Thursday, March 29, 2012

High-Tech Tags

Plant tags can be super helpful... or not.  Most of the time, you can depend on the information printed on that little piece of plastic to tell you how tall to expect it to grow, if it prefers sun or shade and, most importantly, its name.  Of course, if you've ever spent time shopping for flowers you probably know that tags aren't always as informative as you wished.

Now take a close look at these tags:

See anything new?  Several plant brands are now incorporating QR codes into their tags.  These little black and white pixelated barcodes have been popping up everywhere from magazine ads to business cards to television commercials... and now plant tags!  They can be a wealth of information for anyone who chooses to use them (but the catch is that you need a smart phone with a QR code scanning app).  It's a simple process- scan the code and check out the website that pops up.

So the next time you're scratching your head and wishing for some more details on that cool new plant, check if there's a QR code.  Or, just ask one of the girls here... remember, people can be pretty helpful too!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mirror, Mirror

Who knew mirrors could be so much fun?  

Over the last few days we've had some tiny visitors in the greenhouses.  It's not unusual for our avian friends to fly in through the roof vents but we've never had a bird so intent on staying inside the greenhouse to inspect our mirrors!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

It's Postcard Time!

Check your mailbox- we can't wait to see you!

Sittin' on the Sedums

With all the beautiful weather this week, Anna Mary & Miriam had the perfect Thursday afternoon to plant up our green roof above the retail greenhouse entrance.  Green roofs are such a great trend right now!  What could be better than beautifying underused space while enjoying so many other benefits- increased insulation, creating habitats for animals, and absorbing rainwater, among others.  

Admittedly, this particular green roof is more for aesthetics than practicality.  We plan to enjoy these sedums (and other perennials!)  for years to come!

Miriam enjoying the end result and "sittin' on the sedums".

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

3:00 Break

There are many perks of greenhouse work- the excitement of new plants arriving in the spring, exercising our creative muscles by putting together different planter combos, getting a "farmer's tan" by the end of March, and many, many more! However, one of our daily perks is the unofficial "3:00 Break" where we almost stop working long enough to enjoy a drink of water and a snack, compliments to Aunt Cin.  Today's popsicle was especially gratifying for Tom & Lloyd, who spent the afternoon installing the hanging basket watering lines in the newest greenhouse.

Thanks, Aunt Cin!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Before & After

The landscape changes pretty quickly around here!  Only a few days ago these hanging baskets in #6 were sitting patiently, waiting to be planted.  This morning Sarah and Angela began to hang them up on their watering lines:

Busy, busy!