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The weather can vary so much when we open for the holiday season, but this year it is actually feeling a little more on the wintry side.  This is the 47th year our family has grown poinsettias for the Christmas season.  From the early days on Walnut Street in Batavia when our dad Chuck was just starting out to now, at our greenhouses in Elburn.  It is almost hard to believe that this is the 20th year out in Elburn.  Time marches on and some things change and some things remain the same.  Especially at the holidays, there is comfort and memories in traditions.

Each year there are new varieties and shades of poinsettias, but one thing remains constant and that is the popularity of red.  Between 75% and 80% of the poinsettias that we grow and sell are red.  White makes up about 12% to 15% and all of the other colors combined account for the balance.  We begin planting poinsettias in July each summer and they are all growing here by August 10, so they are one of our longer term crops.  We sell them during the cool weather, but they grow here in the greenhouses during the warmest temps of the year. Come take a look at what we have been growing for the Christmas season.  A sunny winter day in the greenhouse is always a treat.  For the 2021 season, we are asking customers to wear a mask while inside the greenhouse.

We sell far more greens than we did years ago, in addition to our poinsettias.  We stock wreaths, roping, loose boughs, door swags and more.  Many of our greens come from the west coast, due to the climate and growing conditions in Oregon and Washington.  You just can’t beat the quality and assortment of types that come from that area.  We also get some of our greens from Wisconsin and Michigan and all of them are as fragrant as they are beautiful.

On Wednesday, December 1, we are going to have a holiday Weekly Wednesday Special.  On this day only, our Candy Cane Size poinsettias (6.5″ pot) will be 14.99 and they are regularly 16.99 each.  In addition, our Stocking Size poinsettias (7.5″ pot) will be 23.99 and they are regularly 26.99 each.  We have an assortment of colors in both of these sizes.  This sale is for Wednesday, December 1 and the prices are not valid in combination with any other coupons.

Not to jump the gun, but there are geraniums for the spring of 2022 already planted here at SHADY HILL.  After they grow for a few more weeks, we will begin to take cuttings off them and grow those on for the spring.  So, the seasons continue to turn and change, even inside the greenhouses and we are always looking ahead to the next one.

You can always reach us by phone and, you can always email either one of us if you have questions.  That contact information is listed below.  Hope to see you in the next few weeks!

Matt & Joe Heidgen          matt@shadyhill.com           joe@shadyhill.com       630-365-5665