To help put those of us who got snow yesterday in a more spring-like mood, here's a link to my blog article (in pictures) about the behind-the-scenes production tour I took of Ebert's Greenhouse in Ixonia, Wisconsin. (I know some of you southeastern WI folks go there.)
The tour was fun, and I learned a lot. I was surprised at just how fast the staff pot up plants--it really is just a quick poke, plant, done. And you should've seen them pinch back the geraniums! The guy who demonstrated said he was "slow," but that his sister (who also worked there) was super fast. His fingers were flying at lightning speed compared to the way I pinch back. If that's "slow," I want to see "super fast!"
I do get the newsletter and I fell for it, too! I almost phoned my husband and said, "Guess what?!" But then I started thinking that it seemed really odd for a place like Ebert's to become a national park. I mean, they have a lot of land, but a commercial business becoming a park? And a NATIONAL one? Then I looked at the date...
I was so fooled that I called my Mother who lives in Ixonia to tell her. She was so excited, especially at the part of the re-doing of SC and lamenting on how my sister would reach her house...
I tell you I fell for it hook, line and sinker. It was only when my Mom asked if I would print it out for her that she would like a copy and printing it and reading the last page... I felt so dumb...falling for an April Fools joke THAT bad...
Mom and I laughed at ourselves for a while and then let it go. Would have been great though, especially the part about revamping SC. Lord, knows it needs it BAD.
I agree, it would've been great. And it didn't sound THAT far off the beam, you know? Unusual, yes, but not impossible. Silly Ebert's. You're right, though--SC could stand to see some love from the state highway department. ;)
Can't wait to get to Eberts though. I always spend way way too much money but their stuff is always so beautiful and healthy. Mother's Day I take my Mom out there and buy here a basket of her choice and they stuff that I think I need but really don't. lol Can't help it. I'm obsessed. There is not 12-step program for buying plants.
It was cold, but I picked up a few things: Hosta 'Blue Hawaii,' aquilegia 'Songbird Cardinal' and a fuchsia called 'Autumnale,' which will go in my window boxes as soon as it's not absolutely FREEZING outside.
You didn't miss much, cece. It was cold as HELL. And drizzling a bit when I was there, too. But the big greenhouse was awesome (and very WARM). I'm not much for annuals, but couldn't resist the fuchsia.
My first stop was, of course, the hosta house. They have some nice tried-and-true varieties and a few "special" ones. I picked up 'Blue Hawaii' because I'm short on blues in my garden and I've heard it's a good one.
Funny thing. Last year I'd told my husband I was on the lookout for 'Maui Buttercups.' He secretly made plans to buy it for me for Mother's Day. He just assumed that Ebert's would have it (not realizing there are THOUSANDS of hosta varieties, and they can't carry them all), so he went there and asked for it...the day before Mother's Day. They didn't have it. So, being the stubborn hothead that he can sometimes be, he demanded to speak to a manager and to know just WHY they didn't have this wonderful plant I wanted. (I had told him it wasn't all that uncommon.) She apologized and promised to try and get it for him, but he was still frustrated and grumbly because he wanted it NOW. (I feel sorry for the poor people at Ebert's!)
So, every time that spring and summer when we went back to Ebert's he would spot the manager and say, "Did you get that 'Maui Buttercups' in yet?" And they would say no, sorry, they hadn't. And I would wait until he'd wandered away and then apologize profusely for his demanding behavior. (Husbands!) The manager was very understanding and sweet, as ALL the staff at Ebert's tend to be.
So, today I walked into the hosta house to find two full ROWS of 'Maui Buttercups.' And its relative, 'Rainforest Sunrise.' I felt a little embarrassed. Alas, I had found it at another nursery in my travels last year, so I didn't buy one. lol