I made the mistake of listening to NPR on my way to work this morning, and now, in the words of the late, great, Joey Ramone, and though it’s only 7:30, “I wanna be sedated”. I’m so tired of the growing divide in this country. Now we have this these looming tariffs on steel and aluminum. We are about to “fall victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is, Never get involved in a land trade war in Asia” Apparently Mr. Trump never watched The Princess Bride. Maybe it’s time to build more greenhouses before the cost of steel skyrockets. Every story this morning just gave me lump in the pit of my stomach, and to make it worse, there were aggressive drivers everywhere today! I wanted to be sedated. Then, as I got off the freeway and headed towards Little Prince, my attitude began to shift.
As I passed the North Willamette Research Station, the beautiful planting of Arctostaphylos glistened in morning sun, reminding me that I need to stop in and take pictures of these beautiful cultivars, many of which will be available at Little Prince now, and in the future. As I continued down Eilers Rd toward the nursery, Mt. Hood gleamed on the not to distant horizon. If you ever feel like you need to be sedated, try taking in the beauty of a snow covered mountain! Fertile fields lie on both sides of the road, reminding me of my happy upbringing on the farm near Albany. I imagined a perfect spring day, driving a big tractor with a disk, preparing ground for planting. I have so many wonder memories from those days, when life was so much simpler.
As I pulled into Little Prince, I began to relax. I am home. Things are just different here. Everyone is respected and valued, no matter what country they call home. Everyone works hard towards a common goal; growing and selling the best plants available, anywhere. We listen to rock and roll in the office while work. Sometimes we sing along. No one is ever in too big of a hurry that they fail to acknowledge someone else’s pain, or happiness. And, there are the awesome plants!
This week, the availability is loaded with great choices. I’m working on a “HOT SHEET” which by next week, will be available exclusively to garden center buyers to help you quickly decide through real-time pictures, what looks beautiful right now. When I say ‘I’m” working on it, I guess I mean that our tech-developer extraordinaire, Savina is working on it. She’s come up with a perfect tool for us to show buyers what looks great right now. We know how hard you all work and how pressed you are for time to put orders together. So, If you’re a garden center buyer, look for a separate email from me next week with a link to the hot sheet. If you want to make sure you get the email, please send me your preferred email address, and I’ll make sure you’re on the list.
Finally, on a personal note, my kids gave me a DNA test kit for Christmas, and the results are finally in. This was super exciting for me, because I was adopted (explains a lot, right!) and I’ve had no information about my biological lineage. I’ve kind of always wanted to be Irish for some reason, and I was not disappointed. My DNA indicates that I’m 50% British/Irish, 30% French/German, and 20% general northern European. I also have a little splash of Native American, but only .3%. I wonder what’s up with that? Anyway, I hope you all have a great week, and God Save the Queen!