Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Back after "Spring Break"

I'm back, after a spring break - although it didn't involve any time on a tropical beach!  First, a big thank you to everyone who has visited us at the farm or at Landis Valley.  We've had a great start to the spring season.  It's so nice to see our regular customers returning and often bringing their friends and relatives.  It's also great to meet new customers who are referred by a friend, or see our ad or find out about us online.  With so much going on in the spring, and many places to shop, we appreciate our customers' loyalty and friendship.

Landis Valley 2012 was great.  The weather was good both days and although the intrepid plant people turn out no matter what the weather, the crowds are better when the weather cooperates.  We have regulars who return each year at LV too.  This year, we sold 81 flats of plants!

In addition to helping customers and maintaining plants, we've been busy outside too.  We've gotten all the gardens planted with our new helper, Jon.  With regular rainfall, all the established perennials were very lush this spring.  Our annuals have been in long enough to take hold, so with rain continuing, everything should grow well.  We have been having rabbit problems this year.  They seem to be more plentiful this year - maybe more survived the mild winter.  After planting, we noticed parsley and cutting celery had been chewed off, along with a few flowers.  I think most will recover.  At least we haven't had groundhog troubles yet - knock wood.

With the early burst of mild weather, things got off to a quick start this year.  Lilacs in April, peonies at Mother's Day, lavender blooming in May and I just noticed the St. John's wort starting to bloom with its pretty yellow flowers.  That's a couple weeks early - the plant gets its name from the feast of St. John, at the end of June, which is its usual bloom time.

The greenhouse and herb shop remain open 5 days a week through the summer - Tuesday through Saturday, 9 to 5.  We're open till 7pm on Wednesday evenings through June.  Plant sale begins June 23!

Posted for Kathy

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