November 2019 - that's it for this year!

Jamie Powers

We're officially closed for fall/winter 2019.  It's too cold to be shipping bare root lilacs.  We've lined the pots up to prepare for tipping and covering at the end of this month.  Our low hoops for the rooted cutting trays are in place and the trays are lined up.  We just have to get them covered.  Over the next few weekends we'll be doing miscellaneous chores and getting the shed organized so that we're in good shape for next March.  I'll be making new signs for the lilacs in the display garden over the winter, along with printing new labels and benchcards for the sales area.  There's always something to do in the nursery!

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August 2019

Jamie Powers
It's been a tough summer!  Cataract surgery, my nursery helper left after 3 years, and I think the cuttings I'm trying to root this year have been too wet again.  But I made a wonderful new connection with Charle-Pan Dawson of Cherry Valley Lilac Farm in upstate New York, and I hope to be able to offer rare lilac cultivars in a few years.  I am adding 'Owen Rogers' and 'Beautiful Susan' to my line-up this month, for you lilac fanatics who want the lilacs no one else has.  The plants are looking great and I will start shipping again after Labor Day when it's a bit cooler.

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Update June 2019

Update June 2019

Jamie Powers

I've been really busy here for the past month or so.  I'm behind on posting updates.  Thanks in large part to my brother, with some help from my niece, I'm now the proud owner of my lilac propagation greenhouse.  I'm late doing my lilac cuttings this year (again!), but I'm optimistic that this is a good environment for rooting my rare lilacs and making them available to lilac lovers all over the country.  I've got some trays going already and hopefully these will root!  Fingers crossed.

 

 

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Almost ready! Saturday April 13

Jamie Powers
The sales area is shaping up nicely!

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We're getting there. Saturday April 6.

Jamie Powers

The gravel is spread out and rolled.   Looks pretty good overall.  Tomorrow we'll see if we can get the new ground cover fabric down.  We worked on the 3rd section of the greenhouse too.

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Progress... sort of. April 5, 2018

Jamie Powers

Here are some before and after pictures today.  Chuck had brought in a bunch of gravel but was on another job and couldn't start spreading it until today.  I'm so happy with how this will turn out, but we're so far behind for Opening Day that I want to either cry or drink heavily.  Tomorrow he will bring in the rest of the gravel, then it needs to be smoothed out and rolled.  Hopefully we can start tacking down the new ground cover fabric on Sunday.  In the meantime, I have a lot of berries, assorted trees, some figs, and lots of lilacs to pot up.  We're also working on the new greenhouse for the cuttings, which needs to be ready by Memorial Day weekend.  Wish me luck!

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The Big Reveal - March 17, 2018

Jamie Powers

We're still working to get open in early April.  Check out our progress today!

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March 2, 2019 Update

Jamie Powers

Here's what's going on in the nursery on March 2.  Absolutely nothing!  I'm dying to get out there and start working.  We need to redo the ground cover in the sales area before we set out the plants, but the weather is not cooperating!  Then we'll be putting the plants in their proper locations, fertilizing and taking inventory, and we'll be ready to start shipping, hopefully in early April.  It's hard to see, but the plants are tipped over and covered with white plastic to keep them hydrated and protected from the wind.  So they're all still frozen and not ready to be shipped. 

And here's the lilac display garden on the other side of the driveway, and two of my little helpers.

And finally, here's what I'm really looking forward to seeing again this May!  I hope you'll come by and see it too.

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Summer 2018

Summer 2018

Jamie Powers
This hasn't been a great summer for us.  July was the wettest July on record, and it seemed like it rained every weekend.  August hasn't been much better!  My mother died  unexpectedly on August 18.  And more rain!  The plants have struggled with all the rain.  My potting mix doesn't seem to drain well enough, so I lost more plants this year.  I have it on good authority that they probably suffocated.  We've been frantically repotting in a new coarser mix which I hope will help them do better next year.  We're up to the "P's", President Grevy is next on the list.  I got started on the cuttings too late this summer; couldn't get the area for the hoop house leveled in time as planned, so everything got pushed back and it doesn't look like a lot of them rooted.  But "hope springs eternal", so I keep plugging away!  We're getting a few more stock plants into the ground over Labor Day weekend.  At least the display garden plants look good!  And I had the boys of summer keeping me company and supervising.

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March is going out like a lamb!

Jamie Powers

Today - March 25 - the lilacs still sit patiently under their 8-inch blanket of snow.  It's going to warm up this week, so we can start organizing at the end of March.  Shipping will resume the first week in April.  Finally!

Next up, a sea of mud.... 

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