My Perennial Thoughts
Ringo begins his journey from New Hampshire today. We are expecting him to arrive here around noon tomorrow so let's pray for good weather.
We've been busy preparing and puppy-proofing the house. Once he gets here and has a chance to settle in, his training will begin.
I will post pictures too.
SoonTo Be Joining Us: Meet Ringo
Check out Ringo! He's about 5 weeks old and we will be welcoming him to the family at the beginning of September.
After our 14 year old smooth collie Gemma died 3 weeks ago, we decided on another smooth, but wanted a boy of a different color.
Though we miss our Gemma and know she can never be replaced, we also know she would have loved a new puppy in the house.
So we are looking forward to the chaos and joy a new puppy will bring.
Kerria japonica picta - Coming Soon!
Unusual for a Kerria and much more delicate looking, this variety of kerria doesn't grow over 3 feet tall with an equal spread. Picta has an almost lacy look due to the white variegated leaves. Care is the same as the more humongous Kerria japonica with which most of us are familiar.
Picta will be sold in 1 gallon pots and will be available shortly.
My Best Friend Has Died
My heart is empty and broken as we had to say goodbye to our beautiful collie Gemma yesterday afternoon. Some of you have met her...she is the one who greeted you at the nursery.
Our papillion, Rocky, also in the photo, died last October. Its a double hit of pain and sadness.
They had lived their lives running and chasing frisbees, barking, diving into Israel Creek and just running the show.
There are no words to describe the hole in my heart and the silence that is deafening.
Summer in Full Swing and Covid-19
It's been a hot one for sure. But I'm not complaining. For me,as a grower, the heat and humidity of summer are ideal for starting cuttings and pushing new growth. Some cuttings will root in as little as 2 weeks during these sultry days.
Through pouring sweat, I am loving the heat. Many people look forward to the cooler days of fall, but not me. So for now, I'm going to revel in the steaminess of the season. It also keeps my mind off this Covid mess. Won't it be nice when this has all passed and we get back to normal.
And while I'm on the subject of Covid, I want to mention that at the nursery we are still wearing masks and social distancing. I watch the infection numbers closely and the folks in our area are doing a great job flattening the curve around here. Let's keep up the good work.
I have also been researching this disease a bit, and have learned that there is an ideal humidity level for transmission of the virus. Under 40%, the virus can live longer on surfaces, over 60% humidity, the virus can hang in the air longer. Humidity levels between 40-60% are thought to somewhat inhibit the virus. So with that in mind, we wear our masks around here when the humidity outside exceeds 60%. The masks make it harder to breath when it's hot out, but that is a small price to pay for avoiding passing on the infection to others.
Taking Plant Requests & Comfrey Cuttings Have Rooted
I get asked often for varieties that I don't have. But just because I don't have them doesn't mean I can't grow them. If you would like me to grow something just ask.
By the way, those comfrey cuttings have now rooted.
They should be ready for our winners in about acweek or so.
Lightening Bug Sightings
Who doesn't like a humid evening of watching the first flashes of fireflies or lightening bugs, as we grew up calling them.
As a kid and even now, I had a keen interest in insects and observed and collected all kinds.
Lightening bugs were fascinating and I looked forward to every June so that I could once again watch the twinkling lights in the dark.
I learned back then that those airborne twinklers were the males and the different species actually flash their own "code" and then watch for an answering flash from a lady firefly waiting down below in the grass.
So I decided to try a little experiment to see if I could attract the males to me, just like a female. Well, it turns out, I could.
I would sit in the grass with a small flashlight, pick out one twinkle in the night, wait about 3 seconds, and then flash back at him. Surprisingly, it works and the male will flash back. Wait another 3 seconds , flash my light, and low and behold, the amorous boy is flashing back at me and coming closer. I have been able to get the befuddled males to land on my hand.... they search and search for the lady firefly, and in frustration, they fly off. Interestingly enough, you can only fool one particular male once.
My friends tell me that I'm a meanie for getting the firefly's hopes up. Oh well...Sorry dude. lol.
It's A Frosty May!
Though we had what I'd consider a very mild winter, spring, on the other hand, has been anything but. Below normal temperatures have reigned supreme which has slowed the growth of our plants and they still continue to break dormancy. We just had one of the oddest Mother's Day weekends that I can ever remember.
Some plants have gotten a little damaged from our late frosts and even now, this 2nd week of May, we are under more frost advisories. The plants can handle it though and will look a little rough for awhile, but once we get warm, settled weather, they will quickly grow out of any raggedness.
So let's have some patience....ha! Ok spring, take your time, but HURRY UP!
A Month of Social Distancing
So it's been about a month I guess, and things are coming along fine. Plant sales have been brisk actually and I'm trying my darndest to keep up.
More seedlings have been started, the veggies are coming along, the annuals and herbs are waiting to be transplanted. Plant orders for the patented varieties are on the way... All we need are some warm sunny days and things will take off.
The cool rainy weather is a drag for most of us, especially my 14 year old collie, Jemma. Hopefully, this week will feel better on her old bones.
Let's bring on May and the bright warm days...these are the glorious days that make one glad to be alive. Yeah, we will still be social distancing, but the beauty of mother nature is more noticeable now isn't it? Now that we've all slowed down a bit.
A New Way of Buying Plants
Seems like everyone is adjusting just fine to the social distancing requirements of our state. We have been able to conduct virtual nursery tours with no contact with customers. I can still answer your questions, still troubleshoot problems, still help you design your bed, all by using our smart phones. Isn't technology grand!
Hopefully though, in a few weeks, this Covid-19 will peak and then decline and we can finally get back to normal. But if not,we will adjust and continue with virtual sales. And honestly, you can do virtually sales any time you want if you are so inclined.
On another note, we will be getting more and more plants onto the benches as the spring rolls into summer. So keep watching our website updates. And thank you to everyone who is making this another great growing season.
Normalcy During Covid-19
I'd say most of us are pretty aware of the global pandemic, if you aren't or are in denial, then, please pay attention.
This thing is no joke, but we are still trying to maintain a sense of normalcy in the nursery. The plants don't know that we are dealing with Covid-19 and they still need to be started and cared for regardless of our problems.
So with that said, we are still working, still starting plants, and still offering plants for sale. But we have changed a bit.
We are now only doing virtual selling. We can walk you through the nursery via messenger or a similar app, or you can contact us and request plants. Then we will send photos of the plants if we have them. You can pick which ones you'd like and then we either put them aside for you to pick up in our parking lot, or we can deliver if you purchase $15.00 or more and are within 15 miles of the nursery.