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.

 

 

Cold then Warm, Cold then Warm…

The cooler weather or down right cold for May has put a halt on planting of the heat loving vegetable plants and annual flowers. The colder weather in May though is not anything new as in 1996, the Saturday before Mother’s Day experienced a high of 40ºF with a slow,...

Lots of Bloom at the Nursery!

While the warmer days of May have arrived, the rain continues with a few days of sun in between. The creeping phlox in the Wolf Creek botanical garden is finally blooming in its shades of pinks and blues as it spills over the rock wall down below from the Owl Barn....

Sunshine and LOTS of Rain

It’s finally May and really the best weather is upon us with enough sunshine and LOTS of rain without temperatures of too cold or unbearably hot. Even so, there still are chances of frost necessitating a delay in planting heat-loving plants like peppers and tomatoes...

What a nice April!

What a nice April so far! The impending frost predicted Tuesday morning did not happen as cloud cover blanketed the area that kept the earth’s heat from radiating into space. The Soulangeana or saucer magnolia frequently opens early only to have its gorgeous blossoms...

Spring has Sprung

No doubt now that spring has sprung with the much warmer temperatures and April rains. Such a good time to transplant trees, shrubs and perennials although time is running out quickly as new growth is starting to push which will speed the end of transplanting mostly...

Welcome back Bluebirds…

With the month of April comes the annual return of the Eastern Bluebird. After some years of neglect and deterioration of our original bluebird houses, six new ones have been erected in Wolf Creek Garden that we hope these beautiful birds will find inviting to nest...

The Big “IF” is Weather….

The last week of March is when massive amounts of bare root trees and shrubs are received from a variety of sources such as Oregon, Lake County, Ohio and Michigan. The plants are bare root in order that they may be shipped at low cost and then are potted into our...

Truckloads of Plants….

This week is considered “hell week” at the nursery as semi truck loads of product have been received that must be unloaded, counted, tagged and then put away very quickly as sometimes two loads arrive at once and there is no time to rest or otherwise pause in the...

Planting, Planting, Planting!

As the temperatures finally warm up and sunshine returns, the stock of plants overwintered are thirsty for water as well as for spring.  Water is probably one of the most important elements of the nursery business and huge amounts of it are needed during the growing...

Time to See What’s New!

Saturday is the last of our series of winter seminars and still one of the most popular for revealing all the new “stuff” for 2019 in herbaceous perennials, annual flowers, trees and shrubs. It is amazing that so much “new” becomes available every year as in the “old...

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