Tuesday, October 14, 2014

karma 'Happy Toes' Garden Closes for the Season!!

What a year we had and it's time to close the gardens for the season.  We opened the gardens in May with the annual garage/plant sale, didn't have many plants as we were planning on moving so they went really fast.  Many folks told us they look forward to our plant sales as we grow unusual plants
they can't find.  I even had a lady that wanted canna and she wanted me to dig some up but it wasn't going to happen.  Had to promise that we would have some for her next spring.  What a fun few days as we also opened up the whole yard so folks could also see the back, instead of just what they could see from the front.  We had well over 450 folks walk the yard this year. With several plant folks asking if we would join their garden cubs or make arrangements for their clubs to come visit.  I was really surprised how many of the folks stopped and made requests to take photos before bring out their cell phones.  Even the younger generations showed respect by staying on the path and asking questions not running all over the yard.  Even Sable enjoyed the little folks which we don't usually get here.  A learning experience for her too.  I even chuckled when a couple folks returned with their friends to show them the gardens.  I'll tell you it's a lot of work to prepare for this but in the long run it was great to share my passion with so many and to get some of the younger folks excited about gardening.  I even had one lady state our garden was better than any of the gardens on the County's tours all rolled up into one place and not having to travel to many gardens.  It was even suggested that next year we should charge for this.  Not in it for the money, just want folks to know we folks up north can garden, it's about the timing of doing things.

I was able to put a few plants on Craiglist that we decided to remove from the yard or not plant, our
nana were a huge hit but folks are really funny.  They see a huge plant and want that instead of the smaller plant that we were selling.  Trust me, they will get huge in no time!!  Take a smaller one and they will adjust better than a huge one that you will have to baby to make sure it grows.  But I was talked out of a couple larger ones and all I can say is best of luck!!

We got really busy fast with different projects and learning the greenhouse was a lot of fun, completely different from the old one and I had to adjust several times.  Love it!!   But when one finds a hummer inside and they can't figure out how to get out, make one adjust again!  It was fun
getting him out and not letting Sable in the greenhouse.  She loves to go in there due to we have
frogs that have decided they love it in there.

We even decided since we had a very hot /dry year to start putting the plants away due to it was cooler in the brug house then outside.  It has more shade and the temps in there stay cooler which many of the Brugmansia Sanguinea which I mainly grow love.  Once in there they took off like crazy.  So we stared putting the plants away this year in early Sept. with the last ones going in the greenhouse this past week.  I still have a few bloomers out in the yard but they can stay out until frost shows up.  It is nice having all the plants put away already!!  Come on old man winter, I'm ready!!  

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