Weekly Blog

Stay connected to the nursery, our employees and day-to-day operations of the business with our weekly blogs written by Tom Dayton himself! Check back weekly for new updates.

 

 

Days Growing Longer & Warmer

As the days grow longer and warmer, the rain keeps falling so that this year so far is not a repeat of the hot and dry June of 2016. The one and one half inch rainfall from last Saturday through Sunday was enough to replenish our water supply for irrigation for at...

The Rhododendrons are Blooming

Our trials with beneficial “bugs” in the greenhouse have gone well except that there were some “hot” spots of aphids. Due to the limits of using many insecticides that would kill harmful and beneficial organisms, adequate aphid control was lacking. Two species of...

With the first day of June…

With the first day of June comes the start of the long, long daylight hours and warmth that push growth on all plants in the garden and landscape. Then too, rainfall has been adequate as just last Friday one and one fourth inches of rain had fallen in a 30 minute...

Where Did May Go?

Where did May go as we head into Memorial Weekend! Traditionally, Memorial Day was always on May 30th until Congress changed the date to always coincide with the last Monday of the month known as the Monday holiday bill. It was on May 30, 1889 that a dam broke during...

Roesanna Roseannadana

After the Mother’s Day rush things might quiet down a little but hopefully not as there is still an adequate supply of flowers of at least several thousands in the production greenhouses. With this past week’s forecast, planting has been ideal as far as temperatures...

All About Mom…

With Mother’s Day this Sunday, sales in the greenhouse have been heating up just like the weather. Needless to say it is difficult to keep the annual flower greenhouse well stocked as hanging baskets and multiple other products must be loaded from the production...

Finally Spring-Like Weather!

With the turn from the relatively cold April to May, the temperature department has finally risen to more spring-like weather. How amazing the effect of the sun and warmth has on the growth of the greenhouse products and the budding and blooming of outdoor plants....

Greenhouses Ready to Open…

Tomorrow, the perennial house and the greenhouse containing flowers and vegetable plants opens. Due to the abnormally cool to cold weather, some of the perennials will not be available for a week or more. As far as the heat-loving flowers and heat-loving vegetable...

The Good Bugs & The Bad Bugs

With growth ramping up in the greenhouse with the more intense sun and longer days, the bugs that feed on the plants are multiplying fast too! Working with the Koppert Company branch out of Michigan that specializes in beneficial insect control of pests in the...

Always take things by the smooth handle…

Today is the birthday of one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson born on this date in 1743. Jefferson was a farmer, flower gardener, philosopher, statesman and architect. He is known for three pillars of government: 1. The author of the Declaration of...

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