Articles in Category: New Plants

Tree shortage

on Tuesday, 21 January 2014. Posted in Landscape architect, Landscape contractor, New Plants

Get ready to be flexible on your tree choices

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So there is talk in the nursery trade of tree shortages.  This is because with the downswing in the economy, many nurseries closed, went bankrupt or severly cut down their production.  Trees are not like many other commodities.  You can't just call up the factory and tell them to ramp up production and make more trees, like it's a flat screen TV, because demand is up.  Trees are on a long term cycle.  You have to produce a large tree from a smaller one so there are many stages to go through before you can have the quantities that you are in need of.  It seems as if we may not be back to normal for at least 5 years.  

 

So what does that mean for you as a landscape contractor, designer, or consumer?  It means that you need to get your orders in early, be prepared to not always get the size or variety you have specified, be flexible on possible subs, and work with your local nursery.   We are ordering more trees than usual and growing more than ever so that we can supply the rising demand for trees, shrubs, and perennials.   We are making sure to get in the varieties early that seem like they are going to be harder to get later in the season, like dogwoods and Zelkovas.  We are growing as much as we can ourselves so we are not dependent on what is going on in other growing areas. 

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This also means that we are your nursery resource.  We are well versed in what is available, what is a totally appropriate sub if needed, and are happy to help all of our customers make the best choices.  

 

We think the tide has turned and landscaping needs are increasing again.  So this tree shortage is a good sign in some ways!  But it just means we all need to work together.   Our availablity is always on our website and may not show everything that is on its way but please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need anything reserved or have questions.  Wholesale customers may use our retail or wholesale list.

 

Or come to our Landscape Professional Open House to preview the great selections we will have this year!  There is one in March and one in May.  Be sure to stop by and join us for drinks and dinner as well!

 

Help the bees

on Tuesday, 09 July 2013. Posted in Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Fruit trees, New Plants

Plants for beauty and bees

Most of you know, the bees need our help.  But we still get people coming to the nursery not wanting to get a plant with too many flowers so it doesn't attract the bees.

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But a few recent headlines about dead bees and conversations with customers have gotten me thinking more about the bees and how we need to help them.  Here are some of my answers to that issue.  

beesOne, I understand if you are allergic to bee stings, there is a legitimate reason to be wary.  But after 8 years of working at the nursery, having my arms immersed in bee-laden plants day in, day out, I have never been stung.   The bees are way more interested in the flowers than you.  The yellow jackets and wasps are what to be more cautious of as well as where a nest is.  If the bees are gathering pollen, they are doing a service to us and the environment and need more flowering plants to keep them healthy and happy.  Check out this great local website I came across that is filled with interesting facts about bees and what we can do to support them and get kids excited about them.

www.beegirl.org

 

 

There are so many choices right now for bee attractant plants, come visit to get a first hand look.  The Teucrium chamaedrys, Echinacea, Lavender, Solidago, and Solidaster are loaded with bees carrying pollen to and fro.  Anything in the herb family keeps them happy.  And keep in mind having flowering plants throughout the season.  The Ericas in early spring waken the bees back to their busy duties and the Caryopteris and Agastache feed them into the fall. 

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See the previous entry for what else we can do to help the bees.

Open house for Landscape Professionals

on Thursday, 04 April 2013. Posted in Landscape architect, Landscape contractor, New Plants

We don't know about you, but this spring has so far been a blur.  With the lack of rain it has been extra busy.  But we would love to spend a morning with you to show off our plants and share a coffee and treats!

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This is an invite to all of our Landscape professional customers to join us for our open house on Saturday, April 13th from 9-11 am.

So get out of the office, away from the skidster, and come get a hands on tour of the nursery in all it's spring glory.  We are fully stocked and have some real specimens to show you as well as some of the new stock we are growing ourselves.  It will be a good chance to know what will be available to your customers this season and hopefully be a chance to catch up with each other! Looking forward to seeing you.

 

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Epimediums growing in the hoophouse, thanks to our new grower- Erik!  There are dozens of new varieties of perennials and shrubs that we haven't carried before as well as the tried and true.

 

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There may be a few too many tractor drivers here.