Opening Soon. February 1st

This crop of roses is probably the best I have ever had. I made a business decision to have fewer roses that were grown in Wasco California. Since I have had devastating consequences from California suppliers this year i have purchased a total of just 10 varieties from them. In the past I have felt I have had to take what I get and make them better. This year they are great to start with. See you soon. Mike 2535098409

New stuff

I will be getting a lot of perennials and good color this week.  Still have a shortage on bedding plants, but I will rectify this problem shortly.  Clematis are close to blooming.  

Open Tomorrow Febraury 1st 2018

Opening Day 2018 is Tomorrow.  if you are coming long distances please check to make sure that the roses you want are in stock.  I am still waiting for 1 Order that will arrive on Friday.  I have most roses in stock right now.  I am very much looking forward to the new year and expect good things to come.  

New Year

Putting things together and will be ready to reopen February 1st.   We had a good year of learning and maybe were profitable.  Having trouble replacing the Hayes Clan, but I have some possibilities.  Call me 🤙 if u need anything or have questions 2535098409

 

mike

Great times!  I saw the ☀️.  Plants are growing well and many basil breaks on the roses.  It is easier to look forward than look backward when spring is coming. 

Had a great time at the rose society of Tacoma.  Lots of questions and nice interactions.  I was concerned about being too negative.  I have grown frustrated with inferior rose growers acting like their roses are just as good or better. So in the meeting I didn't hold punches.  For years I have taken the heat for problems created by wholesalers.  I have had it with these clowns.

I have also had it with the unsolicited advice from people that have rose gardens.  I have grown over 100,000 individual rose plants.  Please don't give me the "what you need to do is"  line.  I often will turn it around in my head.  "You know what YOU need to do is..."

Maybe I am irritated that my brother has been in the hospital through the ER.  Or that a family I know is in the middle of a very serious legal situation.  Or that I had 2 greenhouses collapse in the last snow we had.  Or that a company I have spent tens of thousands of dollars with won't pick up my phone call.

Loyalty. Oh well.  At least I have great customers even though I haven't always deserved it. 

 

Opening day!!!! 

It was great seeing nice people.  Jo and Cliff Martin, Barb and Bruce Lind,  Mike and Alexa Peterson, Beth buying the Sheila's Perfume And Julia buying the 4 Ingrid Bergman.   

Thank you all for coming out to talk to me about Roses.  Not just business when people have passion about roses.

Mike

 

Had a great time at Tacoma dome talking Roses.  I was the warm up act for Cisco Morris.  I guess that is like when Alice In Chains opened for Van Halen.  I'm going tone big!👍 

Looking forward to 2017

Lets get this season going.  In the nursery business this time of year is dark.  Literally and figuratively.  I guess we are on the count down to the summer solstice.  Most of the roses look good this year and we will have more annuals and perennials than ever.  I am redoing some of the setup as well.  We will have a new greenhouse and a bigger road presence.  The new rose list is posted.  We should have a bigger selection of tomatoes and veggies as well, but smaller quantities so shop early.

Regarding the rose list.  Some of the long timers may notice that we have less varieties.  There is a reason.  One of the main reasons is that as time has gone on we have realized that many varieties that grow ok in the garden do not grow well in a nursery environment.  Specifically,  Downey Mildew is very likely to be present in many varieties.  I know that some of the sales reps will deny it, but I have talked to many experts as well as hybridizers that will say privately that Downey Mildew is in the plants themselves.  Since this is the case it is not worth the risk rolling the dice.  We had a significant problem 2 years ago and 15 years ago.  Both times were devastating.  

Roses are the most rewarding plant ever, but if specific varieties pose a significant threat it is not worth the risk.  Certain distributors are very prone to have issues.  So we have reduced the numbers from providers that we believe are high risk.  We also have stopped carrying certain varieties all together.  There have been a few other issues I would like to highlight.

The number of wholesale growers of roses is shrinking.  So we are taking the step of budding many roses that are non patented and grow well here.  This will be a time consuming process and will not show benefits for a couple of years.  Many suppliers are not as customer service friendly as the old days and unfortunately trust has become an issue.  We are still buying roses from Texas, Arizona, California and Ontario, BC so we will keep it going till we can build up are own supply.  And we will always buy patented bare root roses from those areas.

Thanks for the interest.

Mike 

Merry Christmas

Happy to be done with the Christmas Trees and wreaths.  I also just finished potting the roses I received.  Yippee!  I don't know what you did the day before Christmas Eve, but I potted bareroot roses in the snow.  It is good to have a week of rest with my family. 

We will Open Soon

February 1st is the day we re open.  I have uploaded the new rose list.  Looking forward to this year and can't wait to get it going.  Most roses are in, but certain ones will not be arriving until the first or second week of February so if you are looking for specifics contact me at 253 509 8409.  Texts are great.