The REAL April 2011
Spring 2011 is doing the Hokey-Pokey*: She puts her warm side in, she pulls her warm side out. With vicious winds and lashing rain, she shakes us all about. But this snarky polka too shall end: We booked our OFA lodgings today, so warm weather must be just around the corner, like my hotel.
DOWN ON THE FARMS
Pennsylvania: Mother Nature observed April Fool's Day in high style. Nearly 2 weeks after spring's alleged debut, we woke to a winter wonderland -- again. Thanks, Mom! As I type, the day's high is in the 70s. Tomorrow night, we shrivel back to freezing lows. This bipolar weather needs to have its meds adjusted.
Fortunately, shipping is much more spring-like, with lots of flats heading out the door. A big THANK YOU for your business!
Florida: Our Pensacola folks can't figure out why their PA compatriots are whining about the weather. With highs hovering between 70F/21C and 80F/26C, they innocently inquire, what's not to like? Ohhhh.... you mean it's not like that up there? No kidding! That's why we moved down HERE! Shipping is gratifyingly brisk here, too. An even bigger THANK YOU! to our loyal customers & brokers.
RANDOM USELESS FACT
The genus Aquilegia (columbine) is named for its flower's spurs, thought to resemble the talons of an eagle (genus Aquila).
RANDOM QUASIRELATED COOL FACT
Lancaster County, ECG's Pennsylvania home, and adjacent York County have more bald eagle (genus Haliaeetus) nests than any other region in the state.
Aries: Keep a close eye on those mutton chops and legs of lamb in your refrigerator. Then if anyone asks, you can sing out, "O'er the ram parts we watched!"
Aquarius: At the end of the day, when all is said and done but the jury's still out, you've got to put your pants on one leg to stand on and not paint yourself into a corn cob crying over spilled beans til the Dow comes home. Stop and smell the hoses, mind your peas & queues, repot what you sow, and you'll bring home the Gipper easy as pi.
· Our aforementioned robust FOB PA shipping includes an uptick in west coast orders thanks to our new bug screening and California certification.
· Festuca production is winding down; next, our propagation crew will tackle Imperata 'Red Baron'. Both have narrow production windows. What they get is what we'll have, so don't delay ordering.
Where the Sun Doesn't Shine, ECG's shade-lovers do.
Yes, we have the 'must-have' shade-loving/shade-tolerant standards you expect: Ajuga, Aquilegia, Astilbe, Heuchera, Hosta & Ferns. But don't miss these less-obvious options, lurking in those same shadows:
· Hypericum calycinum 'Brigadoon': A shrubby perennial this pretty appears about once a century, like its legendary namesake. Shade or sun, it's a golden glow in the garden.
· Carex pensylvanica, Chasmanthium latifolium, Hakonechloa macra: Most grasses need all the sun they can get, but this trio makes beautiful music in filtered light.
· Speaking of Hosta, we've added ten new ones. From tiny, tasty 'Lakeside Cupcake' to the bold 4' span of 'Barbara Ann', there's a size and a hue for you. Special mention: 'Vulcan', a relative of 'Enterprise' and 'Captain Kirk'. Wouldn't it be logical to beam some aboard?
Thanks for joining us for another rollicking voyage on the high CC. We aim to inform and entertain, but please, practice safe Coasting. If you experience persistent laughter or painful enlightenment lasting more than four hours, seek immediate medical help.
*What if the Hokey-Pokey really IS what it's all about?