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What a Winter!

I’m sure all of you are as tired of cold weather as we are.

Winter presents its special challenges in the greenhouse. Snow and ice mean staying up at night and checking the greenhouses to make sure the load of snow is not too heavy. We beat the plastic to get it off. Frigid nights mean our potting soil has to be brought inside the greenhouses 2 or 3 days ahead of time to have it thawed and ready to use. With the especially cold temperatures this winter, a lot of our plant shipments have been delayed…too much of a chance of them freezing. Then we won’t even talk about how much propane we use on cold nights and cloudy days!

Thankfully, it seems like winter is losing it’s hold. Think Spring!!!!!

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Opening Soon

Are you as tired as I am with this cloudy cold weather? It makes it much harder to get things done in the greenhouse. We have to bundle up to go outside to get supplies, and it is just dreary. We will be opening soon when the weather finally begins to warm up enough. We always just play it by ear…it will be either mid week next week(around the 13th) or Monday of the following for sure(18th). We’ll keep you posted.

I think you’ll be excited to see all the work we’ve done this year…lots of “pretties” coming in the building as well!

See you soon!

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Another Year Underway

We are just about to finish up most of our transplanting jobs. The plants are growing so quickly with these warm days we’ve been having. I need to get some photos and show you some of the neat plants we have this year! It just gets so hectic in the spring,  and I never seem to have my camera when I need it!

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Late Night

We had an awesome Late Night….it is the first year they hadn’t predicted  bad weather for that night. We had a large crowd of you and I’m sorry I haven’t had time to up date the blog. I do have pictures and I will try to get them up in the next post .

We are closed on Sunday’s now, but we will be open on Monday of Memorial Weekend from 9am to 4 pm. We are honoring Sheila’s 20 years at Hasting Plants that day. Cake and other refreshments, including hot dogs at noon! come help us celebrate her day!

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THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME!

A big thank you to all of you who came Saturday and Sunday! We were busy yesterday, but swamped today! It was unbelievable how many cars were parked in the lot. You kept us hopping for the better part of the day.

I can’t tell you how much it means that you all have cared about our business, and have supported us this way. It is amazing how many of you have kept up with the flood through this blog. Mike commented several times to me tonight that he was amazed at how many people mentioned this blog to him. I  treasure all your kind comments and concern. YOU, my customers, are the life-blood of my business. If you didn’t come to buy our plants, as well as  encourage your friends and neighbors to come, we certainly couldn’t exist.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

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Flood Day 20 – Final "Flood" Post

Today marked a special event! The first customers at my greenhouse(except for the neighbor who boated in) since Easter Sunday!

The water was a little higher than I had hoped first thing this morning, so our official opening was 12 noon, but that didn’t stop these brave souls from driving on in with water 11 to 12″ deep! We were busy from 9 a.m. to our closing at 6 p.m.!

First customers since the flood.

First customers since the flood!

Mike also ferry-ed in a few customers who came in cars and were surprised by the flood waters still over the road. Here is one group leaving as another group comes in.

Mike and his "ferry-boat" truck with customers.

Mike also had a little fun with my sign on the highway. This is what he put on it today.

Hasting Plants sign on the highway.

Now, a big THANK YOU to all of you who came out today in your pick-ups and SUV’s.  Even with water across the road, you kept us busy all day long. It was nice to actually see plants going out to homes. I very much appreciate your business, your kind words about our greenhouse, and even this blog! I have enjoyed writing it each day during the flood and it was nice to hear how  many of you were “listening”  and weathering the flood right along with us. I’ll miss having the time to keep this up on a regular basis, but now that I’m in the groove, I’ll try to be better about blogging more often.

Don’t forget our upcoming dates all changed due to being flooded out during their original times….

“Late Night”/Flood’s Over Party this Friday night(May 20) from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. We will have live music by  Clif the Drifter, refreshments, festive lights throughout the greenhouses and door prizes. One special door prize will be given away at 11:30 to someone who is still present at Late Night. Bring a lawn chair and a flashlight.

