We have now started our extended hours for the spring season. Monday through Friday, we will now stay open until 7 pm, to give gardeners a few more hours to shop. It is also a good way to get a head start on a day of gardening by purchasing some plants the night before. Using the tulips outside the front door at Shady Hill as a barometer, this spring is a couple of weeks ahead of last year. In 2015, our tulips were in full bloom on Mother’s Day weekend and this year they are going to reach that same point in the next couple of days.
All of the plants in the greenhouse have been soaking up the sunshine and using it to grow in size and begin blooming like crazy. These are the kind of days where it is hard to resist the urge to put plants outside, but history has taught us that it is still probably just a bit too early. Once we reach May 1, the chances of freezing temps drops by about 25%, so those are probably better odds. It is nice to think we will not have anymore cool weather, but in all likelihood, we will, before it stays warm for good. Our rule for leaving annuals outside is when the night time temperature is consistently at or above 50 degrees. We are just about there.
As always, we offer gardeners a chance to get a jump on spring by planting their containers and hanging baskets in April. Best of all, after you plant them, leave them with us to grow in the greenhouses until it is warm enough to enjoy them outside. You are welcome to bring your own containers and we also have some available for sale. We will grow and care for your planters until you pick them up some time in mid May.
Just stop in and we will fill your pots with fresh, nutrient rich soil and you choose potted, growing plants from the greenhouse to plant in your containers. You are charged for the plants that you pick out and plant, as well as a Growing Fee. The Growing Fee covers the care and maintenance of your pots while they grow in the greenhouse, as well as the addition of some time release fertilizer and the soil to fill the pot. This is the fee:
Containers 12” across and less: $7.00 each
Containers over 12”and under 17” across: $9.00 each
Containers 17” across and over: $.75 per inch
We will care for your planters in the greenhouse until it is warm enough to move your containers outside. This is typically mid May in our area.
We are happy to give you some basic ideas and instructions and then turn you loose in the greenhouse to choose plants and get your hands in the soil. Our friendly staff will give you as much help as you want. There are also quite a few finished planters in the greenhouse to give you some ideas or inspiration.
Weekly Wednesday Special
During the spring season we have a Weekly Wednesday Special where we put one item on sale for the day. The name of the sale really says it all. It is once a week, it is only on Wednesday and there is a special price. We will post the sale item for the week each Monday, by noon, right here.
Another special that we run throughout the season is Perennial Thursday. On each and every Thursday, all of the perennials that we grow in 1 gallon pots are 20% off. It’s a great way to save some money and fill in a spot or two in your garden.
Stop out sometime soon and see what we have been growing over the winter!