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Welcome to Jolly Lane Greenhouse

We are a Rapid City nursery that provides helpful information to both green thumbs and beginning gardeners about horticulture in the Black Hills and surrounding areas. Our garden supply center houses a variety of plant selections, including shrubs, annuals, perennials, and herbs, as well as garden décor.

At Jolly Lane Greenhouse, you'll find your senses stimulated by an extensive assortment of seasonal plants, shrubs, and trees from our garden supply centers. We have a variety of fragrant and brightly-colored foliage, bushes, evergreens, perennials, vines, ornamental grasses, and rose bushes—there's something for every season!

Jolly Lane Greenhouse has everything you need to start planning and planting your flower and vegetable seedlings. You'll find a huge selection of flower and vegetable seeds, germinating soil and trays, heating mats for germinating, marking stakes and much more.

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Seasonal Plants

History of the Pansy

The garden pansy is a type of large-flowered hybrid plant cultivated as a garden flower.  It is derived by the hybridization from several species in the section Melanium (the pansies) of the genus Viola, particularly Viola tricolor, a wildflower of Europe and western Asia know as heartsease.

English common names, such as "pansy", "viola' and "violet" may be used interchangeably.  Modern horticulturalists tend to use the term "pansy" for those multi-colored large-flowered hybrids that are grown for bedding purposes every year, while "viola" is usually reserved for smaller, more delicate annuals and perennials.

In the early years of the 19th century, Lady Mary Elizabeth Bennet, daughter of the Earl of Tankerville, collected and cultivated every sort of Viola tricolor (commonly,heartsease) she could procure.  Under the supervision of her gardener, William Richardson, a large variety of plants was produced via cross-breeding.  In 1812, she introduced her pansies to the horticultural world.  In 1813, Mr. Lee, a well-known florist, further cultivated the flower.  The pansy became a favorite among the public.

By 1833, there were 400 named pansies available to gardeners who once considered its progenitor, heartsease, a weed.  About this time, James Grieve developed the viola and Dr. Charles Stuart developed the violetta, both smaller, more compact plants than the pansy.

Modern horticulturists have developed a wide range of pansy flower colors and bicolors including yellow, gold, orange, purple, violet, red, white and even near-black (very dark purple).  Pansies typically display large showy face markings.

Pansies can survive light freezes and short periods of snow cover.  Making it an excellant plant for early spring and late fall.  They are not very heat-tolerant; warm temperatures inhibit blooming and hot muggy air causes rot and death.  In colder zones, pansies may not survive without snow cover or protection (mulch) from extreme cold or periods of freezing and thawing.

Gardening Tips

How to prepare your garden site for planting in the spring!

Before sowing or planting a vegetable garden in the spring, you first need to prepare the site.  Eliminating weeds and getting the soil ready for your flowers and vegetables are important first steps in growing a successful garden.  Time spent in preparation reduces the time you'll have to spend maintaining and weeding your garden over the course of the growing season.

Choose the spot.  Vegetable gardens and most flowerbeds require at least 8 hours of full sun each day.  Choose a level spot that has well-drained soil.

Eliminate the competition.  Remove existing lawn by slicing under the sod with a spade and cutting it into manageable pieces.  Kill weeds with an herbicide, pull them by hand, or chop them with a hoe and rake them up.

Dig the soil to al least one spade's depth.  Work across the bed and from one end to the other to avoid standing where you have already dug.  Improve the soil with well-rotted organic matter, such as manure or garden compost.  In heavy clay soils, dig in composted bark.

Apply a fertilizer before planting.  And water if it doesn't rain within a day or so.

After the soil is dug, prepared and the compost and fertilizer is mixed in level out the area with a rake.  And you are ready to start planting your vegetables.

Jolly Lane Greenhouse has all the amendments you will need.  Stop in and we will help your get ready to plant all your vegetables and flowers.