In this blog I feel like selling some Vinca minor (myrtle, periwinkle) before we dump it.  In past years we had a mass-merchant account that did not suffer from good taste and so they wanted a wide variety of vinca minors on the theory that more variety would sell more, a theory that works well […]

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Today I feel like discussing echinaceas at great length.  These are the coneflowers and there are many kinds with many Latin names to go with them.  A person can go on the internet these days and learn many things about echinacea without understanding anything; which I have recently done.  What I learned is how to […]

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Today, this blog is about dissonance and pachysandra and peat pots. They are all related. We begin by quoting noted groundcover, perennial, and green roof grower Dave McKenzie; who is also a noted author because of his 1997 book “Perennial Ground Covers”. Dave says: “People sometimes experience dissonance when confronted with a disharmonious landscape.” And […]

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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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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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