Saturday, April 10, 2021

 4/10/21  And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love. 1Corinthians 13:13

Some clouds, light variable breeze and 43 degrees.  Some sun this morning, more clouds this afternoon, chance of showers tonight.  A NNE breeze with a high of 60 and a low of 40.  Partly cloudy Tomorrow with a NNE breeze, a high of 59 and a low of 43.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun on Monday with a NNE wind, a high of 48 and a low of 44.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun on Tuesday with a a NNE wind, a high of 55 and a low of 35.  Partly cloudy Wednesday with a stiff NNE breeze, a high of 57 and a low of 36. Partly cloudy Thursday with a stiff NNE breeze, a high of 58 and a low of 35. Partly cloudy Friday with a brisk NNE breeze, a high of 55 and a low of 36.    Cloudy next Saturday and Sunday with  brisk NNW breezes,  highs of 56 and  lows of 36.  Cloudy Monday, the 17th, with a brisk NNW breeze, a high of 54 and a low of 37.  Partly cloudy the rest of the week with highs in the mid to upper fifties and lows in the upper thirties.  Stiff NNW breezes, slight chance of a shower Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

     Another good day.  Mike and Lexi got all the perennials we started bumped up into bigger pots.  Some are in the perennial cold frame, others are wrapped in remay because they wouldn't all fit in the cold frames.    The ones that prefer it warmer got to go in the cold frames.  We planted a lot of seeds so we could offer pollinator packs.  Pollinated packs are packs of five plants that will be smaller because they didn't get bumped up.   But if you need a lot of plants the packs are only seven dollars.
     Conner came after school and helped me prune the rest of the waves.  They look so sad after they are pruned, customers can't believe they will become the beautiful waves Country Junction is known for.  Debbie got the rest of the peppers planted.  All of us  worked on the zonal geraniums, pruning them and moving them further apart so they will bush out.  They aren't quite all done yet.  Bekah moved plants.  The herbs are all outside, wrapped in remay until they get used to the contant breezes.
    Bekah and I will be working today so that customers can stop by for soil and pansies.  Plus it would be nice to get caught up.  We have lots of transplanting to do soon as we get everything rearranged..
    May God be with you this day, Sally

Friday, April 9, 2021

 4/9/21 Anyone who has time for drama isn’t gardening enough.

Fog, calm and 40 degrees.  Some sun today with a light west breeze, a high of 69 and a low of 43 tonight.  A NE breeze tomorrow with sun and clouds, a high of 64 and a low of 39.  Partly cloudy Sunday with a NNNE breeze, a high of 59 and a low of 41.  Morning clouds/afternoon sun Monday with a stiff NE breeze, a high of 57 and a low of 43.  Cloudy Tuesday with a stiff NNE breeze, a high of 55 and a low of 40.  Cloudy Wednesday with a high of 53, a stiff north breeze and a blow of 39.Morning showers Thursday with a stiff NNE breeze, a high of 50 and a low of 37.  Cloudy Friday with a north breeze, a high of 55 and a low of 36.  Partly cloudy next Saturday with a brisk north breeze, a high of 54 and a low of 38.  Morning showers next Sunday with a stiff NNW breeze, a high of 55 and a low of 38.  Showers Monday, the 19th, with partly cloudy skies the rest of the week.  Stiff NNW breezes, highs in the mid fifties and lows in the mid thirties.

     Another good day, weather wise and getting things done wse.  I got a perm in the afternoon, visiting with Amy, always a plus  Someone was watering most of the day because the sun came out.  We haven' seen much sun and it caught us off guard.  Thanks to our hard water we have trouble with some plants not getting enough iron, the hard water ties it up n the soil.  i spent the morning going through the greenhouses with iron water for anemic plants.
    Tamarra and Jay priced the soils.  Then he and Bekah moved plants out of the back room and Jay stacked the wood differently so there would be room for bowls of flowers.  Tammara spent the rest of the day making up the bowls. Our spring bowls were able to go outside with remay over them. Bekah and I moved the fuschias to the back room so the hanging petunias could have more room.  Today I'll plant my pots of hanging fuschias and hang them out.  They won't be as large as the ones we grow for the customers but there isn't enough room in the greenhouse for mine.  They always catch up.. 
    Last night as I was closing the cold frames, little greenhouses and starting the fire I was listening to the peepers.  They are early this year.  That means it is time to put the water lilies and pumps in the ponds. Pleased to be checking things off the list, pleased to be adding things on.
    May God be with you this day, Sally

Thursday, April 8, 2021

 4/8/21 You can’t buy happiness but you can buy plants and that’s pretty much the same thing.

