This week we are doing the hard sell.  The sales personages, who do not want to be referred to by their gender, are tired of hearing about my innermost personal feelings.  They want me to use my writing skills to sell some plants.  Today we are selling some liners that I over-produced last winter. Hemerocallis […]

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We have several hundred thousand Carex rosea for immediate sale.  If they do not sell soon they will be dumped at great expense to us not to mention heart-wrenching despair.  For this offering we have ‘Special Pricing’ and Twixwood never has special pricing except when someone made a big mistake and there were too many […]

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And so, as they say, and to use the passive tense, errors were made in the last blog, #19.  The aforementioned Intrinsic introduction: Rudbeckia x. ‘Glitters Like Gold’ PPAF is in our collection to trial, however it is not for us to propagate for a couple more years as it is an exclusive with another […]

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I have been happy and cheerful in these blogs, mostly because I have no idea what I am doing, but now I feel deep down inside like complaining.  The complaints this week are about Rudbeckia.  It could be worse. We started out growing perennials back when perennials were just being discovered.  Bluestone Perennials over in […]

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The latest hot plant that we are all excited about is Carex rosea, also known commonly as Rosy Sedge and Curly Wood Sedge and Curly-styled Wood Sedge. The alert reader may wonder why we are so excited about such an obscure and unpopular a plant that has never even ever been in our price list. […]

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For reasons too long and complex to explain I was out mowing some lawn near the edge of a nice hardwood wood lot on one of our several farms when I discovered that I had just mowed a five foot wide swath right through the middle of a whole bunch of carex, carexes, or whatever. […]

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And so today we are going to discuss strange customers.  We have hopes that lessons can be learned and profited from while doing all of this.  We keep hoping that the customers are worrying always about our profitability.   Recently we received an inquiry, that I immediately confused with a firm order, for three semi-loads of […]

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This is being written in the last week in April and we have had and extraordinarily cool spring, meaning that we will have good orchard crops here in this part of the world as the blooms are held back, thus not being susceptible to late frosts.   And so the other day I was out picking […]

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Many strange things happen in the nursery business and one of the stranger things is ornamental onions—who would have thought.  I was out of the nursery business for a few years thinking that I was going to retire and write books and that everyone would love me and now I am back in the thick […]

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As mentioned several times, we live out here is isolation from most of civilization, here in rural Michigan surrounded by vineyards and soybean fields and the occasional woodlot. That, and nobody tells us anything. So I have been attending every possible garden or arboretum or nursery meeting talk while doing market research on what or […]

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