Weekly News, 8.26.20
As I walk around my landscape to admire my flower beds, or around the farm to check on the vegetable fields, the term pièce de résistance keeps coming to my mind. In the garden life, this time of year is very much that, like a grand finale of the growing season. Dictionary.com defines this noun as “the principal or most outstanding item in a series or creative artist’s work”. Whether things grew the way I had planned or not, this is the final result of our work planting and caring for the garden. I’m taking it all in, savoring the bounty of blooms, foliage, and fruit.
Then my mind turns to a sudden urgency of making sure to make the most of these moment of late August. I start a list in my head… cut and dry parsley, freeze corn, can tomatoes, take photos of my flowers and make notes for next year, cut some of the flowers and grasses to make bouquets to bring inside. It won’t be long before the tomato plants stop producing and the flowers stop blooming. I don’t want to waste this moment in time and know I will soon miss it.
Here’s what’s new and interesting to know this week:
- bushels of tomatoes are on sale! We have a great harvest of them right now, and want to see them in canning jars or your freezer, rather than rotting in our fields. Call us at 724-926-2541 to order– please give at least 24 hours notice as we pick them fresh for you.
- we are transitioning the store to fall this week. I know many stores start this in July, but we don’t like to rush the seasons 🙂 Some brand new fall decor will be unpacked and displayed by next week.
- mums are taking their time to open with color, due to the hot weather. We’ve started to bring some down to the store, and there will be many, many more over the next month.
- our staff is busy restocking the perennial benches today with fresh plants, including agastache, allium, amsonia hubrichtii, anemone, chelone (turtlehead), coreopsis, dianthus, 3 varieties of coneflower, eupatorium (joe pye weed), 5 types of perennial ferns, gaillardia (blanket flower), geranium, helenium, hibiscus, bee balm, 3 types of sedum, catmint, and more!
- our Management Team has been working hard to plan for staying open in November and December. We will be open for Christmas trees, wreaths, greens, and poinsettias. We are also super excited to offer wreath, centerpiece, and winter porch pot workshops! The class list and registration will be up by mid-September.
However you are creating beauty in your space at home, we are here for you! In the meantime, ENJOY the gardening season pièce de résistance.