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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Many years ago I used to do actual work and one of the jobs consisted of writing up the descriptions for our plant availability listing, catalog, price list, or whatever the politically correct term is that we should use these days. I decided that if our customers were smart enough to be able to make […]

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Now that I am running a nursery again I am starting to think. Firstly, I am thinking that I should have spent my younger years thinking instead of just working hard. It took me many years to get past the management model I inherited from the parents. They only knew how to work hard, and […]

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The restaurant business and the nursery business are similar in that we are judged every day by the product that we turn out and it is a complex product to produce and to do so with absolute consistency and quality. That is why I am considering becoming a Hindu—they get to believe in reincarnation with […]

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