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Picture: Tomato Grouping

You know how a group of crows is called a murder, a group of finches is called a charm, a group of Blue Jays is called a party, and a group of owls is called a parliament??? Welllllll…..What do you call a group of tomatoes…???? Give???
Spaghetti Sauce!

The Impact of the Coronavirus!

After some very long hard thunks, Contrary Charlie and I have come up with the following tentative plan for this season.

From 4/22/20 to 5/4/20, we ask that you place a telephone order (815/521-9535) or order via email (contrarymary@contrarymarysplants.com). You can indicate the plants that you want, we will let you know what is available, you can prepay, and we can arrange for a time for you to pick them up. I will bring the order right to your vehicle

We will officially (again, tentatively) be opening the greenhouse for the season as follows:

Opening day       May 5, 2020

Hours:                 CLOSED on Mondays, Tuesdays thru Saturdays 9a-6p, Sundays 10a-4p

If at ANY TIME you would prefer to preorder/prepay, I will be happy to bring your order to your vehicle.

We will be limiting the amount of Peeps that can come into the greenhouse at one time, and I know my Gardening Buds will be sensible about this. Please check out our newly created ANNUALS/PERENNIALS 2020 PAGE for more plants we will be offering this year.

I know everyone is stressed, worried and unsure. Gardening will ground us (pun intended!), and hopefully relieve some of our stress and anxiety. Mom Nature surely knows how to comfort us! I hope all my Plantheads are keeping safe and being sensible; hope to see you (at a Social Distance of course) soon! PLEASE take care of yourselves and remember to be EXTRA kind. We SHALL get through this. We so very much appreciate and are grateful for your support and patronage.

Stay SAFE and think GREEN!

Contrary Mary, Contrary Charlie, Duncan, Finnegan and Lexie

Welcome to Contrary Mary’s! We are a small, family-owned greenhouse located southwest of Chicago, and we specialize in unusual perennials, hostas, peonies, daylilies,  and unique fruits and vegetables that you won’t find at big chain nurseries. We can help you find the perfect plant for your sunny (or shady, damp, dry, etc.) spot to provide color and texture. Our plants are perfectly suited to our Midwest environment in Chicagoland; all of our perennials are hardy to at least Zone 5, and are plants that I think are excellent additions to everyone’s garden (gotta haves!) We pride ourselves in our HUGE selection of Heirloom veggie plants that, although we are not certified organic, grow with only organic fertilizers with NO pesticides (gotta protect our precious Bee Buddies!)

Also an update on our online ordering/shipping of our Hostas, Peonies, and Daylilies: Due to the nature of plants and the fact that I grow my Hostas, Peonies, and Daylilies in propagation beds, it is very hard to predict how they will overwinter, when they will be ready, how quickly they will increase…. I am asking interested customers to call me at (815) 521-9535 or email me with their “wish list” and then I will get back to you with availability and payment. Thanks for your understanding!!!

AND PLEASE REMEMBER…..IF YOU ARE COMING OUT FOR ANYTHING SPECIAL, CALL OR EMAIL FIRST!!! JUST BECAUSE IT IS LISTED ON THE WEBSITE, IT DOES NOT MEAN IT IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. ALSO DIGGING PLANTS IS WEATHER-DEPENDENT (AND I SURE CAN’T CONTROL MOTHER NATURE!). I just don’t want any of my Gardening Buds to be disappointed!

 

Picture: Duncan

Duncan (hard at work as usual)

Picture: Jamie & Lexie taking a break

Jamie (Always In Our Hearts) & Lexie taking a break

Picture: Finnegan and Lexie - Spring 2018

Finnegan and Lexie

Picture: Mickey Always in our hearts

Mickey
Always in our hearts

Contrary Mary