Cool Mountain Farm
Contact: Susan Perkins
Address: 1075 Ireland Road Pickens, SC, 29671
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Phone: 170-361-2308
About Us
* Please Know that APRIL is when the deciduous plants (one that die back to the ground OR that lose their leaves in winter) are just beginning to EMERGE, or produce new foliage on their stalks. That is why, unless they are evergreens, my organically and outdoor grown deciduous plants MAY be SMALLER in APRIL than those found at big box stores. But they are ready for your planting as generally most have older or more mature root systems and/or remaining mature stalks (unless noted as seedlings or starters, ie 1 year offshoots of plants, or sold so rapidly that they are sold as quickly as divided). Commercial sellers often have fuller or larger plants in spring BUT that is a characteristic of A. using chemical fertilizers steadily thruout the winter for abnormal quick growth or untimely blooms, and B. they were started months earlier and quickly GROWN INSIDE warm GREENHOUSES to defy their natural seasons and achieve size and lushness before arriving at your Big Box stores in the spring. This often makes them susceptible to death or injury when planted outdoors, in direct or hotter sunlight than used to, or less suited to adjust or thrive in your climates with winters, or sometimes not as hardy (NON-Natives or hybrids that are more fickle to succeed in your soils or your climate). My plants will achieve growth or lushness, BUT on their own natural timeline, without chemicals. Susan of Cool Mountain Farm, sells predominantly PLANTS to be grown OUTDOORS. Houseplants are tropicals that do not survive our winters outdoors. MOST ALL are PERENNIALS, which do survive year after year, AND increase in size or duplicate year after year, but have specific blooming or color seasons. Varying blooming times provide yearly blooms, textures or interests. Even I add a few annuals like impatiens or portulaca, to my own gardens, in limited areas where profuse color throut the summer is needed, though they do die permanently when winter arrives. I do organically grow, propagate and harvest all plants sold, specializing in Native and Mountain PLANTS. Adding the many popular and rare landscape flowers, vines, shrubs and fruits. Natives are important to continue to provide life and existence to the natural world of large wildlife, down to the tiniest, bees, butterflies and birds. Maintaining critical provisions and my pleasure to protect our ecosystems, just as many of you wish to do. My Mother plants were began on natural forested mountain flora acreage near table rock SC. Also grown are other rare, unique, popular or desirable landscape PLANTS that we propagate from our mother plants. Most All of our plants are Outdoor perennials that survive and expand year after year. To reduce death from shock or direct sun, plants ARE NOT grown in greenhouses SO they have adapted to our climate. We provide lovingly nurtured, organic and chemical free; fruiting plants, herbs, natives, shrubs, flowers, ground covers, vines, bulbs, medicinal natives and trees. Seasonally as available we may offer fresh floral bouquets, fresh herbs, edible flowers, and small amounts of fruit and vegetables. PLEASE know that without chemicals and naturally started outdoors, ORGANIC Potted plants are not as lush as commercial competitors, BUT WILL BECOME such once planted and nurtured. .... Native and mountain plants include: Shiso perilla, rhododendron, spectacular ferns, water edge or heavy shade lovers, grasses, TREES- sourwood or tulip poplar for beehive owners and vibrant orange or yellow fall color, vibrant fall mountain red maple, chestnut, turkey or scarlet oak for high acorn production and wildlife sustenance. Native Fruit plants are blackberry, wild blueberry, elderberry and muscadine grape. Native or mountain native Perennial plants also include: wild ginger, jack in pulpit, lily of valley, cinnamon ferns, red cardinal, WILD Azaleas and hybrids of red, yellow or pinxter azaleas, autumn clematis and red honeysuckle vines, siberian iris, wild aster and daisy, native daylily and iris, wild violet purple and woodland white, wild salvia, ground covers like vinca major and minor, ground pine, asiatic dayflower, trailing moss. Rare, unique and limited quantity natives include: stunning 'pinxter azalea' bushes, bellworts, trillium, jack in pulpit, cinnamon fern, bloodroot, lily of valley, cardinal flower, pippsisswea, wild orchid, galax, wild cherry trees and sassafras tree. Propagated favorites include elderberry, canna lily, new wave, blue or purple hydrangea bushes, gardenia, quince, premium daylillies or iris like bronze or red, hosta, hellebores, rosemary, pineapple or orange mint, dutch iris, muscari, mock orange, sedum, creeping jenny, Ivy, amaryllis, crocosmia, raspberry bushes, bluestar, forsythia ‘yellow bells’ edible flowers for chickens or chefs.
I have moved a little south from Table Rock but still have the master plants I harvested from the Blue Ridge mountain range, these master plants are used to propagate the mini-me copies for your enjoyment and landscape growth. Cooler spring is the best time to install trees, shrubs, large rooted plants and perennials. That is because less watering is needed than in the hottest summer months and to get your plants and roots established before the heat of mid-summer ... All products are naturally and organically grown or rooted, separated or otherwise propagated by me until root systems are developed enough for replanting by you. Selective harvesting maintained the natural beauty of the native forest, using a thinning practice, cuttings of branches from, or leaving master plants in place. Yet allowing others to share and relocate natives, and enjoy or create their own mountain or garden oasis. Chickens provide compost used with custom mixed natural soil and conditioners like peat or bark mulch, specific to plants’ preference (well-drained versus rich or loamy). No pesticides or fungicides are used, outdoor grown therefore acclamated to our climate, native plants are hardier, more disease and insect resistant. As NOT Commercial treated with chemicals, some insect damage MAY exist. As NOT Grown inside greenhouses, plants are less likely to die or suffer from sunburn, frost or winter freezes. Most plants are Sold in containers ready for planting, unless otherwise specified, and we gladly take pots back for reuse. Not all items are available at all times. Some may be recently dug when needed, but shall have sufficient root systems to thrive once planted in your garden or yard. Some limited and favorites may sell out in springtime.