Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Some things never change...

Okay so we have been open for a week. In the forty years we have been in business one thing never changes, the men. We have two types of male customer, the one's who love to work in their yard and the ones that don't. I hate to generalize but in the early spring it is still mostly men that do the yard work and purchase the fertilizer. You have the "go getter's" that come before we are even open and wonder if they might be too late to put down the crabgrass killer. It is so cold not even a bear has considered venturing out of hibernation but this human is wanting to put down weed killer. He is the customer that comes in on a beautiful May day ready to obliterate the first dandelion that had the nerve to sprout in his yard.

The "other" male loves when the weather stays cold right up until late April. His wife is hounding him to get out and do yard work but he assures her that the "weed killer" can't be applied unless the bag says so. He never reads directions except when it works in his favor. So when it says, "this product can be applied between March and May" he favors May. He hates gardening so much that he would rather go to a dentist appointment than have quality time with his lawn.

The problem is you don't know who you are dealing with when they walk in. My first inclination when someone asks what should they be doing with their lawn is to tell them the best bet would be to purchase the Scott's Four Step program. That is when you find out who you are dealing with. The "garden lover" thinks that having all four steps together is great but the guy that hates gardening thinks I am insane recommending four steps when he thinks one is too many. So when I have a garden hater I just tell him to try the one step and see how he makes out with that. Undoubtedly when the first dandelion pops up his wife makes him fetch the next step. Better her than me!

Until next time...


Thursday, March 6, 2008

More of the Philidelphia Flower Show...

Fountains, Lots of water and lots of lighting. That is one of the main themes of the year. This was the most theatrical display of different greens with pink water and a touch of white and pink blossoms. It was so perfect in the pink and greens it felt like you were in a postcard.

You have to love this fresh flower garden guitar. Who says flowers have to be growing in the ground to be part of the garden?

Oh, my favorite planter of the show. All the different vines with just a splash of flowers. Notice the three pieces to the artful planter. Of course the window box is black the color of the season for planters.

It just amazes me how they get all these trees, flowers, bushes and perennials to bloom at the same time. My favorite feature of this display is the grass walkway. I love all the green.

More Flower Show

This was the most spectacular display of opulence at the show. I could just imagine some famous land developer or movie star ordering a couple dozen of these for their wedding. The ferns with the apple blossom and the amaryllis went together shockingly well. The hot pink and touch of lime just pull the entire wall of urns together. Very regal.

Philidelphia Flower Show

Water features are the "must have" this year for your garden. This picture doesn't translate a beautiful lighting sequence that was in between each level of the fountain. Each level has a blue hue that only enhanced the silver foliage used in the planting.