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1 May 2021
Echinacea 'paradiso mix' Grown from seed this year is difficult to find
Echinacea 'paradiso mix' Grown from seed this year is difficult to find

Some Plants Are Difficult to Find This Spring

Spring has started out with its usual rush to get everything done..seeds planted, perennials transplanted and repotted and new plants ordered.

Strangely, this year one of the hardest things to find are several seed grown varieties of perennials.  I try to grow as much from seed as possible because it keeps costs lower, but I am having a hard time finding the seeds that I need for such plants as Echinacea ' Cheyenne Spirit', Delphinium 'Fantasia', and many others.

Additionally, certain professional growing mixes have become scarce as well.  And the price of lumber....ugh....

Then to make matters worse, shipping has been horrendous.  Many seeds are shipped via USPS and it has taken weeks for seeds to arrive that normal arrive in 7 days or less.

I guess Covid is the problem..  I sure will be happy when this is behind us, won't you?

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22 Apr 2021
Firewitch Dianthus
Firewitch Dianthus

Spring Is Off To A Busy Start

Spring has already gone bonkers for us.  Sales are brisk and patios and plants are in big demand.

We will be growing all season so don't be disheartened if a plant is marked unavailable or sold out.  We grow multiple crops and when you visit the nursery, you will see many plants in various stages of growth.

We have a couple of cold nights to get through first though,  and then things will get back to the hustle and bustle that we all love.

This year you can walk through the nursery if you let us know you'd like to shop in person, but we still ask that you wear a mask even if vaccinated...yes, we hate masks too, but its a small price to pay for keeping our neighbors safe.

Yes, it's spring and lets enjoy it to the fullest.

 


Linda White Hansen
Hi there! I'd love to visit your nursery ...I need lots of plants to fill my son's new garden and would prefer to see them in person...When would be convenient for you?
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27 Mar 2021
Acorus g. 'Ogon' Variegated Sweet Flag
Acorus g. 'Ogon' Variegated Sweet Flag

Happy Spring!

Well, spring is finally here and we are rushing to fill the benches and clean up the nursery.

The perennials are breaking dormancy now and looking pretty good.

We had such a mild winter that we lost very few and in fact, some tender perennials like pineapple sage actually survived.

We can't wait to see all of you again this year

9 Feb 2021

Winter is Here

All plants are nestled in their wintering beds as we impatiently wait for winter to start showing signs of giving into spring.  

Right now is seed starting time and we are ordering and sowing seeds.

Can't wait to see the first signs of spring which should be shortly...buds will swell, crocuses and glory of the snow will pop.  


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28 Aug 2020
The Tan Collie is Ringo
The Tan Collie is Ringo

Ringo Has Arrived

Ringo has been with us just about a month and he's grown quite a bit.  He's gone from 14.3 lbs up to 25 lbs and he is still growing into his big feet.  We think he will top out around 75 lbs.

Ringo is quite the handful as he learns about the world around him.  He loves exploring the nursery, checking out the toads, jumping into the stream and digging in the sand pile.  He also barks and whines and chews alot...lol

We introduce him to most of you that visit the nursery so he can get to know everyone.


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10 Aug 2020
Ringo will start running the farm in September
Ringo will start running the farm in September

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.

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7 Aug 2020
Coming Soon Kerria japonica 'picta'
Coming Soon Kerria japonica 'picta'

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.


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18 Jul 2020
Gemma
Gemma

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. 

Cindy Saitta
I am now just reading this. I'm so sorry for the loss of your Gemma. Our fur babies are part of our family and it hurts so much when we lose them. I never got to meet her when I was there. I wish I had. We had a collie, tri-colored too. He was a wonderful pet. I hold on to the thought that there really is a Rainbow Bridge. Take care.
Angelina Saitta
I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is so painful. They definitely leave paw prints on our heart.
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14 Jul 2020

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. 


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12 Jun 2020

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.

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6 Jun 2020

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.

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11 May 2020

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!


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26 Apr 2020

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.


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17 Apr 2020

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.

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