Saturday, May 28, 2016

Saturday May 28th: 9:14 am

Open Air Nursery and the Chubby Monkey will run normal hours through Memorial Day weekend.  We are open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm.  The Crete store is closed for the season.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Crete Store will be closed today due to the weather.  Thank you.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Saturday May 14, 12:04 am

Our Shelton store will open late tomorrow due to the impending frost advisory.  We hope to be up and running by 11:00 am.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Due to the standing water at the Crete Store we will be running remotely.  Jeanette will be in the store at noon to run normal hours.

Wednesday May 11, 7:29 am

The rain in Shelton overnight has created some standing water AGAIN!  By nine am we should be drained out and looking good.  The Shelton and Crete stores are open.  Have not heard from the Aurora store yet as to any damage from last nights storm.  Will move more product there this am and will post again later.

New product has been moved into the Crete store and the Aurora store.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday May 9th 5:33 pm

The Shelton store closes tonight at 6:00 pm for family reasons.

Monday, May 9th, 9:35 am

Good morning everybody.  Small amount of rain last evening in Shelton but the weather for the week looks good.

All stores are open.

We are taking inventory at the Crete and Aurora locations and will restock them both on Tuesday, May 10th so expect new product to arrive then.  We have lots of vegetables as we run up to what we always call tomato weekend.  We will sell more vegetables during this week and weekend than at any other time of the year.  Please shop early as some varieties will run out after this weekend.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday, May 6th, 11:02 pm

Excellent weather we are having.  All stores are loaded up with product in anticipation of a busy weekend.  At Shelton tomorrow, in celebration of our 25th, Diana Rockwell will arrive at 5:00 pm and mingle with the kids for an hour.  She will perform with her "dummies" at 6:00 pm. For those of you out there who think I am the dummy, I am not the dummy and will have no part in the show that I am aware of.  The "king o cotton candy", aka Darrell from Wood River will be here tomorrow during the same time period, making and giving away cotton candy.  Join us please.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Wednesday, May 4th 12:27 am

A long day today.  Two trips to Aurora and one trip to Crete.  The Crete store is overflowing with flowers.  It looks good!  It smells good!  Sunshine tomorrow!  All is good in Crete.  Store hours are 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Two trips to Aurora today and lots of new plants on site.  Vegetables are double stocked for what should be a good vegetable weekend.  I have moved out the last of a few varieties of vegetables so if you're picky about variety--shop soon.

The Shelton location is gearing up for a spectacular weekend as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.  We have a flower sitting or hanging on virtually every possible spot.  We're locked and loaded and ready for a great weekend of weather and entertainment.  Join us if you can.  Visit our website at for all the details.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday May 1, 10:44 pm

A new day and the forecast says sun.  We will spend Monday morning putting the Shelton location back in order.  We moved a lot of plants to keep them dry and will reorganize it all.  We will also move hundreds of new bump up pots to the Shelton location and hope to be fully organized and stocked by 3:00 pm.

The Crete location is stocked very well.  I just returned from Crete and have loaded the place up.  More will arrive on Tuesday morning in preparation for a big Mother's Day weekend.  Took some very pretty Mother's Day planters there and succulent bowls.

The Aurora store is stocked well with vegetables and many bump up pots.  The second we are done at the Shelton location a new batch of bump up pots will be sent to Aurora.  I would hope by 5:00 to have them there.

The forecast for this week looks good.  IT'S PLANTING TIME!!!!

Sunday, May 1, 8:10 am

At Shelton today it continues to be cold.  No rain, but chilly and some wind.  The Shelton store will be open today.  The Crete location will run remotely from 9:00 am to 12 noon.  At noon, Jeanette will be in to assist customers at the Crete location.

I want to let everybody know our stocking status.  With the return of the sun and warmer weather this week, all three locations will explode with customers.  The issue for me is, can I get new, fresh, product to all three locations and do it fast enough.

The plan is to load trailers today that will head out to Crete at 5:00 am on Monday.  A second load will arrive on Tuesday morning.  The Crete location will be overstocked as much as we can get it by Thursday.  With Mother's Day weekend coming we will have plants placed every place we can possibly put them.

Also on Monday a new shipment will go to Aurora in the afternoon.  Several more shipments will arrive during the week so that the Aurora location will be overstocked for the weekend.

As soon as this weather breaks we will load up the Shelton store to capacity.
Mother's Day weekend is a different day than the usual.  When folks shop for Mother's Day they expect to buy Florist Quality plants, not Greenhouse Quality plants.  For us to provide Florist Quality plants we must keep the foliage and flower dry.  When it rains every single day--that is a huge challenge.  With ample planning and preparation--we will win this battle with mother nature!!  After all, Mother Nature has forgot, I've been battling her for 25 years!  We are absolutely excited about our celebration this coming weekend, May 6, 7, and 8 and we hope you will join us.