It sure has been nice being back in the greenhouse and getting our hands dirty after such an awful and endless winter. Violet (the resident cat) is excited to have company again, even if it means she has to put up with Winston doing his doggie thing, running around and just doing that stuff that dogs do. Every day we come into the greenhouse it seems things have doubled in size and have put out a few more blooms to celebrate the arrival of spring.
However, we were greeted with a not-so-wonderful sight right after our first shipment of annuals in late February when the greenhouse thermostat decided, on one of the coldest nights of late winter, to give up the ghost. We arrived in the morning ready to start planting things only to discover that the greenhouse temperature had plunged to -10 overnight, and all of our beautiful bushy little annuals were frosted, soggy and pretty much dead. We know this stuff happens eventually to everyone who is in the nursery business – system failures, unexpected frosts, using plant retardants instead of fertilizers, invasions of various bugs, you name it, it’s happened to someone, but still…NOT FAIR! We had to have a little sulk before looking on the bright side (such as, at least it happened before we spent a week planting everything up, at least it was only the thermostat and not the entire heating system…).
Fortunately, we were able to re-order most of our selections. And we were incredibly impressed to find that much of our initial shipment actually survived the chill! We didn’t throw anything out, kept watering, and when we snipped away the dead leaves on some of those teensy plants, we were surprised and happy to see lots of new green growth. They are far behind our non-frosted plants, but they’ll be great to have after the first rush of sales in late May…our survivors will be at their best a few weeks later, so we’ll have great looking annuals throughout the summer.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon, we are open in less than two weeks!