Category Archives: What’s New?

Updates on what’s happening around the yard.

Poinsettia Update

Our poinsettias are coloring up, and looking fabulous. Since we grow our own, now is the time to come and get them! First come, first serve! It’s been a fun and interesting crop, and we learn new things every growing season.

 If you’re out front picking out the perfect tree, jump in the car and take a ride to our greenhouse outback. We’ll have elves working in the first one (with Christmas Lights) and that’s where you’ll find gifts, plants and poinsettias. We have ribbons for making custom bows, so you can mix and match!

 

We looking forward to seeing you this holiday season! The countdown is on!

A Different Fall Clean-up

As we’ve all come to realize, (no surprise as New Englanders) Mother Nature has decided we get snow early this year. We had many calls about fall clean-ups and getting them done before the snow flies. This isn’t always easy or possible to accomplish. We have a limited crew at times, and are responsible for snow removal and safety as well. Having said that, here is a great article on a different take on Fall Clean-ups. A lot of the time our instincts are to “Keep up with the Joneses” and have everything nice and tidy. Which is great if that’s what you like. But think about the wildlife around as well. This is a fast-growing area, and we all need to keep in mind the repercussions of that.

Take a minute to read the article here or visit

http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=18-P13-00047&segmentID=5

Holiday Decorating Orders

The time has come!

We’re just about half way through November (can you believe it!?) and we are all starting to feel the holidays coming. We offer customized decorating services. Do you have a door entrance you’re not sure what to do with this year? Send us a picture!

Wreaths, handmade bows, greens (in many sizes and shapes) log baskets, Boxwood Trees, kissing balls, and window boxes are right up our alley.

We are expecting our greens to come in the week of
November 12th. But it’s not too early to make arrangements. There are a lot of  things we can prep right now to save time
(like making bows!)

Poinsettias

Starting to think about the holidays? With the nature of this business, we are always thinking at least one season ahead. We don’t believe in pushing seasons or holidays on our customers, but we’d like to share this special crop with you!

This is our 3rd year growing our own poinsettias. We bring our poinsettias in during the last week of September, and grow them on into the holiday season. This is a very demanding crop, originating from South America, the poinsettia crop is more acclimated to warmer climates and brighter days. When we receive our poinsettias, they are green. But as the daylight diminishes and the temperatures drop, the colors that we all expect around the holidays start to enhance.

One of our deciding factors to grow poinsettias is that we are able to order more colors and sizes that are otherwise unavailable. We have some favorites that you cannot find anywhere else in this area! Two that come to mind are Ice Punch, a vibrant reddish-pink with white down the middle, and Burning Embers which takes on an glowing orange hue.

Check out our gallery to see the progress of our poinsettias!

Seeds Are In!

Alcea Seedling
Alcea Seedlings

It’s that exciting time of year! Start planning and brainstorming your new gardening endeavors! We carry Seed Savers Exchange, Hart’s Seeds, and
select Renee’s Seeds. One of my
favorite things to do this time of year is to read a good farming book to get me brainstorming, sit down with a nice cup of coffee and draw up what I’d like to grow and accomplish during the coming season. If you’re not sure where to begin,  here are some ideas to get in the spirit…
Using your browser: Search websites like ours as well as Pintrest, Google,
Instagram and Facebook to get tips, look at pictures and find out what other people are sharing.
Turn the pages: Find farming books, floral magazines, and catalogs to draw inspiration.
Look out your window: Are you happy with your layout? Need more, or less? What grew well and what didn’t and why?
The season is coming fast! The more you plan, the more prepared you are when the time comes!

Planting in the Fall

Hi Folks! We always get the question around this time of year, “How late can I plant?” Based on our experience in landscaping, we are able to plant up until the ground is no longer workable.
For our area that means into November-weather permitting.
Planting in the spring or the fall is a great time. You can weigh your options based on:
Climate- Is the soil workable? Are we past hard frosts?
Plant availability- Can I get this plant in the spring and/or in the fall?
Time- Will I have the time to plant in the spring? Am I traveling? Going to weddings, showers, etc.
Pricing- Are there any sales on the plants I’d like?

Having said this, we still have an enormous amount of beautiful nursery stock on property! Prices have been lowered, and the cool fall weather is nice to work in before…winter arrives! See the pictures below to get an idea before you stop by!

Mums!

Aerial View of Front Mats
Aerial View of Front Mats

Hi All! Its hard to believe it, but our busy bees are setting up for Fall! The mums are sized up and looking stunning, and we have deliveries coming in this week and next for all of those autumn goodies that we look forward to when the weather gets cooler.  Here’s an update on what we have in store now…
In Store:                                                                    Coming Soon:
MUMS!                                                                     Bulbs
Pumpkins                                                                 Sugar Pumpkins
Gourds                                                                       Indian Corn
Scarecrows & Décor
Silks
Custom Planters
Cornstalks
Cold weather veggies
Hay Bales
Annuals
Perennials
Trees & Shrubs

 

Nursery Stock

 

Nursery Stock
Nursery Stock

The name of the game this week is nursery stock. We’ve been busy unloading and setting up all of our nursery stock around the yard. Looking for something in particular? Give us a call or stop by! We have some beautiful weeping cherries and forsythia in bloom, as well as a huge assortment of evergreens and deciduous trees.
We’ve also been busy setting up the rest of the yard. Our hanging baskets and geraniums are gearing up for Mother’s Day!

Spacing

The word of the week is SPACING! Along with our plantings, we’ve been spacing in the greenhouses (GH#7, GH#3 and soon in GH#2). It’s important to space our plants so they have room to grow nice and full without competing against each other. If they have to compete, they become leggy and undesirable. We’re also starting to bring in some great nursery stock. Starting this coming week (April 13th) we will have plenty to browse. Our mulches and soils are in: Cedar, Hemlock, Pine, Black, Loam and Compost. Since the weather is supposed to break in the next few days (fingers crossed!!!) we’re looking forward to seeing new and returning faces!

Maggie and Sam helping us space in GH#3
Maggie and Sam helping us space in GH#3