Dad and I just got back from the Cultivate’15 greenhouse trade show. You can read about our adventure over on my herb blog:
Part 1: pre-show greenhouse visits
Part 2: the trade show
We’re now operating on our summer schedule and are open Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, and Sundays 10 am – 5 pm.
Our clearance sale is ongoing with lots of really great plants left to choose from, we’ve got mums started for the fall, and at some point soon I really hope to get caught up on weekly photo updates…
Seed room, Van Wingerden house, West 1. This is our hottest room, so it’s ideal for zinnias, flowering vinca, peppers, and basil.
W2– New plantings of Wave petunias, peppers, other odds and ends.
W3– Geraniums and zinnias.
W4– Herb bay
W4– I took over most of that right-hand table too…
W5– large 14″ mixed planters that were previously in the skinny aisles between tables are now spaced and accessible.
Outside– Extra perennials for restocking the main display tables.
Strawberries and gazanias
Extra Waves, perennials
Extra hanging baskets, 14″ planters
E5– How’s this for drastic!
E5– 14″ planters, waiting to be planted with coleus
E3– Most of the original coleus and Sunpatiens have been sold, and other things planted in their place
E3– assortment of 99¢ plants for making your own mixed planters, etc!
E2– lots of changes! Right-hand table was originally tuberous begonias, is now full of small potted petunias, calibrachoa, verbena
E2– Great flowering stuff to replace the sold New Guinea impatiens
E1, Main aisle/entry bay
E1– Veggie carts
E1– displays lining main aisle
GGS house, West 1– pepper display carts
W1– Tables were covered with zucchini, squash, watermelon, other veggies.
W2– Bedding annuals in flats have been flying out. Not literally, that would be terrifying…
E4– Dwindling flats of cabbage and lettuce
E4– Still have some roses in here
E1– Veggie aisle
E1– There’s a line of carts down the center of the aisle, so here’s the view to the left…
…And to the right.
Outside the front door– rose house
Facing towards the parking lot– low tables with displays that we keep switching up
Display of annuals
View from other end of baskets, perennials, etc
Across the parking lot in the overflow houses– You can see that since last week we’ve taken a lot out!
Overflow house, covered– lots of freshly cut off baskets. When they get too leggy we shear them off, and in two weeks they look perfect.
Overflow house, uncovered– more extra calibrachoa
Enjoy this tour of every bay in the greenhouse, and compare to March 22nd! A lot has come and gone. You’ll see things we’ve replanted or found at the auction we go to every week, but the trend at this point in the season is to leave more space around the plants so they don’t get crowded and to eliminate lines/entire bays of hanging baskets to let more light onto the crop below. You can see how much more light and spacious the greenhouse seems compared to a few weeks ago.
Much veg, so wow.
Big chunks of flats disappearing!
Gorgeous bare-root irises that we found at the auction
…Sold out in two days…
Salvia coccinea, a favorite of hummingbirds.
Hanging baskets, basking in the sun
Extra large tomatoes!
A really neat variegated impatiens
It’s true. Please, water your plants.
“Overflow” area of calibrachoa baskets; they’re spaced apart on drip lines, and as we sell from the display inside we bring these in to fill in.
Double Knockout roses
Mostly detail shots this time (my favorite…) — next entry will be another bay-by-bay tour so you can see how much has changed! Remember that this is from a few weeks ago. 😉
Jennifer’s handiwork 🙂
Meet George and Alice, our adorable new baby ring-necked pheasants! “To be enjoyed, but not eaten…”
This is a really busy time of year for us! May is our busiest month, with two major holiday weekends to prepare for. In addition to our retail customers, we also have wholesale customers coming in, and we send multiple truckloads/thousands of plants a week to a wholesale auction.
Trust me when I say that we’re working our hardest to get everything planted, and then also watered and maintained! Planting is only the tip of the iceberg… We’re still doing a lot of planting, both of things that we’ve sold out of already (!) and things we didn’t get to yet because of space constraints or weather. If you’ve been following the weekly photo updates, you’ve seen the place packed as full as we can get it and then big chunks of space abruptly opening up again. Every day we’re planting more. If there’s something that you’ve been looking for and we told you we’d have it, we will, but it can be really hard to pin down an exact date. We also buy at the auction– things we don’t have ready yet or don’t have starter plants for. This means our availability can change very quickly! Just know that we’re doing our best, and if you’re waiting on something specific, give us a call to check on it (rather than making a long drive!).
A big thank you to all our lovely customers! 🙂 We think you’re pretty rad.