A Day in the Life of Me

Before Spring Sprungs, I have to visit nurseries to look at the quality of stock I’ll be ordering. I used to do this in fall, however I don’t know how bad the winter is going to be and I don’t want to chance stock not surviving. Many nurseries don’t want to drive in their fields when it’s this wet. I know it seems silly, but there is so many things bad with driving in a farm-like setting like this. Soil structure is lost, compaction, pests and disease is spread, flooding, possible irrigation accidents, causes future driving issues… the list is endless.

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Of course, this kind of stuff doesn’t mean a thing to pushy clients or money hungry bosses. They wonder why I wasn’t out there last month tagging. Hmmm, lets see. A sleeping tree looks the same as a dead tree in winter. Unless you want me testing it by scratching the bark and bending and snapping twigs, maybe you just want to wait until Mid-to-Late April and see if they bud??? Just a thought from a professional horticulturist. Remember, I’m here for the betterment of the plant, not for you, evil human.
imageOne nursery didn’t care about all the above mentioned disasters and welcomed me for my own, personal mud derby! I hung tightly to the door that I felt was surely going to fall off the hinges at any moment. The ride was actually quite fun as Juan knew his routes and could keep the speed above 25 MPH. He actually had to gun it a few times to make it through the flooded ruts. Wheee! Mud everywhere!! Because the mud was sucking my calf-high boots off my feet with each step, I really slacked getting the photos I really needed to show my boss. I did have to get out for the spruce though. They are my bosses favorite.

Look! I can see my feet! This spot that wasn’t that bad!

 

 

 

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

32 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of Me

  1. Yep. You can go to two nurseries next door to each other and one has a boss who talks and makes you feel welcome and the other will go out of business soon enough. Best of luck with the mud.

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      • Writing has lagged pitifully whilst we mashed through combining the move with Richard’s double job this school year and now the spring Big Three: his final concerts with the top UNT choir—last night—and the early music Collegium Singers, and the Grand Chorus, which is the three combined top mixed choirs plus orchestra for the end-of-yr gala. But of course all of this is splendid stuff, just wildly busy, and every bit of it a strong reminder of why I love life with the love of my life! You two revel in it, too, and that makes me So Glad!!! Warmest hugs to you!
        K

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  2. Some people get a real thrill out of mudding. Although the ones I know like to find huge mud pits and just drive through it over and over.

    Would putting down gravel or chert on the driving parts be a good idea or bad idea? It would probably help with some of the muddiness, but I guess there might be a cause for concern about natural chemicals interfering with the plants or blocking natural irrigation…?

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    • Some nurseries do have gravel roads or turfed areas to drive on. Some farmers care more for their land than others. I don’t think these guys wanted to commit to where the roads are and then a mud pit is what you get!

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    • I bet there are many professions that see what regular Joe’s do in the professionals absence and cringe.
      My plumber husband tells clients (jokingly), “The job will cost $100 to do. $200 if your husband tried to fix it first..”

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