to give the gift of green for the holidays. Instead of  giving traditional  holiday plants like poinsettias and amaryllis,  here are a some great options that will surprise and delight your friends and family.

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Ruby Rubber Tree

Ruby Ficus has a deep, ruby red glow to the new foliage. The older leaves are a deeper green, splashed irregularly with cream variegation and sometimes still have a hint of red or pink. A striking houseplant that is easy to care for.

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Budda Belly Plant

This is a delightful plant with very unusual appearance. The trunk develops its “belly” close to the ground than continues in an ever growing stem. The new leaves at the tip of the stem create a lush green crown where the flower stems develop.  It will bloom year-round and makes a great container plant.

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Lenten Roses

Lenten or Christmas Roses  are one of the first plants to bloom in the spring — a welcome sign of warmer days to come after a long winter. They are very hardy and keep their green leaves all through the winter. Blooms can vary in color from a creamy white, to green, to pink, and in some varieties even a dark wine.

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Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus is another foolproof house plant which will provide years of reliable annual color. We will choose the nicest available plant in colors ranging from shades of red, pink, white or yellow.

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Madagascar Palm

Madagascar Palm (Pachypodium lamrei) is a stem succulent and comes from Madagascar. It has large thorns and long leaves that sprout mostly just at the top of the plant The plant bears large, fragrant flowers. They are friendly and gregarious and adapt well to captivity being relatively easy to propagate and grow.

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Maki Buddhist Pine

Maki Buddhist Pine puts out vibrant chartreuse new growth that contrasts sharply with the deep, solid green of the older foliage. Older specimens can develop some character and have an interesting . They can also be trained as a bonsai specimen.


Get to Know Jeffrey from Studley’s Flower Garden, a nursery on DoLeaf from Rochester, New Hampshire!

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Studley’s Flower Gardens has been a downtown Rochester, NH staple for more than 80 years, dazzling customers with beautiful fresh flowers and great garden services. Founded in 1928, the business has grown to include a full range of floral design services, an extensive selection of annual and perennial garden plants plus landscaping and irrigation services. Today, Studley’s continues to offer personalized service and customized solutions for every flower and garden lover’s needs and interests. “The difference will delight you!”

This interview with Jeffrey Meulenbroek of Studley’s gives more information about their nursery, their plants, their 8-decade history,  and their vision for 21st century gardening!

What makes Studley’s unique?
Studley’s is unique because my parents, the owners from 1971-2008, designed the business to be a truly year round operation. Although we are still primarily a retail florist, we have expanded to include an onsite garden center and also perform landscaping and irrigation services. The original greenhouses from 1928, which once grew cutflower carnations and chrysanthemums for the florist, are now utilized to grow a unique selection of foliage houseplants as well as seasonal crops like bulbs and poinsettias, as well as a full line of herbs, annuals and hanging baskets in the spring. I think it is pretty unique to be growing foliage plants in New Hampshire. There is so much production in Florida and foliage plants are now available at every box store, however, quantity has replaced quality. I like to be able to control growing our wide variety of 3″ foliage plants. They are primarily sold as combination dish gardens through our florist.

How did Studley’s start back in 1928? Has it always been a nursery?
Studley’s began as a florist in 1928. As a true florist, all cut flowers were grown on site. Gradually, as cut flower production moved offshore to South America, the crops grown at Studley’s evolved. The houseplant craze of the 1970s provided the biggest change in what we grew. In the 1980s, the garden center began to take shape behind the florist and has evolved every year. We now carry over 500 varieties of annuals in the spring as well as over 500 varieties of perennials hardy to our area. A wide selection of trees and shrubs rounds out the mix.

What kinds of plants do you specialize in?
We specialize in having a great breadth of plant material, although not much depth. I am always scouring catalogs and other growers for new varieties, however, we are limited by our size and can only grow a few of any one item. Combining such a wide assortment of plants in one operation is a challenge, although it is enjoyable. It is always amazing to see how plants have grown and progressed. We do specialize in small foliage plants suitable to be grown indoors as well as unusual annuals. I can’t possibly post all the plants I have available on DoLeaf. If you are looking for something specific, give us a call.

Personally, what’s your favorite plant to grow and why?
Coleus. Without a doubt. I am in awe of the foliage variations and how easily they can sport into new varieties. Coleus is the plant that got me interested in growing and sticking around at my parents business. It is also perhaps the easiest plant to propagate and grow. Virtually foolproof.

Do you have advice for the gardeners out there who grow Studley’s plants?
The best way to be successful with our plants is to observe them. We will provide you with care information and the internet is a treasure trove of information from university and government websites to garden forums and blogs. However, the best way to be successful with any plant is to be observant and see how it is growing in your environment. Pay attention to the basics, such as light and watering and how your plant responds. You may kill a few plants, but gardening is a learning experience. You will be more successful with your plants if you observe and through experience can figure out their needs.

DoLeaf Mentioned In Garden Center Magazine!

Not only did we get noticed by  Garden Center Magazine (a DoLeaf favorite), but we got mentioned in their November cover article, Hi, Tech! a great piece about online changes to the garden center industry. We’re mighty glad to be included in the article and love the caption: “New site gives independent retailers an alternative online marketplace!”

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Green Profit Features DoLeaf!

