End of Season Bedding Plant Sale

Bidens Bee-Dance Painted Red

We’ve had enough. It is your turn to plant, water and enjoy!

All annuals in packs and most in pots are buy one get one free! Elephant Ears, caladium, cannas, callas and dahlias are 20% off. So are most hanging baskets and planters!

Happy Returns Hemerocallis

This is a prime time to plant perennials. We have a great selection of perennials and nursery stock, too.  June 28 we are offering a class with a light meal – Perfecting Perennials – Call now to reserve your spot!

June hours are Monday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. The Prairie Bistro serves lunch 11 am to 1:30 pm each day.

Count down!

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It’s almost time! We are sooooo excited!

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We have our happy faces on and are ready to open the doors for the 2016 Spring Season!

Monday, April 11 – April 30, we are open from 9-5 Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays in April.

Of course, The Prairie Bistro serves lunch from 11-1:30 Monday through Saturday through the end of June. Try our scratch-made soups, unique sandwiches and fresh salads!

 

Bedding Plant Sale

It’s time for our annual Bedding Plant sale! We had a great Spring 2015, but are tired of watering, so now it’s your turn!

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Hanging Baskets and Planters are 20% off!

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Most other annuals are Buy one Get one Free! The only exception to that is 20% off Dinner Plate Dahlias, Caladium, Callas and Elephant Ears.

Join us for Lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 to 1:30 through June 27. We will be closed June 28 through July 5 for R&R, then re-opening the week of July 6-11 for our Annual Garden Party!

Things are looking up! But don’t get too excited.

What a difference a week makes in the greenhouse! While the first week in March was so frustrating, mostly due to the weather, the second week felt much more bright and cheery. 🙂

IMGP3204And all the little miracles keep popping up. Remember what these looked like a week ago?

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Last week I also worried about whether Mabel would root out. Look at those tiny little roots!

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And this Mabel Grey is really anxious to get growing!

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She didn’t even lose much foliage. Can’t you smell that wonderful lemon scent? Makes my mouth water just looking at this picture!

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We finally got enough liners in to plant up the city hanging baskets. Kinda hard to believe that this….

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will be this in a few short months!

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I took a quick stroll through the display bed on Sunday. This optimistic daffodil is starting to peek through the mulch. The first break of dormancy always makes me smile!

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Snow Angel heuchera is an evergreen perennial, but I’m always excited to see she made it through another winter.

As excited as I am to see these sure signs of spring, I had to pull myself up short and remember that it really is only the middle of March. It is way too early to do clean-up work in the perennial beds. I itch to cut back dead foliage, rake up the debris. As nice as our forecast is, we will still suffer from some pretty cold nights. A severe drop in temperature after perennials think summer is coming can be fatal. More perennials die from a late killing frost than from very cold January! So I am trying to be content with watching and waiting. Sigh.

Roller Coaster Week

And we were off to the races this week! And what a week it was. Our first liners (small plants with a root ball the size of a quarter) came on a semi from California Monday morning. There were nearly 10,000 plants on that pallet and all were in beautiful condition. We were so excited to get our hands dirty!

But first they had to wait a day so we could get flats filled with pots and soil.

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Jeanie spent Monday getting started with the seeding. First the peppers, some of the herbs, marigolds to put in early planters. One of the heaters in Ruby’s House wasn’t working properly, but one night of cold wouldn’t hurt the freshly seeded trays.

Tuesday brought very cold temperatures. The high was a couple of degrees below zero and the wind howled from the west. Our propane provider loves days like this, as long as he doesn’t have to do any emergency furnace repairs!

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Jeanie’s next job was to take cuttings of the few stock plants we keep over. These are from plants that are hard to find (and tolerate our neglect over the winter!). We are careful not to take cuttings from plants which are patented. Most of the cool, new varieties are patented, so if we do propagate them, we need to pay royalties. The nice full tray on the left is our favorite scented geranium, Mabel Gray. She has the best lemon scent and is exceedingly difficult to root out. If there are 45 cuttings, we can probably count on 10 plants. That is why most commercial growers leave her alone.

Most of our geraniums also came in Tuesday. The FedEx truck and our staff had to plow their way through a nasty snow bank to get in and out of the yard.

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Wednesday was also bitterly cold. Lori and Cathy and Kaitlin planted up as many hanging baskets as possible, as well as some of the regular pots. Our scheduling is very awkward the first few weeks. It would be nice if everything could be planted as soon as it arrives. But because each variety of plant goes into several different types of containers, and we grow some of all of them in Rosie’s House and the extra go in to Ruby’s House, the planting gets staggered. Top that with the fact that the liners come from about 8 different growers, all shipping at different times, and we sometimes feel like we are herding cats!

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So on Wednesday, all my best laid plans were challenged. We are not sure why, but one of our major suppliers (also from the frigid north) decided to ship 3 cases of tender liners ground in minus zero temperatures. In nearly 50 years, we have never received cases of plants that were frozen solid into the center of the box! That threw a monkey wrench into our plans in so many ways. These plants had been ordered in August so availability was an issue. We won’t receive replacements for what is available until the middle of next week. And the smell of frozen plants is nasty!

And today we received a case that had been shipped Next Day Air on Tuesday (also frozen). Did you know  that Friday is the day after Tuesday?

On the bright side, Thursday morning we woke up to minus 19 degrees Fahrenheit but it warmed up to 24 above! And today we saw 40 degrees. Spring is coming!

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One of the best things about running a greenhouse is witnessing the little miracles in life. This morning there was no sign of life in this tray of dirt. Janie Bright Yellow marigolds are reaching for the stars! This always makes me smile. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for our container workshops and Dirty Dining!

Sunny Daffodils

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Finally! I’ve been waiting for evidence of life below the oh-so-cold mulch. Today the daffodils burst forth in sun-shiny joy! Just in time for Mother’s Day!

Speaking of which, don’t forget our Open House Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 each day. We are offering 10% off on all hanging baskets, as long as you take them home with you.

Full lunch menu Saturday with just soup on Sunday. Sign up for door prizes, too!

 

Mother’s Day Open House

Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, is our annual Mother’s Day Open House from noon to 5 both days. Bring Mom out for lunch served by The Prairie Bistro (full menu Saturday, soup only on Sunday). Sign up for door prizes and pick out your plants for your outdoor living spaces!

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Saturday and Sunday  receive 10% off hanging baskets! Cash and Carry only.

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Check out our new watercolor gift cards by former Mohall resident Mary Hill.

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We also have received another shipment of ceramic!