 Calm. clouds, 46 degrees.  Some sun this afternoon with a high of 63, a NNE breeze, a low of 39 tonight.  Partly cloudy tomorrow with a light north breeze, a high of 68 and a low of 44.  Partly cloudy Saturday with a NNE breeze, a high of 64 and a low of 41.  Partly cloudy Sunday with a stiff NE breeze, a high of 58 and a low of 39.  Mostly cloudy Monday with a stiff NNE breeze, a high of 55 and a low of 43.  Cloudy Tuesday with a stiff NNE breeze, a high of 53 and a low of 42.  Showers Wednesday with a brisk NNE breeze, a high of 52 and a low of 40.  Afternoon showers Thursday with a stiff NNE breeze, a high of 54 and a low of 38.  Morning showers next Friday with a stiff North breeze, a high of 51 and a low of 36.  Cloudy next Saturday with a stiff NNW breeze, a high of 50 and a low of 34.  Morning showers Sunday, the 18th with a brisk NNW breeze, a high of 52 and a low of 33.  Partly cloudy the next four days with stiff NW breezes, highs of 52, lows of 54, until Thursday when it begins to warm back up.

    My Coast of Maine order came yesterday.  Lots came but two pallets of assorted products were back ordered.   I placed this order last September 12th!  Some supplies were back ordered too.  I have two more shipments enroute.  The trucking companies haven't been able to give Griffin any idea of when they might get here.
    Bekah and Debbie rearranged the greenhouse again and did some transplanting.  Mike and Lexi transplanted perennials into bigger pots.  Jay took a shovel and a rake to the area we've been cleaning up.  Then he put down ground cover.  Not only looks nice but gives us a "back room" to store pots of perennials. 
   The pansies will be uncovered today and out for sale.  We'll put up the open flag when we get the prices up for the soils.  Who knows what else the day will bring.
    May God be with you this day, Sally

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

 4/7/21 To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

Clouds, light NW breeze, 45 degrees.  A stiff NNE breeze today with a high of 58, generally cloudy.  A low of 44 tonight.  Cloudy tomorrow with a NNE breeze, a high of 61 and a low of 40.  Partly cloudy Friday with a light NNE breeze, a high of 66 and a low of 44.  Partly cloudy Saturday with a NNE breeze, a high of 63 and a low of 37.  Partly cloudy Sunday with a brisk NNE breeze, a high of 60 and a low of 40. Morning clouds Monday with afternoon sun, a high of 57, a stiff NE breeze and a low of 41. Cloudy Tuesday with a stiff north breeze, a high of 55 and a low of 40.  Showers next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with stiff north breezes, highs about 50, lows about 40 Wednesday andThursday, 35 on Friday.  Cloudy the weekend of the 17th and 18th with stiff NNW breezes, highs about 50, lows about 34.  Just a little warmer the week of the 19th.

     Yesterday was a good day.  The trays of wave petunias were all pruned and moved to the petunia cold frame.   When it got full we moved the rest to the hoop house  .  Shock waves, snap dragons and african daisies are in the hoop house too.
    Lil Mike has joined the crew, yesterday his Lexi and baby Addi helped too.  (We have two Lexi's, Mike's Lexi and Doug's daughter Lexi)  Mike set the new greenhouse up as a potting shed. He and Lexi got the echinaceas potted up.  Today Debbie and Bekah will move all the echinaceas and the poppies into one of the temporary cold frames.
     The pansies and violas are outside.  Also the lettuce and swiss chard.  They are covered with remay.  We can't move that many plants in and out to harden them off so we wrap the plants in remay to help them make the transition.
      Mike put some rocks and cement blocks at the entrances the skunks and woodchucks have used to get under the house.  We are hoping that will be enough to deter them where the are none living there now.
      Coast of Maine products come today.  Quite a few other things are on the truck too.  Busy days ahead.
      May God be with you this day, Sally

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

 4/6/21 If God meant for us to get everything done today He wouldn’t have given us tomorrow.

Cloudy, calm and 40 degrees.  Possible showers this morning, clouds this afternoon.  A stiff north breeze with a high of 51, a low of 42.  Cloudy tomorrow with a stiff north breeze, a high of 55 and a low of 42.   Cloudy Thursday with a brisk NNE breeze, a high of 60 and a low of 41.  Partly cloudy Friday with a light NNE breeze, a high of 64 and a low of 42.  Partly cloudy Saturday with a WNW breeze, a high of 60 and a low of 40.  Partly cloudy Sunday with an ENE breeze, a high of 61 and a low of 40.  A lot of clouds next week with NNE breezes, highs in the mid fifties, lows in the upper thirties.  Possible showers Thursday and Friday.  Cloudy with brisk NNW breezes the weekend of the 17th and 18th and into the next week with highs in the mid fifties and lows about 37.

