Happy Summer from Your Friends at Prickly Ed's Cactus Patch

How are You Planning to Celebrate National Pollinator Week?

June 21, 2022

Summer Solstice Wishes

Today is the longest day of the year, the official beginning of summer. May the seeds you have planted in the prior season - both literal and figurative - bring you much abundance in the months ahead. The beginning of summer also coincides with National Pollinator Week. Pollinator week was initiated 14 years ago with a proclamation that received unanimous Senate approval. Learn more about it at the link below.

Learn more about National Pollinator Week

This Week at the Roadside Stand

This week, the Roadside Stand on Barneyville Road at the Barrington, RI - Swansea, MA state line will be open extra days to allow plenty of time for you to get the plants you need. Our schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 22nd from 4-7

Thursday, June 23rd from 4-7

Friday, June 24th from 4-7 

Saturday, June 25th from 11-4

Sunday, June 26th from 12-3

Roadside Stand openings are weather dependent, stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram Pages for the latest details.

What Will You Find at the Roadside Stand This Week?

In honor of National Pollinator Week we have a couple of specials to help you get pollinator sized quantities of some of our great plants. Remember, pollinators love it when you plant in groups - no single plants marooned on mulch islands!

Grown on site native perennials (red pots only), regularly priced at $9.95:

6 for $50.00

Prickly Ed's Dozen (13 plants) for $100.00

Mix and match all varieties

All remaining pollinator friendly annuals, regularly priced at $6.95 each are:

5 for $25.00

Available red pot perennial varieties include; Short Toothed Mountain Mint, Evening Primrose, Hyssop Leaved Boneset, False Dragonhead, Rattlesnake Master, New England Aster, Great Blue Lobelia, Wild Bergamot, Wild Columbine, Tiarella Foam Flower, Alumroot (coral bells), Jacob's Ladder, Calico Beardtongue, Giant Hyssop, Brown Eyed Susan, Green Headed Coneflower, White Wood Aster, Joe Pye Weed, Zig Zag Goldenrod and Scarlet Bee Balm.

We also have some larger native plants available (priced as marked at the Stand), these include a wonderful native honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens, Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa, Swamp Milkweed, Low Bush Blueberry, Bayberry, Clethra, Viburnum, Cinnamon Fern. Goatsbeard, Purple Coneflower, Liatris spicata and large Cardinal Flowers. We also have Rose Mallow, our native hibiscus for all who are looking to make a real statement in your summer gardens.

We have restocked our premade mixed container gardens and hanging baskets. Perfect for your porch, deck or patio. They also make great hostess gifts for upcoming summer parties. All one of a kind and full of flowers favored by hummingbirds and butterflies.

And finally, don't forget to bring a bucket to get your organic compost - magic dirt from Earth Care Farm in Charlestown, RI! It is a must for every great organic garden.

Now accepting credit cards along with cash, check and Venmo. Email us at any time with questions. 

A reminder that 5% of proceeds from the stand will be donated to the Barrington Land Conservation Trust. You can round up your purchase at the register to support this important community organization even more.

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Always Available, Prickly Pear Cactus Pads

The inspiration for our name, Prickly Pear - Opuntia humifuso - is grown on site and always available. Rhode Island's native cactus is a wonderful addition to a sandy, sunny area of your yard. Our own native cactus garden is bursting into full bloom with the bees buzzing all around it. Cactus pads are available any time and can be used to start your own cactus garden. 

Learn More About the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus

What's all the Buzz about Pollinators? 

In our most recent blog post, we talk about the plight of pollinators, why it matters and what you can do to help. The article lays out steps you can take to plant for pollinators. It includes tips such as shrink or eliminate the lawn, focus on native plants, use plants in clusters, leave things a little bit messy and more. Read it at the link below. And while you are there, be sure to check out other posts from our blog "Musings from the Cactus Patch" that you may have missed previously. 

Click here to read "Pollinators, What's all the Buzz About"

Where are all the Hummingbirds?

We've talked to lots of folks who are frustrated and/or concerned that they have seen few or no hummingbirds this year. If you have visited our Roadside Stand you know that the hummingbirds are plentiful here on Barneyville Road. And yet, you may be surprised to see that we don't have any artificial feeders out at all. Hummingbirds will visit artificial sugar water feeders, but they need much more to call a place home for the summer while they are working to raise their young. The good news is you can create a hummingbird haven in your own yard, big or small, suburban or urban. Read our tips at the link below. 

Create a Hummingbird Haven

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Prickly Ed's Cactus Patch

 6 Barneyville Road,

Barrington, RI 02806-2715

(401) 248-4785

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Prickly Ed's Cactus Patch, Roadside Stand and Apothecary is a super small, hyperlocal, roadside stand located directly on the border of Barrington, RI and Swansea, MA focused on making the area a little bit wilder one yard at a time! Offering great native plants, prickly pear cactus, magic dirt, unusual pollinator friendly annuals, organic herb and vegetable plants, lots of solicited and unsolicited advice & random curiosities designed to get your yard really buzzing. You can read all about us on our website, including the story of where the name Prickly Ed's Cactus Patch came from.

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