I’m a big believer in shopping local. Since my favorite local greenhouses — McAveeney’s, Campbell’s and Country Landing — have closed, I’ve struggled to find a local nursery that sells good quality flowers and vegetables.
This spring I’m going to check out the Country Lady Bug Greenhouse in Campton.
Country Lady Bug opens for its 5th season on May 4, 2013. Owners Sharon and Bob Davis grow most of their plants from seed, bare root and tiny plant plugs.
The plants offered include all of the area favorites:
Annuals: Ageratum, Alyssum, Asclepias, Asters, Bacopa, Begonias, Calibrachoa, Celosia, Cleome, Coleus, Convolvulus, Cosmos, Dahlia, Diascia, Dracaena, Dusty Miller, Fuchsia, Gazanias, Gerbera Daisy, Geraniums, Flowering Kale (in fall), Helichrysum, Impatiens, Ipomea, Iresine, Ivy, Lantana, Lisianthus, Lobelia, Marigold, Melampodium (Million Gold), Millet (Jester Hybrid Ornamental), Mimulus, Nasturtium, Osteosperum, Petunias (singles, cascade, wave, shock wave, frillytunia), Portulaca, Rudbeckia (Denver Daisy), Salvia, Snapdragon, Sunflowers, Torenia, Verbena, Vinca, Viola and Zinnia.
Perennials: Achillea, Arabis, Aquilegia (Columbine), Asters, Astilbe, Baby’s Breath (Gysophila), Baptista, Bee Balm (Monarda), Butterfly Bush (Buddleia), Catnip, Cerastium, Chives, Clematis, Coreopsis, Coneflower, Daylily, Delphinium, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Euphorbia, Fox Glove (Digitalis), Gaillardia (Blanket Flower), Geranium (NH Purple), Heliopsis (False Sunflower), Hens & Chickens (Sempevivum), Heuchera, Hosta, Iberis (Candytuff), Lavender, Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy), Liatris, Lupine, Hardy Mums, Nepeta (Catmint), Oregano, Pansy, Peony, Phylox (creeping & tall), Primrose, Rock Soapwort, Rosemary, Goldsturm Rudbeckia, Rhubarb, Sage, Sedum and Thyme.
According to Sharon, “We are in the midst of erecting another greenhouse so we can grow more to meet the demands of our customers. We also plant memorial containers and work with the customer to select plants for sun or shade that will suit the location the planter will be in.”
The greenhouse is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week beginning May 4th through July 14th.
The greenhouse phone number is 603-536-5303. As the Blair Covered Bridge will be closed beginning May 1st for a year-long restoration, customers should take Exit 25 and travel north on Route 175 or take Exit 28 and travel northeast to the Campton dam and turn onto Route 175 and travel south. At the Chalet Gift Shop, take a right onto Perch Pond Road. At the 4 corners, keep right and travel approximately 1.5 miles pass the Bump Covered Bridge, cross a small bridge and the Country Lady Bug will be on your right.
>> Website: Country Lady Bug