    Yesterday was so cold and windy we didn't get done what we wanted.  Hopefully no more of those cold winds.  Though the winds were not the 25mph forecast they felt like it.
Tammara did get the ace peppers all transplanted.  And the petunia cold frame is ready to move into today.  Mice lived in the tarp cover last winter.  We got enough rain to wash both sides of it.
    My Griffin order is being shipped in two parts.  The Coast of Maine part is coming tomorrow.  I can't get a date on the other part.  I had to add labels to the order coming tomorrow.  I have 4000 coming on the second order that I bought on sale last fall.  Because that order is delayed I have to pay full price for 2000.  Two boxes of plugs and cuttings are coming next week.  One box is no wheres near full.  I always plan to fill the mid April box with things that haven't started well for me.  Jolly Farmer has almost no inventory for me to choose from.
Fortunately everything has done well for us but I'm paying a partial box surcharge  "Out of Stock" and "Not available" are the new most popular words in the English language.!. I'm thankful that I have preordered as much as I have.
     I'm excited to get started today.  We may complain about the constant chilly breezes but overall I don't see any more problems in the forecast.  I can plant the pansies in the church bbox whenever I can make the time.
     May God be with you this day, Sally

Monday, April 5, 2021

 4/5/21  Good thoughts will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will look lovely.


 Inch of snow.  Variable gentle breeze. 34 degrees.  Clouds today with a N wind, a high of 47, dropping to 36 tonight with a strong north breeze.  Cloudy tomorrow with a stiff north breeze, a high of 53 and a low of 41.  Cloudy Wednesday with a strong north breeze, a high of 54, a low of 42.   Cloudy Thursday with a brisk NNE breeze, a high of 60 and a low of 40.  Partly cloudy Friday with a NE breeze, ahigh of 62 and a low of 40.  Partly cloudy Saturday with a NE breze, a high of 62 and a low of 37.  Partly cloudy Sunday with a NE breeze, a high of 58 and a low of 38.  Lots of clouds the week of the 12th with NNE breezes, highs about 60 and lows about 39.  Brisk north breezes Friday, the 16th and the weekend with highs in the upper fifties and lows about 38.

     It was chilly yesterday with the breeze but the egg hunt was a success.  Watching grandkids hide the eggs, it seemed such a short time ago their parents were hiding the eggs for them.
     Church on line is ok but just not the same.  Not driving back and forth to Corinth did give me an extra hour.  I was sad that the weather didn't allow me to plant the pansies in the church box.  They would not have liked this snow.
     Lack of sun and brisk breezes meant the greenhouse didn't get too hot.  I did turn the exhaust fan on for twenty minutes to change the air.  I took the remay off the pansies and calibrachoas and watered them.  It is so nice to see how beautiful the calibrachoas are .  I was so concerned about them that windy night it dropped to 17.
    We'll move enough plants out to the hoop house today so we can start transplanting peppers.  Tomorrow we'll start moving plants in earnest.  Pansies will be put out for sale.  Today's  north winds would be uncomfortable for people and plants.  Except for the pansies, any plants that go out tomorrow will be wrapped in remay to ease them into outside conditions.
     May God be with you this day, Sally

Sunday, April 4, 2021

 4/4/21 Rejoice!  He is risen!

 Calm. some clouds, 21 degrees.  Cloudy today with a north wind and a high of 49.  An inch of snow tonight with a north wind and a low of 33.  Rain/snow tomorrow morning, showers tomorrow afternoon and evening.   A north wind with a hgh of 45 and a low of 38.  Cloudy Tuesday with a strong north breeze, a high of 52 and a low of 41.    Cloudy Wednesday with a strong north breeze, a high of 56 and a low of 43.  Cloudy Thursday with a brisk NNE breeze, a high of 59 and a low of 41.  Some sun Friday with a NE breeze, a high of 61 and a low of 40.  Partly cloudy Saturday with a NE breeze, a high of 61 and a low of 37.  Partly cloudy next Sunday and Monday with brisk NNE breezes, highs of 58 and lows of 37.  Mostly cloudy the rest of the week of the 12th with some showers.  brisk NNE breezes, highs in the mid fifties, lows in the high thirties.

     Andrew put the wind damaged greenhouse back up.  It is pretty damaged but it will work for this year.  In the future we need to remember that just because something has stood up well in other people's wind doesn't mean it can take our wind.
     Another trip to the dump.  We use pallets for display benches so every year there are lots that need replaced.  Plus we cleaned up an old storage area.
     Conner and I pruned and rearranged a whole row of purple waves.  They will thicken up now and have room to spread.  I did the pruning and he did the moving.  they are already getting heavy.  Debbie watered.  When i went to the dump i went to the hardware store for a new wheelbarrow, No wheelbarrow, back ordered.  Looked on line at Home Depot and Lowes, the ones I wanted, out of stock.  Gilbert found one at Bailey's in Milo.  Gilbert brings a wheelbarrow of wood in every day for the cook range.  The one we have had for many years was getting so wobbly we were afraid a little one would knock it over.  It had been repaired many times.
    Church on line, Easter egg hunt at noon, dinner at one. May our celebration not overshadow the reason for the celebration.  God has Blessed us this day and is with us now and evermore.  Sally