Thursday, June 14, 2012

Nursing the nursery

I decided that I did not like having those dwarf bearded iris in the crabapple bed.  I don't truly appreciate the pale yellow blooms with dark brown beards.  No do I enjoy the long spiky foliage.

So out they went.  Oh look.  There were a couple of primrose behind them.  Hmmm.  Now they are going to be in blasting sun.  I'll have to relocate them.

There.  I like the iris not being there.

There again.  I like having more terra cotta colored pots in the bed.

Some of you sharp-eyed followers may have also noticed that the Golden Jubilee agastache has had a preemptive hair cut.  Last year what with all the rain, those plants topped out near 60".  They were messy, tended to blow over, and totally blocked my view of the arbor bed from the deck.

This year they will (WILL!!) stay at the 2-foot mark.

Now, regards to the post title:

There is a little owner-operated corner nursery that sell annuals, perennials, occasional trees & shrubs and mulch.  They also have a selection of local produce (the strawberries are in and they are heavenly!).

Thing is, Nancy (who's had the place for 33 years) is trying to run the place by herself!  Waiting on customers, scheduling mulch orders, buying, maintaining the premises, watering.  She's about at the end of her rope, since her daughter no longer wants to help her out.

A while ago, when Mom and I stopped to get her some annuals, I insisted on helping the owner.  It was blasting hot and the wind was dry, so I got the hose and just started watering.  I got about half the tables when her grandson came to help.  Nancy loved the way I watered and asked if I'd show her grandson what I was doing.  So I did.  I also left my name and number with the owner if she needed any kind of help.  Nancy tried to sell out last year, but the a$$hat she was dealing with left her high and dry with no final response, setting her back on getting things ordered for THIS season.

Anyway, the place is the FOUR SEASONs NURSERY just south of the intersection of Market Ave N. and Easton in North Canton.  She's right across from the Market Ave. N. driveway into Walsh College parking lot.  If you need some late plants, good produce, or some mulch, stop by and give Nancy your custom.  She could sure use some visitors.  Just not all at once. LOL  She's spread pretty thin.

To that effect, even though I start all my own plants, I stopped at the nursery Wednesday and loaded up on a tray of annuals.  (All 25% off right now.)

So, rather than planting up the new pots in the crabapple bed with my own Thumbelina zinnias, I just potted up from my new annuals.  There.  I've got three combo pots in the crab bed while the rest were planted around the birdbath.

I'm going to stop in at Four Seasons more than usual now that I know what's happening there.  Fortunately, I drive right by the place back and forth from Mom's house.

Maybe I'll bump into you sometime. ;-D


  1. It looks like she knows how to grow plants.....I thought sure you were going to say you were going to help her out part time.

    Our local nursery was a total disappointment....she wasn't open at 9 am and after waiting for sometime, she still hadn't shown up so we went elsewhere. Some of her plants were pretty sorry looking too.

    Iris are only good while in bloom and then I think they should be out of sight! I have ugly dwarfs I need to get rid of.

    BTW, I made two pints of your refrigerator pickles...will blog about them tomorrow or soon.
    I am already dipping into a jar.

    1. Glenda - I offered to help out, but she said there was no budget. I offered for free, but she declined, only allowing that if her grandson couldn't come to water when he goes on vacation that she might take me up on my offer. Her plants always look nice....

      Hey, hope you like the pickles. They are good the next day, but after a week or two they are great (but they don't seem to last that long...heh).

  2. Good for you. I'm sure your country is loosing the small, independent nurseries as fast as we are. They have trouble competing with the pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap, and who cares if the stock is not suitable for this part of the world corporates. Olive trees at 56 degrees north, puuullleeeze???

    Interesting to read about the agastache, mine is about 5" high having been sown from seed at the end of April.

    1. Small independent anything is in jeopardy here. I HAVE to shop box stores because there just isn't any alternatives anymore. I'm kinda glad I'm not (probably) going to be here in 50 years when the last bit of land is paved over and everyone lives at Walmart.

      Which kind of agastache? Some, like the Blue Fortune will tower over 6'... The bees will thank you for the plants.


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