<p>by Ray Allen<\/p><a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2010\/02\/prod_aquilegiadoublewinkypink.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1013" title="Prod_AquilegiaDoubleWinkyPink" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2010\/02\/prod_aquilegiadoublewinkypink.jpg?w=124" alt="" width="124" height="150" \/><\/a>\r\n\r\nWe're putting all kinds of new things on the site at American Meadows to make sure you have a really wide choice for this spring and summer.\u00a0 New<a href="\/wildflower-seeds"> flower seeds<\/a>, <a href="\/vegetables-seeds">vegetable seeds<\/a>, new <a href="\/flower-bulbs\/spring-flower-bulbs">spring bulbs<\/a>, and lots and lots of new <a href="\/perennials">perennials<\/a>. Here are some of my favorite new spring plants: <a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2010\/02\/prod_dahliafirepot.jpg"><img class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-1018" title="Prod_DahliaFirePot" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2010\/02\/prod_dahliafirepot.jpg?w=150" alt="" width="150" height="147" \/><\/a>\r\n\r\nThat photo above is a new Double Columbine with a silly name, "<a href="\/perennials\/columbine\/columbine-double-winky-red">Double Winky Red<\/a>."\u00a0 But just imagine that beauty in your garden! (We have a new blue one like it, too....and yes, that one's called "<a href="\/perennials\/columbine\/columbine-double-winky-blue">Double Winky Blue<\/a>."\r\n\r\nOver in the <a href="\/flower-bulbs\/spring-flower-bulbs">Spring Bulb Department<\/a>, take a look at one of the new <a href="\/flower-bulbs\/dahlia-flower-bulbs">Dahlias<\/a>, <a href="\/flower-bulbs\/calla-lily-flower-bulbs">Callas<\/a> and <a href="\/flower-bulbs\/gladiolus-flower-bulbs">Glads<\/a>. The incredible dahlia at the right is named "<a href="\/flower-bulbs\/dahlia-flower-bulbs\/dahlia-fire-pot">Fire Pot<\/a>," and that name makes perfect sense.\u00a0 Imagine these fiery beauties, blooming for you from midsummer to fall...each flower, at least 6 inches across!\r\n\r\nIn the <a href="\/perennials">Perennials and Lilies Dept<\/a>, we have several new <a href="\/perennials\/clematis-vines">Clematis<\/a> entries to join our already long list.\u00a0 My fave is an antique, called "<a href="\/perennials\/clematis-vines\/clematis-belle-of-woking">Belle of Woking.<\/a>"\u00a0 It's a double, and it's fascinating that it was introduced by the famous Jackman and Son nursery in England in 1876 and is still one everybody wants.\u00a0 Does the nursery name sound familiar?\u00a0 Well, if you're a clematis fancier, it ought to, since the far-and-away No. 1 Clematis in the world is called <a href="\/perennials\/clematis-vines\/clematis-jackmanii">Clematis Jackmanii, the popular purple<\/a> one introduced by the same nursery, the same family business.\u00a0 The Jackmans, fathers and sons, operated that nursery<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2010\/02\/prod_clematisbelleofwoking.jpg"><img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-1022 alignleft" title="Prod_ClematisBelleOfWoking" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2010\/02\/prod_clematisbelleofwoking.jpg?w=150" alt="" width="150" height="136" \/><\/a> for four generations, finally closing in 1967.\u00a0 Imagine the pleasure just this one family brought to gardeners!\u00a0 And where was the nursery established?\u00a0 In the town of Woking, near London.\u00a0 I'm wondering who the "Belle" was...can't find that anywhere.\u00a0 But she must have been really beautiful!\u00a0 Pay us a visit soon at American Meadows, and browse these and hundreds more...it's going to be a really beautiful spring!