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Green Profit’s Ellen Wells covered DoLeaf for their November Issue. For those not familiar with Green Profit, it’s a great magazine on the gardening industry that covers plants, flowers, gardening products, and buyer trends.  We’re thrilled to included in their Front Lines section, “Setting Up A Shop Online.”

Here’s an excerpt:

Want to set up an online shop but don’t have the time, patience or funds to figure it all out? There’s a new company that is making it easy—and free!—for growers and garden centers to sell plants via the Web. DoLeaf (www.DoLeaf.com) is a self-described “team of passionate, Web-savvy gardeners” who have launched an online marketplace to connect those with plants to those who want them.

To read the full article on DoLeaf and more great pieces in the November Issue, visit Green Profit.

Featured Flora: Dignity, Coral N Gold, and Butter Bowl Peonies

OK, so it’s not Featured Flora Friday (since it’s Monday), but we still want to show off some gorgeous peonies from Kansas City’s Bannister Garden Center. Peonies have been longtime favorites for both flower gardens and ornamental bouquets. Native to Asia, southern Europe and the western U.S., peonies are known for their large, fragrant blossoms and dark-green foliage. They make great additions to sunny gardens and brighten up any bouquet. And, there are lots to choose from. Here are three beauties, great for both casual gardeners and collectors.

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The Dignity Peony has dark green leaves with lance-shaped leaflets. The flower is very striking with deep pink petals and a large bright-red and gold center.



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The early-blooming Coral N Gold Peony is 32 to 34 inches tall and 36 inches wide with blooms of dark coral flowers with a center of golden yellow stamens. The Coral N Gold was the 2009 Award of Landscape Merit Winner from the American Peony Society.



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Butter Bowl Peony

The Butter Bowl Peony is a lovely light pink, Japanese-style peony. Flowers have a striking yellow center, surrounded by rosey pink petals that gradually fade to a soft pink. It’s a vigorous, hardy grower.

Get to know Mike and Linda from Bloomin Designs, a nursery on DoLeaf from Auburn, Georgia!

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What makes Bloomin Designs unique?
There are few nurseries that have the volume or the number of perennials that we provide. We grow over 200 daylilies and sell almost 200 hosta cultivars. We’ve also got over a hundred different perennial varieties.  Our range of products and our ability to sell at a great price makes us unique.

When and why did you start Bloomin Designs?
The nursery was always the desire and vision of my wife, Linda. In the early 1990s she decided she wanted to start a nursery, but she didn’t have a background in nurseries. So Linda went to work for a local nursery specializing in annuals that sold to landscapers. She quickly got involved in the business-side and over time learned the ropes of running a nursery.  Linda also started working in flower and garden design as well as landscaping arrangements. That’s where the name Bloomin Designs came from.

How has your nursery grown and changed over time?
When we started Bloomin Designs we were growing our own plants and selling them to the local nurseries. Linda’s passion for hostas provided the backbone for the nursery. That was the focus of the business for about five years. During that time our son, Jason, started buying daylilies and we started our own website.  We reached a point where we realized that we couldn’t both serve the wholesale market and manage the Internet sales, so we started focusing on our online business. This was good timing because it was around the time of the Georgia Drought of 2007-2009 and water restrictions had become a big issue. Since fall of 2007, we’ve been focusing on Bloomin Designs Internet business.

Personally, what’s your favorite plant to grow and why?
For Linda, it’s hostas in general — any kind of hosta, especially the minis and the big blues.  For me, it’s the knock-out roses. You can plant them and forget them. We’ve been growing knock-out roses for 8 years, and they’re one of the first things that’s blooming in the early spring and they won’t quit blooming until the second hard frost. The double-red knock-out is my personal favorite.

Do you have advice or landscaping suggestions for the gardeners out there who grow Bloomin Designs plants?
The advice that we make most often is compost regularly and to amend your soil whenever you can.

When did you start gardening?
Linda spent a lot of time in her grandmother’s garden, and her mother grew chrysanthemums for competitive shows. I have roots in Georgia farming. Bloomin Designs sits on land that has been farmed by my family since 1903. Our son, Jason, is the fifth generation to farm this land.

The Latest Gardening Dish? Your Own Dish Garden

Rochester, New Hampshire’s Studley Flower Gardens has been in the flower and garden business for over eighty years, and while most New England landmarks don’t lend themselves to trendiness, Studley’s combination of creativity and greenthumbery offers a cool collection of assortments for your dish garden that are perfect for high, moderate or low light. Studley’s growers will hand select a beautiful assortment of plants from their own greenhouse for your very own Dish Garden. Select your preferences and you’ll get collection of plants to pot up in your own container. Perfect for both apartments, cottages and cubicles these little Dish Gardens range from plantings for containers just six inches wide to a foot-long plus garden patch of ten plants.

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Planet Green Features DoLeaf

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Discovery’s Planet Green published “Organic Gardeners! Make Money, Discover New Heirloom Plants with DoLeaf,” a call to heirloom and organic growers to sell their eco-friendly plants on DoLeaf. We couldn’t agree more! DoLeaf currently has no heirloom growers on the site, and we’d love to change that ASAP. If you are or know of a nursery that sells heirloom plants, please send them along to DoLeaf. Set up is free and only takes a few minutes.