Friday, July 10, 2020

The Specimen Plant Availability

We are currently in the process of compiling our 2020-2021 specimen sales list. I go up and down each row and in and out of all greenhouses, examining every plant and deciding what goes on the menu and at what price. It's my 40th year of doing so, and the goal is to charge a reasonable price, one that will keep the customers coming back year after year, but also where we have made a modest profit in the end.

No one else here at Buchholz Nursery wants my job, but I would love to find someone who does. The task takes hundreds of hours because it is accompanied by a detailed work list for the crew: pot up, prune, stake etc., but sadly a number of instances where it's best to throw the plant away. The practice of horticulture is an unusual dance with nature, and most of the time I feel as if I'm being consumed with the relationship. Except that I can't think of anything better to do.

"Hellllp - Get me out of here!"

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