Parker Memo

20181024_112804.                                                        August 2020

Whew! We made it. So far. I count my blessings every day. Below is an outline of some of our goals and hopes for the coming year. We dream big, so here goes.

We built our sales area in 1996, 24 years ago. For our 25th anniversary in 2021, we decided to redesign and rebuild the entire space with you, the customer, in mind. The pesky center posts will be moved to make it easier to bring your wagon down the aisles. Next year you will be able to walk down an aisle and exit at at the other end! Backing up your cart will be a thing of the past as both ends will be open to traffic. New load-bearing posts and added wires will strengthen the shade cloth eliminating those annoying drips when it snows or rains. The towering roof built to accommodate tall trees will be made lower for safety during high winds. Alas, a totally posh inside check-out area with a real cash register is not in the plans. Maybe this will happen in 2046, our 50th year. Wishful thinking I know, but it’s what keeps me going.

The Japanese walking bridge is to be strengthened with treated lumber, replacing the deteriorating untreated lumber. Treated lumber is impressive. We were amazed at the condition of eight round treated posts placed in the formal four square in 1997. The boys took down the old honeysuckle vines this spring, and we found the poles still in excellent shape! I objected to the thought of using treated lumber with its greenish hue when building the bridge, but I have now changed my mind.

New plantings in the garden will begin with the replacement of the Scarlett Curls Willow we lost to the weather. I tried imagining many different trees and shrubs in this spot near the pond but could not think of anything as lovely as the Scarlett Curls. We will be replacing the old one with a new one. The potted spruce that has been living in the same pot for six years in front of the house will find its permanent home in the stumpery area.

Andy’s orchard is slowly being turned into a pollinator garden. We planted Dutch Clover around the Shademaster Locust trees and plan to incorporate Russian Sage, Honey Berries, and Thyme plants as a surround. Our fruit trees did not have fruit this year. The blooms they had this spring froze with the the snow and cold. Last year was so wonderful, with an abundance of fruit. This year was extreme in the opposite direction. Lets hope for more of a balance next season.

Bee Update:  It has been an amazing experience working with bees this year. I am humbled and no longer the smarty pants I was last year. It is an amazing amount of work. With the help of Gary and Susan Landon, I now have two thriving hives and a better understanding of how to be a better beekeeper. My bees will not have enough honey to share, but Susan and Gary’s bees do. Susan is now at the Chruch St. Market in Edgewood with honey for sale. All of their hives are local.

Tip of the Month:  Sprinkle your petunias with water before you deadhead them. The stickiness disappears. Also, pick the old bloom off anywhere on the stem, making sure you get the seed pod off the plant. When you get done, you will have a renewed plant ready to produce many more blooms.

Onward dear people of the East Montains, we love you and wish you all that is happy and good in this world.

Best,

Monika and the Boys