Sheila’s 20 Year Reception on May 30th(Memorial Day) with cake and cookies from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All plants are now 20% off (except the just arrived Sweet Potatoes) and we will honor coupons on the hard goods(non-plants) until May 31.

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Road Conditions Sat. 7a.m.

Right now the water is a little over 1 foot. We will try opening at 12 noon, which will allow the water to be a little under a foot for trucks and SUV’s that sit up higher to come through. If you only have a car, I would recommend coming Sunday when there should be no water across the road.

Estimated Depth’s by hour:

9 a.m.  – 12″

12 a.m. – 10-11″

3 p.m. -  7-8″

6 p.m. – 4-5″

See the last blog for a description of the 3 water patches on the road.

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Road Conditions/Open Status

At 8 p.m. tonight(Friday), there was 2 feet of water on the road. By 8 a.m. it should be about 1 foot, so you will be better waiting a few hours before coming, especially if you only have a car. I’m guessing it will be about 8″ at noon, and  4″ by 4p.m. We will be open 9 to 6 tomorrow and 1 to 8 on Sunday. Sunday should be high and dry on the road.

There are 3 sets of water on the road, each is about equally deep, but the one closest to the greenhouse is slightly deeper than the others.
There are stakes to mark the road at each. PLEASE only try to come(especially early in the day) if your vehicle sits high. We will drive through 12″ of water in our pick-up, but that is the upper limit of what we will attempt. Drive slowly and only one vehicle going through at a time (wait if someone is coming the other direction).

I will update this around 7 in the morning. Call if you are unsure.

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Flood Day 19…Hopefully the Last!

We checked the water a little earlier this morning, at 7:30. It is 2′ 9″ deep. It went down 2 feet in one day. We are figuring 1 inch per hour. At that rate, there will still be 7 to 8 inches of water over the road at 9 a.m. in the morning. Pick-ups & SUV’s should have no problem. By noon it should be down to 4 to 5 inches where you could go through in a car. Completely off around 4:30(we’ll be open until 6p.m.). So you can plan according to what you are comfortable with. Of course this is conjecture on our part, and I will update the information around 8 p.m. tonight, and again around 7 a.m. tomorrow.

As I mentioned yesterday, we boated out to bring some employees in and I got my first look at the sign on the highway since it has been submerged.

Hasting Plants sign at Hasting Lane & Hwy 69

Surprisingly there are letters still left on the sign. Now it looks like a board from Wheel of Fortune….Can you determine the missing letters? :-)

Here are a few shots of my employees on their way to work by boat!

Lydia, Jo Ann, Brenda

Brenda, Mike & Jo Ann

Lydia & Mike

Did you notice how happy they all seem?

There is one other “member” of the crew that was even happier…..no, not me, but I was happy to have help. This was the one who was left behind. Actually closed up in a greenhouse so she couldn’t follow us in the boat. Crystal was ECSTATIC!!!!!

Crystal, greeting her friends!

She ran from one group to the next just so excited to see them!

We got a lot of clean-up accomplished, so the greenhouses are just waiting for you to arrive!!!!!

Now, I have to leave you with the thought I had last evening. I was walking down Hasting Lane to look at the water gauge. It was peaceful and quiet…I knew no one else could come down the road. I had it all to myself. Then I realized…..Prince William & Kate have NOTHING on me…I’ve been “honeymooning” for 3 weeks on my own private island with Mike!!!!!

I’ll update you again this evening!

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Flood Day 18

Water is at 4 1/2 feet this morning. It went down 2 feet yesterday. It will be close for opening on Saturday…might be a little water early in the day, which should be off by afternoon, so if you want to come a little later, that might be safer. I will post it here as soon as I know the status. I’ll update the home page red comment Friday night and early Saturday morning, so you can check that or call.

Here is my BEAUTIFUL WATER FREE DRIVEWAY!!!!!

No water on the drive!!!!!

More later today. I’m hoping to boat some employees in to help get things ready today.

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