Greetings from Plant Delights. We hope all is well at your garden this fall. We’ve already dropped to 25 degrees F, which is quite early for us to have hit those temperatures. Thank goodness we aren’t in Denver, where it seems to have snowed every week in October, or Buffalo, who gave a new meaning to ‘October Surprise’. We’re hoping for a good cold winter to allow us to get some better hardiness data after two very mild winters.
Just a reminder that our 2006 shipping season ends on November 30, when our shippers head home for the holiday season and the weather becomes too cold to safely ship plants. If you’ve been waiting to place your order, don’t wait much longer. Also, the Christmas holiday season is rapidly approaching, and if you have that special gardener who may be difficult to buy for, consider the ever-popular Plant Delights Gift Certificate.
I hope you have already made plans to attend our 2007 Winter Open House, February 23 & 24 and March 2 & 3, 2007. We’ve got some really special hellebores for you to pick from along with quite a few other winter goodies. Once again, we are coordinating open house days with our friends at Pine Knot Farms of Virginia, who hold their winter open house at the same time.
The new catalog is in the works and will go on-line and in the mail at the end of December… only six weeks away. I’m counting down the days until I can get out of the office and back into the garden. It’s painful to be stuck behind a computer writing and assembling a catalog when the weather is so wonderful. We’ve got lots of new plants just waiting to be planted and a lot of beds to be changed around before you visit in February.
We’re looking for a couple of new employees if you know of anyone that might be interested. Both positions are at the assistant level… one Research Assistant to work in our trial beds and an Inventory Control Specialist to work in our nursery division. Both are year round positions with a starting salary in the $24,000-$25,000 range. If you have an interest in learning more or to forward an application, please email Heather Brameyer in our HR Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who entered our Top 25 Contest, be sure to check out how your favorite plants are selling. There was some minor shuffling in the top 25, but the top 7 remained the same. The only new player in the top 25 is Muhlenbergia capillaris which moved from off the list into the 24th spot. I hope your choices are in the top 25. If not, you’d better get your friends ordering quickly. Only a few weeks away before we announce the winner of our Top 25 contest… we hope your picks are measuring up.