Winter officially arrived a few days ago, and I’m already dreaming about Spring 2023. I tell myself every nice day we have is one less day that we have a chance of cold, stormy weather. Even in the winter, on sunny days, the greenhouses need to be ventilated to keep the temperatures favorable for the plants. Plus, we’re not having to keep furnaces running to warm the space up for the plants. Plants are like us; they seem to do better on warm, sunny days!
For the stores, we're busy getting ready for spring with our early pansy and viola crop. These cold tolerant seedlings arrived in December, and we finished transplanting them this week. Pansies have been a tradition at Johnson’s for many years. My good friend Bill Jackel reminds me continually to grow them cold! It seems at first that they are growing slowly, but then by early February, we’re seeing a few plants flowering, and by March they are ready to be planted outside because we’ve "grown 'em cold!"
Be sure to save the dates of January 7th and 8th for our Annual Storewide Sale - that's this Saturday and Sunday! Besides our houseplants and succulents on sale, our most popular item is our ferti-lome Lawn Care Program on sale. This weekend in store save 25% on a program best suited for your lawn, or order your program online now to select your program from the convenience of your home. Most people let us store the products until it’s time to apply or you can swing by and pick them all up at once. For just $35 more, we'll deliver the products to your home. For information on specific turf needs, we’ll be happy to chat in-store or our website has good information on cool or warm season lawns.
If you’re wanting to grow your own garden and vegetable plants in 2023, now is the time to start early spring plants. Besides pansies, many cold tolerant flowers and vegetables may be started in January. Snapdragons, dianthus, and petunias are a few annuals for early planting, as well as vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.
After last week's newsletter, I received a message from Piet Stuifbergen, our Dutch Bulb supplier:
Want to wish You and Angie a super good New Year 2023. I am reading your e-mails from Johnson's, enjoy it very much. It made me think that I should and still can plant some bulbs. This afternoon, I planted about 500 bulbs in the small garden in front of the office.
Now the rain can come as you promised.
Enjoy the holiday.
As always, Piet mentions watering the bulbs in with rain, he always does. With remaining bulbs 75% off this weekend, it’s still a great time to plant (and water) your bulbs.
Your friend in the garden,
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center