Tony’s Piano for sale

piano

On a note unrelated to plants, I have decided to sell my piano, which was purchased new around 1980.  Believe it or not, I took lessons for eight years of lessons as a youngster.  This piano is one I purchased as a recent newlywed around 1980.  I have come to the realization that my chances of finding time to play again aren’t realistic, so I’m hoping to find it a loving home.  If interested, and you’re in the local area, click the Craigslist link .

More highlights from Seattle

My first stop in Seattle was the Downtown Convention Center, which was hosting the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.  Despite my uneasiness of mass transit, and lack of sense of direction in big cities, I threw caution to the wind and took the Link Light Rail from the airport to downtown ($2.75 fare compared to $50 for a taxi).  Amazingly, it delivered me only a couple of blocks from the Convention Center, which my cell phone was able to locate. The Flower show was like other flower shows in many ways, yet very different in others.  The central garden displays were over the top, as is often the case at these shows, but the show felt much less pretentious than my last trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show.  Overall, I think it's the best flower show I've ever attended. I normally avoid the vendor areas of the show, filled with hot tubs and aluminum siding, but that was not the case here.  There was an array of fascinating plant vendors, botanical gardens, garden related Read more [...]

Facilities Maintenance Position

Plant Delights still has an open position for a Full-Time Facilities Maintenance Specialist.  We’re looking for a handyman with good skills in a variety of areas.  You can find more by clicking the link above.  We’re also looking for some part-time help in this division as well.  If this sounds like you or someone you know (i.e. a retired spouse that you’d like to get out of the house)…please let us hear from you.

More new garden construction here at Juniper Level

2014 9249 Ghse 8 bed construction

Here’s our latest new garden construction at Juniper Level Botanic Garden.  We’re clearing out an entire hedge of giant Nellie Stevens hollies behind the Open House sales greenhouses and replacing them with a more diverse and intricate planting.  All of our beds are composed of a soil mix that we make: 50% native soil and 50% compost.  It’s soil preparation like that makes plants grow so well and so insanely fast.  It’s our goal to have this project completed by our next open house in February.

SFASU plantsmen

It was great to visit several of my favorite plantsmen/women on my recent trip to Texas.  Here are two my camera happened to capture at the Stephen F. Austin Gardens.  Top is Greg Grant, who has shared many of his wonderful introductions with us.  Below is Dr. Dave Creech...the founder and mastermind behind the Stephen F. Austin State University Gardens.  Dave is showing us one of the Black Diamond Crape Myrtles, bred by his friend Cecil Pounders of Mississippi.  Not photographed are Dawn Stover, Dave's strong right hand, and Dr. Jared Barnes, a recent NCSU grad who is taking over the horticulture teaching duties at SFASU.  Great to see them all on a far too quick visit...a must stop if you're in the area around Nacogdoches. Read more [...]