Second Spring?

Greenhouse with plants

Well, I suppose spring is going to start over again next week. Each little taste of nice weather we get just makes every additional snowstorm even tougher to swallow. At least this time as we watch the snow melt, we will see green grass emerge instead of brown and spring bulbs poking out of the earth.

Tulip foliage Daffodil foliage

Plus, it was just a few inches of snow, rather than a few feet.

Six foot snow bank

Although the weather has had its ups and down, in the production greenhouses, spring has been zipping along. It feels like it was just yesterday we were digging the greenhouses out of what seemed like 10 feet of snow and now we are almost done with the spring planting. But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing.

All that snow we got this winter almost caused us to have to do some greenhouse construction! The Annual houses have furnaces, so we were able to fire them up and melt off the snow from the inside. The perennial houses, however, do not have any artificial heat and while the snow load didn’t cause any problems most of the winter, apparently snow becomes heavier when it starts to melt. When the weather warmed up in March and the snow started to melt, it began to bend the structure of some of the houses. Nick had to break out the excavator to pull the snow off the greenhouses.

Removing snow from greenhouse with excavator

He was able to remove quite a bit of it but we still had to shore up some of the problem areas with 4×4’s until the rest of the snow melted off.

4x4 in greenhouse

But even with a few hiccups, life in production is still trucking along. The planting line has been working at full speed and the greenhouses are filling up fast with beautiful flowers that will soon be heading to the garden centers.

Greenhouse with plants Violas

We need to stay on schedule to make sure you have the best selection of beautiful Sargent’s grown plants to choose from when you come to visit us in May!

 

 

Written by

Cathy Maxson is Sargent's Gardens Annual and Perennial Growing manager. In addition to making sure Sargent's grown plants thrive, she enjoys growing in her own garden, canning fruits and vegetables, traveling, and walking her dogs.