A new day at the nursery

Yesterday was the first day we were open for the new year. I walked to the store, we only live about 1 1/2 miles away, and the temps outside were very cold but at least there was no wind. I didn't expect to see many customers yesterday, but surprisingly it was very steady and Harriet and I both enjoyed the company. This time of year I've noticed, is when people really start getting excited about the garden for the coming spring. It is cold and dreary outside, there are large storms forecast for this weekend, and you just want to hope and dream for a little bit of sunshine and greenery to be coming soon. The holidays are behind us, and the seed catalogs that stacked up by the chair in November & December are back in your lap.

I talked to one women about her houseplants and the infestation of spider mites that she had brought inside with her from last summer. I probably should have discussed this in the September newsletter, and have made a note to do so next year. When your houseplants have been outside for the entire summer you need to take a few precautions when you bring them back in the house. The eggs that the bugs have laid on them will start to hatch when brought into your warm and comfy home. You can avoid that by spraying with an organic solution, or using a granular systemic before bringing them in the house. If they are in the house now, and you are either seeing the signs of little gnats or spider mites on your plants, you can still treat them now and take care of it. It is just so much easier to do it outside before you bring them in for the winter.

Today is yoga day at The River House behind the store. If you have been thinking about coming to a class, remember that Julie offers your first class at no charge. Stop by sometime and check it out. You might just become hooked like I have. Classes will now only be on Tuesday and Thursday mornings as she has been offered a position at the college also. When it warms back up she will again do a class outside in the River Garden as well.

Have a great day and stay warm! Susan

Happy New Year!

I am heading outside in a few moments to enjoy the warmth that the sun is filling our yard with today. The compost pile needs to be turned and the bird feeders need to be filled. This photo was taken in my side yard this last week after the nice snowfall that we had. It is too hard to keep water in the small birdbaths during the winter months, so I fill them with seed instead. Enjoy the sunshine, it looks like we have a nice large storm on the way for this coming weekend. Happy 2008!

The start of a new path

The start of something new always brings a sense of thrill for me. Over the past three years I have been a regular contributor to an online blog and have enjoyed it immensely. The other contributing writers on the blog are a group of six wonderful women that I have been friends with for years. We have written about most everything you can imagine, our lives at the moment, our travels to faraway lands, friends and acquaintances, loss and renewal, the weather, and of course gardening.

I thought it might be time to start up a blog for our nursery. If you have been directed here through our website
http://www.flowertreenursery.com/ , you already know a little bit about me and what my life entails as the "Queen Gardener" (a name that was given to me 7 years ago when we bought the nursery and it just sort of stuck). If you have found this site through your searches on the web , we welcome you. My hopes are that this will be a forum not only for those that love to garden, but also for those with questions and comments about life in general. We will touch on business practices of owning a garden center, the inner workings of a coffee/wine bar, and even how we put together our special concert events held back on the river behind the nursery. We will review our favorite books, and of course we will discuss... gardening.

Welcome to our new path. Susan, Queen Gardener.