Playing Catch-Up

So I was back in the office for a day last Thursday then was off for a four day weekend, overslept this morning, turned off my alarm and went back to sleep.  I managed to stagger into the office about 9:00 this morning.  The one thing I don’t like about long weekends is trying to get back in the early morning groove afterwards.  This week I’m not going to even try.  We will be flying to Ohio for the OFA Short Course this weekend so my schedule will be screwed up again next week.  My plan is to just come in whenever I wake up this week.

Sometimes it’s good to be the boss.  Anyway, I’m catching up on things today.

The mums are looking good.  We got about 3” of rain on Saturday which was good for the mums and for the whole county.  We were getting very dry.

The poinsettias are supposed to be in sometime this afternoon and tomorrow.  We are working on contacting all of our poinsettia customers to get their pre-booked orders.  If you haven’t heard from us, we will be contacting you soon or if you prefer, go ahead and call us and get your order in. 

We are also planting some seeds this week for a new program that we are working on.  As soon as we have the details worked out, I will fill you in on that.

Over the long weekend, my wife and I (mostly my wife) finished building some flower beds in front of our house and installed some landscape lighting.  We have 2 Knock-Out Roses, a night blooming Datura, a butterfly bush, 2 weigelia, a lilac bush and a bunch of perennials and ornamental grasses planted in them.  On Sunday after church we swung through Wal-Mart and Lowes to see if they had any perennials we couldn’t live without (or were on sale).  They didn’t.  The selections sucked and the prices were a lot higher than I though they should be for the types of perennials and for the time of year.  Plus most of them were half dead.  I’m sure they would have lived with some TLC but again, the selection was uninspiring.  I also noticed a large section of Diamond Frost Euphorbia that I am pretty sure is the same plants I saw there the last time I was in Lowes over a month ago.  This is good news for all you independent garden centers who have fresh/nice looking product and a good selection.  For me as a consumer I place more value (i.e. pay more) for premium plants – hard to find, unique and/or fill a special niche in my flower bed.

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