Weekly News, 5.20.20

Hi Friends,

The banners are up! I love to see the troop banners in different communities, and this year we got one up for Bob Bedner. The Military Banner Tribute Program salutes our brave men and women who serve, or have served in the military by displaying military banners in their community between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. When I saw that the banners were up in Bridgeville, I drove around for at least an hour, with impatient children in the backseat, looking for Bob’s banner. I couldn’t find it though. After calling the Bridgeville Parking Authority to ask them where it is, they said they couldn’t tell me because they put up 700 of them and don’t keep track! If anyone out there happens to be in Bridgeville and sees it, let me know here. Actually, let’s have a contest. Whoever lets me know where Bob’s banner is first will win a $25 Bedner’s Gift Card. Ready, set, go!



Here’s what’s going on this week–

  • a new truck load of Florida tropicals came in, including palms, oleander, hibiscus bushes and trees, crotons, sansevieria, ficus, jade, and more.
  • we grew 32 varieties of tomatoes in 4″ pots this year, from heirlooms to grape/cherry size to patio pot varieties and big sandwich tomatoes. Some have sold out but the selection is still great. Veggie plants are starting to get picked over and sold out though, so shop soon for the best selection.
  • due to high demand and limited staff, online shopping is temporarily unavailable while we catch up on orders and perform site maintenance. All of the curbside pickup time slots this week are filled, and we cannot accomodate any additional pickups until Wednesday next week. Please visit our store to shop in person, or visit at a later date to shop online.
  • If you, or someone you know, needs plants and has doctors orders to NOT shop in person, please let me know and we will do our best to help them out.
  • we are open on Memorial Day from 9-4pm.

Have a great rest of the week!
Take care,

Melanie


This week I learned about Tammy M.’s six raised beds. They are 10′ x 4′, and one of them is for veggies and the others are for flowers, (priorities right?!). She started some seedlings and is also direct sowing seed. The flowers include ranunculus, sweet peas, blue nigella, dahlias, rudbeckia, zinnias, poppies, cosmos, calendula, and more! Tammy says, “life is always good in the garden!” Thanks for sharing Tammy, and send me a pic later in the season to see what they look like filled. 



I also heard from Amy Ottaviani, the Community Engagement Director of Moon Township. The Moon Township Garden Club will be celebrating 100 years in 2021! I’ve known about the club because they are great supporters of our business, but I had no idea that they have been around that long. Now I admire their garden club even more… such a cool part of our area’s history. Two years ago they helped to install a garden at Robin Hill Park called Fleur de Lune, (Flower of the Moon). With a name like that, I have to make sure to visit this summer. Thanks for sharing your Good Gardening News Amy!

I’m a bit of a stamp nerd. I don’t collect them or anything, but I do appreciate a pretty stamp and what it represents or brings our awareness to. Did you see the new ones that came out a week ago called American Gardens? LOVE them! The text in the description of the U.S. Postal Service website says that gardens are “conceived for many reasons–for food or pleasure, as places of education and scientific study, as an expression of the owners’ artisitic sensibilities, as spaces for the public to commune with nature, or simply for the love of gardening–American gardens capture our imagination and satisfy a yearning for beauty and order.”

How you are creating your “happy place” with plants this season? How are you seeing plants make others happy? Have you, or someone else you know, done any cool community service projects with plants and gardening? Or got any ideas of how we can help you to spread some gardening love out there? We’d love to see it, and then be able to report back the “good gardening news”. Let me know here.
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